GENERAL AAMAL IN Sha‘bān
However, some narrations have mentioned this imploration with some difference in the order of the statements, by preceding the phrase, “alhayyu alqayyumu” to “arrahmanu arrahimu”. In any case, any form of the supplication is acceptable.
According to narrations, the best words that are advisably said in Sha’ban are the implorations for the forgiveness of Almighty Allah (i.e. istighfar). Hence, to implore for Almighty Allah’s forgiveness seventy times a day in Sha’ban is equal to imploring for His forgiveness seventy thousand times a day in the other months.
“What is then the reward of one who observes fasting on one day in Sha’ban?” asked the narrator.
The Imam (عليه السلام) answered, “The reward will be Paradise. I swear it by Allah.”
The narrator then asked again, “What are the best deeds that should be done in Sha’ban.”
The Imam (عليه السلام) answered, “Almsgiving and imploring for forgiveness are the best deeds in Sha’ban. Verily, if anyone of you gives alms in Sha’ban, Almighty Allah will breed that alms in the very same way as you breed your small camels. Hence, this alms will be as huge as Mount Uhud on the Resurrection Day.”
This devout rite brings about a great reward. The reward of one who repeats this glorification in Sha’ban is that one is awarded the reward of serving (Almighty Allah) for one thousand years.
The Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وسلم) is also reported as saying, “If one observes fasting each Monday and Thursday in Sha’ban, Almighty Allah will grant forty of his needs - twenty appertained to the worldly life and twenty to the Hereafter.”
It is recommended to recite the following form of invocation of blessings upon the Holy Prophet and his Household that is reported from Imam Ali ibn al-Husayn al-Sajjad (i.e. Imam Zayn al-’Abidin) each midday in Sha’ban and at the fifteenth night of it: