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Sha'ban was the month most fasted by the Prophet ﷺ outside of Ramadan

bukhari:1970Muʿādh b. Faḍālah > Hishām > Yaḥyá > Abū Salamah > ʿĀʾishah

The Prophet ﷺ never fasted in any month more than in the month of Sha'ban.

He used to say, "Do those deeds which you can do easily, as Allah will not get tired (of giving rewards) till you get bored and tired (of performing religious deeds)." The most beloved prayer to the Prophet ﷺ was the one that was done regularly (throughout the life) even if it were little. And whenever the Prophet ﷺ offered a prayer he used to offer it regularly.  

البخاري:١٩٧٠حَدَّثَنَا مُعَاذُ بْنُ فَضَالَةَ حَدَّثَنَا هِشَامٌ عَنْ يَحْيَى عَنْ أَبِي سَلَمَةَ أَنَّ عَائِشَةَ ؓ حَدَّثَتْهُ قَالَتْ

لَمْ يَكُنِ النَّبِيُّ ﷺ يَصُومُ شَهْرًا أَكْثَرَ مِنْ شَعْبَانَ فَإِنَّهُ كَانَ يَصُومُ شَعْبَانَ كُلَّهُ

وَكَانَ يَقُولُ خُذُوا مِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا تُطِيقُونَ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يَمَلُّ حَتَّى تَمَلُّوا وَأَحَبُّ الصَّلاَةِ إِلَى النَّبِيِّ ﷺ مَا دُووِمَ عَلَيْهِ وَإِنْ قَلَّتْ وَكَانَ إِذَا صَلَّى صَلاَةً دَاوَمَ عَلَيْهَا  


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muslim:782cIsḥāq b. Ibrāhīm > Muʿādh b. Hishām from my father > Yaḥyá b. Abū Kathīr > Abū Salamah > ʿĀʾishah

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ did not observe fast in any month of the year more than in the month of Sha'ban, and used to say: Do as many deeds as you are capable of doing, for Allah will not become weary (of giving you reward), but you would be tired (of doing good deeds) ; and he also said: The deed liked most by Allah is one to which the doer adheres constantly even if it is small.  

مسلم:٧٨٢cحَدَّثَنَا إِسْحَاقُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ أَخْبَرَنَا مُعَاذُ بْنُ هِشَامٍ حَدَّثَنِي أَبِي عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ أَبِي كَثِيرٍ حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو سَلَمَةَ عَنْ عَائِشَةَ ؓ قَالَتْ

لَمْ يَكُنْ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ﷺ فِي الشَّهْرِ مِنَ السَّنَةِ أَكْثَرَ صِيَامًا مِنْهُ فِي شَعْبَانَ وَكَانَ يَقُولُ خُذُوا مِنَ الأَعْمَالِ مَا تُطِيقُونَ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَنْ يَمَلَّ حَتَّى تَمَلُّوا وَكَانَ يَقُولُ أَحَبُّ الْعَمَلِ إِلَى اللَّهِ مَا دَاوَمَ عَلَيْهِ صَاحِبُهُ وَإِنْ قَلَّ  

ahmad:25963Sūwayd b. ʿAmr > Abān b. Yazīd > Yaḥyá b. Abū Kathīr > Abū Salamah > ʿĀʾishah

[Machine] "Indeed, the Messenger of Allah ﷺ used to persistently perform a certain prayer, and the prayer that he loved the most was the one that he consistently performed, even if it was little. He said, 'Verily, Allah does not become bored until you become bored.'"  

