Is the night of mid-Sha‘ban the one meant in Surah Al-Dukhan?

    Q: My question is about the 15th night of Sha‘ban. Does the Ayah (verse) in Surah Al-Dukhan (44: 4):
Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments refer to the 15th night of Sha‘ban or Laylat-ul-Qadr (the Night of Decree), the 27th night Ramadan? Is it Mustahab (desirable) during this night to offer worship, engage in Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and Qiyam-ul-Layl (standing for optional Prayer at night), recite Qur’an, and to fast the 14th of Sha‘ban?

    A: First: The authentic explanation reported about the night mentioned in the Ayah is that it is Laylat-ul-Qadr (the Night of Decree), not the 15th night of Sha‘ban. Second: It is not Mustahab (desirable) to offer special worship on the 15th night of Sha‘ban. Rather, it is as ordinary as any other night, and offering special worship on it is a Bid‘ah (innovation in religion).
    May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!

    Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta’


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