YasSarNal QuR'aN

An Effort in Facilitation

Welcoming Shabaan

Shabaan is the eighth month of the Islamic calendar and considered one of the special months for which we find particular sunan of the Prophet (peace be upon him). It is reported that the Prophet would fast most of the month of Shabaan except for the last few days. 

A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrates that “Allah’s Apostle used to fast till one would say that he would never stop fasting, and he would abandon fasting till one would say that he would never fast. I never saw Allah’s Apostle fasting for a whole month except the month of Ramadan, and did not see him fasting in any month more than in the month of Sha’ban.”[1]

Although these fasts are supererogatory we can see how much importance the Prophet attached to them. We know that when he was asked by Usaamah ibn Zayd concerning his observance of the Sha’ban fasts, he answered, “It is a month that people neglect between Rajab and Ramadan; a month in which people’s deeds are taken up to the Lord of the Worlds and I would like my deeds to be taken up when I am fasting.” This hadith clearly indicates the importance of Islamic months, and living in the west we must maintain a relationship with Islamic religious symbols, the Islamic calendar being an important one. Additionally, the Prophet informed us of matters of the unseen, namely that our actions are taken up in this blessed month, and so, it would be sensible to be in a state of servitude whilst being taken to account.

We also know that the Prophet prayed for Sha’ban to be blessed and connected it to Ramadan thus informing us of an inextricable link between the two. He would supplicate, “O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha’ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan (i.e. prolong our life up to Ramadan, so that we may benefit from its merits and blessings).”[2]

Many people find it difficult getting into the spiritual state that Ramadan requires and complain in the last ten days of the great month that their month has gone to waste. A major reason for this it seems is that they assume that Allah would have Muslims worship him one month of the year! Whilst worship is a daily affair, Allah would have us worship more in some months more than others. Furthermore, the righteous, in understanding the importance of Ramadan, would want to be as prepared as possible, and as a result, would begin preparation two months earlier in Rajab!

Abu Bakr al-Balkhi said: The month of Rajab is the month for planting, the month of Sha’ban is the month of irrigating crops, and the month of Ramadan is the month of harvesting the crops. He also said: The likeness of the month of Rajab is that of the wind, the likeness of Sha’ban is that of the clouds and the likeness of Ramadan is that of the rain; whoever does not plant and sow in Rajab, and does not irrigate in Sha’ban, how can he reap in Ramadan? Now Rajab has passed, so what will you do in Sha’ban if you are seeking Ramadan? This is how your Prophet and the early generations of the ummah were in this blessed month, so what will you do?

From amongst the forms of preparation is increasing in reciting the Quran. When Sha’ban would begin, ‘Amr ibn Qays (of the righteous early Muslims) would close his shop and free his time for reading Qur’an. The notion of excessive fasting, as quoted earlier, is found in the hadith of A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her), that she “did not see him fasting in any month more than in the month of Sha’ban.”[3]

Fasting is a great act of servitude and devotion to Allah, and given that the Arabic word sawm (fasting) means to restrain from something, it implies the repression of one’s nafs and worldly abstinence out of a firm belief in the afterlife. Abu Hurairah narrates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Allah said: The fast is for Me and I will give the reward for it, as he (the one who observes the fast) leaves his sexual desire, food and drink for My sake. Fasting is a guard (from Hell) and there are two pleasures for a fasting person, one at the time of breaking his fast, and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord. And the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better to Allah than the smell of musk.”[4]

Let us use Sha’ban to become people of prayer and fasting, that we use the coming month as a time of rectification and spiritual rectitude, and we prepare our souls for the last Ramadan we may ever face. A’ishah narrates that the Prophet never fasted 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 was the one that was done regularly even if it were little, and whenever the Prophet offered a prayer he used to offer it regularly.[5]



[1] Bukhari
[2] Al-Tabarani and Ahmad
[3] Bukhari
[4] Bukhari
[5] Bukhari
Courtesy:  islam21c.com

June 23, 2012 - Posted by | Islamic Months | , , , ,

13 Comments »

  1. Wonderful reminders, all. Shukran. May we follow in hisSAW footsteps IA.

    Comment by Umm Muhemmed | June 23, 2012 | Reply

    • May Allah give us the Tawfeeq and Hidayah to follow the teachings of Qur’an and Sunnah. Aameen. Jazakallah Khayr for your comment.

      Comment by MuQeet | June 23, 2012 | Reply

  2. Nice post to remind us about the importance of the islamic months.. Jazak’Allah Khair bro!

    Comment by Ayesha | June 23, 2012 | Reply

    • wa iyyaaki sis.

      Comment by MuQeet | June 23, 2012 | Reply

  3. JazakAllah brother for the reminder. Hope all of us can benefit from it and follow the Sunnah, Inshaa’Allah.

    Comment by OutspokenHijabi | June 23, 2012 | Reply

    • Wa iyyaaki sister. We need to make the prophetic du’aa ‘Allahumma Bal-lighnaa Ramadhan’ very often, expressing our desire to live through Ramadhan to reap its benefits, Inshaa’Allah

      Comment by MuQeet | June 23, 2012 | Reply

  4. JazakAllah, Mr. Muqith. Thank you for this post.

    Comment by Musa Izzat | June 24, 2012 | Reply

    • Wa iyyaaka, dear Moosa. Thank you for your comment🙂

      Comment by MuQeet | June 24, 2012 | Reply

  5. JazakAllah for keeping us on track by your great posts.

    Comment by javeriyasayeedsiddiqui | June 30, 2012 | Reply

    • Wa iyyaaki, dear sis.
      All Praise is due to Allah and Allah only.
      Thank you for the motivation.
      Do pray for me so that I don’t stray from on the right track.
      Vassalam.

      Comment by MuQeet | June 30, 2012 | Reply

  6. JazakAllah Kheran.

    Comment by hkamran | June 11, 2013 | Reply

    • Baarakallaahu Feek, dear sister.

      Comment by MuQeet | June 11, 2013 | Reply

  7. […] has commenced, I thought of reminding myself and my readers of this post published last year: WELCOMING SHA’BAAN so that we prepare ourselves, Inshaa’Allah, for the glorious month of […]

    Pingback by Welcoming Shabaan, then Ramadhaan…. « YasSarNal QuR'aN | May 19, 2015 | Reply


If You have something necessary to tell, You are most welcome :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s