أحمد:٢٥٩٦٣حَدَّثَنَا سُوَيْدُ بْنُ عَمْرٍو قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا أَبَانُ بْنُ يَزِيدَ حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ أَبِي كَثِيرٍ عَنْ أَبِي سَلَمَةَ عَنْ عَائِشَةَ

أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ ﷺ كَانَ إِذَا صَلَّى صَلَاةً دَاوَمَ عَلَيْهَا وَكَانَ أَحَبُّ الصَّلَاةِ إِلَيْهِ مَا دَاوَمَ عَلَيْهَا وَإِنْ قَلَّتْ وَقَالَ إِنَّ اللهَ ﷻ لَا يَمَلُّ حَتَّى تَمَلُّوا  

ahmad:26076Rawḥ > Hishām b. Abū ʿAbdullāh > Yaḥyá b. Abū Kathīr > Abū Salamah > ʿĀʾishah

[Machine] The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: Take from your actions what you can bear, for Allah does not get tired until you get tired. And the prayer that was most beloved to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ was the one he performed regularly, even if it was few. And when he prayed a prayer, he would stick to it.  

أحمد:٢٦٠٧٦حَدَّثَنَا رَوْحٌ حَدَّثَنَا هِشَامُ بْنُ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللهِ عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ أَبِي كَثِيرٍ عَنْ أَبِي سَلَمَةَ أَنَّ عَائِشَةَ حَدَّثَتْهُ

أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ ﷺ قَالَ خُذُوا مِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا تُطِيقُونَ فَإِنَّ اللهَ ﷻ لَا يَمَلُّ حَتَّى تَمَلُّوا وَكَانَ أَحَبُّ الصَّلَاةِ إِلَى رَسُولِ اللهِ ﷺ مَا دَاوَمَ عَلَيْهَا وَإِنْ قَلَّتْ وَكَانَ إِذَا صَلَّى صَلَاةً دَاوَمَ عَلَيْهَا  

ahmad:26123ʿAbd al-Ṣamad And ʾAbū ʿĀmir al-Maʿná > Hishām > Yaḥyá > Abū Salamah

[Machine] Aisha, the wife of the Prophet ﷺ, said that he did not fast more in any year than he did in the month of Sha'ban. He would fast the entire month of Sha'ban and would say, "Take on only what you are able to handle in terms of deeds, for Allah does not tire until you tire. The deeds that were most beloved to the Prophet ﷺ were those that were done consistently, even if they were few in number. And when he would perform a prayer, he would consistently perform it."  

أحمد:٢٦١٢٣حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الصَّمَدِ وَأَبُو عَامِرٍ الْمَعْنَى قَالَا حَدَّثَنَا هِشَامٌ عَنْ يَحْيَى عَنْ أَبِي سَلَمَةَ قَالَ قَالَتْ

عَائِشَةُ لَمْ يَكُنْ رَسُولُ اللهِ ﷺ يَصُومُ مِنَ السَّنَةِ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ صِيَامِهِ مِنْ شَعْبَانَ فَإِنَّهُ كَانَ يَصُومُ شَعْبَانَ كُلَّهُ وَكَانَ يَقُولُ خُذُوا مِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا تُطِيقُونَ فَإِنَّ اللهَ لَا يَمَلُّ حَتَّى تَمَلُّوا وَإِنَّهُ كَانَ أَحَبُّ الْأَعْمَالِ إِلَى رَسُولِ اللهِ ﷺ مَا دَاوَمَ عَلَيْهَا وَإِنْ قَلَّتْ وَكَانَ إِذَا صَلَّى صَلَاةً دَاوَمَ عَلَيْهَا  

ahmad:25558ʿAbd al-Malik b. ʿAmr Abū ʿĀmir > Hishām > Yaḥyá > Abū Salamahaʾan ʿĀʾishah

[Machine] It was reported that the Prophet ﷺ did not fast more in any month of the year than he did in Sha'ban. He used to fast the entire month of Sha'ban. He used to say, "Take from your actions what you can bear, for Allah does not tire until you tire. The most beloved prayer to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ was the one that was consistent, even if it was little." When he would pray a prayer, he would remain consistent in it.  

أحمد:٢٥٥٥٨حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْمَلِكِ بْنُ عَمْرٍو أَبُو عَامِرٍ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا هِشَامٌ عَنْ يَحْيَى عَنْ أَبِي سَلَمَةَأَنَّ عَائِشَةَ حَدَّثَتْهُ

أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ ﷺ لَمْ يَكُنْ يَصُومُ مِنْ شَهْرٍ مِنَ السَّنَةِ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ صَوْمِهِ مِنْ شَعْبَانَ فَإِنَّهُ كَانَ يَصُومُ شَعْبَانَ كُلَّهُ وَكَانَ يَقُولُ خُذُوا مِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا تُطِيقُونَ فَإِنَّ اللهَ ﷻ لَا يَمَلُّ حَتَّى تَمَلُّوا وَإِنَّهُ كَانَ أَحَبُّ الصَّلَاةِ إِلَى رَسُولِ اللهِ ﷺ مَا دُووِمَ عَلَيْهَا وَكَانَ إِذَا صَلَّى صَلَاةً دَاوَمَ عَلَيْهَا  

ahmad:24540Abū al-Mughīrah > al-Awzāʿī > Yaḥyá b. Abū Kathīr > Abū Salamah > ʿĀʾishah

[Machine] "The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, 'Take from the actions what you can bear, for Allah never gets tired until you get tired.' Aisha said, 'And the prayer that was most beloved to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ was the one that he consistently performed, even if it was little.' Aisha said, 'And whenever the Prophet ﷺ performed a prayer, he consistently performed it.' Abu Salama said, 'Allah says, 'And those who are constant in their prayers' (Quran, Al-Ma'arij 23).'"  

أحمد:٢٤٥٤٠حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو الْمُغِيرَةِ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا الْأَوْزَاعِيُّ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا يَحْيَى بْنُ أَبِي كَثِيرٍ عَنْ أَبِي سَلَمَةَ عَنْ عَائِشَةَ

أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ ﷺ قَالَ خُذُوا مِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا تُطِيقُونَ فَإِنَّ اللهَ ﷻ لَا يَمَلُّ حَتَّى تَمَلُّوا قَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ وَكَانَ أَحَبُّ الصَّلَاةِ إِلَى رَسُولِ اللهِ ﷺ مَا دَاوَمَ عَلَيْهَا وَإِنْ قَلَّتْ قَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ وَكَانَ النَّبِيُّ ﷺ إِذَا صَلَّى صَلَاةً دَاوَمَ عَلَيْهَا قَالَأَبُو سَلَمَةَ قَالَ اللهُ ﷻ وَ {الَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَى صَلَاتِهِمْ دَائِمُونَ} [المعارج 23]  

ahmad:24967ʿAbd al-Wahhāb > Hishām al-Dastuwāʾī > Yaḥyá b. Abū Kathīr > Abū Salamah b. ʿAbd al-Raḥman > ʿĀʾishah

[Machine] The Prophet ﷺ used to fast from the months of the year more in the month of Sha'ban. He used to fast the whole month of Sha'ban and he used to say, "Take from actions what you are capable of, for Allah does not get tired until you get tired." Indeed, prayer was most beloved to him when he consistently performed it, even if it was little. And whenever he prayed a certain prayer, he would continue to pray it consistently.  

أحمد:٢٤٩٦٧حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْوَهَّابِ قَالَ أَخْبَرَنَا هِشَامٌ الدَّسْتُوَائِيُّ عَنْ يَحْيَى بْنِ أَبِي كَثِيرٍ عَنْ أَبِي سَلَمَةَ بْنِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ أَنَّ عَائِشَةَ حَدَّثَتْهُ

أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ ﷺ لَمْ يَكُنْ يَصُومُ مِنْ شَهْرٍ مِنَ السَّنَةِ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ صِيَامِهِ مِنْ شَعْبَانَ فَإِنَّهُ كَانَ يَصُومُ شَعْبَانَ كُلَّهُ وَكَانَ يَقُولُ خُذُوا مِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا تُطِيقُونَ فَإِنَّ اللهَ ﷻ لَا يَمَلُّ حَتَّى تَمَلُّوا فَإِنَّهُ كَانَ أَحَبُّ الصَّلَاةِ إِلَيْهِ مَا دَاوَمَ عَلَيْهَا وَإِنْ قَلَّ وَكَانَ إِذَا صَلَّى صَلَاةً يُدَاوِمُ عَلَيْهَا  

