THE RITES OF THE REST OF Sha‘bān
Imam al-Rida (عليه السلام) is reported as saying: If one observes fasting on the last three days of Sha‘bān and connects it with the obligatory fasting of Ramaḍān, Almighty Allah will decide for him as having observed fasting for two consecutive months.
Abu’l-Salt al-Harawi has narrated that when he visited Imam al-Rida (عليه السلام) on the last Friday of Sha’ban, the Imam said to him:
Abu’l-Salt, the days of Sha‘bān have almost passed. This is the last Friday. You should thus settle what you have missed in this month by working harder in the rest of it. You may supplicate God, implore for His forgiveness, recite the Holy Qur’an, and repent to Him from your sins so that you receive the month of Ramaḍān with pure sincerity to Him. You must fulfil all the trusts that you are liable to settle, do not bear malice against any of your brethren-in-faith, you must give up any sin that you commit. Fear Almighty Allah and trust in Him in secret and openly, for ‘If anyone puts his trust in Allah, sufficient is (Allah) for him. For Allah will surely accomplish his purpose. Verily, for all things has Allah appointed a due proportion. 65/3’
In the remaining days of Sha‘bān, it is highly recommended to recite the following supplication frequently for Almighty Allah rescues many people from hellfire on account of the sanctity of this month: