Sha’ban is the eighth month in the Islamic calendar and translates to ‘scattered’ or ‘dispersed’, which refers to the early Arab tribes who would go out looking for water to prepare for the heat of Ramadan. Today, this month is often used to prepare for Ramadan by building up good habits.
Sha’ban is in between the two special months of Rajab and Ramadan, which sometimes means that Muslims neglect it. It is important to maintain good habits from Rajab during this month and start performing new good deeds to carry on into Ramadan. In addition, Sha’ban is the month in which our deeds are shown to Allah (SWT), which encourages Muslims to increase acts of worship.
Sha’ban 2023 will begin on 21 February and end on 22 March.
The 15th night of the month of Sha’ban is an important night and is said to be one of the greatest nights of the year. This night is known as Shab-e-Barat in Urdu, whereby Allah (SWT) descends to the lowest heaven to forgive repenting Muslims.
In countries like Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, Sha’ban and Shab-e-Barat are observed and celebrated in ways that include engaging in dhikr and giving out sweets.
Since Sha’ban is the month before Ramadan, many Muslims fast during it to prepare for the obligatory fasts in the coming month. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) fasted regularly in Sha’ban: "I never saw the Messenger of Allah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha’ban.” (Al-Bukhari)
During Sha’ban, giving charity can ensure that you make the most of this month. Giving charity is very virtuous and encourages us to give all year round. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (for the deceased).” (Muslim)
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