In Arabic, this night is known as Laylat al-Nisf min Sha’ban which means the night of the middle of Sha’ban, referring to the 15th night. It is also referred to as Laylat al-Bara, or the Night of Absolution (ecclesiastical declaration of forgiveness of sins).
Just as Allah (Exalted and Majestic is He) placed special emphasis on praying in the night, and fasting through the day, He has also bestowed unique blessings and mercies on particular days and nights over others such as the night of Laylatul Qadr, the day our Prophet (ﷺ) was born, the days and nights of the ‘Eids, and the night of Nisful Sha’ban among many others.
This is the night where:
– “..a caller will call: is there anyone who is asking for forgiveness so I forgive? Is there anyone who is asking so I grant?.Anyone who asks will be granted, except an adulterer and a Mushkrik” (Imam Bayhaqi).
– “..when all births are recorded for the year, and every death is registered.”
– “..when provisions are allotted to mankind, and their deeds and actions are gathered up.”
– God the Exalted showers goodness (Khayr) in abundance
deaths and provisions are determined
– [those who will complete Hajj] pilgrimages written (Kanz al-’ummal).
– “God looks [at His creation] during the Night of Mid-Sha’ban and forgives the entirety of His creation except for the polytheist and the citer of ill-will amongst people (mushahin)” (Sunan Ibn Maja).
– The angels celebrate ‘Eid on this night as well as on the night of Laylatul Qadr just as Muslims celebrate ‘Eid on Fitr and Adha.
– “..people who will be saved from the Fire [will be as many] as the number of hairs on the sheep of [the tribe] of Kalb” (Kanz al-ummal).
– “The activity of the year is mapped out…so a man may embark on a journey, or get married, when he has already been transferred from the list of the living to that of the dead” (Ata ibn Yasar).
– Every event for the year is mapped (grades, etc)
– Good deeds are either rejected or accepted
– Allah opens hundreds of gates of mercy in forgiveness.
This is truly a extraordinary night! Nisful Sha’ban is a blessed night with many authentic narrations regarding it as a vessel for mercy, blessing, pardoning, and tawbah so remember to pray extra Tahajjud salaat and make du’a for your brothers and sisters and those you love. Rasulullah (ﷺ) had made the following du’a on this night,
“Prostrate before You are my form and my spirit, and my heart is in Your safekeeping. I acknowledge Your favors, and to You I confess my sin. I have wronged myself, so forgive me; surely none forgives sins but You. I seek refuge with Your pardon from Your punishment, with Your mercy from Your vengeance, with Your approval from Your displeasure. I seek refuge with You from You. I do not tell Your praises, for You are as You have extolled Yourself.”