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The Holy Prophet (sa.) had said that during the night of 15th Shaba'an the Almighty takes decisions in the matters of sustenance, life and death and welfare of the people. Next to the “Night of Qadr” the night of 15th Sha’baan is the most auspicious night (also known as “night of Baraat”). According to the Imams Muhammad bin Ali Al Baqir (as.) and Jaa’far bin Muhammad As Sadiq (as.) Allah swt has promised to fulfill every legitimate desire put forward to Him tonight. During this night Allah (swt) bestows on HIS people from HIS bounty & forgives them out of HIS grace & generosity .Of the blessings of this night is that ,at the dawn of this night ,was born the Leader of the Time Imam Mehdi (atfs) in Samarra -Iraq in the yr 255 AH .

Ahadith in the book Iqbalul A‘mal  "Therefore, stay awake this night in prayer and worship and encourage your Ummah to also keep awake this night in order to get closer to Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) through their actions since this is a noble night. This is a night in which not a single person supplicates to Allah except that his prayers are accepted. Nobody asks for a single thing on this night except that it will be given to him. No one asks Allah for forgiveness except that his sins are wiped out. No one turns in repentance to Allah except that He accepts their repentance. Whoever is deprived of the goodness of this night has definitely been deprived of something great."

Almighty Allah has chosen this night for the Ahl ul-Bayt, in the same way as He has chosen the Qadr Night for our Prophet—peace be upon him and his Family.

The first thing that that Salik (the Wayfarer on the path towards Allah, Glorified and Exalted is He) must perform on this night is that he must remove the material pleasures and enjoyments of this world from in front of his eyes (and from his heart) and in order to make the most of this special night and ensure that all of his actions are performed properly, he must think to himself that tonight  is his last night on this Earth (meaning that tomorrow he shall die) and thus, he will no longer have the opportunity to perform any more good deeds and that tomorrow the Day of Judgment will take place.

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First: It is highly recommended to have Ghusl /bathe oneself at this night, for this act decreases the punishment on one’s sins.

 

Second: It is highly recommended to imitate Imam Zainul Abideen (a.s) who used to spend this whole night with acts of worship, prayers, supplications, invocations and prayers for forgiveness. A hadith has confirmed that as for one who remains awake & spends this whole night with acts of worship, his heart will not die when other hearts die.

 

Third: It is highly recommended to visit the tomb of Imam al-Husayn (a.s). As a matter of fact, this is the most favorable act at this night. It also brings about forgiveness of one’s sins. If you desire that 124,000 Prophets shake hands with you, you may visit the holy tomb of Imam al-Husayn (a.s) at this night. The least act of Ziyarah is to go up an elevated place, to look to the right and the left, and then to raise the head towards the heavens and say these following statements:

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ يَا أَبَا عَبْدِ اللّه،

alssal¡mu `alayka y¡ ab¡ `abdi all¡h

Peace be upon you; O Aba-`Abdullah!

السَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ وَرَحْمَةُ اللّه وَبَرَكَاتُهُ.

alssal¡mu `alayka wa ra¦matu all¡h wa barak¡tuhu

Peace and Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

One who performs this Ziy¡rah is expected to have the reward of one °ajj and one `Umrah.

 

Ziy¡rah of Imam al-°usayn on the Fifteenth of Sha`b¡n

There are two forms of visiting the holy tomb of Imam al-°usayn (a.s) on the fifteenth of Sha`b¡n. The first form is the same as the one previously cited for the Ziy¡rah on the first of Rajab, and the second is as follows: In his book of ‘al-Balad al-Am¢n’, Shaykh al-Kaf`amiy has reported Imam al-¯¡diq (a.s) as saying  say the following:       MP3

ألْحَمْدُ للهِ الْعَلِيِّ الْعَظيمِ

al¦amdu lill¡hi al`aliyy al`a¨¢mi

All praise be to Allah; the Most High, the All-great.

والسَّلامُ عَلَيْكَ أيُّها الْعَبْدُ الصَّالِحُ الزَّكيُّ

wa alssal¡mu `alayka ayyuh¡ al`abdu al¥¥¡li¦u alzzakiyy

Peace be upon you; O the righteous, pure servant (of Allah).

اُودِعُكَ شَهادَةً مِنِّي لَكَ تُقَرِّبُني إلَيْكَ فِي يَوْمِ شَفاعَتِكَ،

£di`uka shah¡datan minny laka tuqarribuny ilayka f¢ yawmi shaf¡`atika

I entrust with you a testimony of mine that takes me near you on the day of your intercession (for some people).

أشْهَدُ أنَّكَ قُتِلْتَ وَلَمْ تَمُتْ

ash-hadu annaka qutilta wa lam tamut

I bear witness that although you were slain, you have not died;

بَلْ بِرَجاءِ حَياتِكَ حَيِيَتْ قُلُوبُ شيعَتِكَ،

bal biraj¡‘i ¦ay¡tika ¦ayiyat qul£bu sh¢`atika

Rather the hearts of your adherents (Sh¢`ah) are living on the hope of your being alive;

وَبِضِياءِ نُورِكَ اهْتَدَى الطَّالِبُونَ إلَيْكَ،

wa bi¤iy¡‘i n£rika ahtad¡ al§§¡lib£na ilayka

And by the light of your illumination have those seeking you been guided (to the right path).

وَأشْهَدُ أنَّكَ نُورُ اللهِ الَّذي لَمْ يُطْفَأْ وَلا يُطْفَأُ أبَداً،

wa ash-hadu annaka n£ru all¡hi alladhy lam yu§fa wa l¡ yu§fa’u abadan

And I bear witness that you are verily the Light of Allah that has not and shall never be extinguished.

وَأنَّكَ وَجْهُ اللهِ الَّذي لَمْ يَهْلِكْ وَلا يُهْلَكُ أبَداً،

wa annaka wajhu all¡hi alladhy lam yahlik wa l¡ yuhlaku abadan

And you are verily the Face of Allah that has not and shall never be perishing.

وَأشْهَدُ أنَّ هذِهِ التُّرْبَةَ تُرْبَتُكَ،

wa ash-hadu ann hadhihi alttrbata turbatuka

And I bear witness that this soil is yours,

وَهذا الْحَرَمَ حَرَمُكَ،

wa h¡dh¡ al¦arama ¦aramuka

And this holy precinct is yours.

وَهذا الْمَصْرَعَ مَصْرَعُ بَدَنِكَ

wa h¡dh¡ alma¥ra`a ma¥ra`u badanika

And this death is the death of your body only,

لا ذَليلَ واللهِ مُعِزُّكَ

dhal¢la wall¡hu mu`izzuka

While you have never been humiliated since Allah is the One Who is pouring honor upon you

وَلا مَغْلُوبَ واللهِ ناصِرُكَ،

wa l¡ maghl£ba wall¡hu n¡¥iruka

And you have never been defeated since Allah is the One Who is supporting you.

هذِهِ شَهادَةٌ لي عِنْدَكَ إلى يَوْمَ قَبْضِ روُحي بِحَضْرَتِكَ،

hadhihi shah¡datun l¢ `indaka il¡ yawmi qab¤i r£¦y bi¦a¤ratika

I would like you to keep this testimony of mine with you up to the day when my soul will be grasped in the presence of you.

والسَّلامُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكاتُهُ.

wa alssal¡mu `alayka wa ra¦matu all¡hi wa barak¡tuhu

Peace and Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

 

Fourth: It is recommended to recite the following supplication, which stand for a form of Ziy¡rah for Imam al-Mahdi (a.s). this supplication has been mentioned by both Sayyid Ibn ±¡w£s and Shaykh al-±£siy: Mp3    alt eng

O Allah: I beseech You in the name of this night and in the name of him whom was born at it

all¡humma bi¦aqqi laylatin¡ hadhihi wa mawl£dih¡

اللّهُمَّ بِحَقِّ لَيْلَتِنَا هذِهِ وَمَوْلُودِهَا

and in the name of Your Argument and in the name of Your promise in it,

wa ¦ujjtika wa maw`£dih¡

وَحُجَّتِكَ وَمَوْعُودِهَا،

the night that You have added a new merit to its many merits

allaty qaranta il¡ fa¤lih¡ fa¤lan

الَّتِي قَرَنْتَ إلَى فَضْلِهَا فَضْلاً،

So, Your Word has been accomplished truly and fairly;

fatammt kalimatuka ¥idqan wa `adlan

فَتَمَّتْ كَلِمَتُكَ صِدْقاً وَعَدْلاً،

no one can change Your words,

mubaddla likalim¡tika

لا مُبَدِّلَ لِكَلِمَاتِكَ،

nor obscure Your signs,

wa l¡ mu`aqqba li-¡y¡tika

وَلا مُعَقِّبَ لآيَاتِكَ،

(He is) Your glowing Light

n£ruka almutalliqu

نُورُكَ الْمُتَأَلِّقُ،

and Your bring splendor

wa ¤¢¡u´uka almushriqu

وَضِيَاؤُكَ الْمُشْرِقُ،

and the luminous sign in the obscurity of darkness

wal-`alamu alnn£ru f¢ §akhy¡‘i alddayj£ri

وَالْعَلَمُ النُّورُ فِي طَخْيَاءِ الدَّيْجُورِ،

and the absent and the concealed,

algh¡’ibu almast£ru

الْغَائِبُ الْمَسْتُورُ

Lofty is his birth and noble is his lineage

jalla mawliduhu wa karuma ma¦tiduhu

جَلَّ مَوْلِدُهُ، وَكَرُمَ مَحْتِدُهُ،

and the angels are his witnesses

wal-mal¡’ikatu shuhhaduhu

وَالْمَلائِكَةُ شُهَّدُهُ،

and Allah is his Supporter and Backer

wall¡hu n¡¥iruhu wa mu´ayyduhu

وَاللّهُ نَاصِرُهُ وَمُؤَيِّدُهُ،

when his time comes and the angels shall be his sponsors;

idh¡ ¡na m¢`¡duhu wal-mal¡’ikatu amd¡duhu

إذَا آنَ مِيعَادُهُ وَالْمَلائِكَةُ أَمْدَادُهُ،

(He shall act as) the sword of Allah that shall never miss the target,

sayfu all¡hi alladhy l¡ yanb£

سَيْفُ اللّهِ الَّذِي لا يَنْبُو،

and His light that shall never be extinguished

wa n£ruhu alladhy l¡ yakhb£

وَنُورُهُ الَّذِي لا يَخْبُو،

And the forbearing person who shall never deviate the truth.

wa dhu al¦ilmi alladhy l¡ ya¥b£

وَذُو الْحِلْمِ الَّذِي لا يَصْبُو،

and the motive and reason of the course of events,

mad¡ru alddhri

مَدَارُ الدَّهْرِ،

and the one for whom the laws of ages have been made

wa naw¡m¢su al`a¥ri

وَنَوَامِيسُ الْعَصْرِ،

and (one of) the men of authority

wa wulatu alamri

وَوُلاةُ الأَمْرِ،

who receive that which is revealed on the Grand Night.

wal-munazzalu `alayhim m¡ yatanazzalu f¢ laylati alqadri

وَالْمُنَزَّلُ عَلَيْهِمْ مَا يَتَنَزَّلُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ،

and the managers of the Resurrection and the Account;

wa a¥¦¡bu al¦ashri wal-nnashri

وَأَصْحَابُ الْحَشْرِ وَالنَّشْرِ،

(They are) the interpreters of His revelations

tar¡jimatu wa¦yihi

تَرَاجِمَةُ وَحْيِهِ،

and in charge of what is deemed lawful and what is deemed unlawful by Him.

wa wulatu amrihi wa nah¢ihi

وَوُلاةُ أَمْرِهِ وَنَهْيِهِ.

O Allah: send blessings on their seal and their Riser

all¡humma fa¥alli `al¡ kh¡timihim wa q¡’imihim

اللّهُمَّ فَصَلِّ عَلَى خَاتِمِهِمْ وَقَائِمِهِمُ

whom is hidden from their world.

almast£ri `an `awalimihim

الْمَسْتُورِ عَنْ عَوَالِمِهِمْ.

O Allah: (please) make us causes for the coming of him,

all¡humma wa adrik bin¡ ayy¡mahu

اللّهُمَّ وَأَدْرِكْ بِنَا أَيَّامَهُ

and causes for his advent and reappearance

wa ¨uh£rahu wa qiy¡mahu

وَظُهُورَهُ وَقِيَامَهُ،

and (please) include us with his supporters

waj`aln¡ min an¥¡rihi

وَاجْعَلْنَا مِنْ أَنْصَارِهِ،

and join our vengeance to his

waqrin tha’ran¡ bitha’rihi

وَاقْرِنْ ثأْرَنَا بِثَأْرِهِ،

and decide us to be among his assistants and retinue.

w¡ktubn¡ f¢ a`w¡nihi wa khula¥¡’ihi

وَاكْتُبْنَا فِي أَعْوَانِهِ وَخُلَصَائِهِ،

and make us live in bliss in his reign,

wa a¦¢in¡ f¢ dawlatihi n¡`im¢na

وَأَحْيِنَا فِي دَوْلَتِهِ نَاعِمِينَ،

and make us win the ecstasy of his companionship,

wa bi¥u¦batihi gh¡nim¢na

وَبِصُحْبَتِهِ غَانِمِينَ،

and make us of those who carry out our duty toward him,

wa bi¦aqqhi q¡’im¢na

وَبِحَقِّهِ قَائِمِينَ،

and save us from evil.

wa mina alss£‘I s¡lim¢na

وَمِنَ السُّوءِ سَالِمِينَ،

O the most Merciful of all those who show mercy.

ar¦ama alrr¡¦im¢na

يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ،

All praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds.

wal¦amdu lill¡hi rabbi al`¡lam¢na

وَالْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ،

His blessings be upon our master, Mu¦ammad

wa ¥alaw¡tuhu `al¡ sayydin¡ mu¦ammadin

وَصَلَوَاتُهُ عَلَى سَيِّدِنَا مُحَمَّدٍ

the seal of the Prophets and the Messengers,

kh¡tami alnnabiyy¢na wal-mursal¢na

خَاتَمِ النَّبِيِّينَ وَالْمُرْسَلِينَ

and upon his Household, the veracious,

wa `al¡ ahli baytihi al¥¥¡diq¢na

وَعَلَى أَهْلِ بَيْتِهِ الصَّادِقِينَ

and his offspring, the spokespersons of the truth,

wa `itratihi alnn¡§iq¢na

وَعِتْرَتِهِ النَّاطِقِينَ،

and curse all the wrongdoers

wal-`an jam¢`a al¨¨¡lim¢na

وَالْعَنْ جَمِيعَ الظَّالِمِينَ،

and judge between them and us

w¡¦kum baynan¡ wa baynahum

وَاحْكُمْ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَهُمْ

O the Most Just of all judges.

y¡ a¦kama al¦¡kim¢na

يَا أَحْكَمَ الْحَاكِمِينَ.

