Rajab: The Month of God

Let us give thanks and praise to Allah ﷻ, we have been blessed with the arrival of Rajab – a sacred month!

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said in a Hadith: “Rajab is the month of Allah, Sha‘baan is my month and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah.” (as-Suyuti, Al-Jami).

Are you curious as to what makes this month so special and why it has such deep significance?

Discover the answers to these questions and more within this article!

 

1 of the 4 Sacred Months

Rajab is the seventh month of the Islamic Hijri calendar and among the four months that are regarded as sacred.

Allah ﷻ makes mention of this in Surah at-Tawbah verse 36:

إِنَّ عِدَّةَ ٱلشُّهُورِ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ ٱثْنَا عَشَرَ شَهْرًۭا فِى كِتَـٰبِ ٱللَّهِ يَوْمَ خَلَقَ ٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتِ وَٱلْأَرْضَ مِنْهَآ أَرْبَعَةٌ حُرُمٌۭ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ ٱلدِّينُ ٱلْقَيِّمُ ۚ فَلَا تَظْلِمُوا۟ فِيهِنَّ أَنفُسَكُمْ ۚ

“Indeed, the number of months ordained by Allah is twelve – in Allah’s Record (i.e. the Preserved Tablet in which everything is written) since the day He created the heavens and the earth – of which four are sacred. That is the Right Way. So do not wrong yourselves during these months.”

Alongside Rajab, which stands alone, the other three sacred months are Dhul-Qa’dah, Dhul-Hijjah, and Muharram. These months occur in succession, one after the other.

What makes the ‘Scared Months’ sacred?

The sacred months of God are honored for a variety of reasons. According to tradition, the Jahili Arabs would show respect by ceasing combat during these months, revering their sanctity.

Furthermore, the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ continues to revere these months for a number of reasons.

  • They are sacred times to receive Allah’s ﷻ Grace and Mercy
  • We are called to increase in remembrance of Allah ﷻ with Dhikr
  • They offer an opportunity to increase in devotion to Allah ﷻ
  • Our good deeds are magnified encouraging us to be generous in giving charity and other acts of worship
  • Transgressing during these sacred months is considered a graver offense due to their grandeur
  • The essence of these seasons beckons us to make deep heartfelt repentances for our wrongdoings

 

Back to Rajab: What does it mean?

The Arabic word ‘Rajab’ literally means to honor or to venerate. This further emphasizes the greatness of this blessed month.

The month is also known by a variety of different names – seventeen to be precise.

We’ll mention some of them below:

  • Rajab al-Murajjab: Rajab the Extremely Revered – this further emphasizes its virtue
  • Rajab al-Assam: The Deafeningly Silent Rajab – which relates to the absence of clanging swords during the ceasing of combat as was mentioned earlier
  • Rajab al-Fard: Rajab the Separate One – due to it standing alone and not in succession with the other sacred months
  • Rajab Shahar-Allah: Rajab the Month of God – a month of reconnecting with Allah ﷻ
  • Rajab al-Mutahhir: Rajab the Cleanser – cleansing us from our sins
  • Rajab al-Mu’aali: Rajab the Elevator – elevating the one who seeks out its blessings
  • Rajab al-Assab: The Rajab of Pouring – as the mercy and blessings of Allah ﷻ are poured over us

 

Historic Events that took place in Rajab

The Birth of Ali (RA)

The cousin and loyal companion of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was born on the 13th of this month.

Al Isra wal M’iraaj

The strongest opinion amongst the scholars of Islam is that the miraculous Night Journey and Ascension of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ took place on the 27th of Rajab.

Battle of Tabuk

In the Rajab of 9AH, a momentous event occurred: The Battle of Tabuk. The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ set out with 30,000 brave soldiers to face the Romans. The Roman Army ended up retreating and a peace treaty was consequently signed.

Liberation of Palestine

During the Rajab of 583AH Salahuddin al-Ayubi liberated Jerusalem, ending more than eighty years of Crusader occupation.

The Marriage of Aminah and Abdullah

It was during the month of Rajab that the two blessed souls were united in holy matrimony – through which the best of creation came forth.

The Prophet ﷺ was also conceived in this month.

