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Is mid-Shabaan Sunnah or Bid’ah?

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asalaamu alaikum, Dear Sheik, I’m frm chennai and in our area we used to celebrate the mid of shabaan by reciting 3 times surah yasin after magrib salah and use to perform Tasbih nafil salah after Isha prayer(whicch they postpone after 9pm) and after tht we used to go n visit the grave and dua for them and some masjid they used to decorate with lights etc etc. Pls inform me whether doing all these things are under sunnah or under Bidaa if bidaa pls give a sound and great warning abt this act so tht i can show ur fatwa to our familly members and other inorder to avoid frm these types of Bidaa and pls dua for all our brother n sister in India as we are doing much acts which are against Islam Awaiting ur earliest reply


(Fatwa: 1233/1233/M=1431)

The night of 15th Shaban is blessed one. In this night, one should offer nafl, tilawat, zikr and dua individually at home. If one can, he should go to graveyard in the last part of night silently, and do dua and make isal-e-sawab for the dead and keep fast the next day. It is narrated in Ibn Majah:
قوموا ليلها و صوموا نهارها .
In this blessed night, decorating the mosques, lightening the streets, playing fireworks, visiting graveyard while making noise and creating disturbance, making the graveyard a function hall and celebrating Urs etc is nonsense and unlawful. It is necessary to avoid it.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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