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 `Eids, and the 15th night of Sha`ban.
Rajab, 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.
Rajab, the Month of Allah
The Prophet (saw) said, ‘Rajab is the month of Allah, Sha‘ban is my month and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah’. [Suyuti]
Subhan’Allah, this is a great title to be honoured with, and no doubt we should be paying special attention to the month that bears this honour.
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 Aishah, 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. Just as it is recommended to bathe and purify oneself before entering the haram of Makkah and while in it one is more conscious of one’s actions. Likewise with a sacred month, we should enter it in a state of purity and try to maintain that purity throughout by doing good and avoiding evil.
O Allah, bless us in Rajab and Sha`ban and enable us to reach Ramadan. Peace and blessings upon the one who guided us to all good and warned us of all evil, our Master Muhammad and his blessed family and Companions and all those that follow his guidance until the end of time.
A blessed Month
Make the most of this blessed month. While most of us rightfully, give importance to Ramadan, we must not neglect Rajab’s status. Let us use this time to invest in our Akhirah by spending in the way of Allah. ILM have numerous programmes for you to support. Please click here to make a donation today.