The Islamic calendar is unquestioningly practiced by millions and billions of Muslims across the Globe. Each holy month in Islam possesses its own significance and importance in making the calendar what it is. The Rajab is the seventh month of the Islamic calendar. In literal terms, Rajab actually means to “Respect”.
Importance of Rajab in the Light of Islam
The Rajab is considered as one of the holy months in Islam and the Muslims try to worship more in this sacred month. Quran has also highlighted the importance of this month, The Quran says:
Undoubtedly, the number of months with Allah is twelve in the Book of Allah since the day He created heavens and the earth. Four of them are Holy. This is the right religion. Therefore, do not wrong yourselves in these months. – (Surah Tauba, verse 36)
Hazrat Ali Ibn-e-Abi Talib Born on 13th of Rajab
Hazrat Ali (R.A), considered as one of the fearless humans in Islamic history. Among children, he was the first one to recognize and accept Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) for his Prophet Hood. He was a cousin and later became the son-in-law to the Prophet and considered as one of his most lovable and trusted people. Hazrat Ali (R.A) became the fourth Caliph of Islam as well. Read: Who was Khadija Bint Khuwaylid and What Role She Played for Islam?
The Night of Isra and Mairaj-27th of Rajab When Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) Visited The 7-Heavens
27th Rajab is considered as the night of Isra and Mairaj when Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was called by Allah on the skies where he (صلى الله عليه وسلم) visited the 7 Heavens as well. Allah Almighty in the Holy Quran clearly says,
سُبۡحٰنَ الَّذِىۡۤ اَسۡرٰى بِعَبۡدِهٖ لَيۡلًا مِّنَ الۡمَسۡجِدِ الۡحَـرَامِ اِلَى الۡمَسۡجِدِ الۡاَقۡصَا الَّذِىۡ بٰرَكۡنَا حَوۡلَهٗ لِنُرِيَهٗ مِنۡ اٰيٰتِنَا ؕ اِنَّهٗ هُوَ السَّمِيۡعُ الۡبَصِيۡرُ
Praise be to God Who has enraptured His servant by night from the Sacred Mosque (Mecca) to the Farthest Mosque (Jerusalem). – (Surah Isra, verse 1)
High Importance of Fasting In the Holy Month of Rajab
Even though Ramadan is considered as the month of fasting, it is Rajab that lays down the path to Ramadan. There are specific days in the Holy month of Rajab, where fasting offers an extra reward for each and every Muslim. The hadith narrated about Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم)with regards to the month of Rajab states that:
Abu Bakr ibn Abi Shaybah narrated that Abdullah ibn Nameer narrated and ibn Nameer narrated from his father that ‘Uthmān ibn Hakeem al-Ansaari narrated, “I asked Sa’eed ibn Jubayr about the fast of Rajab, what was his opinion on it. He said, ‘Ibn ‘Abbas narrated that the Prophet used to fast until we said he would never breakfast, and he used to breakfast until we said he will never fast [again.]‘ – (Muslim)
Things to do in the Holy Month of Rajab
Seeking Forgiveness and Reciting Istaghfaar
The Holy Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) used to say:
“Rajab is a month of seeking forgiveness, so seek forgiveness from Allah (SWT); He is verily the Forgiver, the Merciful. It is highly recommended to repeat.
أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللّه وَأَسْأَلُهُ التَّوْبَةَ
Offering Sadqa And Charity To The Poor and Needy
There are high reward and benefits for Sadqa and charity in the month of Rajab. Those, who cannot fast and decide to give to the poor, they can recite: Recommended: The Importance of Sadaqah in Islam
سُبْحَانَ الإلهِ الْجَلِيلِ!
سُبْحَانَ مَنْ لا يَنْبَغِي التّسْبِيحُ إلاّ لَهُ!
سُبْحَانَ الأعَزِّ الأكْرَمِ!
سُبْحَانَ مَنْ لَبِسَ الْعِزَّ وَهُوَ لَهُ أَهْلٌ.
Azkaar In The Month Of Rajab
Read the Kalima:
لآ اِلَهَ اِلّا اللّهُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُوُل اللّهِ
Read as much as we can:
‘لآ اِلَهَ اِلّا اللّهُ’
Read Several times:
ُأَسْتَغْفِرُ اللّهَ ذَاَ الْجَلالِ وَالإكْرَامِ مِنْ جَمِيعِ الذُّنُوبِ وَالآثَامِ
Repeating Sura Al Tawheed قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ‘ or Surah Al-Ikhlas as many times as we could in order to become eligible for the reward of thousand Angels and it also gives the blessings on the reciter, their children, family, and neighbors.