 

Fifth: Shaykh Ism¡`¢l ibn Fa¤l al-H¡shimiy has narrated that Imam Ja`far al-¯¡diq (a.s) instructed him to recite the following supplication at the fifteenth night of Sha`b¡n:Mp3   Alt eng

اللّهُمَّ أَنْتَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ

all¡humma anta al¦ayyu alqayy£mu

O Allah: You are verily the Ever-living, the Self-Subsisting,

الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ

al`aliyyu al`a¨¢mu

the Most High, the All-great,

الْخَالِقُ الرَّازِقُ

alkh¡liqu alrr¡ziqu

the Creator, the Sustainer,

الْمُحْيِي الْمُمِيتُ

almu¦¢y almum¢tu

the Giver of live, the Causer of death,

الْبَدِيءُ الْبَدِيعُ،

albad¢‘u albad¢`u

the Originator, the Maker.

لَكَ الْجَلالُ،

laka aljal¡lu

To You is the Majesty

وَلَكَ الْفَضْلُ،

wa laka alfa¤lu

and to You is the favor,

وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ،

wa laka al¦amdu

and to You is all praise,

وَلَكَ الْمَنُّ،

wa laka almann

and to You is thanks,

وَلَكَ الْجُودُ،

wa laka alj£du

and to You is magnanimity,

وَلَكَ الْكَرَمُ،

wa laka alkaramu

and to You is generosity,

وَلَكَ الأَمْرُ،

wa laka alamru

and to You do belong all affairs,

وَلَكَ الْمَجْدُ،

wa laka almajdu

and to You is glory,

وَلَكَ الشُّكْرُ،

wa laka alshshkru

and to You is gratitude;

وَحْدَكَ لا شَرِيكَ لَكَ،

wa ¦daka l¡ shar¢ka laka

You are alone without having any partner with You.

يَا وَاحِدُ يَا أَحَدُ يَا صَمَدُ

w¡¦idu y¡ a¦adu y¡ ¥amadu

O the One: O the Absolute: O the Besought of all:

يَا مَنْ لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ

man lam yalid wa lam y£lad

O He Who neither begets nor is He begotten,

وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ كُفُواً أَحَدٌ،

wa lam yakun lahu kufwan a¦adun

and there is none like to Him.

صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

¥alli `al¡ mu¦ammadin wa ¡li mu¦ammadin

(please do) bless Mu¦ammad and the Household of Mu¦ammad

وَاغْفِرْ لِي وَارْحَمْنِي

waghfir l¢ war¦amny

and forgive me; and have mercy upon me;

وَاكْفِنِي مَا أَهَمَّنِي

w¡kfiny m¡ ahammany

and relieve me from whatever has aggrieved me;

وَاقْضِ دَيْنِي،

waq¤i dayn¢

and help me settle my debt;

وَوَسِّعْ عَلَيَّ فِي رِزْقِي،

wa wassi` `alayy f¢ rizq¢

and expand my provisions;

فَإنَّكَ فِي هذِهِ اللَّيْلَةِ كُلَّ أَمْرٍ حَكِيمٍ تَفْرُقُ،

fa’innaka f¢ hadhihi allaylati kull amrin ¦ak¢min tafruqu

for You, at this night, make distinct all affairs of wisdom;

وَمَنْ تَشَاءُ مِنْ خَلْقِكَ تَرْزُقُ،

wa man tash¡‘u min khalqika tarzuqu

and You grant sustenance to whomever You wish among Your creatures.

فَارْزُقْنِي وَأَنْتَ خَيْرُ الرَّازِقِينَ،

f¡rzuqny wa anta khayru alrr¡ziq¢na

So, (please do) grant me sustenance and You are verily the Best of sustainers.

فَإنَّكَ قُلْتَ وَأَنْتَ خَيْرُ الْقَائِلِينَ النَّاطِقِينَ:

fa’innaka qulta wa anta khayru alq¡’il¢na alnn¡§iq¢na:

You have said—and You are the Best of those who speak and utter—

(وَاسْأَلُوَا اللّهَ مِنْ فَضْلِهِ)

“was-al£ all¡ha min fa¤lihi”

“Ask Allah of His bounty.”

فَمِنْ فَضْلِكَ أَسْأَلُ،

famin fa¤lika as-alu

I thus ask You of Your bounty;

وَإيَّاكَ قَصَدْتُ،

wa ‘iyy¡ka qa¥adtu

and to You do I turn my face;

وَابْنَ نَبِيِّكَ اعْتَمَدْتُ،

w¡bna nabiyyka a`tamadtu

and the intercession of Your Prophet’s son do I seek;

وَلَكَ رَجَوْتُ،

wa laka rajawtu

and for You do I hope.

فَارْحَمْنِي يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ.

far¦amny y¡ ar¦ama alrr¡¦im¢na

So, (please do) have mercy upon me; O the most Merciful of all those who show mercy.

 

Sixth: It is recommended to say this supplication, which the Holy Prophet (a.s) used to recite at this night:Mp3     Alt eng

اللّهُمَّ اقْسِمْ لَنَا مِنْ خَشْيَتِكَ

all¡humma aqsim lan¡ min khashiyatika

O Allah: (please do) grant us an amount of fearfulness of You

مَا يَحُولُ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَ مَعْصِيَتِكَ،

ya¦£lu baynan¡ wa bayna ma`¥iyatika

that prevents us from committing acts of disobedience to You;

وَمِنْ طَاعَتِكَ مَا تُبَلِّغُنَا بِهِ رِضْوَانَكَ،

wa min §¡`atika m¡ tuballghun¡ bihi ri¤w¡naka

and an amount of obedience to You that makes us attain Your satisfaction;

وَمِنَ الْيَقِينِ مَا يَهُونُ عَلَيْنَا بِهِ مُصِيبَاتُ الدُّنْيَا.

wa mina aliyaq¢ni m¡ yah£nu `alayn¡ bihi mu¥¢b¡tu aldduny¡

and an amount of conviction that help us tolerate the vicissitudes of this worldly life.

اللّهُمَّ أَمْتِعْنَا بِأَسْمَاعِنَا وَأَبْصَارِنَا وَقُوَّتِنَا

all¡humma amti`n¡ biasm¡`in¡ wa ab¥¡rin¡ wa quwwatin¡

O Allah: (please do) make us enjoy our hearings, sights, and powers

مَا أَحْيَيْتَنَا وَاجْعَلْهُ الْوَارِثَ مِنَّا،

a¦iyaytan¡ waj`alhu alw¡ritha minn¡

so long as You decide to keep us alive; and (please do) make it the inheritor of us.

وَاجْعَلْ ثأْرَنَا عَلَى مَنْ ظَلَمَنَا،

waj`al tharan¡ `al¡ man ¨alaman¡

And (please do) make us avenge ourselves against them who wrong us;

وَانْصُرْنَا عَلَى مَنْ عَادَانَا،

w¡n¥urn¡ `al¡ man `¡d¡n¡

and back us against them who antagonize us;

وَلا تَجْعَلْ مُصِيبَتَنَا فِي دِينِنَا،

wa l¡ taj`al mu¥¢batan¡ f¢ d¢nin¡

and do not suffer misfortunes in affairs of our religion;

وَلا تَجْعَلِ الدُّنْيَا أَكْبَرَ هَمِّنَا وَلا مَبْلَغَ عِلْمِنَا،

wa l¡ taj`ali aldduny¡ akbara hammn¡ wa l¡ mablagha `ilmin¡

and do not make our worldly affairs happen to be our greatest concern or our utmost knowledge;

وَلا تُسَلِّطْ عَلَيْنَا مَنْ لا يَرْحَمُنَا،

wa l¡ tusall§ `alayn¡ man l¡ yar¦amun¡

and do not set him who does not have mercy upon us, as master over us;

بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ.

bira¦matika yar¦ama alrr¡¦im¢na

in the name of Your mercy; O the most Merciful of all those who show mercy.

Actually, this supplication is one of the perfect, comprehensive prayers that may be recited at all times. In the word of the book of ‘`Aw¡l¢ al-La’¡l¢’, the Holy Prophet (a.s) used to recite this supplication at all times.

 

Seventh: It is recommended to say the prayers that are preferably recited at midday everyday in Sha`b¡n. These prayers, previously mentioned, begins with the following statement:

O Allah: (please do) send blessings upon Mu¦ammad and the Household of Mu¦ammad—the tree of Prophethood…

all¡humma ¥alli `al¡ mu¦ammadin wa ¡li mu¦ammadinshajarati alnnbuwwati…

اللّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍشَجَرَةِ النُّبُوَّةِ…


 

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Ninth: It is recommended to mention Almighty Allah by the following invocation one hundred times so that one’s past acts of disobedience to Almighty Allah will be forgiven and one’s worldly and religious needs will be settled:

سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ،

sub¦¡na all¡hi,

All glory be to Allah;

وَالْحَمْدُ لِلّهِ،

wal¦amdu lill¡hi,

all praise be to Allah;

وَلا إلهَ إلاَّ اللّهُ،

wa l¡ il¡ha ill¡ all¡hu,

there is no god save Allah;

وَاللّهُ أَكْبَرُ،

wall¡hu akbaru,

Allah is the Greatest;

 

Tenth: Shaykh al-±£siy, in ‘Mi¥b¡¦ al-Mutahajjid’, has narrated a °ad¢th about the merits of the fifteenth night of Sha`b¡n entailing that Ab£-Ya¦y¡ asked Imam Ja`far al-¯¡diq (a.s) about the best of supplications at this night. The Imam (a.s) instructed him saying, “After you finish the obligatory `Ish¡' Prayer, you may offer a two Rak`ah prayer in the first of which you should recite S£rah of al-F¡ti¦ah and S£rah of al-K¡fir£n and in the second you should recite S£rah of al-F¡ti¦ah and S£rah of al-Taw¦¢d. When you accomplish the prayer, you may repeat (the phrase of) ‘sub¦¡nall¡h’ thirty-three times, (the phrase of) ‘al¦amdulill¡h’ thirty-three times, and (the phrase of) ‘all¡hu-akbar’ thirty-four times. You may then say the following supplication:Mp3  alt eng

O He to Whom the servants (of Him) resort in urgencies

man ilayhi malja’u al`ib¡di f¢ almuhimm¡ti

يَا مَنْ إلَيْهِ مَلْجَأُ الْعِبَادِ فِي الْمُهِمَّاتِ،

and to Whom the creatures turn in ordeals;

wa ilayhi yafza`u alkhalqu f¢ almulimm¡ti

وَإلَيْهِ يَفْزَعُ الْخَلْقُ فِي الْمُلِمَّاتِ،

O He Who knows the open and the hidden matters;

`¡lima aljahri wal-khafiyy¡ti

يَا عَالِمَ الْجَهْرِ وَالْخَفِيَّاتِ،

O He from Whom neither the ideas of illusions nor the initiatives of delusions can be concealed;

man l¡ takhf¡ `alayhi khaw¡§iru alawh¡mi wa ta¥arrfu alkha§ar¡ti

يَا مَنْ لا تَخْفَى عَلَيْهِ خَوَاطِرُ الأَوْهَامِ وَتَصَرُّفُ الْخَطَرَاتِ،

O the Lord of creatures and beings;

y¡ rabbi alkhal¡’iqi wal-bariyy¡ti

يَارَبَّ الْخَلائِقِ وَالْبَرِيَّاتِ،

O He Who grasps the kingdoms of the earth and the heavens;

man biyadihi malak£tu alara¤¢na wal-ssam¡w¡ti

يَا مَنْ بِيَدِهِ مَلَكُوتُ الأَرَضِينَ وَالسَّمَاوَاتِ،

You are verily Allah; there is no god save You;

anta all¡hu l¡ il¡ha ill¡ anta

أَنْتَ اللّهُ لا إلهَ إلاَّ أَنْتَ،

I thus try to connect with you in the name of ‘There is no god save You’

amutt ilayka bil¡ il¡ha ill¡ anta

أَمُتُّ إلَيْكَ بِلا إلهَ إلاَّ أَنْتَ،

So, O He save Whom there is no god: (please) include me at this night with those at whom You have looked and thus You have mercy upon them;

fay¡ il¡ha ill¡ anta aj`alny f¢ hadhihi allaylati mimmn na¨arta ilayhi fara¦imtahu

فَيَا لا إلهَ إلاَّ أَنْتَ اجْعَلْنِي فِي هذِهِ اللَّيْلَةِ مِمَّنْ نَظَرْتَ إلَيْهِ فَرَحِمْتَهُ،

and with those whose prayers have been heard by You and thus You have responded to them;

wa sami`ta du`¡‘ahu fa-ajabtahu

وَسَمِعْتَ دُعَاءَهُ فَأَجَبْتَهُ،

and with those whose true repentance has been admitted by You and thus You have accepted it;

wa `alimta astiq¡latahu fa-aqaltahu

وَعَلِمْتَ اسْتِقَالَتَهُ فَأَقَلْتَهُ،

and You have thus overlooked their past sins and enormous offenses.

wa taj¡wazta `an s¡lifi kha§¢iatihi wa `a¨¢mi jar¢ratihi

وَتَجَاوَزْتَ عَنْ سَالِفِ خَطِيئَتِهِ وَعَظِيمِ جَرِيرَتِهِ،

verily, I am seeking Your shelter against my sins,

faqadi astajartu bika min dhun£b¢

فَقَدِ اسْتَجَرْتُ بِكَ مِنْ ذُنُوبِي،

and I am resorting to You so that You may conceal my defects.

wa lajatu ilayka f¢ satri `uy£b¢

وَلَجَأْتُ إلَيْكَ فِي سَتْرِ عُيُوبِي.

O Allah: (please) bestow lavishly upon me with Your generosity and Favor;

all¡humma fajud `alayy bikaramika wa fa¤lika

اللّهُمَّ فَجُدْ عَلَيَّ بِكَرَمِكَ وَفَضلِكَ،

and condone my misdeeds out of Your forbearance and pardon,

w¡¦§u§ kha§¡¢¡iya bi¦ilmika wa `afwika

وَاحْطُطْ خَطَايَايَ بِحِلْمِكَ وَعَفْوِكَ،

and encompass me, at this night, with Your opulent honoring,

wa taghammdny f¢ hadhihi allaylati bis¡bighi kar¡matika

وَتَغَمَّدْنِي فِي هذِهِ اللَّيْلَةِ بِسَابِغِ كَرَامَتِكَ،

and include me at this night with Your intimate servants whom You have selected for obeying You,

waj`alny f¢h¡ min awl¢¡’ika alladh¢na ajtabaytahum li§¡`atika

وَاجْعَلْنِي فِيهَا مِنْ أَوْلِيَائِكَ الَّذِينَ اجْتَبَيْتَهُمْ لِطَاعَتِكَ،

and whom You have chosen for worshipping You,

w¡khtartahum li`ib¡datika

وَاخْتَرْتَهُمْ لِعِبَادَتِكَ،

and whom You have made Your elite and select people.

wa ja`altahum kh¡li¥ataka wa ¥ifwataka

وَجَعَلْتَهُمْ خَالِصَتَكَ وَصِفْوَتَكَ.

