The night 'Therein is decreed every matter of ordainments' and the ruling on spending the Mid-Sha`ban night in offering optional night Salah

Q 1: My question is about the 15th night of Sha`ban. Does the following Ayah (Qur'anic verse) in Surah Al-Dukhan, saying: Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments. Refer to the 15th night of Sha`ban, or Laylat-ul-Qadr (the Night of Decree), the 27th night of Ramadan? Is it Mustahab (desirable) during this night to offer worship, engage in Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah), Qiyam-ul-Layl (optional Night Prayer), recite Qur'an, and fast the 14th of Sha`ban?


A: Firstly, the authentic explanation reported about the night in the Ayah referred to is that it is Laylat-ul-Qadr, not the night of mid-Sha`ban. Secondly, it is not Mustahab to offer special worship on the night of mid-Sha`ban. It is as ordinary as any other night, and offering special worship on it is a Bid`ah (innovation in religion).May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

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