Salaam Sha’ban! The Perfect Time to Get Ready for Ramadan
The value of this blessed month is often overlooked. Not only was Sha’ban one of the most beloved months to the Holy Prophet (SAW), but he (SAW) also used to fast more during this month than any other time besides Ramadan. What can be learned from this Sunnah?
Understanding the virtues of the month of Sha’ban, often referred to by the Prophet (SAW) as the “neglected month”, can help us take advantage of its benefits. In addition to the extra fasts the Messenger (SAW) used to offer, the Qibla was changed during this month from Masjid Al-Aqsa to the Kaa’ba in Makkah, and the night of the 15th is thought to be one of the holiest nights in the Islamic calendar when Allah (SWT) descends to the lowest heavens to forgive His servants and answer their prayers.
The timing of the month of Sha’ban also makes it the perfect “warm-up” in preparation for the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan. Almost 1.6 billion people observe Ramadan globally. This month embodies patience, steadfastness, and gratitude for the blessings one is gifted with. Getting a head start with extra good deeds, extra charity, nawafil fasts, and an overall increase in taqwa, or God consciousness, are just what is needed to gain the most from Ramadan, as well as strengthen the ability to sustain these habits throughout the year.
Are you “Ramadan ready”? Here are some ways to get started:
Providing food is one of the most extraordinary acts of charity. While many are blessed, millions around the world are facing critical levels of hunger. Regions such as East Africa are on the brink of starvation due to the worst drought in recorded history, and they are waiting for the gift of food to provide them with much-needed nourishing meals.
The world is also experiencing a staggering increase in the number of refugees and internally displaced people. Syria and Rohingya remain among those facing the world’s largest refugee crises and in need of mounting humanitarian assistance. Our support will enable more Syrian and Rohingya refugees to experience the joy of Ramadan without worrying about basic necessities such as food, clothing, shelter, and other essentials.
Additionally, of course, we can make a difference with our Sadaqah (a voluntary charity), Fidya (given when unable to fast with a valid reason), Kaffarah (given when unable to complete a fast without a valid reason), and Zakat (an obligatory donation based on one’s wealth). By starting early this Sha’ban, we can provide food, shelter, clothes, clean water, and emotional support to deserving people worldwide so they, too, can enjoy the blessings of Ramadan.
In 2022, with donor support, HHRD changed the lives of 8,541,709 people worldwide. In Ramadan alone, 417,822 beneficiaries received HHRD’s Food Packages; 1,656 homes were provided to Syrian and Rohingya refugees; and Fidya, Kaffarah, & Zakat donations helped over 2.6 million people.
This year, let’s not miss the opportunity to use one of the most beloved months of the Prophet (SAW) to hit the ground running and get ready for Ramadan.
It’s time to increase your good deeds, increase your charity, and remember the less fortunate.
Written By Nausheen Ahmed.