15th Sha’baan, 1427 AH: Month of the Prophet
All praise belongs to the Almighty [swt], the Master of the Universe.
And say: The truth has come and the falsehood has vanished; surely falsehood is a vanishing (thing). [17:81]
The Month of Sha’baan – the month of blessings and bounties is upon us with all its glory. After the Night of Qadr, it is the night of 15th Sha’baan that is most glorified by the Almighty [swt].
The Holy Prophet [s] declared Sha’baan as his month. Imam al-Mahdi [a], the awaited Imam, the Prophet’s heir and Hujjat of the Almighty [swt] was born in this month. We also celebrate the birth of Sayyidush-shohada, the Imam for whom the Prophet said, Husayn is from me and I am from Husayn. And when the name of Husayn [a] is taken, it cannot be separated from the land of Kerbala, and the grand personalities of Imam’s loyal brother, Abul-Fazl al-Abbas [a], and Imam’s son, Imam Sajjad [a]. Millions of zawar have converged in Kerbala to salute Imam Husayn [a] and to congratulate the Ahlul-bayt [a] on this auspicious occasion of the wiladat of Imam al-Hujjah [a].
In Dua Nudbah, when calling upon our living Imam [a], we recite:
How long shall we keep waiting for your pleasing satisfying essence and quality? Already the period of expectation has lasted too long! When shall we receive our share from you and have our minds set at rest? For we have fixed our eyes upon you and strive with perseverance. When shall we be happy, and see your beautiful form and fine aspect? Groups of cheerful willing disciplined helpers, in great numbers, gathering around you to carry out one work after the other! You fulfilling (every promise) and giving joy, heart and confidence (to the faithful); filling the earth with justice; making your enemies follow the law and accept the revolution; taking the wind out of the haughty and the boastful, and those who knew but denied the truth; breaking the back of the proud and the arrogant; uprooting the roots of the unjust; and singing the praise of Allah, the Lord of the worlds.
15th Sha’baan provides an opportunity for Muslim Youths to reflect on faith and connection with the Imam of the Time [a]. Preparation and training for Imam’s return in required during the ghaibah. We must ask ourselves; are we ready for his return? Are we ready to be considered as a follower of the Mahdi [a]? And most importantly, are we worthy enough for Imam [a] to call us as one of his? Thus, in this holy Month of the Prophet [s], we seek forgiveness for our shortcomings, and we seek nearness to the Ahlul-bayt [a] in order to be purified for the Holy Month of Ramadhan, and we pray for the reappearance of our Leader, the Pride of Zahra [a]!
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