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Is celebrating 15th Shaban a bida’h according to Ibn Baz?

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What is your view on Ibn Baz fatwa regarding 15th Shaban? He claims that the scholars of the past such as imam Malik’s disciples say it is a bida’h and it is based on weak and fabricated Hadith:

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 1115/B-267/TB=1434)

You did not send the fatwa of Ibn Baz along with your question. No special deed is proved from Sahih hadith on 15th Shaban. The hadith قوموا ليلها وصوموا نهارها is not Sahih.
Nowadays, people keep themselves awake in this night and offer nafl salah the whole night collectively in the mosque, this is not proved from any Sahih hadith. However, some hadith do speak that it is a night of forgiveness. So if someone seeks the forgiveness from Allah in this night inside his home individually without any celebration, then he may do so. Weak hadith dealing with virtues can be practiced. However, in order to prove Ahkam (Shariah commandments), it is necessary that Sahih hadiths should are available.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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