A Hadith regarding fasting on the 15th of Sha’ban

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by HadithAnswers.com

What is the status of this narration?

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إذا كانت ليلة النصف من شعبان فقوموا ليلها وصوموا نهارها

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “When it is the night of the middle of Sha’ban then spend the night in [Salah/’ibadah] and fast the [next] day.”

 

Answer

Imam Ibn Majah (rahimahullah) has recorded this as part of a longer Hadith on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (radiyallahu ‘anhu).

(Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 1388)

 

The chain is very weak.

(Refer: Mizanul I’tidal, vol. 5 pg. 223, number: 9442. Also see: Taqribut Tahdhib: 7973)

 

However, there are other substantiations from Hadith regarding fasting on this day. See a detailed article here.

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

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