It is reported in authentic Ahadith that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam used to fast in most of the days of the month of Shabaan. These fasts were not obligatory, but Shabaan is the month which precedes the month of Ramadan, and it was done in preparation for this auspicious month. A few Ahadith are cited here regarding fasting in the month of Shabaan:
“Glorified be He (Allah), who took His slave ( Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) for a journey by night from Masjidul Haram (in Makkah) to the farthest Masjid (in Jerusalem – Masjid ul Aqsa), the precincts whereof we have blessed: in order that we might show him (Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) of our signs. Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer.” (17:1)
“Woe to the defrauders, those who when they take measure from mankind, demand it in full. But if they measure for them (mankind) weigh for them they give them less. Do such (men) not consider that they will be raised again to an Awful Day, the Day when (all) mankind shall stand before Allah, Lord of the Worlds. (Surah Mutaffifeen V.1-6)
“And take charity from their wealth, so that you (O Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) may purify and sanctify them.” (9:103)
“Truly those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, and establish Salaah, And pay Zakaah, they will have their reward with their Rabb. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (2:277)
The Day of Qiyamah is very difficult and fearful day. Allah has described in different places of the Quran. In Surah Hajj Allah says: “O Mankind! Fear your Rabb. Verily the earthquake of the Hour (of Qiyamah) is a terrible thing (has a huge magnitude).
The present day world is a place of struggle for rights. Everyone seems to be demanding their own rights through protests and demonstrations. Associations and organisations have been established to achieve this supreme objective of securing rights. However, verily little focus is placed on the fulfillment of duties and responsibilities. In reality very few are concerned about discharging their responsibilities towards others.