Every Islamic month brings great blessings, but Rajab is the month of the giver of blessings. Just like Ramadan is the month of the people, Rajab is the month of Allah (SWT). It is said that if one wants to benefit from the month of Ramadan, then he/she should start from the month of Rajab. The holy prophet has told about the various advantages of each Islamic month, but the month of Rajab is incomparable in his eyes stating that,

the month of Rajab is the greatest month of Allah. No month can come close to matching its sanctity and grace. Fighting the disbelievers in it is prohibited. Indeed, Rajab is the month of Allah…

Imam al-Sadiq (as) has reported the Prophet of Allah has said,

(The month of) Rajab is the month of seeking repentance for my community, so increase the seeking of repentance in it for He (Allah) is Forgiving and Merciful. This month is called “al-Rajab al-Asabb” (i.e. the [month of] Rajab in which there is an abundant and excessive outpouring and flow). This is because the mercy of Allah flows on my community (in this month) with abundant exuberance. Therefore dedicate yourselves with increasing intensity to the recitation of the formula:

استغفر الله و اسئله التوبة

Astaghfirullaha wa asʾaluhu al-tawba

Benefits of fasting in the month of Rajab

The Holy Prophet narrates that, “…Surely, the one who fasts (even) one day in (the month of) Rajab deserves the greatest pleasure of Allah. The wrath of Allah moves away from him, and a door from the doors of hell is closed for him.”

A man was once asked by Imam al-Sadiq (a.s) if he had fasted during the month of Rajab. The Imam was disappointed by his reply. The man hadn’t fasted, and there were only a few days left of the month of Rajab. After being told by the Imam that he had lost many merits, the man began to ask if he still had a chance of acquiring some of the rewards if he fasts in the last few days that are remaining. The Imam replied! “Salim, Whoever fasts one day for the last days of this month will be safe from the severity of the agony of death, and he shall be safe from the terrors of the first days of the grave (i.e. the beginning of purgatory) as well as the punishment of the grave. Whoever fasts two days from the last days of this month will obtain the permission of crossing the ‘bridge’ (with ease) due to it. Whoever fasts three days from the last days of this month will be safe and protected from the circumstances and severities of the day of the Great Fright (i.e., the day of judgment), and he will be granted immunity from hell fire.”

For those who are unable to fast in this holy month, it is recommended to glorify Allah (SWT) by reciting the following a hundred times, so that he/she may be able to benefit from some of the rewards of fasting:

سبحان الاله الجليل سبحان من لا ينبغي التسبيح الا له سبحان الأعز الاكرم سبحان من لبس العز و هو له اهل

Subhanal-ilahi al-jalil, Subhana man la yanbaghi al-tasbihu illa lahu, Subhanal aʿazzi al-akram, Subhana man labisa al-ʿizza wa huwa lahu ahlun

(Translation): Glory is to the Exalted Sublime Deity. Glory be to the One, none other than whom is worthy of glorification. Glory be to the Most Mighty and Most Generous. Glory be to Him who has donned the attire of Dignity, and He is most worthy of it.

So, try to get the maximum out of this Holy month. May Allah (SWT) make us all able to get benefitted by this Holy month of Rajab at it’s most. Ameen

Start Learning Quran in the month of RAJAB, so you better get prepared to welcome the month of Quran (RAMADAN). 🙂

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