BERLIN, Germany: The eighth lunar month - Sha’aban - is
the period of blessing and virtues; it possesses great excellence and
merit. It would be sufficient to say for its high status that it is
the month of The Best of Creatures and Chief of Messengers, Holy
Prophet Muhammad bin Abdullah (p).
It is reported that whenever Holy Prophet (p) would see the crescent
of Sha’ban, he proclaimed: O People of Yathreb! I’m messenger of
Allah; Sha’ban is my month, so Allah shows mercy to him who helps me
in my month. Amir-ol Mo’mineen Al-Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (p) said: I
never skipped the fast of Sha’ban since I heard these words of Holy
With the dawn of Sha’ban, grand spiritual festive
gatherings, galas and festivals began across the world at the
well-illuminated and beautifully decorated shrines, mosques,
husseiniyaat, ma’atam, Islamic centers and imambaras.
Sayyedah Zaynab binte Ali, Imam Al-Hussein, Hazrat Abo’l Fadhl
Al-Abbas, Imam Zayn ol- Abidin, Hazrat Qassem bin Al-Hassan, Hazrat
Ali Al-Akbar and the last proof of Allah on earth Imam Al-Mehdi
Al-Montadhar (peace be on them) were born on 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th,
11th and 15th Sha’ban respectively.
These happy occasions shower more magnificence and majesty to the
greatness of this month.
In the holy city of Karbala, home to the holy shrines of Al-Imam
Al-Hussein (p) and Al-Abbas bin Ali (p), week-long festivals are being
held. Book exhibitions, Quran nights and poetic evenings were held at
husseini and Abbasi shrines compounds.
In the holy city of Najaf, different organizations, offices of Marajay
and associations have organized week-long celebrations to mark the
august occasion at the holy shrine of Imam Ali (p) and other venues.
In Pakistan, the first week of Sha’ban is being
celebrated as “Week of Wela-e-Muhammad (p) and Aal-e-Muhammad (p)” on
the call of TNFJ chief and leader of Pakistani Shias Sayyed Hamid
In Iran, throngs of devotees began pouring at the holy mausoleums of
Al-Imam Ali bin Mousa Ar-Reza (p) and his sister Sayyedah Fatimah
Al-Masoumah (P) in the holy cities of Mash’had and Qom. Huge functions
are being held across the country organized by various organizations,
groups and missions.
In Saudi Arabia, various organizations have made arrangements to hold
celebratory programs marking the occasion in the oil-rich
Mo’mineen-dominated eastern parts of the kingdom.