Osaka Ibaraki Mosque
4-6-13, Toyokawa, Ibaraki City , Osaka , Japan. Tel/Fax: 0726-43-7420
The Virtues of the Month of Sha'baan
It is the 8th month of the Arabic calendar. It is a great month in Islam. The most famous Hadith about this month, narrated by Usama Ibn Zayd (radhiyallahu anhuma), states that he said to the Prophet ﷺ "Oh Messenger of Allah! I never see you fasting in any month than you fast in Sha'baan." The Prophet ﷺ replied that this month comes between Rajab & Ramadhan & that many people are heedless about it [even now]. The people's deeds are taken up to Allah ﷺ during Sha'baan. He knows everything about the universe. Some Malaikah have the job of writing reports about the humans & then presenting them to Allah ﷺ. These reports are submitted to Allah ﷺ daily (Fajr & Asr time), weekly (Mondays & Thursdays) & yearly (Sha'baan). Some people think that Rajab is better than Sha'baan. They quote some 30 Hadith regarding the superiority of Rajab. However, these 39 Hadith are not correct, not Sahih. Yet they still follow them.
Another Hadith narrated by Umm Salamah (radhiyallahu anha) in Sahih Bukhari states that the Prophet ﷺ fasted the whole of Sha'baan. This Hadith shows that the Prophet ﷺ fasted in what we know as a great month.
A third Hadith, narrated by Aisha (radhiyallahu anha) states that the Prophet ﷺ used to fast many days of Sha'baan although he never fasted a complete month except in Ramadhan. The scholars say that there is no contradiction between this Hadith & the previous one. In the Arabic language, when the word "all" is used, it can mean "most of".
The great & last Amirul Mu'mineen of Hadith, Imam Ibn Hajar al Asqalani (rahimahullah), found many Ahadith about Rajab that were not correct. He wrote a book called "Tabyeen al Ajab Fiimaa Waradaa Fii Shahr Rajab" to warn the people about these Hadith.
In this blessed month, we need to fast as much as we can, especially on the 13th, 14th & 15th. Why? The Prophet ﷺ said that when you fast 3 days, it is equal to fasting for the entire month.
Let's go to one important point regarding the middle of Sha'baan. We have some people that organise special celebrations on the 15th. They perform special Ibadah. We need to check the Hadith which they use. Those people quote the Hadith that states that the knowledge of the next year, is given to the Angels by Allah ﷺ. This is not correct. They even use 1 Ayah (4) in Surat Addukhan (44) which they claim refers to the 15th of Sha'baan. No, it doesn't. This Ayah is actually referring to Laylatul Qadr.
Does the 15th of Sha'baan have any special meaning at all? Yes, we have 2 Hadith with the same meaning. The Prophet ﷺ said that Allah ﷺ looks at the humans on that night & forgives all the people except the Mushrik & the Mushahin (one who had conflict with another). This Hadith is Hasan, which means slightly less authentic than Sahih. Some scholars said that these 2 Hadith were weak. Others said that they were originally weak, but we can upgrade them to Hasan (lighairihi) because of other supporting Hadith. So if we accept the saying of some scholars, it still doesn't mean that we need to perform any special Ibadah. Just cleanse your hearts.
The Prophet ﷺ also said that after the middle of Sha'baan, you do not fast. The scholars said that this Hadith is for the one who did not fast at all in the first 15 days of Sha'baan. However, if you fast in the first 15 days, you can fast in the 2nd half on the month. Be careful though, don't fast on the day of doubt - the 29th. Why? We shouldn't mix the end of Sha'baan with the beginning of Ramadhan. Some scholars, however, said that if a man has a habit to always fast Mondays & Thursdays, then it is permissible for him to fast on that day. This is an exception, however
Friday Prayer during the Covid-19 epidemic
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic alert all over Japan, Ibaraki mosque committee after consulting with Imam Sheikh Mohsen decided to conduct the Jumu’ah prayer with the under these strict conditions.
- It will be conducted for adult men only. while we understand that women and children are an integral part of the Muslim society here, we decided that to protect them.
- Jumu’ah prayer will be conducted while all doors and windows are open. No A/C will be on. It will be cold so please wear suitable clothes.
- In collaboration with OMA Jumu’ah prayer will be conducted Not only at Ibaraki mosque but also at Suita and Toyonaka campuses prayer rooms ( for brothers belonging to the University)
- For people coming to pray please record your temperature at home and if you find it above 37.5 degrees or you find yourself with any cold-like symptoms please refrain from coming to mosque or prayer rooms.
- Additionally, make wudu at your home, wash your hands with water and soap also and wear a mask if available.
- people above 60 years old or with immunity-related problems please stay at home or wear a mask to take hygiene measures all the time.
1. 12:00 - 13:00 Friday Prayer
2. 13:00 - 14:00 Free Consultation
If you have a question or something to discuss with Imam Mohsen Shaker Bayoumy, please feel free to come to Masjid during this time.
If you cannot come to the Masjid, you can contact Imam Mohsen during the given time on this number: 090-6608-7494 (AU).
Saturday Program is cancelled during the Covid-19 epidemic
After closely observing the situation, the Ibaraki masjid committee has decided to cancel the Saturday programs for the next two weeks. However, the Friday prayer will take place, In Sha Allah. Please pray for the safety of everyone.
Precautions during the Covid-19 epidemic
We advise you to take the following precautions:
- If you have a cold ( running nose, fever, etc.) use masks or avoid gathering.
- Use disinfectant/ alcoholic spray.
- Protect your family by NOT taking them to crowded gatherings especially the kids.
- Keep following the instructions from the Japanese government and local authorities.
- Always remember authentic Dhikr and Dua of Prophet Mohamed (saw) in such situations such as the following :
Du'a during the Covid-19 epidemic
The Prophet (saw) used to pray: “Allahumma innee audhoobika min al-baraSee wal-junooni wal-judhoomi wa min sayyee al-asqaami.” "O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from leprosy, madness, elephantiasis, and evil diseases." Narrated Anas ibn Malik: Sunan Abi Dawud 155
1. 15:45 ASR prayer
2. 16:00 - 16:30 Japanese Islamic class
3. 16:30 - 18:15 Children’s Class.
4. 17:55 MAGHRIB prayer
7. 21:00 ISHAA prayer.
8. 21:30 Dinner
1. 15.45 アスル の祈り
3. 16:30 -18:15 子どものクラス
8. 21:30 食事
Alhamdullah, the brothers and sisters of Osaka Ibaraki Masjid participated in Toyokawa festival. Many Japanese people bought our delicious halal food. We were able to talk with them and invite them to our masjid.
In sha Allah, by participating in this kind of event, we can show Japanese people the beauty of Islam.
Here are some photos of the event.