O Allah: (please) make me of those whose efforts are of a happy end,

all¡humma aj`alny mimmn sa`ada jadduhu

اللّهُمَّ اجْعَلْنِي مِمَّنْ سَعَدَ جَدُّهُ،

and those whose shares of good things are big,

wa tawaffra mina alkhayr¡ti ¦a¨¨uhu

وَتَوَفَّرَ مِنَ الْخَيْرَاتِ حَظُّهُ،

and make me of those who enjoy blissful life as they have been safe (from sins)

waj`alny mimmn salima fana`ima

وَاجْعَلْنِي مِمَّنْ سَلِمَ فَنَعِمَ،

and those who have been awarded excellently as they have won,

wa f¡za faghanima

وَفَازَ فَغَنِمَ،

and rescue me from the evil consequences of what I have committed,

w¡kfiny sharr m¡ aslaftu

وَاكْفِنِي شَرَّ مَا أَسْلَفْتُ،

and save me from doing more acts of disobedience to You,

w¡`¥imny mina al¡zd¢¡di f¢ ma`¥iyatika

وَاعْصِمْنِي مِنَ الإزْدِيَادِ فِي مَعْصِيَتِكَ،

and make me love the acts of obedience to You and whatever draws me near You and approaches me toward You.

wa ¦abbib ilayya §¡`ataka wa m¡ yuqarribuny minka wa yuzlifuny `indaka

وَحَبِّبْ إلَيَّ طَاعَتَكَ وَمَا يُقَرِّبُنِي مِنْكَ وَيُزْلِفُنِي عِنْدَكَ.

O my Master: a fugitive resorts to none save You,

sayyidy ilayka yalja’u alh¡ribu

سَيِّدِي إلَيْكَ يَلْجَأُ الْهَارِبُ،

and a needy begs none save You,

wa minka yaltamisu al§§¡libu

وَمِنْكَ يَلْتَمِسُ الطَّالِبُ،

and only on Your generosity does a repentant, contrite one depends

wa `al¡ karamika yu`awwilu almustaq¢lu altt¡’ibu

وَعَلَى كَرَمِكَ يُعَوِّلُ الْمُسْتَقِيلُ التَّائِبُ،

You have disciplined Your servants by means of generosity; and You are verily the most Generous of all those who are generous.

addabta `ib¡daka bilttakarrumi wa anta akramu alakram¢na

أَدَّبْتَ عِبَادَكَ بِالتَّكَرُّمِ وَأَنْتَ أَكْرَمُ الأَكْرَمِينَ،

and You have instructed Your servants to pardon; and You are verily the All-forgiving, the All-merciful.

wa amarta bil`af£i `ib¡daka wa anta alghaf£ru alrra¦¢mu

وَأَمَرْتَ بِالْعَفْوِ عِبَادَكَ وَأَنْتَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ.

O Allah: (please) do not deprive me of Your generosity for which I hope,

all¡humma fal¡ ta¦rimny m¡ rajawtu min karamika

اللّهُمَّ فَلا تَحْرِمْنِي مَا رَجَوْتُ مِنْ كَرَمِكَ،

and do not make me despair of Your opulent bounties,

wa l¡ tu´¢isny min s¡bighi ni`amika

وَلا تُؤْيِسْنِي مِنْ سَابِغِ نِعَمِكَ،

and do not disappoint me of Your abundant sustenance that You decide, this night, for those who are obedient to You,

wa l¡ tukhayybny min jaz¢li qisamika f¢ hadhihi allaylati liahli §¡`atika

وَلا تُخَيِّبْنِي مِنْ جَزِيلِ قِسَمِكَ فِي هذِهِ اللَّيْلَةِ لأهْلِ طَاعَتِكَ،

and include me with Your protection against Your evil creatures.

waj`alny f¢ junnatin min shir¡ri bariyyatika

وَاجْعَلْنِي فِي جُنَّةٍ مِنْ شِرَارِ بَرِيَّتِكَ،

O my Lord: If I do not deserve so, then You are worthy of acting generously to me, and pardoning and forgiving me,

rabbi in lam akun min ahli dhalika fanta ahlu alkarami wal-`af£i wal-maghfirati

رَبِّ إنْ لَمْ أَكُنْ مِنْ أَهْلِ ذلِكَ فَأَنْتَ أَهْلُ الْكَرَمِ وَالْعَفْوِ وَالْمَغْفِرَةِ،

and (please) bestow upon me magnanimously according to that which befits You, not according to what I deserve,

wa jud `alayya bim¡ anta ahluhu l¡ bim¡ asta¦iqquhu

وَجُدْ عَلَيَّ بِمَا أَنْتَ أَهْلُهُ لا بِمَا أَسْتَحِقُّهُ،

verily, I carry an excellent opinion about You,

faqad ¦asuna ¨ann¢ bika

فَقَدْ حَسُنَ ظَنِّي بِكَ،

and I do hope for You,

wa ta¦aqqaqa raj¡iy laka

وَتَحَقَّقَ رَجَائِي لَكَ،

and my self is hanged to the rope of Your generosity,

wa `aliqat nafs¢ bikaramika

وَعَلِقَتْ نَفْسِي بِكَرَمِكَ

for You are verily the most Merciful of all those who show mercy,

fa-anta ar¦amu alrr¡¦im¢na

فَأَنْتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ،

and You are the most Generous of all those who are generous.

wa akramu alakram¢na

وَأَكْرَمُ الأَكْرَمِينَ.

O Allah: (please) confer upon me exclusively with an abundant share of what You decide, out of Your generosity,

all¡humma w¡kh¥u¥ny min karamika bijaz¢li qisamika

اللّهُمَّ وَاخْصُصْنِي مِنْ كَرَمِكَ بِجَزِيلِ قِسَمِكَ،

and I seek refuge with Your pardon against Your chastisement,

wa a`£dhu bi`afwika min `uq£batika

وَأَعُوذُ بِعَفْوِكَ مِنْ عُقُوبَتِكَ،

and (please) forgive me the sin that prevents me from enjoying high morals,

wa ghfir liya aldhdhanba alladhy ya¦bisu `alayya alkhuluqa

وَاغْفِرْ لِيَ الذَّنْبَ الَّذِي يَحْبِسُ عَلَيَّ الْخُلُقَ،

and suppresses my sustenance,

wa yu¤ayyiqu `alayya alrrzqa

وَيُضَيِّقُ عَلَيَّ الرّزْقَ

so that I will do that which excellently achieves Your satisfaction

¦att¡ aq£ma bi¥¡li¦i ri¤¡ka

حَتَّى أَقُومَ بِصَالِحِ رِضَاكَ،

and I will enjoy Your profuse granting,

wa an`ama bijaz¢li `a§¡’ika

وَأَنْعَمَ بِجَزِيلِ عَطَائِكَ،

and I will be delighted by Your abundant bounties.

wa as`ada bis¡bighi na`m¡’ika

وَأَسْعَدَ بِسَابِغِ نَعْمَائِكَ،

I am having recourse to Your sanctity,

faqad ludhtu bi¦aramika

فَقَدْ لُذْتُ بِحَرَمِكَ،

and I am asking for Your generosity,

wa ta`arra¤tu likaramika

وَتَعَرَّضْتُ لِكَرَمِكَ،

and I am taking shelter in Your pardon against Your punishment,

w¡sta`adhtu bi`afwika min `uq£batika

وَاسْتَعَذْتُ بِعَفْوِكَ مِنْ عُقُوبَتِكَ،

and in Your forbearance against Your ire.

wa bi¦ilmika min gha¤abika

وَبِحِلْمِكَ مِنْ غَضَبِكَ،

So, (please) bestow upon me generously with that which I have asked from You,

fajud bim¡ sa-altuka

فَجُدْ بِمَا سَأَلْتُكَ،

and confer upon me with that which I have begged from You,

wa anil m¡ altamastu minka

وَأَنِلْ مَا الْتَمَسْتُ مِنْكَ،

I beseech You in Your name, since there is nothing great that You are.

a¥aluka bika l¡ bishay‘in huwa a`¨amu minka

أَسْأَلُكَ بِكَ لا بِشَيْءٍ هُوَ أَعْظَمُ مِنْكَ.

