The UAE Fatwa Council recently issued a statement addressing whether or not it is permissible to celebrate the eve of mid-Sha’ban, which falls on the night before the 15th day of Sha’ban according to the Islamic calendar. The statement clarifies the Sharia ruling on this practice.
According to the council, mid-Sha’ban is a special night in Islamic tradition during which Allah forgives sins and bestows blessings on those who seek forgiveness and engage in good deeds. However, there is controversy among scholars regarding the celebration of the eve of mid-Sha’ban, with some considering it a legitimate religious practice and others regarding it as an innovation in the religion.
UAE Council Allows Customary Celebrations of the Night of Mid-Sha’ban, Including Gift-Giving and Community Building
The Emirates Council for Legal Fatwa recently issued a statement allowing children to celebrate the night of the middle of Sha’ban, also known as “the right of the night.” The council clarified that there is no issue with Sharia law when it comes to children participating in this celebration and going out in society in their usual way.
The council stated in a tweet on its official Twitter account that there is no legal prohibition on children celebrating the night of the middle of Sha’ban and engaging in customary practices that bring them joy. Furthermore, the council clarified that giving children gifts such as sweets to enhance their enjoyment during the celebration is permissible.
However, the council emphasized that this permissibility only applies to customary practices that are not prohibited by true Sharia law. The council explained that if a particular practice is expressly prohibited by Sharia law, it cannot be included in the celebration.
The council also stated that the origin of these customary practices is permissible as long as they do not contradict any Islamic principles or teachings. As a result, the council encourages parents and guardians to allow their children to participate in this celebration as long as they do so respectfully and appropriately.
According to the statement issued by the Emirates Council for Legal Fatwa, it is permissible for children to celebrate the night of the middle of Sha’ban and engage in customary practices that bring them happiness, as long as those practices do not violate any Sharia law principles or teachings. Parents and guardians are also encouraged to allow their children to participate in a respectful and appropriate manner.
The night of the middle of Sha’ban is considered one of the virtuous nights in Islam, during which Allah bestows pardon and forgiveness upon his servants, according to the Fatwa Council.
The streets and houses of popular neighborhoods and Al-Furjan come alive with joy and excitement on this occasion. This festive celebration, known as “Haq Al-Laila,” brings people of all ages and backgrounds together to share the joy and make memories.
The tradition involves the opening of house courtyards to receive people and children from various neighborhoods and residential areas. Children, in particular, enjoy this occasion because they receive sweets and other treats in exchange for singing traditional songs and reciting poems. The hosts serve traditional foods to their guests, and the dining table is piled high with delectable and savory dishes.
In regards to singing and eating traditional foods, areas have been set aside for popular games such as swings and seesaws, which were previously fixed by ropes in trees. Residents of the neighborhood share delicious and appetizing traditional foods and baked goods, creating a sense of community and togetherness.
Haq Al-Laila is a time of celebration, sharing, and joy that brings people of all ages and backgrounds together. Many neighborhoods and residential areas have cherished traditions in which residents open their doors to share their joy and hospitality with others.
The night of mid-Sha’ban is significant in Islamic culture because it falls on the 15th day of Sha’ban, the eighth month of the Islamic calendar. It is believed that Allah decides the fate and destiny of people for the coming year on this night. Many Muslims consider the night of mid-Sha’ban to be a time of forgiveness, and they spend it in prayer and reflection. Some people also fast during the day after the night of mid-Sha’ban.
The night of mid-Sha’ban is celebrated with joy and festivity in some parts of the world, including the United Arab Emirates. The “Haq Al-Laila” celebration brings together families and friends to exchange sweets and traditional foods, sing songs and recite poems, and play games.
The UAE Fatwa Council has stated that there is nothing wrong with celebrating the night of mid-Sha’ban in a traditional manner, including giving children gifts such as sweets and other treats. The celebration is viewed as a time for sharing and community building, as well as a way to honor traditions and customs, passed down through generations.