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Preparing ourselves for the month of Shaban

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Preparing ourselves for the month of Shaban

On the first of Sha’baan Allah surely orders the Gates of Heaven to open up and the “Tree of Tooba” to bring its branches

closer to earth and at that time there is an announcement from Allah, “O creature of Allah, these are the branches of the

“Tree of Tooba”, cling to them as they will lift you to Heaven and these are the branches of the “Tree of Zaqoom”, beware

of them lest they lead you to Hell”. The Holy Messenger (saaw) said, “By the one who has appointed me to the Prophethood,

whoever adopts any virtue on this day will have clung to a branch of the branches of the “Tree of Tooba” which will take him

to heaven and whoever adopts evil on this day will surely have clung to a branch of the branches of the “Tree of Zaqoom”

which will take him to fire.

Whoever will recite optional prayers on the first of Sha’baan for the pleasure of Allah will have clung to one of its branches,

whoever will keep fast on this day will surely have clung to one of its branches, whoever will reconcile between husband and

wife or father and son or among relatives or neighbours or other people will surely have clung to one of the branches, whoever

helps one in debt or reduces it has clung to one of the branches, whoever checks his accounts and discovers a debt due to him

of which the lender has lost hope of repayment and he settles the debt, he will surely have clung to one of the branches, whoever

stands surety for an orphan will surely have clung to one of the branches, whoever protects the dignity of a believer from the

foolish has surely clung to one of the branches, whoever recites the Holy Qur’an or a portion of it has surely clung to one of the

branches, whoever remembers Allah and counts His blessings and expresses his gratitude has surely clung to one of the branches,

whoever visits a sick person has surely clung to one of the branches, whoever acts virtuously towards his parents or one of them

has surely clung to one of the branches, whoever on this day pleases someone he had angered in the past has also surely clung

to one of the branches, whoever joins in a funeral has surely clung to one of the branches, whoever on this day comforts a distressed

person has surely clung to one of the branches and, likewise whoever does any good on this day has surely clung to one of the branches.

The Holy Messenger (pbuh) said, “By the one who has appointed me to Prophethood, whoever on this day indulges in the

evil or sin will have surely clung to one of the branches of the “Tree of Zaqoom” which will pull him to the fire of Hell. By the one who

has sent me as a Messenger, whoever becomes negligent with his obligatory prayers on this day will surely have clung to one of the

branches of that tree. Whoever is approached by a weak or poor person of whose condition he is aware and is able to assist him

without any harm to himself, and there is none other than him to help the poor, yet leaves him to collapse without holding his hand,

then surely he has clung to one of the branches of that tree. Whoever, on receiving an apology from one who had wronged him,

exacts from him punishment in excess of what is just for the wrong then surely he has clung to one of the branches of that tree.

Whoever causes separation between husband and wife or parent and children or between brothers or brothers and sisters or relatives

or neighbours or two friends or two sisters, he has surely clung to one of the branches of that tree. Whoever is aware of the hardship

of a person, yet becomes hard on him and worsens his plight by anger, has surely also clung to one of the branches of that tree.

Whoever is indebted but denies the debt and endeavours to invalidate it, has surely clung to one of the branches of that tree. Whoever

molests an orphan, causes him trouble or destroys his property has clung to one of the branches of that tree.

Whoever transgresses on the reputation of a brother believer and causes people to dislike him, then has surely clung to one of the

branches of that tree. Whoever sings in such a manner that people indulge in sins, has surely clung to one of the branches of that tree.

Whoever sits and narrates his evil deeds and oppression during a war and takes pride in them, has surely clung to one of the branches

of that tree. Whoever has a sick neighbour but does not visit him as he regards him lower than himself has clung to one of the branches

of that tree. Whoever fails to join in the funeral of a neighbour only because he regarded him base, has surely clung to one of the

branches of that tree. Whoever turns away from a distressed person and regarding him base oppresses him has surely clung to one of

the branches of that tree. Whoever has been disowned (disinherited) by his parents or either of them, has also clung to one of the branches

of that tree. Whoever has been disowned (disinherited) by his parents and despite being able to please them does not do so on this day,

then he surely has clung to one of the branches of that tree and, likewise, whoever does any form of evil has surely clung to one of the

branches of the “Tree of Zaqoom”.

By the one who has sent me as a Messenger, the branches of the “Tree of Tooba” will elevate those who have clung to them towards Heaven.

” At that time the Holy Messenger (pbuh) raised his eyes for a few moments towards the sky and looked pleased and then

lowered his sight to the earth but looked displeased and turning to his companions said, “By the one who has sent Muhammad (pbuh)

as a Prophet, I have surely seen the “Tree of Tooba” raise itself and raise all those who had clung to it towards Heaven and saw some of

those who had clung to one or more of its branches, according to the degree of their obedience. I surely saw Zayd bin Harith clinging to

a number of the branches and the branches were elevating him to the highest place in Heaven. So I became pleased. Then I lowered

my sight to the earth. By the one who has sent me as a Messenger, I then saw the “Tree of Zaqoom”. Its branches were lowering themselves

towards Hell and all those who had clung to one or more of its branches as a result of their ill deeds. I surely saw some of the hypocrites

clinging to a number of the branches which were carrying them to the lowest abyss in a hell. So I became displeased.”

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