 

You may prostrate yourself and repeat the following twenty times:

O my Lord!

y¡ rabb(i)

يَا رَبِّ.

And then repeat the following seven times:

O Allah!

y¡ all¡h(u)

يَا اَللهُ.

And then repeat the following seven times:

There is neither might nor power save with Allah.

l¡ ¦awla wal¡ quwwata ill¡ bill¡h(i)

لا حَوْلَ وَلا قُوَّةَ إلاَّ بِاللّهِ.

And then repeat the following ten times:

Only that which Allah wants (will be).

m¡ sh¡’all¡h(u)

مَا شَاءَ اللهٌُ.

And then repeat the following ten times:

There is no power save with Allah.

l¡ quwwata ill¡ bill¡hi

لا قُوَّةَ إلاَّ بِاللّهِ.

You may then pray to Almighty Allah for sending blessings upon the Holy Prophet and ask for settling your requests.

It is mentioned in Hadith 'By Allah I swear, even if you pray for needs as many as raindrops, Almighty Allah, out of His generosity and favors, will settle them all.”

 

Eleventh: Shaykh al-±£siy and Shaykh al-Kaf`amiy say: It is suitable to say the following supplication at this night: Mp3

إلهِي تَعَرَّضَ لَكَ فِي هذَا اللَّيْلِ الْمُتَعَرِّضُونَ،

il¡hy ta`arra¤a laka f¢ h¡dh¡ allayli almuta`arri¤£na

O Allah: tonight the seekers of favors, restless and eager, present themselves to You;

وَقَصَدَكَ الْقَاصِدُونَ،

wa qa¥adaka alq¡¥id£na

the determined aspirers have You in mind;

وَأَمَّلَ فَضْلَكَ وَمَعْرُوفَكَ الطَّالِبُونَ،

wa ammla fa¤laka wa ma`r£faka al§§¡lib£na

those who make requests look long and attentively at Your obligingness and kindness;

وَلَكَ فِي هذَا اللَّيْلِ نَفَحَاتٌ وَجَوَائِزُ

wa laka f¢ h¡dh¡ allayli nafa¦¡tun wa jaw¡’izu

You, in this night, give gifts, bounties beyond measure,

وَعَطَايَا وَمَوَاهِبُ

wa `a§¡y¡ wa maw¡hibu

free donations, and favors,

تَمُنُّ بِهَا عَلَى مَنْ تَشَاءُ مِنْ عِبَادِكَ،

tamunnu bih¡ `al¡ man tash¡‘u min `ib¡dika

to those whom You will from among Your servants when they make a request,

وَتَمْنَعُهَا مَنْ لَمْ تَسْبِقْ لَهُ الْعِنَايَةُ مِنْكَ،

wa tamna`uh¡ man lam tasbiq lahu al`in¡iyatu minka

and say no to those who do not try to get in advance (remain behind) for obtaining the bounties from You.

وَهَا أَنَا ذَا عُبَيْدُكَ الْفَقِيرُ إلَيْكَ

wa h¡ an¡ dh¡ `ubayduka alfaq¢ru ilayka

I, a modest needy bondman,

الْمُؤَمِّلُ فَضْلَكَ وَمَعْرُوفَكَ،

almu´ammilu fa¤laka wa ma`r£faka

am hopeful of Your obligingness and kindness.

فَإنْ كُنْتَ يَا مَوْلايَ تَفَضَّلْتَ فِي هذِهِ اللَّيْلَةِ عَلَى أَحَدٍ مِنْ خَلْقِكَ

fain kunta y¡ mawl¡iya tafa¤¤alta f¢ hadhihi allaylati `al¡ a¦adin min khalqika

Indeed if You, O My Master, bestows a favor on any one, in this night, from among Your created beings,

وَعُدْتَ عَلَيْهِ بِعَائِدَةٍ مِنْ عَطْفِكَ

wa `udta `alayhi bi`¡’idatin min `a§fika

and multiply profits and gains for him out of love and affection,

فَصَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ

fa¥alli `al¡ mu¦ammadin wa ¡li mu¦ammadin

please send blessings upon Mu¦ammad and the Household of Mu¦ammad:

الطَّيِّبِينَ الطَّاهِرِينَ الْخَيِّرِينَ الْفَاضِلِينَ،

al§§iyyib¢na al§§¡hir¢na alkhayyr¢na alf¡¤il¢na

the pure, the immaculate, the virtuous, and the righteous;

وَجُدْ عَلَيَّ بِطَوْلِكَ وَمَعْرُوفِكَ

wa jud `alayya bi§awlika wa ma`r£fika

and then let me have enough and be contented on account of Your liberality and obligingness,

يَا رَبَّ الْعَالَمِينَ،

y¡ rabba al`¡lam¢na

O Lord of the worlds!

وَصَلَّى اللّهُ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ خَاتَمِ النَّبِيِّينَ

wa ¥all¡ all¡hu `al¡ mu¦ammadin kh¡tami alnnabiyy¢na

May Allah send blessings upon Mu¦ammad, the seal of the Prophets,

وَآلِهِ الطَّاهِرِينَ

wa ¡lihi al§§¡hir¢na

and upon his Household, the immaculate,

وَسَلَّمَ تَسْلِيماً

wa sallama tasl¢man

and may He exalt them very much.

إنَّ اللّهَ حَمِيدٌ مَجِيدٌ.

inn all¡ha ¦am¢dun maj¢dun

verily, Allah is worthy of all praise, full of all glory.

اللّهُمَّ إنِّي أَدْعُوكَ كَمَا أَمَرْتَ

all¡humma inn¢ ad`£ka kam¡ amarta

O Allah: I am praying You as You ordered me to do,

فَاسْتَجِبْ لِي كَمَا وَعَدْتَ

fastajib l¢ kam¡ wa`adta

So, (please) respond to me as You promised.

إنَّكَ لا تُخْلِفُ الْمِيعَادَ.

innaka l¡ tukhlifu alm¢`¡da

verily, You never break Your promise.

It is worth mentioning that this supplication is advisably said immediately after the accomplishment of the Shaf` Prayer at the last hours of night.

 

Twelfth: It is recommended to say the supplication narrated by Shaykh al-±£siy and Sayyid Ibn ±¡w£s after each two Rak`ahs of the Night Prayer (¯al¡t al-Layl), the Shaf` Prayer, and the Witr Prayer.

