Slaughtering at certain times as an act of the Sunnah

Question: What is the ruling on sacrificing an animal at a specific date and time every year? Many people believe that slaughtering on the 27th of Rajab, 6th of Safar, 15th of Shawwaal, and 10th of Muharram is an act of ‘Ibaadah (worship) and Qurbah (a good deed by which Allaah’s Pleasure is sought). Are these acts valid? Are they acts of Sunnah or Bid‘ah (innovation in religion) that contradict Islaam and anyone who does them will not be rewarded in return?

Answer: All acts of ‘Ibaadah and Qurbah that draw a Muslim close to Allaah are Tawqeefee (bound by a religious text and not amenable to personal opinion)… read more here.

Kind treatment toward family on the Day of `Ashooraa’

Question: On the 10th of Muharram, some people prepare a lot of food for their families and Khutabaa’ (preachers) constantly clarify the religious and worldly virtues of this day. What is the ruling on this? Some people also say that from experience preparing a lot of food on this day leads to blessing in their money.

Answer: What is valid is to fast during the 10th of Muharram, together with the 9th or 11th. If a Khateeb (preacher) or a tutor encourages people to do this and clarifies the virtue of it (the day), this is definitely good… read more here.

Giving charity on the Mid-Sha`baan night

Question: My father, when he was alive, instructed me to give Sadaqah (voluntary charity) as much as I can on the eve of the 15th of Sha‘baan every year. I carried out his will up to now, but some people reproach me for this act. Is Sadaqah given on the eve of 15th of Sha‘baan permissible according to my father’s will or not? Please enlighten us, may Allaah reward you.

Answer: Specifying this Sadaqah for the day of mid-Sha‘baan every year is an impermissible act of Bid‘ah (innovation in religion), even if this is the will of your father… read more here.

The night “Therein is decreed every matter of ordainments” and the ruling on spending the Mid-Sha`baan night in offering optional night Salaah

Question: My question is about the 15th night of Sha`baan. Does the following Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) in Soorah Al-Dukhaan, saying: Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments. Refer to the 15th night of Sha`baan, or Laylat-ul-Qadr (the Night of Decree), the 27th night of Ramadaan? Is it Mustahab (desirable) during this night to offer worship, engage in Thikr (Remembrance of Allaah), Qiyaam-ul-Layl (optional Night Prayer), recite Qur’aan, and fast the 14th of Sha`baan?

Answer: Firstly, the authentic explanation reported about the night in the Aayah referred to is that it is Laylat-ul-Qadr, not the night of mid-Sha`baan… read more here.

The Imaam supplicating to Allaah after the obligatory Salaah while the people are gathered

Question: Is it permissible for the Imaam to perform Du`aa’ (supplication to Allaah) after performing the prescribed prayer while all the people are still present?

Answer: Acts of worship are Tawqeefee (bound by a religious text and not amenable to personal opinion). Therefore, it is not legally permitted to say that this act of worship is permissible with regard to its origin, number, manner or place without legal evidence for saying so… read more here.

Reciting Soorah Yaa-Seen and Mawlid poems on the eve of the seventeenth of Ramadaan

Question: They also gather in Masjids (mosques) on the eve of the 17th of Ramadaan to recite Soorah Yaa-Seen and the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birthday) poems. Is this permissible?

Answer: The answer to this question is the same as that to the first one. Based on the evidence mentioned above, these practices are prohibited… read more here.

Reciting Soorah Yaa-Seen and Mawlid poems on the Mid – Sha`baan night

Question: In some Masjids (mosques), people gather on the eve of the 15th of Sha‘baan to recite Soorah Yaa-Seen three times and the Mawlid (the Prophet’s birth) poems.

Answer: This is a Bid‘ah (innovation in religion). It was authentically reported that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that is not part of it will have it rejected. He (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said in another Hadeeth… read more here.

Excellence of the night of mid – Sha‘baan

Question: Some scholars say that many Ahaadeeth were narrated about the merit of spending the eve of mid – Sha‘baan in Salaah (Prayer) and its day in Sawm (Fast). Are these Saheeh (authentic) Ahaadeeth or not? If there are Saheeh Ahaadeeth, please explain them to us in detail. If not, please advise. May Allaah reward you with good.

Answer: Many Saheeh Ahaadeeth were narrated about the merit of Sawm in Sha‘baan, but without specifying a certain day. For example, there is a Hadeeth in the Two Sahih Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) which states that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said… read more here.

Fasting on the last day of Sha`baan

Question: What is the ruling on fasting the last day of Sha‘baan, if the scholars in a certain country did not reach an Ijma‘ (consensus of opinion) on confirmed sighting of the new moon of Ramadaan, but later discovered that it was truly the first day of Ramadaan? This happened in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the year 1404 A.H. Some people fasted on sighting the new moon of Ramadaan or being informed of it by reliable witnesses. Their Sawm turned out to be valid, as was confirmed later. They started and ended Sawm based on the sighting of the new moon. Yet, some shaykhs issued Fatwas saying that the Sawm of those who did not see the new moon is invalid, as they acted contradictory to the majority of Muslims, even if they were wrong. The Fatwas went on to say that only the Muslim scholars of each country are entitled to confirm the sighting of the new moon. It also says that the Sawm of a person who relies upon opinions issued concerning sighting the new moon by scholars other than those of their residence country is invalid, and they have to make up for it.

Answer: Anyone who sights the new moon of Ramadaan on the night before the thirtieth of Sha‘baan or gets informed of it by a reliable witness and so fasts accordingly, their Sawm will be sufficient for them and they do not have to make up for it... read more here.

Fasting on the thirtieth of Sha`baan

Question: If one observes Sawm (Fast) or breaks Sawm on the thirtieth day of Sha‘baan without sighting the new moon, would their Sawm be valid? Please support your answer with evidence.

Answer: It is not permissible for a Muslim to fast on the thirtieth of Sha‘baan if sighting the new moon has not been confirmed on the eve of that day. An exception to the prohibition of Sawm on the thirtieth of Sha‘baan is made if it coincides with a day that someone habitually fasts, such as Sawm on Monday or Thursday… read more here.