The Month of Allah—Rajab Al-Mujarrab
“Oh Allah, bless us in Rajab and Sha’ban; and convey us to Ramadan”
This is the du’a that Rasulullah (ﷺ) used to make as the month of Rajab Shareef entered. As Allah (Azawajal) stated in the Qur’an, Rajab is one of the four sacred months of the lunar calendar including Dhul Qaddah, Dhul Hijjah, and Muharram. Rajab is unique in that it is not in sequence with the other three months, showing us, by means of metaphor, how the month of Rajab is special and exalted above the others.
There are three reasons, among many, for Rajab being so honored. The first is that Rajab Shareef is considered the month of Allah. In this month, good deeds serve as a means of repentance and turning towards Allah. Taubah does not only mean seeking forgiveness, but it literally means turning back. So Rajab is our time to turn back to Allah and seek His pleasure and proximity.
The second is that this is the month in which the single most magnificent, glorious, and Earth-shattering event took place in the history of the creation of Allah: the Night Ascension or Isra wal Mi’raj. This was the month, with scholarly consensus, that Rasulullah (ﷺ) was reinforced as the leader of all the Prophets, he was brought into Jannah, and he came within two arms length of Allah Subhanhu wa ta’Ala! SubhanAllah!
The third is that Rajab Shareef is a reminder for Muslims that the month of Ramadan Shareef is coming! That’s right, only less than 90 days inshAllah and we will be back in the most blessed month of all. As such, Abu Bakr Warraq (R) said that, “Rajab is a month of cultivation, Sha’ban is a month of irrigating the fields, and the month of Ramadan is a month of reaping and harvesting.”
So in this sacred month, let us recite as much Istighfar (beg mercy from Allah) as possible and turn back to Him. InshAllah this will bring us closer to our Lord during a month of shortening distances. Remember, this was the month that Rasulullah (ﷺ) came within two arms length of Allah, so may Allah shorten the distance between Him and our hearts, in this world and in our Jannah.
– Br. Thymur Dogar and TMN