Is this Hadith authentic?
Usamah ibn Zayd (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reported:
I said, “O Messenger of Allah, I do not see you fasting any month as much as you fast during Sha’ban.” The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “It is a month people neglect between the months of Rajab and Ramadan. It is a month in which the deeds are raised to the Rabb of the worlds and I like for my deeds to be raised while I am fasting.”
Imam Nasai (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith. Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) has recorded this as part of a longer narration. Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah (hafizahullah) has declared the chain sound (hasan).
(Sunan Nasai; Al Mujtaba, Hadith: 2357, Musnad Ahmad, vol. 5 pg. 201. Refer: Footnotes of Shaykh Muhammad ‘Awwamah on Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 9858)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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