What to do in Rajab

The month of Rajab holds many virtues and gifts. It is upon the believer to take advantage of them in this sacred season.

“Indeed for your Lord are winds of mercy in the days of your time, so expose yourself to them.” (Tabarani)

This Hadith reminds us that Allah ﷻ has blessed us with divine outpours throughout different seasons, urging us to make the most of them. Each season brings its own flavor and gifts.

The month of Rajab is known as the Month of Allah ﷻ. It is dedicated to asking for forgiveness from the Almighty and sowing the seeds of spiritual preparation for Ramadan.

Here is a list of things you can busy yourself with this Rajab:

Tawbah: Turning back to our Lord

Throughout our entire life, we are given the opportunity to return to our Lord and seek his pardon. The start and end of each day offer us a chance to amend our ways. However, Allah ﷻ has made some times more pertinent than others.

Rajab is the season of redemption and self-reflection. It is an opportunity for us to atone for our wrongdoings and ask God’s forgiveness.

The Prophet Muhammad ﷺ would seek forgiveness from Allah ﷻ one hundred times in a single gathering, despite being free of sin.

This shows us the importance of Tawbah and turning back to our Lord.

When seeking forgiveness we should keep three things in mind:

1.You humbly recognize and acknowledge your wrongdoings to God.

2.With absolute confidence, you declare of a Lord Who will determine the fate of those who have done wrong – whether to forgive or punish. Your faith lies in His hands and justice is under His control.

3.In expressing your need for the Lord, you earnestly implore Him to grant forgiveness.

A short yet impactful Prayer for forgiveness:

“رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لي وارْحَمْنِي وَتُبْ عَلَيَّ”

“Rabbi ‘ghfir li w’ arhamni wa tub `alayya”

“O Allah forgive me have mercy upon me and grant me repentance”

Increasing in Good

Living in the West, we tend to become motivated by rewards, constantly striving for more material possessions. The Companions of the Prophet ﷺ were also reward-focused, but for those things that would benefit them in the Akhirah.

Use this month to increase small acts of good. Whether it be giving to charity, serving your community, or simply smiling at a stranger. Being one of the sacred months, Rajab will also allow our good deeds to be magnified in reward.

Prepare for Ramadan

The start of Rajab means there are only 60 days until Ramadan begins. A quality of the believer is that they are always prepared. Use this month to condition yourself for Ramadan, enabling you to make the most of it when it finally arrives.

Don’t miss out on our informative blog ‘The Complete Ramadan Guide’ jam-packed with helpful hints to assist in your preparations for the holy month!

Upon entering Rajab, the Prophet ﷺ would regularly make the following Dua:

“للّٰهُمَّ بَارِکْ لَنَا فِيْ رَجَبَ وَشَعْبَانَ وَبَلِّغْنَا رَمَضَانَ”

“Allahumma barik lana fee Rajaba wa Sha’baana wa ballighna Ramadan”

“O Allah bless us in Rajab and Shaban and allow us to reach Ramadan”

He also instructed his Companions to do the same, highlighting the importance of Ramadan, but also the two months leading up to it.

Because of this, our pious predecessors put in great effort to ready themselves for Ramadan in Rajab; their devotion extended so far that they considered the new moon of Rajab as the starting point of Ramadan.

They would increase voluntary fasts and prayers, recitation of the Quran, and other acts of worship.

One of those pious predecessors, Imam Abu Bakr al-Warraq al-Balkhi (may Allah be pleased with him) would say the following:

“Rajab is the month of planting the seeds, Sha‘baan is the month of irrigation (watering those seeds), and Ramadan is the month of harvest.”

He also described Rajab as the wind, Sha’baan as the clouds, and Ramadan as the rain.

So in Rajab, we start increasing our good actions.

In Sha’baan we turn them into habits.

In Ramadan, we remain consistent and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

Conclusion

Rajab is a sacred month that carries immense virtues and blessings with it. We should use this month as an opportunity to repent for our wrongdoings, increase in good deeds, and prepare ourselves spiritually for the upcoming Ramadan. By doing so, we will be able to make the most of each moment of Ramadan and reap its great rewards, InshaAllah.

May Allah ﷻ bless us and the entire Ummah in our Rajab and Sha’baan, and may He allow us to reach Ramadan.

Ameen.

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