They were in the habit of sleeping but little by night, (17) And in the hours of early dawn they (were found) praying for Forgiveness; (18) And in their wealth and possessions (was remembered) the right of the (needy), him who asked and him who (for some reason) was prevented (from asking).Surah Adh-Dhariyat (51:17, 18)
The lay people, they are neither used to worshipping in the nights nor used to getting up in the early hours of the morning to get up and pray.
Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) willed that all the slaves of His Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) should benefit from His Mercy. Thus, He fixed one night in the 12 months of the year in which the Lord Almighty, Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) graces the sky of this world from sunset itself and grants His forgiveness and pardon to all those who ask for it. As the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) has said that Sha’abaan is His month, so Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) has kept this blessed night in the month of Sha’abaan.
Five letters of the word Sha’abaan and what they mean The leader of all saints, Hadhrat Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani (May Allah sanctify his soul) says about the secret meanings hidden in the word “Sha’abaan”:
There are five letters in the word “Sha’abaan” (i.e. in the Arabic word):The Arabic “Sheen,” which stands “Sharaf” i.e. honor.
“’Ain,” which stands for “’Ulu” i.e. elevation.
“Ba” which stands for “birr” i.e. virtuousness.
“Alif” which stands for “Ulfat” i.e. love
“Noon” which stands for “Noor” i.e. radiance, light.
These letters indicate that in the month of Sha’abaan, the worshippers of Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) are granted these bounties by Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala).
Hadhrat Ghouse Azam Dastagir (May Allah be well pleased with him) points out the temporary nature of this world and the changing of times and says about the importance of the month of Sha’abaan in these words:
Life has 3 states: The past state, the present state and the future state. In the same way, there are 3 months: Rajab, which has passed and will not return and Ramadhan, which we are waiting for. We do not know whether we will be alive to get it or not and Sha’abaan is the link between these 2 months. We should consider obedience to Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) as a respipte (Ghaneemat)(Ghuniya Lit talibi tariqil haqqi, Vol. 1, Pg No: 188)