RAJAB – A SACRED MONTH

 

Rajab is one of four sacred months [Ash-Hurul Hurum] in the Islamic calendar. It is said that it is because of their great sanctity and the prohibition of committing sins in them. No specific way of worship has been prescribed by the Shariah in this month.

 

Ali ibn Abi Talha narrates from Ibn Abbas (Radhiyallahu Anhu):

“Allah Ta’ala appointed four months which He sanctified and made their sanctity great. He considers sinning in these months to be more serious [than other months]. He considers good deeds in them worthy of greater rewards [than in other months].”

 

It is also a prelude to the month of Ramadhan, because Ramadhan follows it after the intervening month of Sha’ban. It is thus preferable to recite the following duaa when the moon of Rajab is sighted:

 

اَللّٰهُمَّ  بَارِكْ لَناَ فِيْ رَجَبَ وَشَعْبانَ وَبَلّغْنَا رَمَضَانْ

Allahumma barik lana fi Rajaba wa Sha’baana wa balligh na Ramadhan

 

(Shu’abul-Iman, Hadith: 3534, Ibnu Sunni, Hadith: 660, Mukhtasar Zawaid Bazzar, Hadith: 662, also see Al-Adhkar, Hadith: 549)

 

Translation: “O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha’ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan (i.e. prolong our life up to Ramadan, so that we may benefit from its merits and blessings).”

 

This shows the desirability of supplication for living in meritorious times so that a person may be able to do good deeds during such times. The life of a true believer only adds to his goodness. The best of people is the one who has a long life and good deeds.

 

Rajab is the key to the months of goodness and blessing.

 

Abu-Bakr Al Warraq Al-Balkhi RA says: “Rajab is the month for planting the seeds of good, Sha’ban is the month of irrigating the crop and Ramadhan is the month for harvesting the crop. He says: Rajab is like the winds, Sha’ban is like the clouds and Ramadhan is like the rain.”

 

A person said: “The year is like a tree, Rajab is the month when it produces leaves, Sha’ban is the month when it branches, Ramadhan is the month of harvesting its fruits, and the believers are its harvesters.”

 

 

[Lataaiful Ma’arif – Ibn Rajab Hanbali]

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