عن عائشة قالت فقدت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ليلة فخرجت فإذا ھو بالبقيع فقال أكنت تخافين أن يحيف الله عليك و رسوله قلت يارسول الله ظننت إنك أتيت بعض نسائك فقال أن الله تبارك وتعالى ينزل ليلة النصف من شعبان إلى سماءالدنيا فيغفر كثر من عدد شعرغنم كلب –(جامع الترمذى ، باب ماجاء فى ليلة النصف من شعبان
Sayyidah Ummul Mu’mineen Aishah radhiyallahu anha narrates: ‘One night that the Rasulullah ﷺ was staying in my house, i did not find him at home. I left my house in search for him and found him (the Prophet ﷺ) at Jannatul Baqi (the graveyard of Madinah Munawarrah).
The Prophet ﷺ stated: ‘Aishah, did you feel that Allah and His Prophet would wrong you?’ I then said: ‘O! Rasulullah (ﷺ), I thought that you had gone to another of your wives.’ He (ﷺ) said: ‘Allah turns His special attention towards the 1st Heaven on this night and forgives the number of His servants as much as are the hairs on the sheep of Bani Kalb.’ (Jami Tirmidhi, p156)
Kalb was a big tribe the members of which had a very large number of sheep. Therefore, the last sentence of the Hadith indicates the big number of the people who are forgiven in this night by Allah Ta’laa.There is a similar narration in Sunan Baihaqi from Ummahaatul Mu’mineen Hadhrat Aishah wherein she also relates further: ‘The Prophet ﷺ returned home and began to perform Salah. The Prophet ﷺ fell into Sajdah and performed such a long Sajdah that I had feared he had passed away. When I saw this, I moved from my bed and moved his thumb. The thumb moved and I returned to my place. When Rasulullah (ﷺ) had finished Salah he (ﷺ) stated: ‘Jibrail came to me and said that tonight is the middle night of Sha’ban (15th) and in this night Allah will forgive so many people from the Hellfire, as much as are the hairs on the sheep of Bani Kalb. However, there are certain unfortunate individuals who will not be forgiven, even in this night. Those who join partners with Allah (Ta’laa) , those who have enmity for their brothers, those who break the ties of kith and kin, those men who keep their lower garment below their ankles, those who disobey their parents and those who habitually drink alcohol.’ (Sunan Baihaqi/ At-Targeeb, vol2, p232)
From this Hadith, it is a good act for Muslim MEN to go to the qabrastaan (Muslim cemetry) on the 15th night of Sha’baan.