The Islamic Lunar Calendar consists of twelve months. But, every month of the lunar calendar has its spiritual and
historical significance.As we all know that the eighth month of Islamic Calendar is Shaban. Muslims all over the
world give value to the month of Shaban because it is one of the most revered months for Ummah of Beloved
The meaning of Shaban is “Branch”. The month of Shaban is between the two Holy months Rajab and Ramadan.
Sha`ban is a blessed month in which the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to perform many kinds of good deeds.
In the month of Sha`ban, the deeds of people, the good and the bad, are lifted up to Allah the Almighty.
The specialty of Sha`ban stems from the fact that it is an introduction to the blessed month of Ramadan,
in which one of the pillars of Islam is offered, namely fasting.
Excellence of Sha`ban
- Usamah ibn Zayd narrated: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, I do not see you fasting any month as much as
- in Sha`ban.’ He said: ‘That is a month to which people do not pay much attention, between
- Rajab and Ramadan. It is a month in which the deeds are taken up to the Lord of the worlds, and I like that
- my deeds be taken up when I am fasting.”‘ (An-Nasaa’i)
- `A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “The month which the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)
- most liked to fast was Sha`ban; indeed he used to join it to Ramadan.” (Abu Dawud)
Merits of the middle of Sha`ban
Abu Tha`labah Al-Khushny reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,
“Allah looks down on the night of the middle of Sha`ban and forgives the believer, prolongs the hope for
the disbelievers and leaves away the people of grudge to their grudge until they forsake it.” (At-Tabarani)
Excellence of fasting in Sha`ban
The fasting is one of the major acts that Muslims do all over the world. But, you will be thinking
that the month of fasting in Ramadan then why in Shaban?!
A’isha (peace be upon him) narrated, “I never saw the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)
fast for a complete month except for the month of Ramadan, and I never saw him fast in a month
more than he did in the month of Sha’ban.” (Al-Bukhariand Muslim)
Nrated `A’isha (may Allah be pleased with her), “The Prophet (peace be upon him) never fasted (voluntarily)
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 (peace be upon him) was
the one that was done regularly (throughout the life) even if it were little.
And whenever the Prophet (peace be upon him) offered a prayer he used to offer it regularly.
Fasting in the last half of Sha`ban
It was narrated from Umm Salamah (may Allah be pleased with her) that the Prophet (peace be upon him)
would not fast any month of the year in full except Sh`aban and he used to
join it to Ramadan. (Abu Dawud)
Abu Hurairah (peace be upon him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him)
said: “When it is the middle of Sha`ban do not
fast (until it is Ramadan).” (Ibn Majah, At-Tirmidhi,Abu Dawud and An-Nasaa’i)
Fasting the day of doubt
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: “The Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
“Do not observe fasting for a day or two days preceding Ramadan. However, if a person is in
the habit of observing fasting on a particular day (which may fall on these dates), he may fast on that day.
” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Narrated Abu Huraira “The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Start fasting on seeing the crescent (of Ramadan),
and give up fasting on seeing the crescent (of Shawwal), and if the sky
is overcast (and you cannot see it), complete thirty days of Sha’ban.” (Al-Bukhariand Muslim)