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Welcome to Sha’ban - the last month before we reach Ramadan!

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Welcome to Sha’ban - the last month before we reach Ramadan!

When is Sha’ban? 

The month of Sha’ban is the 8th month in the Islamic calendar. This year, Sha’ban starts on the 14th of March 2021 and ends on the 12th of April 2021.

Sha’ban is in the middle of the blessed months of Rajab and Ramadan and so often gets overshadowed but it is considered to be one of the most virtuous months.

The Quran tells us that Allah (SWT) assesses our good and bad deeds during this month, which is s why the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is believed to have fasted considerably during the month of Sha’ban. Historically, momentous events also took place during Sha’ban which deserves to be commemorated. We have explained some of them below:

 

 What is the significance of Sha’ban? 

  1. Changing of the Qiblah 

It was during this month in which Allah SWT ordered Prophet Muhammed (saw) to change the Qiblah from Al-Aqsa Mosque to the Holy Kabbah in Mecca.  

Al-Aqsa Mosque had been the Qiblah for 13 years but  while the Prophet (saw) was living in Madinah, the following ayah was revealed: 

‘We have certainly seen the turning of your face, [O Prophet (saw)], toward the heaven, and We will surely turn

you to a Qiblah with which you will be pleased. So turn your face toward al-Masjid al-Haram…’ (Qur’an, 2:144) 

2. The actions of the people are presented to the Almighty 

Aisha (RA) said that:

“I never saw the Messenger of Allah fast for a complete month except for Ramadan, and I never saw him do more fasting in any month than he did in Sha`ban” (Al-Bukhari). In another Hadith it is written the last Prophet (saw) said: “People neglect this month which is between Rajab and Ramadan, in this month the actions of the people are presented to Allah; so I like my deeds to be presented while I am fasting”. (Abu Dawood)

These hadiths show us the significance of maximizing our good deeds during the month of Sha’ban. By simply reading more Qur’an, praying voluntary prayers, and following the Sunnah of the Prophet by fasting more, you can strengthen your taqwa (consciousness of Allah) and establish good habits that you continue into Ramadan.

3. The month of the Prophet (saw) 

Sha’ban is the ideal time to start trying to be closer to the Prophet by following his Sunnah in word and deed so that his Sunnah becomes the path we follow for life.  

We should also understand the high status to which Allah (SWT) has raised Him for He is the best of mankind.  

Abu Hurayrah said:

“The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, ′ I will be the leader of mankind of the Day of Resurrection, the first whose grave will be opened, the first to intercede and the first to be asked to intercede.’” [Narrated by Muslim, 2278] 

One of the ways we can follow the Sunnah of the last prophet (SAW) is by caring for orphans, a cause particularly loved by him. 

Since Sha’ban is the month of the Prophet, it’s the perfect time to begin sponsoring an orphan. For just $2/day, you can sponsor an orphan in need and be among the people beloved to Allah’s Messenger. 

4. The Quran verse commanding Salawat was revealed 

During Sha’ban, Muslims were also commanded to send Salawat upon the Prophet (saw). As mentioned, = Sha’ban is the month of the Prophet (saw) and we should take advantage of this opportunity to draw closer to him. The Prophet (saw) said, ‘The person closest to me on the Day of Judgement is the one who sent the most Blessings [Salawat] upon me’. (Tirmidhi) The best etiquette for making du’a is to begin by praising Allah and then sending Salawat upon the Prophet (saw). 

 5. Splitting of the moon 

Anas bin Malik (ra) narrated, ’The people of Makkah asked Allah’s Messenger (saw) to show them a miracle. So he showed them the moon split into two halves between which they saw the Hira’ mountain [the Mountain of Light]’. (Bukhari)

This incredible miracle took place in Sha’ban, and it is referred to in the Qur’an: ’The Hour has come near, and the moon has split [in two]’. (Qur’an, 54:1)

6. Preparing for Ramadan  

This blessed month is the best time to begin fasting, offering supplication and reading Quran. These actions will help us establish good routines of worship before the holy month of Ramadan begins.

  The virtues of Laylatul Barat 

The 14th night of Sha’ban is special, often called, Laylatul Barat or Shab e Barat. According to Hadith of the Prophet (SAW), Allah SWT will say: 

   “is there any person repenting so that I forgive him, and any person seeking provision so that I provide for him,

      and any person with distress so that I relieve him, and so on until dawn.” (Ibn Majah) 

On this virtuous night, we should make our preparations to pray from dusk till dawn, and fast the next day to earn maximum rewards from Allah SWT. 

It is also regular practice to read Surah Ya-Sin and make special supplications for good health, protection and to increase our faith and bring us closer to Allah SWT.  

When is the 14th night of Sha’ban?  

This year the 14th night of Sha’ban falls on March 29th. We’ll be posting again closer to the date with all the tips you’ll need to make the most of this holy night, so remember to check our latest page in a few weeks. May Allah accept all our efforts during Sha’ban. May He bless us and help us increase our worship, and may He allow us to draw closer to Him and His Messenger (saw) during this time, Inshallah Ameen.


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