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The practice of the month of Rajab.


Jan 12, 2024

The practice of the month of Rajab.

Rajab falls on the seventh month of the Islamic calendar and is one of the four sacred months. The word “Rajab” itself means “to honor,” which signifies the numerous practices in Islam for its followers.

Some of the practices that can be performed by Muslims are:

1. Rajab Sunnah Prayer

One of the practices in the month of Rajab that you can do is the Rajab Sunnah prayer, consisting of four units of prayer at night. The prayer consists of two prostrations and recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah, Surah Al-Ikhlas, Surah Al-Falaq, and Surah An-Naas. The procedure is not much different from other Sunnah prayers. However, there is a specific supplication, and the supplication is recited as follows:

اَللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

Make sure you don’t forget to read the letters above, okay.

2. Rajab Fasting

You can also observe the Rajab fasting, which is one of the recommended practices. As stated in the hadith narrated by Abu Daud below.

صُمْ مِنْ الْحُرُمِ وَاتْرُكْ صُمْ مِنْ الْحُرُمِ وَاتْرُكْ صُمْ مِنْ الْحُرُمِ وَاتْرُكْ

Meaning: “Fast during the sacred months and leave the forbidden months! Fast during the sacred months and leave the forbidden months! Fast during the sacred months and leave the forbidden months!” (Narrated by Abu Daud and others).

If you are going to observe the Rajab fasting, you can recite the fasting intention as follows:

نَوَيْتُ صَوْمَ غَدٍ عَنْ أَدَاءِ سُنَّةِ رَجَبَ لِلهِ تَعَالَى

Meaning: I intend to fast the voluntary fast of Rajab tomorrow for the sake of Allah SWT.

3. Giving Charity

Giving charity is also recommended to do during the month of Rajab. Whoever gives charity in this honorable month is believed to have their rewards multiplied. As stated by the Prophet Muhammad SAW below:

عن عقبة عن سلامة بن قيس يرفعه الى النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم انه قال: من تصدق فى رجب باعده الله من النار كمقدار غراب طار فرخا من وكره فى الهوى حتى مات هرما. وقيل الغراب يعيش خمسمائة عام

Translation: It means: Whoever gives charity in the month of Rajab, then Allah SWT will keep him away from the fire of hell, as far as the distance a crow flies freely from its nest until it dies of old age.

  1. This implies that if someone donates in the month of Rajab, Allah SWT will protect them from the torment of hell, just like a crow that flies far away from its nest until it passes away due to old age.

The Isra Mi’raj is a journey of Prophet Muhammad SAW with the angel Jibril, starting from Masjidil Haram in Mecca to Masjidil Aqsha in Palestine. The journey then continued to Sidratul Muntaha to meet Allah SWT.

The Isra Mi’raj took place on the first Friday of the month of Rajab, which became a night of reflection and sadness for Prophet Muhammad SAW. The reason for his sadness was because on that night, his wife Khadijah had lost her uncle forever.

During the Isra Mi’raj event, it became the starting point for Muslims to perform the five daily prayers.

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Another practice that can be done during the month of Rajab is performing the night prayer. This practice was also often done in the past by Sayyidina Ali. It is also explained in the book al-Ghun-yah by Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jaelani that Sayyidina Ali focused on performing worship on four nights in a year, one of which is the first night of the month of Rajab.

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Another practice that should not be missed is to increase istighfar (seeking forgiveness from Allah). There are many benefits of reciting istighfar, one of which is that the difficulties we are facing will be eased by Allah SWT.

As mentioned in the following hadith:

“Whoever says Astaghfirullahal ‘adzim alladzi laa ilaaha illaa huwal hayyul qayyum wa atubu ilaih (I seek forgiveness from Allah, the Great, who there is no god but Him, the Ever-Living, the Sustainer of existence. I repent to Him) three times, then his sins have been forgiven even if he flees from the battlefield (which is considered a major sin).”

In addition, Allah SWT says in Surah Ar-Ra’d verse 28:


Meaning: “Indeed, those who have believed and whose hearts are assured by the remembrance of Allah. Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah, hearts are assured.” (Quran, Ar-Ra’d: 28)

7. Increase Recitation of Salawat

In addition to seeking forgiveness (istighfar), Muslims are also encouraged to increase their recitation of salawat (blessings and prayers) upon the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Whether it is in the morning, afternoon, evening, or night. This recommendation is mentioned in Surah Al-Ahzab, verse 56, which states:


That is the information about the night of 1 Rajab, the prayer for entering the month of Rajab and the recommended practices for Muslims during the month of Rajab. May Allah SWT make it easy for all of us to perform worship and receive multiplied rewards.

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