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.
9th of Rajab, 60 AH, is the date of birth of Hazrat Ali Asghar (A.S.), the youngest son of Imam Husain (A.S.), the younger grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.W.). Born ‘Ali’ from Bibi Umm-e-Rubab (S.A.), he was the youngest of Imam Husain’s (A.S.) three sons, all named Ali, and six daughters, all named Fatimah. He was given the title Asghar to differentiate him from his brothers, who were given the titles Zain-ul-Abideen (oldest son and fourth Imam) and Akbar. Apart from Ali Asghar (A.S.), Bibi Umm-e-Rubab had a daughter Sakinah (S.A.). Both children went to Karbala with Imam Husain (A.S.) and never returned to Madinah. Six month old Ali Asghar (A.S.) was put to sleep by a three pronged arrow in Karbala while four year old Sakinah went to sleep in the dungeon in Damascus.