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Sha'ban (Arabic: شَعْبَان‎, romanizedsha‘bān) is the eighth month of the Islamic calendar. This is the month of "separation", so called because the pagan Arabs used to disperse in search of water.

The fifteenth night of this month is known as the "Night of Records" (Laylat al-Bara'at).[1] However, observance of this day is disputed.[2]

Sha'ban is the last lunar month before Ramadan, and so Muslims determine in it when the first day of Ramadan fasting will be.[3]


The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, and months begin when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year, Sha'ban migrates throughout the seasons. The estimated start and end dates for Sha'ban, based on the Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia, are:[4]

AH First day (CE / AD) Last day (CE / AD)
1437 08 May 2016 05 June 2016
1438 28 April 2017[3] 26 May 2017
1439 17 April 2018 15 May 2018
1440 06 April 2019 05 May 2019
1441 25 March 2020 23 April 2020
1442 14 March 2021 12 April 2021
Sha'ban dates between 2016 and 2021

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  1. ^ G.E. von Grunebaum, Muhammadan Festivals (London: Curzon Press, 1976), pp. 53-54.
  2. ^ "Bid'ah of Sha'baan -".
  3. ^ a b "Ramadan fasting to start May 27 or May 28". Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  4. ^ Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia

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