The Seventh Month: RAJAB

There is no doubt that the month of Rajab is the key to the opening of the months of goodness and blessing. Suratul Tawbah verse 36 “ Surely the reckoning of months in the sight of Allah is twelve months, laid down in Allah’s decree on the day when He created the heaven and the earth; and out of these months four are sacred. That is the true ordainment. Do not therefore; wrong yourselves, with respect of these months”. From the time of Ibrahim three months- Dhul al Qa’dah, Dhul Hijjah and Muharram were consecrated for Hajj and the month of Rajab was consecrated for Umrah. For the duration of these four months warfare, killing and pillage were prohibited so that people could perform pilgrimage and return home safely. For this reason, these months were called the “sacred months” Quran 2 verse 217 “People ask you about fighting in the holy month. Say: Fighting in it is an awesome sin. It has been mentioned that Allah said: Fasting is for me and I will recompense one for it. “I heard Ibn Abbas saying: The Messenger of Allah (SWS) used to observe fast so continuously that we thought he would never break it and at other times he remained without fasting so continuously that we thought he would never fast. Fasting in the month of Rajab prevents one from sins, let alone preventing one from killing and having enmity towards others (for which this month was made sacred), like it was practiced by the people of the era of ignorance (jahiliyya). It has been mentioned by Abu Nu’`aym in his Hilya from Anas Ibn Malik said, that the Prophet of Allah used to make the following du`a, when the month of Rajab came in: Allahuma Barik lana fi Rajaba wa Sha`bana wa ballighna Ramadan - O Allah bless us in Rajab and Sha`ban and let us reach Ramadan. It has been mentioned by Abu’l-Fath ibn Abi ’l-Fawaris in his `Amali and Imam as-Suyuti has also mentioned in his Jami` as-Saghir from Hasan al-Basri that the Prophet of Allah said: Rajab is the month of Allah. Sha`ban is my month. Ramadan is the month of my Ummah (community). From the above hadith, it shows that it is preferable to make du`a, to live through the coming months, in order to perform good actions in them, because a believer increases his goodness with age. The best of people is the one who lives long and performs good actions. Qur’an 2 verses 194: “The sacred month for the sacred month; sanctities should be respected alike (by all concerned) Thus, if someone has attacked you, attack him just as he attacked you, and fear Allah and remain conscious that Allah (SWT) is with those who guard against violating the bounds set by Him.” The pious predecessors used to prefer dying after performing good actions, like the fast of Ramadan or returning from Hajj. And it was said by them, ‘whoever dies in this way is forgiven.’ There is no doubt that the month of Rajab is the key to the opening of the months of goodness and blessing. The first night of Friday of the month of Rajab is said to be one of the most important nights in Islamic history for all human beings. It is the night that the Prophet (s) was transferred from his father to his mother\'s womb. It falls on the first Friday of Rajab. All that you wish for on this night, God gives you for the sake of His beloved Prophet (s). In Islamic countries they celebrate this night with praising of the Prophet (s), remembrance of his life, remembrance of God in their hearts, and visits to mosques, which stay open throughout the night until dawn. Abu Bakr Warraq said: Rajab is a month of cultivation, Shaban is month of irrigating the fields, and the month of Ramadan is a month of reaping and harvesting. The summary is, that the month of Rajab is a sacred month and the first, virtuous and noble of them all. So it is appropriate to celebrate it entirely and to give attention to it by performing good acts, and refraining oneself from sins and offensive acts for the sake of Allah (SWT).

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