The middle of Sha’ban

 

Sha’ban is the month which is beloved to the Prophet Muhammad it is his month of remembrance, a month of attaining closeness, a month before the month of mercy, a countdown to the month of Ramadan.Two momentous events in the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) bear special significance as regards the institution of Prayer (Salah) in Islam:

First; During the Miraj (the Prophet's Ascension), God instituted the five daily obligatory Prayers for believers.
Second; In the Middle of Sha’ban , the change of Qiblah happened from Jerusalem to Makkah.And "Qiblah" means orientation, or a sense of true direction. 

We read about it in the Quran:
سَيَقُولُ السُّفَهَاءُ مِنَ النَّاسِ مَا وَلَّاهُمْ عَن قِبْلَتِهِمُ الَّتِي كَانُوا عَلَيْهَا ۚ قُل لِّلَّهِ الْمَشْرِقُ وَالْمَغْرِبُ ۚ يَهْدِي مَن يَشَاءُ {إِلَىٰ صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ

Translation: {The fools among the people will say: "What has turned them from the Qiblah to which they were used?" Say: To Allah belong both East and West; He guides whom He pleases to a Way that is straight} [Al-Baqarah:142].

For Muslims, none of the daily

At the beginning of every Prayer, the Muslims face the house of God in Makkah ,and the prayers cannot be done correctly without knowing the Qiblah.
The Qiblah has a significant role in bringing together every nation, race, and tribe on this planet regularly five times a day, so as to link them to the common center at Makkah. Thereby Muslims spiritually connect themselves along an invisible line that passes through every point on earth, to the spiritual center in Makkah. 

Being central to the worshippers in Islam, the Qiblah serves as the heart of the Ummah of Islam, supplying life-blood to the spiritual existence of Muslims all over the world and keeping the concept of unity in every sense of the term: God is One, the religion is one and the Ummah is one. 

Because Prophet Muhammad was sent as the final prophet for the whole of humanity consisting chiefly of the children of Abraham by his eldest son Ishmael, and the second son Isaac, (peace be upon them both). Jerusalem represents the line of Isaac, as Makkah does the line of Ishmael. As a significant turning point in the process of the completion of the religion of Islam, God asks Prophet Muhammad to turn to the first house of God in Makkah for worship. 

And God says in the Quran what means: 
(وَكَذَٰلِكَ جَعَلْنَاكُمْ أُمَّةً وَسَطًا لِّتَكُونُوا شُهَدَاءَ عَلَى النَّاسِ وَيَكُونَ الرَّسُولُ عَلَيْكُمْ شَهِيدًا ۗ وَمَا جَعَلْنَا الْقِبْلَةَ الَّتِي كُنتَ عَلَيْهَا إِلَّا لِنَعْلَمَ مَن يَتَّبِعُ الرَّسُولَ مِمَّن يَنقَلِبُ عَلَىٰ عَقِبَيْهِ ۚ وَإِن كَانَتْ لَكَبِيرَةً إِلَّا عَلَى الَّذِينَ هَدَى اللَّهُ ۗ وَمَا كَانَ اللَّهُ لِيُضِيعَ إِيمَانَكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ بِالنَّاسِ لَرَءُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ)

Translation: {Thus, have We made of you an Ummah justly balanced, that ye might be witnesses over the nations, and the Messenger a witness over yourselves; and We appointed the Qiblah to which thou was used, only to test those who followed the Messenger from those who would turn on their heels (From the Faith). Indeed it was (A change) momentous, except to those guided by Allah. And never would Allah Make your faith of no effect. For Allah is to all people Most surely full of kindness, Most Merciful} [Al-Baqarah:143].

According to the Quran, Prophet Muhammad and his followers were named "the best of peoples" as well as "a justly balanced society", deserving of leading the whole of humanity to the path of God.

That is to say, the change of the Qiblah is a declaration by God of the perfection of the first religion as the final religion for mankind. Through the two mystical events in the life of the final messenger, Muhammad, God completes and perfects the religion for humanity and declares the Kabah in Makkah as the center of the world as well as of His religion. This means that the change of Qiblah had far more significance than most people at that time understood.

Also , The 15th of Sha’ban, is a very  special night as person is given an opportunity for a new beginning as a person’s records, fate and destiny is recorded for the following year.  It is an opportunity to end the path of evilness and to start afresh through the means of repentance.

 The Prophet said “Allah looks to His creation on the middle night of Sha’ban and forgives all of His creation, except for the one who ascribes partners to Him and the one who holds malice against others.”

[Reported by Mu’adh ibn Jabal RA (Ibn Hibban, Tabarani, Ibn Khuzayma and declared sahih by Shaykh Shu’ayb Arnau’t and Shaykh Nasir Albani]. 

Hope Allah forgives all of us on this night, Do not forget us in you Dua .

 

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