By the bounty of Allah we will soon be entering the blessed month of Rajab. Rajab is one of the four sacred months. It stands alone, unlike the other three which come one after the other. The Prophet ﷺ said:
“Rajab is the month of Allah, Sha`ban is my month, and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah.” (Narrated by al-Suyuti.)
The fact that it is the month of Allah means that it is worthy of veneration, and the Messenger of Allah ﷺ himself would venerate it. When the month entered he would seek its blessings, saying:
اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا في رَجَبٍ وَ شَعْبَانَ وَ بَلِّغْنا رَمَضَانَ
“O Allah bless us in Rajab and Sha`ban and enable us to reach Ramadan!” (Narrated by Ahmad, al-Bayhaqi and al-Tabarani)
Rajab is the key to the months of goodness which follow it. For that reason Imam Abu Bakr al-Warraq said: “In the month of Rajab you sow the seeds, in Sha`ban you irrigate them and in Ramadan you reap the harvest.” He also said: “Rajab is like a wind, Sha`ban is like a cloud and Ramadan is like rain.”
Rajab was the month in which the Prophet’s blessed parents were married, and the month in which Sayyidah Aminah became pregnant with the Best of Creation ﷺ. Most of the scholars say that the Isra’ (Night Journey) and the Mi`raj (Ascension) took place on the 27th night of Rajab. This was the night on which the Messenger of Allah ﷺ received the greatest ennoblement that a created being ever received from Allah.
When one of the pious scholars became ill he said: “I have asked Allah to delay my death until the month of Rajab because I have heard that those that die in that month are saved from the Fire.” Allah answered his supplication and he died in Rajab.
The First Night of Rajab
It is recommended to turn to Allah in the first night of Rajab. It has been narrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said:
“There are five nights on which du`a is not rejected: the first night of Rajab, the fifteenth night of Sha`ban, Thursday night, the night before `Id al-Fitr and the night before `Id al-Nahr (al-Adha).” (Narrated by al-Suyuti)
Sayyiduna `Ali, may Allah be well pleased with him, used to spend four nights in worship: the first night of Rajab, the nights before the two `Ids, and the 15th night of Sha`ban.
Rajab is the Month of Istighfar
The best way of preparing the heart to receive divine gifts is purification and repentance. It has been narrated:
“Seek much forgiveness from Allah in Rajab because in every hour (of the month) Allah frees people from the Fire.” (Narrated by al-Daylami)
For this reason the scholars say that Rajab is the month of seeking forgiveness, Sha`ban is the month of bestowing prayers upon the Prophet, and Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an. Thus it is recommended to seek much forgiveness in Rajab.
Good Deeds in Rajab
The reward of our good actions is multiplied in the sacred months, so it is recommended to do as many good deeds as possible. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ recommended fasting at least some days in each of the sacred months. Some of the Companions, among them Sayyiduna Umar and his son, Abdullah and al-Sayyidah A’ishah, liked to make Umrah in Rajab. At the same time bad deeds are also more serious in the sacred months so we must do our utmost to avoid any wrongdoings.
A sacred month is similar to a sacred place. It is recommended to bathe and purify oneself before entering the haram of Makkah and while in it one is more conscious of the weight of one’s actions. Likewise with a sacred month – we try to enter it in a state of purity and we try to maintain that purity throughout through doing good and avoiding evil.
How to Get the most out of Rajab
- Seeking forgiveness in abundance and making sincere repentance.
- Making a sincere resolve to seek to approach Allah through performing acts of obedience and avoiding acts of disobedience.
- Assessing your state, rectifying it and striving to follow the Prophet ﷺin all that you do.
- Improving your performance of the prayer by making sure that you implement the sunnahs pertaining to the prayer and pray with presence of heart. Also strive to pray in congregation in the first row without missing the opening takbir.
- Improving your relationship with the Qur’an by increasing the amount you read and reflect upon daily and seeking to acting upon it.
- Being consistent in reading your adhkar in the morning and evening, after the prayer and in your varying states (such as eating, entering the house and preparing for sleep).
- Improving your interaction with your family, friends, relatives, neighbours and with Allah’s slaves in general and the elect of His slaves specifically.
- Fasting whatever days you are able to, especially Monday and Thursday and the White Days (13th, 14th and 15th days of the month).
- Giving a portion of charity and doing what you can to help those in need and treating them kindly
- Worshipping Allah in these nights, especially in the last portion of the night.
- Improve your state at this time so as to enter into those who Allah praises in the Qur’an: Those who spend their wealth (in charity) and seek forgiveness in the last portion of the night.
We ask Allah to give us a great portion of the gifts bestowed in this month and that He makes us among those who attain acceptance and felicity in this life and the next. O Allah, bless us in Rajab and Sha`ban, allow us to reach Ramadan and assist us in fasting and praying in the night.
Recommended Supplications During Rajab
أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ لِما يَعْلَمُهُ الله أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ كَما يُحِبُّهُ الله
Astaghfirullāh limā ya`lamuhu Allāh, Astaghfirullāh kamā yuḥibbuhu-llāh
I seek the forgiveness of Allah for everything that He knows; I seek Allah’s forgiveness in the way that He loves.
أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ ذا الجَلالِ و الإِكْرَام مِنْ جَميعِ الذُّنوبِ و الآثام
Astaghfirullāh dha’l-Jalāli w’al-Ikrām min jamī` adhunūbi wa al-āthām.
I seek the forgiveness of Allah, the Possessor of Majesty and Honour, for all my sins and wrongdoings.
أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ الَّذِي لا إِلَهَ إِلاّ هُوَ الرَّحْمَنَ الرَّحِيمَ الْحَيَّ الْقَيُّومَ الَّذِي لا يَمُوتُ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْه رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي
Astaghfirullāh alladhī lā ilāha illā huwa arraḥmān arraḥīm al-Ḥayya al-Qayyum alladhī lā yamūtu wa atūbu ilayhi rabbi-ghfir lī
I seek the forgiveness of Allah, besides Who there is no god; the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful, the Living, the Sustainer, the One Who never dies and I repent to Him. O Lord, forgive me.
Author: An article and it’s contents compliments of MUWASALA.