Posted on August 6, 2008 by

The Month in which Allah decorated Karbala: Sha’ban-ul-Muazzam!

The month of Rajab has passed us by and the month of Sha’ban is upon us.

Most of us recognize the importance of this month as the one in which Imam Husain (A.S.) and Imam Mehdi (A.S.) were born. But that’s not all. The month of Sha’ban is associated with the births of other important personalities as well, all of whom were either martyred in Karbala or taken prisoner.


Courtesy: Syed Awn Husain Rizvi

So here are the dates in chronological order:

3rd Sha’ban, 4 AH – Date of Birth of Imam Husain (A.S.), second son of Hazrat Ali (A.S.) and Lady Fatimah Zehra (S.A.), and younger grandson of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.).

1st Sha’ban, 5 AH – Date of Birth of Lady Zainab (S.A.), eldest daughter of Hazrat Ali (A.S.) and Lady Fatimah Zehra (S.A.), and older granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.).

4th Sha’ban, 28 (or 26) AH – Date of Birth of Hazrat Abbas (A.S.), son of Hazrat Ali (A.S.) from Lady Fatimah-e-Kilabia (Ummul-Baneen) (S.A.), flag-bearer of the Husaini (A.S.) men in Karbala.

5th Sha’ban, 44 AH – Date of Birth of Hazrat Ali Akbar (A.S.), second son of Imam Husain (A.S.) from Lady Umme-Laila (S.A.).

7th Sha’ban, 47 AH – Date of Birth of Hazrat Qasim (A.S.), youngest son of Imam Hasan (A.S.) from Lady Umme-Farwah (S.A.). Imam Hasan (A.S.) is the older brother of Imam Husain (A.S.), eldest son of Hazrat Ali (A.S.) and Lady Fatimah Zehra (S.A.), and eldest grandson of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.).

15th Sha’ban, 256 AH – Date of Birth of Imam [Aali-Maqaam Al-Hujjat-ul-Qaim] Mehdi (A.S.), last Imam in the Progeny of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.), in the lineage of Imam Husain (A.S.).

It won’t be wrong to say that Karbala was decorated by Allah in the month of Sha’ban as some of the most important personalities of Karbala [Imam Husain (A.S.), Lady Zainab (S.A.), Hazrat Abbas (A.S.), Hazrat Ali Akbar (A.S.) and Hazrat Qasim (A.S.)] were born in this month.

Not only this but Allah also sent, in Sha’ban, the One who is going to avenge the bloodshed of Imam Husain (A.S.) and his Family (A.S.) in Karbala, the last Imam, Imam Mehdi (A.S.).

Another important thing I would like to state here is that mentioning Imam Mehdi (A.S.) by name is strictly forbidden. Please refer to him only by his titles.