 

Thirteenth: It is recommended to do the prostrations and say the supplications that are reported from the Holy Prophet (a.s). One of these is that Shaykh al-±£siy has narrated on the authority of °amm¡d ibn `«s¡ on the authority of Ab¡n ibn Taghlib that Imam Ja`far al-¯¡diq (a.s) recounted the following:

It was the fifteenth night of Sha`b¡n when the Holy Prophet (a.s) was with `ª'ishah, his wife. At midnight, the Holy Prophet (a.s) left the bed. When `ª'ishah woke up and could not find the Holy Prophet (a.s), she felt jealous and Thought that he joined one of his other wives. ª'ishah searched for the Holy Prophet (a.s) in all the rooms of his other wives but she found him prostrating himself on the ground  As she approached, she heard him saying:Mp3

Prostrating before You are my body and my shadow

sajada laka saw¡dy wa khay¡l¢

سَجَدَ لَكَ سَوَادِي وَخَيَالِي،

and my heart is in full faith of You

wa ¡mana bika fu´¡d¢

وَآمَنَ بِكَ فُؤَادِي،

These are my two hands and this is what I have committed against myself,

hadhihi yad¡iya wa m¡ janaytuhu `al¡ nafs¢

هذِهِ يَدَايَ وَمَا جَنَيْتُهُ عَلَى نَفْسِي،

O the All-great: You are hoped for all enormous things;

`a¨¢mu turj¡ likulli `a¨¢min

يَا عَظِيمُ تُرْجَى لِكُلِّ عَظِيمٍ

Please, forgive me my serious offences

aghfir liya al`a¨¢ma

اغْفِرْ لِيَ الْعَظِيمَ

because none can forgive the serious sin except the All-great Lord.

fa’innhu l¡ yaghfiru aldhdhanba al`a¨¢ma ill¡ alrrabbu al`a¨¢mu

فَإنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذَّنْبَ الْعَظِيمَ إلاَّ الرَّبُّ الْعَظِيمُ.

 

The Holy Prophet (a.s) then raised his head and then prostrated himself again, saying:

I seek the protection of the light of Your Face that has lit the heavens and the earth

a`£dhu bin£ri wa jhika alladhy a¤¡‘at lahu alssam¡w¡tu wal-ara¤£na

أَعُوذُ بِنُورِ وَجْهِكَ الَّذِي أَضَاءَتْ لَهُ السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالأَرَضُونَ،

and has removed all darkness

w¡nkashafat lahu al¨¨ulum¡tu

وَانْكَشَفَتْ لَهُ الظُّلُمَاتُ،

and has made active all the affairs of the past and the coming generations

wa ¥ala¦a `alayhi amru al-awwal¢na wal-¡khir¢na

وَصَلَحَ عَلَيْهِ أَمْرُ الأَوَّلِينَ وَالآخِرِينَ

against Your sudden chastisement

min fuj-ati naqimatika

مِنْ فُجْأَةِ نَقِمَتِكَ،

and against withdrawing the good health that You have granted me

wa min ta¦w¢li `¡fiyatika

وَمِنْ تَحْوِيلِ عَافِيَتِكَ،

and against the vanishing of Your bounties.

wa min zawal-i ni`matika

وَمِنْ زَوَالِ نِعْمَتِكَ.

O Allah: (please) grant me a heart that is pious and pure,

all¡humma arzuqny qalban taqiyyan naqiyyan

اللّهُمَّ ارْزُقْنِي قَلْباً تَقِيّاً نَقِيّاً

and is released from polytheism,

wa mina alshshirki bar¢’an

وَمِنَ الشِّرْكِ بَرِيئاً

and is neither atheist nor unhappy.

k¡firan wa l¡ shaqiyyan

لا كَافِراً وَلا شَقِيّاً.

The Holy Prophet (a.s) then attached his face to the ground and said:

I am putting my face on the ground

`affartu wajhy f¢ alttur¡bi

عَفَّرْتُ وَجْهِي فِي التُّرَابِ

and it is my duty to prostrate myself before You

wa ¦uqqa l¢ an asjuda laka

وَحُقَّ لِي أَنْ أَسْجُدَ لَكَ

Holy Prophet (a.s) then said, “Do you know what this night is? This is the night of the half of Sha`b¡n. At this night, shares of provisions are distributed, ages are decided, and the pilgrims are appointed. Verily, Almighty Allah, at this night, forgives as many of His creatures as the hairs of the goats of Kalb Tribe. Almighty Allah also orders angels to descend to the earth, to Makkah, at this night.”

 

Fourteenth: It is recommended to offer the famous Ja`far al-±ayy¡r’s Prayer (¯al¡t Ja`far) as is narrated by Shaykh al-±£siy from Imam al-Ri¤¡ (a.s).

 

Fifteenth: It is recommended to offer the prayers that are dedicated to this night. As a matter of fact, these prayers are many. One of them is that which is reported by Ab£-Ya¦y¡ al-¯an`¡niy, as well as other thirty trustworthy individuals, from Imam Mu¦ammad al-B¡qir (a.s) and Imam Ja`far al-¯¡diq (a.s) as follows:

At the night of the half of Sha`b¡n, you may offer a four Rak`ah prayer in each Rak`ah of which you may recite the S£rah of al-F¡ti¦ah once and the S£rah of al-Taw¦¢d one hundred times. After accomplishment, you may say the following supplication:   Mp3

O Allah: I am in need for You,

all¡humma inn¢ ilayka faq¢run

اللّهُمَّ إنِّي إلَيْكَ فَقِيرٌ،

and I am fearful of You and seeking Your shelter against Your chastisement.

wa min `adh¡bika kh¡’ifun mustaj¢run

وَمِنْ عَذَابِكَ خَائِفٌ مُسْتَجِيرٌ.

O Allah: (please) do not erase my name,

all¡humma l¡ tubaddil ism¢

اللّهُمَّ لا تُبَدِّلِ اسْمِي،

and do not change my body,

wa l¡ tughayyir jism¢

وَلا تُغَيِّرْ جِسْمِي،

and do not increase my ordeals,

wa l¡ tajhad bal¡’y

وَلا تَجْهَدْ بَلائِي،

and do not make my enemies rejoice at my misfortune.

wa l¡ tushmit by a`d¡’y

وَلا تُشْمِتْ بِي أَعْدَائِي،

I resort to Your pardon against Your punishment,

a`£dhu bi`afwika min `iq¡bika

أَعُوذُ بِعَفْوِكَ مِنْ عِقَابِكَ،

and I resort to Your mercy against Your chastisement,

wa a`£dhu bira¦matika min `adh¡bika

وَأَعُوذُ بِرَحْمَتِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِكَ،

and I resort to Your pleasure against Your wrath,

wa a`£dhu biri¤¡ka min sakha§ika

وَأَعُوذُ بِرِضَاكَ مِنْ سَخَطِكَ،

and I resort to You from You

wa a`£dhu bika minka

وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْكَ،

Enormous be the praise of You

jalla than¡u´uka

جَلَّ ثَنَاؤُكَ

You are as exactly as You have praised Yourself,

anta kam¡ athnayta `al¡ nafsika

أَنْتَ كَمَا أَثْنَيْتَ عَلَى نَفْسِكَ

and above all that which is said about You.

wa fawqa m¡ yaq£lu alq¡’il£na

وَفَوْقَ مَا يَقُولُ الْقَائِلُونَ.

 

It is worth mentioning that °ad¢ths have decided a great reward for him who offers a one hundred Rak`ah prayer at this night; in each Rak`ah of which the S£rah of al-F¡ti¦ah is recited once and the S£rah of al-Taw¦¢d is repeated ten times.

It has been previously mentioned, within the acts of the month of Rajab, that it is recommended to offer a prayer composing of six Rak`ahs in each of which the S£rahs of al-F¡ti¦ah, Y¡s¢n, al-Mulk, and al-Taw¦¢d are recited

 

from al-mubin.org

One must, as a final act on this night, take account for his own soul and the actions he has performed during the year. A person should sincerely and properly ponder and reflect upon his actions during this year and ask repentance for his previous acts of transgression since it is only those people whom Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) has protected from committing sin and error
who are free of this pollution. If a person sees that he has little to no sins on his record then he should compare this to one of the most insignificant blessings that Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) has given him and weigh the two on the scales of justice that with his trivial acts of good, has he been able to repay Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) back for all the goodness He has
provided?
If he realizes that he has sins and transgressions on his record, then he must resort to Tawassul to the Ma‘sumin (blessings be upon all of them) to make up for his shortcomings.He should address the infallible ones by saying,

O you who Allah has placed between Himself and His servants! O you who are the protectors of His revelation. I ask you by the position that you have that you look towards me, a sinful servant, with your eyes of mercy the one who has been lax in his worship, who possesses nothing and is nothing.

