Shaban is the 8th month of the Islamic lunar calendar called the hijri calendar

When the month of Shaban comes, a sensation of joy and happiness spreads among Muslims. Shaban signals the coming of Ramadan, the best and most blessed month in Islam.

Therefore, full of joy, hope and optimism, Muslims start spiritual preparation for Ramadan during this month. They make plans; set goals and targets; prepare lists of worships to do and pray that Allah bless them with the opportunity to witness Ramadan and benefit from it.

Meaning of Sha'ban

So, there are some explanations of the name of the month of Shaban. The word Shaban is derived from the root “sha `a ba which has a number of meanings including branching and separating.

In view of these two meanings, we find a number of explanations of the reasons of naming Shaban so. It is reported that Shaban was named so because: 

1) People used to scatter in Shaban to engage in raids and fights after they were restrained in Rajab, the month preceding Shaban.
For Arabs, Rajab was a sacred month and violent conflicts were not allowed in it.

 
2) People used to spread in Shaban in search of water.
 
3) Plants would send out their branches in this month (so, the branches separate from each other.)
 
4) It is named Shaban because it comes between Rajab and Ramadan.



Our deeds are constantly being written down by our angels and Allah is already aware of all we do and say. However, the Prophet (saw) singled out specific times when our deeds would be raised to Allah to remind us to account ourselves for our actions and focus on our worship:

The Messenger of Allah (saw) said:

"Angels take turns among you by night and by day, and they all assemble at the dawn and afternoon prayers.
Those (of the angels) who spend the night among you, then, ascend, and their Lord asks them, though He is the best informed about them, “How did you leave My servants?“.
They say, “We left them while they were praying and we came to them while they were praying”’.

(Muslim)

The Prophet (saw) used to fast more during this month to gain extra reward. This is a reminder to us to pay extra attention to our deeds in Sha’ban and maximise our worship, rather than neglecting this month in favour of Ramadan.

By simply reading more Qur’an, praying voluntary prayers, and following the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw) by fasting more, you can strengthen your taqwa (consciousness of Allah) and establish good habits in time for Ramadan.



As well as fasting, there are multiple ways you can prepare for Ramadan during Sha’ban.
Set yourself targets for what you want to achieve in your worship for Sha’ban and Ramadan - remember, making the intention to do something good is rewardable too!

1) Draw up and commit to a simple Qur’an reading schedule (or a memorisation schedule, if you feel you can commit).

2) Feed someone who is homeless / in need (our community kitchen targets needy families in London, while our Food4Kids programme provides food to orphans and needy children worldwide).

3) Spend time with family members you haven’t seen in a while, especially the elderly.

4) Commit to giving up a bad habit and seek Allah’s forgiveness.

5) Commit to a schedule for praying Tahajjud - this will make it easier for you to pray at night in Ramadan.

6) Start saving money for Sadaqah and plan where you will spend it. Remember, during Ramadan you will be spending a lot less money on food, so it’s the perfect time to invest in your akhirah!




Sha’ban is often overlooked by many Muslims because incredible miracles took place in Rajab (Al-Isra’ wal-Mi’raj) and Ramadan (the revelation of the Qur’an), so we forget that Sha’ban is also a month to commemorate!

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 in 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)

Changing of the Qiblah: 

The first Qiblah of the Muslims was Masjid Al-Aqsa Al-Mubarak. However, 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)

SubhanAllah, the Prophet (saw) kept wishing he could face the first House of Allah (swt) while he was praying, but it was impossible to face both the Ka’bah and Masjid Al-Aqsa while he was living in Madinah. So Allah changed the Qiblah for him and his ummah.

Ayah commanding Salawat:

During Sha’ban, Muslims were also commanded to send Salawat upon the Prophet (saw). As mentioned before, 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).




Yes! Ramadan is here, and it is the most awaited month for almost all Muslims! It is commonly known for being the month of fasting and the month of giving.

In short, Ramadan is a month if properly accomplished by a Muslim, will help to purify his/her soul and bring him/her closer to Allah (SWT).

The Qur’an also mentions on the eminence of Ramadan:-
“The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey – then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful.” (Al Quran 2:185)

Ramadan is also significantly known as the month where the Quran was sent down to the Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) as a guidance to mankind. But apart from this, there are also several other reasons that made a Muslim fall deeply in love with this month!

Laylatul Qadr

The first verse of Quran was sent down on the night of Laylatyul Qadr (The night of decree). It falls in one of the odd nights on the last ten days of Ramadan. The night of Laylatul Qadr is known to be better than a thousand months; good deeds performed in this one night are better than those performed over thousand months. With that, it is highly encouraged to increase devotion and prayer during this particular night.

Sayyidatina Aisha (r.a) reported: With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet (saw) used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work harder) and used to pray the whole night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers.” (Bukhari)

Forgiving of Sins and Increasing Rewards

Abstaining food and drink from dawn to dusk for the sake of Allah (SWT) makes the Muslims stronger in their iman and brings them closer to Allah (SWT).

As Allah (SWT) has promised in the Quran that:

O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous”  (Al Quran 2:183)


There are Hadiths that encourages Muslims to fast with faith so that all their past sins can be forgiven and they are rewarded immensely.

Narrated Abu Huraira(r.a): The Messenger of Allah (saw) said:”… whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)

Getting Rid of Bad Habits

The miracle of Ramadan is that it not only purifies souls but also the physical body of the believers.

This month is not only for abstaining food, drink etc. during the day time but is also encouraged for believers to spend more time devoting themselves to Allah (SWT) through prayers and performing good deeds.

Also, they are encouraged not to waste their time in vain such as watching movies etc. Through fasting, Ramadan teaches you self-control and paves the way to a healthy lifestyle. Also during this month, a believer is encouraged to be more compassionate by spending more time with the poor, and understand their real suffering etc.

For the whole month of Ramadan, we are encouraged to walk in the shoes of the less fortunate and be thankful to Allah (SWT) for everything that we are blessed with.

The Month of Giving

Zakat Al-Fitr is the charity that is given at the end of the month of Ramadan. It is hoped that through the performance of Zakat Al-Fitr, greed is eliminated from the hearts of the believers and further financial aid is provided to the poor and needy.

In addition, some Muslims also prefer giving the obligatory Zakat during this month as the rewards for good deeds are greater in this month.

The Feasting

During iftar, Muslims will decorate their dining tables with various dishes and savouries to treat themselves after fasting the whole day – from early morning till dusk. Usually the entire family gathers to break fast together, which makes it even more special and fun. Through this act, greater bonding among family members and friends will be accomplished.

Gathering of Families & Friends

During Ramadan, usually people will invite relatives/friends over for iftar. This is the month of forgiving and seeking rewards; families that held grudges along the year forgive one another for the sake of Allah (SWT) and embrace each other with love. After performing isha’ prayer, there will be an additional non-obligatory prayer in the month of Ramadan, known as Tarawwih. During Tarrawih prayer, Muslims despite all class and status stand shoulder to shoulder and pray together.

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