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Join Sidi Mahdy Amine and Qari Amar Bellaha for a faith-affirming evening to learn lessons from one of the five blessed nights when duas are accepted, according to Imam Nawawi.

Join us in this annual commemoration as we mark in virtual community laylatul-bara’ah (the Night of Innocence). MCC highly encourages you to fast on Friday, March 18.

7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Maghrib to Isha) | Thursday, March 17 | MCC Prayer Hall (or watch online at mcceastbay.org/live)

Maghrib is at 7:23 p.m. and Isha is at 9 p.m.

Questions? events@mcceastbay.org

About the Presenters
Raised in Morocco, Qari Amar Bellaha memorized the Qur’an at 17 from Madrasat Imam Nafia. He has ijaza for the Hafs and Warsh forms of Qur’anic recitation. In 1994 and 1995, he was awarded top prizes in the National Moroccan Tajweed competition. He is recognized for the beauty, clarity and excellence of his recitation and is one of the Bay area’s foremost Qur’an teachers.

Sidi Mahdy Amine is a Zaytuna College alumnus and practicing attorney. He also teaches Islamic Studies at ILM Tree and he serves as Convert Care Coordinator for Ta’leef Collective.

About Nisf Sha’ban
The month of Shaban is the eighth month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The fifteenth night of this month is known as laylatul-bara’ah (the Night of Innocence) or laylat un-nisf min Shaban (the Middle Night of Shaban or shab-e-barat).

It has been narrated that the Messenger of Allah, blessings and peace be upon him, said: “There are five nights on which dua is not rejected: the first night of Rajab, the fifteenth night of Sha‘ban, Thursday night, the night before Eid al Fitr and the night before Eid al Nahr (al Adha).” (al Suyuti)

Locally, for those who follow moonsighting, the 15th night of Shaban is Thursday night (March 17). This is a special night for making dua and other acts of worship. It is also recommended to fast on the 15th day of Shaban (Friday, March 18).

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The Prophet (PBUH) said: “Allah looks at His creation in the night of mid-Sha’ban and He forgives all His creation except for a mushrik (idolater) or a mushahin (one bent on hatred).”

It is the night when our provision for the coming year is determined, and also a night of forgiveness.  We recommend you do special dhikr, prayers at night, as well as to ask for forgiveness. We also recommend for you to fast on the 15th of Shaban (Friday, March 18).