Only 3 or 4 more days until Rajab. That means only 63-ish days until Ramadan. Don’t delay your preparations any longer!
On the authority of Anas (ra): The Messenger of Allah (saws), used to say the following when the month of Rajab began. “Oh Allah! Bless us in Rajab and Sha`ban, and bring us, oh Allah, to Ramadan.” [ Tabarani and Ahmad]
Welcoming the Blessed Month of Rajab, compiled and translated by Sidi Amjad Tarsin, via Sh. AbdulKarim Yahya
- Know that Rajab is a virtuous month in which worship is gloriously rewarded – especially fasting and seeking repentance (istighfar).
- Rajab is Allah’s month in which He pours His Mercy upon the penitent and He accepts the actions that people have done for His sake. The Prophet, peace and mercy be upon him, said, “Rajab is the month of Allah, and Sha’aban is my month, and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah.” (Imam Al-Suyuti in Al-Jami )
- Scholars say: Rajab is the month of repentance ( istighfar ), and Sha’aban is the month of sending peace and mercy ( salawat/durood shareef ) upon the Prophet, and Ramadan is the month of Qur’an.
It has bee mentioned by Abu’l Fath ibn Abi’l-Fawaris in his ‘Amali (dictations and transmissions) and Allama Suyuti has also mentioned in his Jami Saghir from Hasan Basri that the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,
“Rajab is the month of Allah. Shaban is my month. Ramadhan is the month of my ummah (followers).”
From the above hadith, it shows that it is preferable to make dua, to remain in the coming and following months, in order to perform good actions in them, because a true believer increases in his age with goodness. The best of people is the one who lives long and performs good actions.
Summary of Religious Duties During the Month of Rajab Summarized from a work by Imam Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, by Sidi Musa Furber
Rajab, one of the four sacrosanct months in the Islamic year, began only a matter of days ago. We tend to use Rajab and Sha`ban after it to prepare for the holy month of Ramadan. For those who have prayers or make up fasts from the previous year, now is an excellent time to being fulfilling those duties; in sha Allah, husbands will be especially considerate when it comes to wives making up missed days. And for everyone, it’s an excellent time to return to Allah, and ask Him for an increase in obedience and acts of worship.
Fasting During Rajab by Imam Zaid Shakir
Historically, one of the virtuous religious practices of Muslims is voluntary fasting during the month of Rajab. Unfortunately, there are a growing number of Muslims that consider this practice a blameworthy innovation. The following discussion, taken from Lata’if al Ma’rif fi ma li Mawasim al-‘Amm min al-Wadha’if (The Subtleties of Knowledge Concerning the Religious Duties Associated with Each Month of the Year), by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, helps to shed light on this increasingly contentious issue.