The five nights when a dua is accepted


What do the scholars and experts of shari’ah say in regards to making du’a during the first night of Rajab?


As Muslims, one of the most powerful actions we have been blessed with is the du’a. We have been given a great scope for when and where we can make supplication to our Lord. Allah ﷻ has mentioned in the Holy Qur’an, “Your Lord said call on me and I shall answer you.” (Surah Al-Mu’min:60) In another verse Allah ﷻ says, “If My servants ask you about Me, tell them that I am near, I answer the prayer of the prayerful whenever he prays to Me.” (Surah Al-Baqarah: 186).

There are statements from the pious salaf which mention the virtues and blessings of this night. Sayyiduna Ibn ‘Umar states, “There are five nights in which a supplication is not rejected; the night of Jumu’ah, the first night of Rajab, the night of mid-Sha’ban, the night of ‘Id al-Fitr, the night of ‘Id al-Adha. (Shu’b al-Iman)

Imam Shafi’i mentions, “We have heard the following statement: Without doubt there are five nights in which supplications are accepted; the night of Jumu’ah, the night of ‘Id al-Adha, the night of ‘Id al-Fitr, the first night of Rajab, the night of mid-Sha’ban. (Kitab al-Umm)

However, the ahadith which have been narrated regarding this night have been categorised as mawdu’. It is categorically haram to wrongly attribute a saying to the Prophet ﷺ and one must be wary not to quote the statements of the early generation of scholars as statements of the Prophet ﷺ without any evidence.

And Allah ﷻ knows the best

This Fatwa is written by Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Munir Al-Azhari

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