The month of Rajab is here. Get ready for Ramadan
Rajab is the 7th month of the Arabic year. The full name of the month of Rajab is ‘Ar-Rajab Ar-Murajjab’. The word Rajab means noble, abundant, great, etc. And the meaning of the word ‘Murajjab’ is honored. That is, Ar-Rajab Ar-Murajjab means the month of abundance and honor.
Rajab month is one of the four honored months. The remaining three months are Dhul-Qi’dah, Dhul-Hijjah, and Muharram. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The year consists of twelve months from the day when Allah created the heavens and the earth. Of these, four months are honored. And those are Dhul-Qi’dah, Dhul-Hijjah, Muharram, and Rajab, which is between Jumada al-Thani and Sha’ban.”
Remember, the month of Rajab has special significance and importance in the eyes of Islam. In the light of Quran-Sunnah, some of the special meanings of this month and some of the do’s and don’ts of this month are given below:
Dua accepted in the month of Rajab
Allah accepts the supplications of His servants on special days and nights. Abdullah bin Umar (R) said, “There are five nights in which Allah does not return the supplication of the servant. The night of Jum’ah, the first night of Rajab, the night of the 15th of Sha’ban, and the night of the two Eids.” (Baihaki)
Kayes ibn Ubada (R) said, “On the 10th of Rajab, Allah the Almighty accepts the supplications of His servants.” (Kurtubi)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to recite these two du’as more and more throughout the month of Rajab and Sha’ban,
Meaning: O Allah! May the months of Rajab and Sha’ban be blessed for us and grant us the month of Ramadan. (Bukhari)
There is no special or scheduled period in this month
No special prayers, fasts or special acts prescribed for this month have been ordered by Islamic Shariah. Therefore, the virtues and blessings of this month cannot be wasted by following fabrications. In order to attain the blessings and virtues of the month of Rajab, the obligatory acts of worship performed in other months must be performed properly. In preparation for Ramadan, more and more supererogatory acts of worship should be performed.
Also, in the glorious months, especially in the month of Rajab, one should be careful; As if there is no kind of oppression on oneself. That is, there is no sin, wickedness, or unrighteousness. And the greatest oppression is shirk. Therefore, one should be very careful about all the sins including shirk in this month.
Fasting in the month of Rajab
Optional fasting is a very virtuous act. However, no separate virtue of fasting in this month has been mentioned in the hadith. In the case of fasting according to Islamic law, an optional fast can be observed on any day except the days forbidden. However, it is not sunnah to fast in Rajab thinking that it is especially virtuous.
Fasting on the 27th of Rajab
It is common in many societies that fasting on the 27th of Rajab is a great virtue. Many believe that the virtue of this day’s fast is equal to one thousand fasts. However, there is no authentic and acceptable description of this in the book of Hadith. Allama Ibn Al-Jawzi, Hafez Zahabi, Taher Patni, Abdul Hai Lakhnabi (Rah), and many other eminent hadith scholars have called the virtue of this fast baseless and fabricated.
No superstitions in Rajab
In the pre-Islamic era, various customs were prevalent among the polytheists during the month of Rajab. They slaughtered animals to please their gods. They called it ‘Atira’. The Prophet (peace be upon him) abolished this practice of shirk. He declared, “In Islam, there is no provision for slaughtering the first child of a camel or a goat for the purpose of an idol, and there is no provision for ‘Atira’.” In other words, there is no custom of slaughtering animals for the satisfaction of idols in the month of Rajab. ” (Bukhari)
Preparations for Ramadan
The month of Rajab and the month of Sha’ban are the preparations for the month of Ramadan. Since the schedule of worship changes in the month of Ramadan, one has to prepare accordingly. I’tikaf is a very important period in the last decade of Ramadan. So you have to prepare for it in advance. With the month of Ramadan looming, many lucrative traders will start mixing adulterated products and raising prices. These must be prevented from society. Doing these immoral acts during the month of Ramadan is a heinous and hateful act. Sin is always sin but it is more difficult and transgressive to sin in the holiest time or in the holiest place. In the Qur’an, Allah repeatedly says, “Do not transgress.” And he added, “Allah does not like transgressors.”
Therefore, from the month of Rajab and Shaban, one should prepare for Ramadan by increasing one’s good deeds and eliminating sins.