Rajab is the seventh month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This month waa regarded as on of the sacred months (AshurulHurum) in which battles were prohibited in the days of Nabi (صلي الله عليه و سلم).
When Nabi صلي الله عليه و سلم sighted the moon of Rajab, he used to pray to Allah with the following words:
اَللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِي رَجَب وَشَعْبَانَ وَبَلِّغْنَا رَمَضَانَ
“O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha’baan blessed for us and let us reach the month of Ramadhaan (i.e prolong our life upto Ramadhaan, so that we may benefit from its merits and blessings.
Although Shariah hasn’t specified any act of Ibaadah to do in this month, one can well imagine how it will aid one in the montb of Ramadhaan if one begins preparing oneself for the blessed month spiritually.
The month of Rajab is associated with Salaah and Me’raj. The 27th of Rajab is quite famous for the Me’raj of Rasulullah Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam. Allah Ta’ala states in the Quraan,
ﺍﺗﻞ ﻣﺎ ﺍﻭﺣﻰ ﺍﻟﻴﻚ ﻣﻦ ﺍﻟﻜﺘﺎﺏ ﻭﺍﻗﻢ ﺍﻟﺼﻠﻮﺓ ﺍﻥ ﺍﻟﺼﻠﻮٰﺓ ﺗﻨﻬﻰ ﻋﻦ ﺍﻟﻔﺤﺸﺎﺀ ﻭﺍﻟﻤﻨﻜﺮ ﻭﻟﺬﻛﺮ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺍﻛﺒﺮ
Recite what has been revealed to you from the Kitaab and establish Salaah, Verily Salaah prevents a person from immoral behaviour and evil, And the Zikr of Allah is greatest.
The command of reciting the Quraan Sharif and establishing Salaah is directly addressed to Rasulullah Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam. Salaah is such a form of worship that it prevents a person from lewdness and all forms of evil which generally people regard as evil. It prevents one from having a hard heart, terrible tongue, swearing, humiliating others, etc. Lastly, Allah mentions that His Zikr is the greatest thing.
In this verse there are three main subjects namely the recitation of the Quraan Sharif, Salaah with the benefits of Salaah and finally the Zikr of Allah Ta’ala.
Read more here: http://www.ka.org.za/content/month-rajab
Read another article regarding the various baseless practices that were initiated but have no connection to Islam at all – http://www.albalagh.net/general/rajab.shtml
The merit of Rajab is like the merit of the rest of the other sacred months. Allah Almighty says: (Lo! the number of the months with Allah is twelve months by Allah’s ordinance in the day that He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are sacred: that is the right religion. So wrong not yourselves in them) (At-Tawbah 9: 36).
The names of these sacred months are mentioned in an authentic hadith said by the Prophet (صلي الله عليه و سلم) in the Farewell Pilgrimage. According to this hadith, the sacred months are four, three in succession—that is, Dhul-Qi`dah, Dhul-Hijjah, and Muharram—and the fourth is Rajab, which comes between Jumada Thani and Sha`ban.
According to the above verse, Allah Almighty has ordered the Muslims not to wrong themselves (or others), especially in these sacred months. So no fighting between tribes was to be waged during these months, so that people would guarantee that the way to the Sacred House be safe. This is indicated by Almighty Allah’s saying in another verse: (Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them) (At-Tawbah 9: 5).
Read more about this http://jamiat.org.za/month-of-rajab-clearing-misconceptions-2/
Rajab is the second of the “four sacred months” in the Islamic Calendar which are referred to as: “Al-Ash-hurul hurum“ (Surah Tawbah, verse: 36)
The others are: Zhul-Qa’dah, Zhul-Hijjah and Al-Muharram.
Explaining their significance the ‘Ulama mention that during these months, good deeds are more virtuous and evil deeds are more detestable to Almighty Allah.
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May Allah grant us life till Ramadhaan with aafiyat and taqwa.