This Thursday 7th March 2019 after Maghrib will be the starting of Rajab, one of the Sacred Months in Islam.

Hasan Al Basri (Radi-Allaahoo Anhoo) [may Allaah be pleased with him] reports that the Prophet of Allaah [peace & blessings of Allaah be upon him] said; “Rajab is the month of Allaah, Sha’baan is my month and Ramadhaan is the month of my Ummah.”

Scholars mention: Rajab is a month of cultivation, Sha’baan is a month of watering, and the month of Ramadhaan is a month of reaping and harvesting.

Anas Ibn Malik [may Allaah be pleased with him said, that the Messenger of Allaah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa sallam) would seek its blessings, saying:

اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا في رَجَبٍ وَ شَعْبَانَ وَ بَلِّغْنا رَمَضَانَ

Allahumma barik lana fi Rajabin wa Sha`ban wa ballighna Ramadan

“O Allah bless us in Rajab and Sha`ban and enable us to reach Ramadan!”

It is recommended to turn to Allah in the first night of Rajab. It has been narrated that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “There are five nights on which du`a is not rejected: the first night of Rajab, the fifteenth night of Sha`ban, Thursday night, the night before Eid al-Fitr and the night before Eid al-Adha.”

Sayyiduna `Ali, may Allah be well pleased with him, used to spend four nights in worship: the first night of Rajab, the nights before the two `Eids, and the 15th night of Sha`ban.

It is advisable to turn to Allah in this blessed night with extra Salaah, Recitation of the Quran, Adhkar, Salawaat upon the Prophet and Istigfar.

Insha’Allah we will hold a Mahfil of Dhikr with some reminders at the Shahjalal Mosque and Islamic Centre on this Thursday (7th March 2019) after Isha Salaah (8:15 pm). All are requested to join us at this blessed gathering.

Rajab is the key to the opening of the months of goodness and blessings. May Allaah grant us all the ability to utilise the month of Rajab in preparation for a great Ramadaan.