ذِكْرُ الْعِلَّةِ الَّتِي مِنْ أَجْلِهَا أُمِرَ بِهَذَا الْأَمْرِ

ibnhibban:353ʿAbdullāh b. Muḥammad b. Salm > ʿAbd al-Raḥman b. Ibrāhīm > al-Walīd > al-Awzāʿī > Yaḥyá > Abū Salamah > ʿĀʾishah

[Machine] The Prophet ﷺ said, "Take from the acts of worship that which you can handle, for indeed Allah does not become weary until you become weary." She (Aisha) said, "The most beloved actions to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ were those that were done continuously, even if they were few in number. And when he performed a prayer, he would continue to perform it."  

ابن حبّان:٣٥٣أَخْبَرَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ سَلْمٍ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي الْوَلِيدُ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا الْأَوْزَاعِيُّ حَدَّثَنِي يَحْيَى قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي أَبُو سَلَمَةَ قَالَ حَدَّثَتْنِي عَائِشَةُ قَالَتْ

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ﷺ «خُذُوا مِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا تُطِيقُونَ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَمَلُّ حَتَّى تَمَلُّوا» قَالَتْ وَكَانَ أَحَبُّ الْأَعْمَالِ إِلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ﷺ مَا دَامَ عَلَيْهِ وَإِنْ قَلَّ وَكَانَ إِذَا صَلَّى صَلَاةً دَامَ عَلَيْهَا  

ذِكْرُ خَبَرٍ ثَانٍ يُصَرِّحُ بِصِحَّةِ الْعِلَّةِ الَّتِي تَقَدَّمَ ذِكْرُنَا لَهَا

ibnhibban:1578Ibn Salm > ʿAbd al-Raḥman b. Ibrāhīm > al-Walīd > al-Awzāʿī > Yaḥyá b. Abū Kathīr > Abū Salamah b. ʿAbd al-Raḥman > ʿĀʾishah

[Machine] The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, "Take from your actions what you can bear, for Allah does not get tired until you get tired. And the most beloved deeds to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ are those that are done consistently, even if they are few. When he performed a prayer, he would continue to perform it regularly. Abu Salama reported that Allah says, "Those who are constant in their prayers."  

ابن حبّان:١٥٧٨أَخْبَرَنَا ابْنُ سَلْمٍ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا الْوَلِيدُ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا الْأَوْزَاعِيُّ قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي يَحْيَى بْنُ أَبِي كَثِيرٍ قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي أَبُو سَلَمَةَ بْنُ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ قَالَ حَدَّثَتْنِي عَائِشَةُ قَالَتْ

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ﷺ «خُذُوا مِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا تُطِيقُونَ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَمَلُّ حَتَّى تَمَلُّوا» وَكَانَ أَحَبُّ الْأَعْمَالِ إِلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ﷺ أَدْوَمَهَا وَإِنْ قَلَّ كَانَ إِذَا صَلَّى صَلَاةً دَاوَمَ عَلَيْهَا يَقُولُ أَبُو سَلَمَةَ «قَالَ اللَّهُ {الَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَى صَلَاتِهِمْ دَائِمُونَ} »  

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السيوطي:٦٧٣-٤٩٨b

"عَنْ عَائِشَةَ: أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللهِ ﷺ لَمْ يَكُنْ يَصُومُ مِنْ شَهْرٍ مِنَ السَّنَةِ أَكْثَر مِنْ صِيامِهِ مِنْ شَعْبَانَ فإنه كان يصوم شعبان كله، وَكَانَ يَقُولُ: خُذُوا مِنْ العَمَلِ مَا تُطِيقُونَ، فَإِنَّ اللهَ سُبْحَانَه وَتَعَالَى لَا يَمَلُّ حَتَّى تَمَلُّوا، وَإِنَّهُ وَإنْ كَانَ أَحَبُّ الصَّلَاةِ إِلَيْهِ مَا دَوَمَ عَلَيْهَا وَإِنْ قَلَّتْ وَكَانَ إِذَا صَلَّى دَامَ عَلَيْهَا".  

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