The Night of Bara`ah (nisf Sha`ban)
What Prayers are read in night 15th Shaban?
As recommended by Sultan Sheikh Nazim ar-Rabbani (KS), May allah Almighty raise their maqam continuously and bless their family, one may do prayers between Maghrib and Isha prayer.
A) It is advisable to take Ghusl 1 hour before Maghrib and pray 2 raka Sunnah. Perform Maghrib prayers.
B) 2 raka Nafl (x3 in total) and then after salaams 21 x Surah Ikhlas and the read Surah Yasin three times, and after each time, read a special du`a Nisf Shaban (below) with the following intentions:
1st reading Yasin with the niyyat (intention) of raising ones maqam, or station (and/or Long Life).
2nd reading Yasin with the niyyat (intention) of asking for rizq, Provision (Protection from Calamities).
3rd reading Yasin with the niyyat (intention) of protection from enemies (not being needy to anyone except Allah).
C) After Isha Prayer one can Read either:
a) 300 Surah Ikhlas Sharif, or
b) 1,000 Surah Ikhlas Sharif
in any number of rakaat needed to complete the above, e.g. b) 40 rakaat in which 25 Ikhlas Sharif are read in each rakaat.
A way, which does come from Hadith and is mentioned in book Al-Ghunyatu li-Taalibiyi l-Haqq, a work prescribed to Sheikh Abdul Qadir al-Jilani (KS), consists of 100 rakaats. best of all is to pray these in 2-2-2 etc, though it would be acceptable to combine i four, six or eight rakats with one salaam. Sultan Sheikh Nazim ar-Rabbani (KS) prays two – two etc. In each rakaah you can pray Suratul Faitha and then ten (10) times Suratul Ikhlas. Alternative, is to pray 1 Surah Ikhlas in each Nafl prayer and then remaining balance in dhikr after.
D)REWARD FOR 10,000 GOOD DEEDS – 20 rakaahs
Anyone who performs 20 rakaahs of Nafl after Maghrib prayer with Fatiha and recites 10 Surah Ikhlas in every rakaah, will be rewarded abdundantly by Allah Almighty and 10,000 good deeds will be recorded in their Amal Namaa (Book of Deeds).
E) BASHARAH OF JANNAH
Sayyidina Rasulullah (SWS) said that Allah Almighty instructs and assigns 100 Angels to the person who performs 100 Nafl salaahs on this auspicious night. 30 Angels which will rbing good news from Jannah, 30 Angels to protect one from Azaab (punishment), 30 Angels to remove misfortunes and miseries of this world and 10 Angels to protect one from shaitaaan.
Fast of the 15th Sha`ban
On the day immediately following the Night of Bara`ah, i.e. the 15th of Sha`ban, it is mustahabb (advisable) to keep fast. Prophet Muhammad (saws) is reported to have recommended this fast emphatically.
Dua of Shabaan – Nisf Shaban Dua
English Transliteration of Dua Nisf Shaban
Allāhumma yā Dhā ’l-Manni lā yamannu `alayhi aħad,
yā Dhā ’l-Jalāli wa ’l-Ikrām yā Dhā ‘ţ-Ţūli wa ’l-An`ām.
Lā ilāha illa Anta.
Ļahara ’l-lāji’īn wa Jāru ’l-mustajirīn wa Amānu ’l-khā’ifīn.
Allāhumma in kunta katabtanī `indaka fī ummu ’l-Kitābi
shaqīyan aw maħrūman aw maţrūdan aw muqataran `alayya mina ’r-rizq
famħu-llāhumma bi-faļlika shaqāwatī wa ħurmāni wa ţurdī
wa iqtāra rizqī wa thabitnī `indaka fī ummi ’l-kitābi sa`īdan
wa marzūqan li ’l-khayrāti
fa-innaka qulta wa qawluku ’l-ħaqq
fī kitābik al-munzal
`ala lisāni nabīyyika ’l-mursal:
yamħullāhu mā yashā’u wa yuthbitu wa `indahu Ummu ’l-Kitāb.
Ilāhī bi ’t-tajallī al-ā`azhami fī lalayti ’n-nišfi
min shahri sha`bāni ’l-mu`azhami ’l-mukarrami
’llatī yufraqu fīhā kullu amrin ħakīmin wa yubram,
an takshifa `annā mina ’l-balā`i mā na`lamu
wa mā lā na`lamu wa mā Anta bihi ā`alamu
innaka Anta al-A`azzu ’l-Akram.
Wa šalla-Allāhu `alā sayyidinā Muħammadin wa `alā ālihi wa šāħbihi wa sallam.
English Translation of Dua Nisf Shaban
O Allah, Tireless Owner of Bounty. O Owner of Sublimity, Honor, Power, and Blessings.
There is no Allah except You, the Support of refugees and Neighbor of those who seek nearness, Guardian of the fearful.
O Allah, if you have written in Your Book that I be abject, deprived, banished, and tight-fisted,
then erase O Allah, through Your bounty,
my misery, deprivation, banishment, and stinginess
and establish me with You as happy, provided with blessings,
for surely You have said—and Your Word is True—
in Your Revealed Book on the tongue of Your Messenger,
“Allah blots out or confirms what He pleases, and with Him is the Mother of Books.” (13:39)
My God, by the Great Manifestation of the Night of the middle of the Noble Month of Sha`bān
“in which every affair of wisdom is made distinct and authorized,“(44:4)
remove from us calamities—those we know and those we do not know,
and Thou knowest best—for surely You are the Most Mighty, the Most Generous.
May Allah bless Muhammad (SWS) and his Family and Companions (RA).
Bir hurmati Habib bir hurmati Anzalta Surat al-Fatiha for Sheikh Nazim ar-Rabbani (KS) & Sheikh Mohammed Adil ar-Rabbani.