Shaban – the eighth month of the Islamic calendar

Sunday, April 21, 2019 / 0 Comment(s)

Shaban is the eighth month of the Islamic calendar which is also called as the month of separation. The reason for calling it a month of separation is that in this month, Arabs used to go in search of water.

Fasting in the month of Shaban:

There is great importance of fasting in this month. The wife of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWW), Hazrat Ayesha (RA) said that she never saw the Prophet (SAWW) fasting in the whole month that is from the start to the end of the month except in Ramzan and that she never saw him (SAWW) fasting more than in any month other than this month. So, Hazrat Ayesha (RA) asked the Prophet (SAWW), “How is it that I always see you fasting in Shaban?” The Prophet (SAWW) replied, “O Aisha, it is the month in which the angel of death notes down the name of those of whom souls would be taken by him before the year is out. So, I would prefer that he didn’t record my name except when I am fasting.”

Another hadith about fasting is, “Anyone who fasts on the last Monday of Shaban will be given forgiveness.”

Ahadees about the month of Shaban:

  • It is said by Hazrat Ayesha (RA) that to Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W), dearest of the months was Shaban, which he would link to Ramzan.
  • Holy Prophet (SAWW) said, “Shaban is my month, Rajab is the month of Allah and Ramzan is the month of my Ummah. Shaban is expiator, while Ramzan is the purifier.”


Shab-e-barat is the mid of Shaban and this night is of great significance. It is also called the night of freedom as Allah frees his those servants who were fated for Hell. Also, according to Sunni belief, in this night, it is finalized that who will live or die in the coming year.

Reported by Hazrat Aisha (R.A), the Holy Prophet (SAWW) said: “Do you know what happens this night?” meaning the mid night of Shaban (which is, Shab-e-Barat). She said: “O Messenger of Allah (SAWW), what happens in it?” The Holy Prophet (SAWW) replied, “In this night, the record is made of every human being who will be born, and of every human being who will die this year. In this night, their deeds are taken up to heaven and in their provisions are sent down.” (Baihaqi)

Also, Shab-e-barat is celebrated by the Muslims like a religious event. They dress nicely and food like halwa poori is especially made on Shab-e-barat.

Important events that took place in Shaban:

There are some of the important events that took place in the month of the Shaban. Hazrat Zainab Bint Ali (RA) was born on the 1st day of Shaban. On 3rd Shaban, Hazrat Hussain Ibn Ali (RA) and on 4th Shaban, Hazrat Abbas Ibn Ali (RA) were born. On 5th Shaban, Hazrat Ali Ibn Hussain (RA) was born. Due to birth of all these great personalities of Islam in Shaban, this month is of great significance.

Thus, Shaban is an important Islamic month after which the great month of Ramzan comes. As a Muslim, we all must know about the basic knowledge of all the Islamic months and this is what our blog aimed; to deliver the basic knowledge about the month of Shaban

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