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Rajab has arrived…

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All praise is for the ONE who has spared our lives to see this day. We acknowledge HIS favor and we acknowledge our incapacity and ALL praise is for HIM. 

We have entered into the month of Rajab, the first of the three of great virtue. The month of Allah. 

Hassan Al Basri (Rahimahullah) mentioned in his Jami saghir that the prophet (alaihis salaatu was salaam) said,

“Rajab is the month of Allah. Sha’ban is my month and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah.”

Rajab is one of the four sacred months of the year. Along with Muharram, Dhul Qa’ida and Dhul Hijjah, it is a month in which transgression and sin is worse than at other times. Allah says,

“Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allah on the Day HE created the heavens and the earth; of them, four are sacred. That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein.” (Q9:36)

Allah ends this verse with the admonishment “so wrong not yourselves therein” of avoiding sin and transgression during these months. 

Although this month is sacred, singling it out for fasting and restricting other forms of ibaada (worship) to its days or nights (as commonly practiced) is not from the sunnah. The sanctity is that sin is avoided and that fighting is prohibited rather than attaching specific acts of worship (such as fasting during its days and standing in prayer through its nights) to it. 

Ibn Qayyim (Rahimahullah) said:

“Every hadeeth which mentions fasting in Rajab and praying during some of its nights is false and fabricated.”

[from Al Manaar Al Muneef, P. 96]

Also, when Ibn Uthaymeen (Rahimahullah) was asked about fasting on the 27th of Rajab and spending that night in prayer, he said:

“Fasting on the twenty seventh of Rajab mad spending that night in prayer is a bid’ah (innovation), and every bid’ah is a going astray.”

[Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 20/440.]

It is important to bear in mind that though one may fast in this month, there is no evidence that the fasting is of a greater virtue than fasting at other times. And this applies to standing in one or some of its nights in prayer. 

What is expected of us in this month is to refrain our selves from and guard against sin and transgression as it is a month that has been declared sacred by Allah and in so doing, preparing for and asking Allah to spare our lives till Ramadan. Abu Nu’aim mentioned from Ana’s Ibn Malik (RadiyAllahu anhu) that the prophet (alaihis salaatu was salaam) used to make this dua when Rajab came in:

“Allahumma baarik Lana fi Rajab wa Sha’ban wa balligna Ramadan.” 

[O Allah, bless us in (the month of) Rajab and in (in the month of) Sha’ban and let us reach (the month of) Ramadan.]

Increasing good deeds in this month and avoiding sin helps to set the pace for the month of Ramadan. As said by AbuBakr Warraq: 

“Rajab is a month of cultivation, Sha’ban is the month of irrigating the fields, and the month of Ramadhan is a month of reaping and harvesting.”

May Allah make us of those who honor this month of HIS by avoiding transgression, bless us in it and let us reach Ramadan. Ameen. 

Written By Deensister

Via miufoundation.org

Let’s warm up!!

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Dearest Readers, 
The countdown to Ramadan has begun. The month of Mercy, forgiveness, salvation and Reward. It is the month that every believer earnestly awaits hoping to gain Allah’s pleasure and Salvation from the fire. Ramadan is the month of spiritual rejuvenation. This is why the lives of the Sahaba revolved around Ramadan.

  Ma’ali bin Fudayl said, “They used to ask Allah the almighty six months before Ramadan to grant them long life so that they could reach Ramadan and they used to ask Allah the almighty six months after Ramadan to accept their fasting.” Preparing one’s physical, mental and spiritual self against Ramadan is of paramount importance in reaping the many virtues of Ramadan.

Abu Bakr Warraq (RadiyAllahu anhu) said; ‘Rajab is a month of cultivation, Shaban is a month of irrigating the fields, and Ramadan is the month of reaping and harvesting.’ This is to say to maximally utilize the month of the Quran, to reap the benefits, one must begin to prepare in preceding months.  The two months which precede Ramadan also have immense virtues.

Rajab is one of the four Sacred months in the Year. The prophet (Salallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said; ‘Rajab is the month for seeking forgiveness, so seek forgiveness from Allah.’ It is the first of the noble months and it is in this month the cultivation is done. This is the month of Allah.

Sha’aban is the month that appears between Rajab and Ramadan. Aisha (RadiyAllahu anha) said; ‘the Messenger of Allah used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the messenger of Allah fasting for an entire month except in Ramadan, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha’aban.’ {Bukhari & Muslim}

Ramadan is the month that demands self-restraint and instills discipline. It is important that we enter into the month with the right mindset and spiritual readiness. It is the month in which Allah promises forgiveness, mercy and Salvation from the fire. Indeed it is the month of attaining Taqwa. ‘O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you that you may attain Taqwa.’ {Q2:183}

Abul Fath ibn Abil-Fawaris in his Dictations and transmissions and Allama Suyuti in his Jami Saghir mentioned from Hasan Basri that the Prophet (Salallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said; ‘Rajab is the month of Allah. Sha’aban is my month. Ramadan is the month of my Ummah.’ To emphasize the importance of this noble month and the two that precede, the Prophet used to say when Rajab came in; ‘Allahumma baarik Lana fi Rajab wa Sha’aban, wa ballighna Ramadan_ O Allah! Bless us in Rajab and Sha’aban and Let us reach Ramadan.’

Let the Warm up!!!

Yours Truly,

UmmYunus