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Voluntary Fasting

Sir, What is meant by ‘Shanba’ شنبہ کا روزہ

الاستفتاء

Sir, What is meant by ‘Shanba’? I read in Khasa’is e Kubra that Rasoolullahi Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam has said “Observe fasting on ‘do shanba’ because I was born on this day and on this day did Wahi descend and on this day came to Madina from Makkah. Also I am so eager to be blessed with the opportunity of seeing the beloved Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam in my dream. Please inform me of a Wazeefa or an Amal which would make my desire a reality with ease by the command of Allah. Please remember sinners like us in your Duas. Allah is the Protector and the Helper.

الجواب حامدا و مصلیا

(1)Saturday is meant by Shanba and Monday is meant by Do Shanba. Ample virtues are recorded in Hadees Shareef with regard to Fasting on Monday. Hence it is undoubtedly preferable and excellent to make it a practice to observe Fasting on Mondays and Thursdays.
(2)As for seeing the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam, who is the Muslim who doesn't have a longing for it? But the more one develops love and affection, the stronger the longing and desire for same. Elders and Saints have written their experience with respect to many a lot Aamaal and number of Durood Shareef due to which they were blessed with the fortune of seeing the Seyyidul Kawnain Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam in dream. Sheikh Abdul Haq Muhaddis Dehlavi Rahimahullah has written that one who performs two Raka'aath of Salath and recites 25 times Sura Qul Huwallahu Ahad in every Raka'ath after Alhamd, and after Salam recites the following Durood Shareef 1000 times, would be blessed with the fortune of seeing Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam in dream. Durood Shareef is SALLALLAHU ALAN NABIYYIL UMMIYYI
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Further the said elder has written that fortune of seeing the beloved Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam in dream will be bleesed by reciting this Durood Shareef 70 times while retiring to bed. In addition to this there are various experienced customary recitations of elders. Refer them in Virtues of Durood Shareef and may act accordingly.