Have mercy upon me and request Allah to accept me and to be pleased with me on this night and to permit me to be benefit from your prayers and supplications and to permit me to take advantage of your intercession and to be classified as your Shi‘a.

In addition, ask Allah to grant me with the reward of goodness and guidance from you. Pray that He makes me of strong will and that I am successful in performing good deeds for my religion, my life here and my next life.

In closing, please accept this from myself and ask Allah that to grant me the ability to know Him, be close to Him and permit me to earn His pleasure and that He join me both in this world and the next with all of you and that I am classified as one of your followers and close friends and companions. All of this is only in His hands.

May the blessings of Allah be upon all of you and whatever Allah wills will only happen and there is no power or strength save with Him.

 

Alternate English translation fourth dua

O my Allah for the sake of this night we are now in, for the sake of he who was born tonight, Thy decisive argument,Thy “promise”, that Thou joined with it as a favour to keep alive its superiority, so Thou fulfilled Thy words truly and justly; no one can change Thy Words nor obscure Thy signs.

Thy Light, soft, pleasant and caressing, Thy splendor, had come in view bright and brilliant, for the “Bright sigh”, (so far) invisible and hidden in the obscurity of the darkness, the covering had been taken off, his arrival in this world was the basis of all kindness, the Angels stood witness.

Almighty Allah will help him and support him when the promise (the event of the beginning of his reign) come true, the Angels will be among his troops, (he will be) a fatal blow from Allah that will never miss the aim a light from Him that will never grow dim, a gentle matured disposition that will never jeopardize the truth. The motive and reason of the course of events, the honour and estimation of time, the “Ulil—Amr” (in charge of Allah’s affairs). Accompany that which comes down in the “Grand Night” the controllers of the Day of Judgment and resurrection, interpreters of the “Revelations”, and those who make known what to do and what not to do.

O Allah send blessing on their seal and representative, un seeable to their people, make his days, his return, his time, reach maturity, (let us be with him), as his helpers, let us be his attacking comrades to hunt up and eliminate the beasts (in human shapes), register our names as his supporters and sincere friends, bring us to life again in his reign, gentle and loving, happy and satisfied in his company, and steadfast in his cause, free from sins, O the Most Merciful! (All) praise is for Allah, the Lords of the worlds! His blessings be on our Chief, Muhammad, the Last Prophet and Messenger, and on his dependable “Ahlul Bayt”, his truth—revealing children, and condemn all the oppressors and keep back from evil they unleash at us,  O the Best Ruler!

 

Alternate English fifth dua

O Allah, You are, The Ever-living, the self-subsiding, The most High, the Mighty The Creator, the Provider, The Giver of life and death, The Initiator, the Originator For You is Glory and Excellence, Praise and Grace, Generosity and Honor. For You is the Order, and Magnificence and gratitude. You are Alone, there is no partner for You. O One, O Absolute one. O he who has not given birth nor was He born, and there is none equal to Him. Bless Muhammad and his family, and forgive me, have mercy on me, and suffice for what is important to me. Fulfill my debts, and increase my sustenance. For Surely, on this night, every affair is decreed, and You provide sustenance to whomever You please from your creation. So provide me, for You are the bets of the providers. And You have said, and You are the best of those who say and utter, "And ask Allah from His Bounty" So I ask You from Your Bounty, and You only I seek, and on the son of Your Prophet I lean, in You I have hope, then have mercy on me, O Most Merciful of the Merciful.

Alternate sixth dua

O Allah, grant us a part of Your fear, that acts as a barrier between us and Your disobedience, Your obedience, that helps us achieve Your pleasure, the certainty that makes the miseries of the world seem insignificant. O Allah, make us enjoy, our hearing, our sight, our strength as long as You Keep us alive. Make us take rise against those who oppress us, and help us against those who show animosity to us. Place not our miseries in our religion, and let not this world be our biggest concern, nor the extent of our knowledge. And do not appoint over us one who has no mercy on us, by your mercy, O Most Merciful of the Merciful

 

Alternate tenth dua

O He to whom the bondmen turn to in the event of urgent important matters; and unto whom run for help the people when the misfortune strikes!

O He who knows the hidden as well as the evident! O He who is not unaware of the bias of the suspicious mind, and the clever activity of the fanciful deviating intellect!

O Lord of the cosmos and the creatures dwelling therein! O He who exercises full authority over the domain of the heavens and the earths! Thou art Allah, There is no God save Thou, I stride apace unto Thee with

“There is no god save Thou” (on my lips), therefore O "There is no god save Thou”, treat me tonight like the one whom Thou paid attention, took pity and heard his prayer, and, aware of his trembling, tolerated and overlooked his past misdeeds and may mistakes to give answer to his cry of help, I surrender myself to Thee along with my transgressions and make a request to please keep my defects undisclosed.

O my Allah put me again in good condition (because) Thou art Generous and kind, take off the loads of my errors (because) Thou art loving and oft-forgiving, cover me with Thy mercy tonight (because) Thou shows generosity in abundance, let me be tonight among Thy friends whom Thou elected to obey Thee, when Thou selected to worship Thee, and kept them sincerely attached and committed to Thee.

O my Allah let me be like the one who finds happiness in his efforts and makes full use of the good fortune made available to him, let me be like the one who kept from evil, therefore, lived a life free of cares; exercised self-control, therefore won easily. Spare and free me for the cravings I have accumulated, prevent me from the wasteful conduct that transgress Thy bounds, discipline me in Thy obedience which will direct me to Thy neighborhood, very near to Thee.

My Lord and master with Thee the hunted refugee take refuge, the beseecher humbly makes a request to Thee, the repentant guilty, apologetic, relies on Thy liberal kindness, Thou trained and educated Thy servants thoroughly to be kind and liberal, Thou art the most kind of all those who show kindness;

Thou developed Thy servants to be forgiving and compassionate, Thou art Of-Forgiving Merciful. O my Allah do not keep from me that which I expect to get from Thy generosity, do not send me away from Thy boundless reservoir of bounties, do not exclude me from the share Thou distribute freely tonight to the people who obey Thee, and take me in under Thy sanctuary to protect me from the evil of the wild creatures. Lord! If I am not among the deserving, Thou art Liberal, indulgent, and Oft-Forgiving , so give me to my heart’s content in accordance with Thy (Omni) potence, not what I deserve; l because my expectations are very high, my hopes live in hope of sure fulfillment, I cling to and hang on Thy liberal generosity, verily Thou art the most Merciful of all who show mercy, and the most generous of all who vie in generosity .

O my Allah designate me clearly to obtain freely my share from Thy bounties. I seek refuge with Thy forgiveness to avoid the penalty Thou may decide, be lenient to me in the matter of sins that have wrapped up and held in check my refinement, and thus brought me into distress, (so that) I take steps to be good for the sake of Thy pleasure, live in ease and peace on account of Thy uninterrupted endowments, and prosper on account of Thy countless bounties.

As I enjoy Thy protection and lay myself at the mercy of Thy generosity, take refuge with Thy forgiveness to avoid the penalty Thou may decide and with Thy indulgence to avoid Thy anger, give me that which I asked for, and made a request to Thee most humbly, I beseech Thee; For Thee nothing is beyond Thy power.