Rajab has arrived…


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

Patience; have you got it?

Written by ·Fatimah M·

وَسَارِعُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالْأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ
“And hasten towards forgiveness from your Lord, and to Jannah as vast as are the heavens and the earth; prepared for Al-muttaqun.” [Q3:133]

الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ فِي السَّرَّاءِ وَالضَّرَّاءِ وَالْكَاظِمِينَ الْغَيْظَ وَالْعَافِينَ عَنِ النَّاسِ وَاللَّهُ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ

“Those who spend (benevolently) in prosperity as well as in adversity, and those who swallow (their) anger and pardon men; and Allah loves the doers of good (to others). [Q3:134]

Importance of patience;

“Patience is a virtue”, a common phrase. But how common is this virtue? How common is patience? Clearly, not very common.

Allah asks us to run, to hasten towards forgiveness, towards jannah and Allah compares the expanse of jannah to that of the heavens and the earth together and He-mighty and exalted is He- says, all this is prepared for ‘Al-muttaqun’.

Further more, He describes the qualities of these people. They are those who spend out of their wealth, time, enetgy and all provisions, when it is easy and when it is difficult. Those who SWALLOW THEIR ANGER and PARDON MEN, and Allah emphasizes the goodness in this, “Allah loves al-muhsinin(those who excel in the religion).”

What is patience?

According to Ibn Qayyim, “the original meaning of this word is: “to prevent and to subdue or arrest.” Thus, Sabr means to restrain the soul from worry, control the tongue from complaining and restrain parts of the body from striking the face, tearing the clothes and so on.”

Patience in the Qur’an;
وَاصْبِرْ نَفْسَكَ مَعَ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُم
“Restrain yourself with those who call upon their Lord.” [Q18:28]
فَصَبْرٌ جَمِيلٌ
“So, beautiful endurance is most becoming.” [Q12:18]َ

…on patience;
Al-Junayd bin Muhammad was asked about it and his answer was that it was: “to swallow bitterness without showing any sign of a frown.”

Abu ‘Uthman explained the word as-sabbaar as; “a person who has trained himself to meet any adversity.”

Its important to note that Allah says *swallow anger*, food for thought.

A glimpse of this virtue, patience. Have you got it?