Sha'ban is one of the meritorious months for which we find some particular instructions in the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. It is reported in the authentic ahadith that Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, used to fast most of the month in Sha'ban. These fasts were not obligatory on him but Sha'ban is the month immediately preceding the month of Ramadan. Therefore, some preparatory measures are suggested by Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam.
Extracted from Aap Beti by Hazrat Sheikh Zakariyya (Rahmatullah Alayhi)
I had decided to perform 'Haj-e-badal' on behalf of my deceased daughter Shakira and had borrowed the money and handed it to Hazrat. May Allah reward Maulana well. He not only performed her Haj but I have heard that thereafter until the time he left for Egypt, he also performed many Umrahs on her behalf.
Carly Fiorina, the CEO of Hewlett Packard, recently gave a speech defining the relevance of leadership in today's world. Here is the quote from the final part of her speech.
Backbiting is probably the most widespread sin committed on a daily basis. Sadly, we have become totally unmindful of this evil. It is so common that it has become part of our daily language pattern. Such is the scourge of backbiting that one doesn’t even know that one is plagued and infected by it.
Allah Ta’ala loves the act of giving. Undoubtedly, everything belongs to our Creator, Allah Rabb-ul-Izzat. Thus, any generosity of man invariably confirms that man is assigned with only temporary trusteeship.
“Do not regard any good (deed) as small / low, and if one cannot do anything (from the good deeds) then at least, with the intention of rewards, meet your (Muslim) brother happily.” (Musnad-e-Ahmad)
Hazrat Safwaan bin Saleem (RA) reports that Rasulullah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “The person who assist the widows and poor is equal to the person fighting in the path of Allah; and like the person continuously performing Salah at night; and like the person who fast continuously.” (Bukhari: At TargheebTarheeb)