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Sha`ban (Arabic: شعبان sha‘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]


  • Timing 1
  • Islamic events 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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 start and end dates for Sha`ban are as follows (based on the Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia):[3]

CE / AD AH First day Last day
2014 1435 30 May 28 June
2015 1436 19 May 17 June
2016 1437 8 May 5 June
2017 1438 27 April 26 May
2018 1439 17 April 15 May
2019 1440 6 April 5 May
2020 1441 27 March 25 April
2021 1442 16 March 17 May
2022 1443 6 March 4 April
2023 1444 25 February 26 March
2024 1445 15 February 13 March
Sha`ban dates between 2014 and 2024. Dates may vary.

Islamic events

See also


  1. ^ G.E. von Grunebaum, Muhammadan Festivals (London: Curzon Press, 1976), pp. 53-54.
  2. ^ "Bid‘ah of Sha‘baan"
  3. ^ Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia (as corrected by reported sightings of the lunar crescent)

External links

  • Islamic-Western Calendar Converter (Based on the Arithmetical or Tabular Calendar)
  • Islamic Calendar / Hijri Calendar for Makkah
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