Wednesday, July 18, 2007

The Month of Rajab

The Month of Rajab

By Mufti Taqi Usmani

Rajab is the seventh month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This month was regarded as one of the sacred months (Al-Ashhur-al-hurum) in which battles were prohibited in the days of the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam. It is also a prelude to the month of Ramadan, because Ramadan follows it after the intervening month of Sha'ban. Therefore, when the Holy Prophet Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam sighted the moon of Rajab, he used to pray to Allah in the following words:

"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)."

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Article Conclusion:

The upshot of the above discussion is that the Shari'ah has not prescribed any specific way to observe the month of Rajab or to perform a specific mode of worship or a ritual in any one of its dates. However, being a prologue to the month of Ramadan, it should be availed of for preparing oneself for Ramadan and one should pray Allah to make him reach the blessed month and to benefit from its unique merits.


A sister added: This is a sacred month where we should increase in istighfaar and closeness to Allah.
It has been mentioned in a hadith that the Prophet Sallahu 'Alayhi Wa Salam said:
Rajab is the month of Allah. Shaban is my month. Ramadhan is the month of my ummah (followers).”
In Tarim, on the 1st night and every night of Rajab immediately after Salatul 'Isha they recite 100X:

Rabigfirli warhamni wa tub alaya
"Oh Allah please forgive me, have mercy upon me and relent towards me."
Increase in asking for forgiveness and performing good deeds because indeed it is the month of Allah.

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