Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Rajab is the month of Allah, Shaban is my month, and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah.” The merit of the month of Rajab is like the merit of the rest of the other sacred months. Allah Almighty says in the Noble Quran: (Lo! the number of the months with Allah is twelve months by Allah’s ordinance in the day that He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are sacred: that is the right religion. So wrong, not yourselves in them)” (Quran, 9: 36)
Allah Almighty has ordered the Muslims not to wrong themselves (or others), especially in the four sacred months. This is indicated by Almighty Allah’s saying in another verse of the Holy Quran: “Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them” (Quran,9: 5). The month of Rajab is the key to the months of goodness which follow it. For this reason, Imam Abu Bakr al-Warraq said: “In the month of Rajab you sow the seeds, in Shaban you irrigate them and in Ramadan, you reap the harvest.” He also said: “Rajab is like a wind, Shaban is like a cloud and Ramadan is like rain.”
Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “In Paradise, there is a canal named Rajab. Its water is whiter than milk, cooler than ice and sweeter than honey. The one who observes even a single fast in Rajab, he/she will be entitled to drink its water.”
It is recommended to seek forgiveness in the month of Rajab. Voluntary Fasting in the sacred months, including Rajab, is also recommended. In this regard, Abu Dawud reported that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Observe fasting for some days in the sacred months and leave fasting for other days.” One should start doing good deeds in the double amount in order to get more rewards in the month of Rajab. The reward of good deeds multiplied in the sacred months, so it is recommended to do as many good deeds as possible. The Messenger of Allah Prophet Muhammad (SAW) recommended fasting at least some days in each of the sacred months.
The Holy month of Rajab is a sacred month and one should avail the opportunity to reap as many benefits as possible. Worshipping Allah Almighty during the month can help you gain tremendous rewards and these rewards can be gained by simply reciting the Holy Quran and observing voluntary fasting.
Rajab is a month during which Allah (SWT) promises to listen to the prayers of His beings, forgive the sinners and reward those who managed to repent on their sins. During this month, Allah also does not reject any Dua. Therefore, being a Muslim, make sure to use this sacred month to add more good deeds to your deed book. May Almighty Allah give us all the strength to do good deeds n excess so that we can earn great reward in the month of Rajab. Ameen!