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The Virtue of the 15th Night of Sha'baan |
Imaam Muhammad Naasirud-Deen Al-Albaanee
Source: Silsilatul-Ahaadeethis-Saheehah #1145
Translated by Abul-'Abbaas for www.bakkah.net
[ In the Name of Allaah, the Most Merciful, may His Complete Salaah and Salaam be upon His final Messenger, to proceed? ]
As for what is authentic regarding the night of the 15th of Sha'baan, [The Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhe wa sallam, said,]
"Allaah, the Blessed and Exalted, comes to His Creation on Laylatun-Nisf (the 15th night) of Sha'baan, and He forgives all of His Creation, except for the polytheist and the mushaahin ."
It is an authentic narration narrated by a number of Companions with a number or different chains that strengthen each other, by way of Mu'aath ibn Jabal, Aboo Tha'labah Al-Khushanee, 'Abdullaah ibn 'Amr, Aboo Moosaa Al-Ash'aree, Aboo Hurayrah, Aboo Bakr As-Siddeeq, 'Awf ibn Maalik, and 'Aa'ishah? 
?So in summary, the narration is authentic without a doubt, as authenticity could be established for it even if there were not so many routes, so long as they are free of any severe weaknesses, as is the case with this narration.
As for what Al-Qaasimee, may Allaah Most High have Mercy on him, quoted in Islaah Al-Masaajid (p.107) , that the scholars of Hadeeth say that there is no authentic narration about the virtue of Laylatun-Nisf (the 15th night) of Sha'baan, it is not something to be relied upon. And if any of them did say this statement, then it was only from their haste and lack of effort in tracing the numerous routes (of the narration) as has been done here, and Allaah is the One who grants success. 
This article was taken from BAKKAHnet (www.bakkah.net)
 mushaahin: the one who has animosity (An-Nihaayah, 1/847)
 I have omitted Al-Albaanee's 4-page discussion of the different chains of the narration here. To summarize, different wordings of the narration can be found in As-Sunnah of Ibn Abee 'Aasim, Saheeh Ibn Hibbaan, Shu'ab Al-'Eemaan of Al-Bayhaqee, Al-Mu'jam Al-Kabeer and Al-Awsat of At-Tabaraanee, the Musnad of Imaam Ahmad, the Sunan of Ibn Maajah, the Musnad of Al-Bazzaar, and many others, on the authority of the eight mentioned Companions.
 p.100 of Al-Maktab Al-Islaamee's fifth printing, 1403
 This narration shows the virtue of the 15th night of Sha'baan, and as Imaam Al-Albaanee said in his checking of Islaah Al-Masaajid (p.99), "The authenticity of this hadeeth does not necessitate taking this night as an occasion to gather with the people and perform acts of innovation like those the author mentioned?" He is referring to people illuminating the masjids, praying 100 rak'ahs, reciting Soorah Al-Ikhlaas ten times in each rak'ah, etc. from the things mentioned by Al-Qaasimee, the author of Islaah Al-Masaajid. So to specify this night as a night for specific acts of worship is an innovation in the Religion, refer to the following statements of the scholars:
سبحانك اللهم وبحمدك
أشهد أن لا إله إلا أنت
أستغفرك وأتوب إليك