Praise be to Allaah.
It is not prescribed in Islam to celebrate the night of the
fifteenth of Sha‘baan, whether that is by spending the night in prayer,
dhikr and reading Qur’aan, or by distributing sweets or giving food to
people and so on.
It is not known in the saheeh Sunnah that this night is to be
singled out for acts of worship or customs.
The night of the fifteenth of Sha‘baan is just like any other
The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas
It is not permissible to celebrate the occasion of Laylat
al-Qadr or any other night, or to hold celebrations on other occasions such
as the night of the fifteenth of Sha‘baan, the night of the Mi‘raaj, or the
Prophet’s birthday (Mawlid) and so on, because these are innovations that
have been introduced into the religion and were not narrated from the
Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) or any of his Companions.
And he (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever does an
action that is not part of this matter of ours (i.e., Islam) will have it
rejected.” And it is not permissible to help others to hold these
celebrations by giving money or gifts or distributing cups of tea, and it is
not permissible to give speeches and lectures on these occasions, because
that comes under the heading of approving of them and encouraging them.
Rather it is obligatory to denounce them and not to attend them. End quote.
Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa’imah,
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was
We have some customs that we grew up with and that have been
passed down to us, on some occasions, such as making cakes and cookies on
Eid al-Fitr, and preparing platters of meat and fruit on the night of the
twenty-seventh of Rajab and the fifteenth of Sha‘baan, and different kinds
of sweets that must be prepared on the day of ‘Ashoora’. What is the Islamic
ruling on that?
As for expressing joy and happiness of the days of Eid
al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, there is nothing wrong with that if it is within
the limits prescribed in Islam, such as preparing food and drink and the
like. It is proven that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon
him) said: “The days of at-Tashreeq are days of eating and drinking and
remembering Allah, may He be glorified and exalted.” This refers to the
three days following Eid al-Adha, when the people offer their sacrifices and
eat from the meat and enjoy the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon them.
Similarly, on Eid al-Fitr there is nothing wrong with expressing joy and
happiness so long as it does not overstep the limits set by Islam.
As for expressing joy on the night of the twenty-seventh of
Rajab or the fifteenth of Sha‘baan or the day of ‘Ashoora’, this is
something for which there is no basis. Rather it is forbidden and the Muslim
should not attend if he is invited to such celebrations. The Prophet
(blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Beware of newly invented
matters, for every newly invented matter is an innovation (bid‘ah), and
every innovation is a going astray.”
The night of the twenty-seventh of Rajab is what some people
claim is the night of the Mi‘raaj during which the Messenger (blessings and
peace of Allah be upon him) was taken up to Allah, may He be glorified and
exalted. There is no proof of this date from a historical point of view, and
everything for which there is no proof is false, and that which is built on
falsehood is also false. Even if we assume that this event took place on
that night, it is not permissible for us to introduce on that date any of
the symbols of festivals or acts of worship, because no such thing is proven
from the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) or from his
Companions who were the closest of people to him and the keenest of people
to adhere to his Sunnah and follow his path. So how could it be permissible
for us to introduce something that did not happen at the time of the Prophet
(blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) or at the time of his
Even with regard to the night of the fifteenth of Sha‘baan,
there is no proof that the Messenger (blessings and peace of Allah be upon
him) ever venerated it or spent that night in prayer. Rather some of the
Taabi‘een spent that night in prayer and dhikr, not in eating and
celebrating as if it were a festival. End quote.
Fataawa Islamiyyah, 4/693
And Allah knows best.