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The Virtues of the Month of Rajab.


Jan 12, 2024

Before knowing what prohibitions are in the month of Rajab, it is good for us to know the virtues of the month of Rajab.

1. A Time of Acceptance for Prayer

According to the official NU website, one of the virtues of the month of Rajab is that the first night of Rajab is one of the nights of acceptance for prayer. As emphasized by Imam Shafi’i in the book Al-Umm, it is stated:

Meaning: It has reached us that it was once said: Indeed, prayers are answered on 5 nights: Friday night, the night of Eid al-Adha, the night of Eid al-Fitr, the first night of the month of Rajab, and the night of Nisfu Sha’ban.

2. Encouraged to Increase Worship

One of the recommended acts of worship in the month of Rajab is fasting, just as it is also recommended to increase fasting in the other three sacred months, Dhu al-Qa’dah, Dhu al-Hijjah, and Muharram.

There is no authentic hadith specifically stating the recommendation of fasting in Rajab. However, there is no prohibition to fast in the month of Rajab, as mentioned in the following hadith.

Uthman bin Hakim al-Anshari narrated that he asked the companion Sa’id bin Jubair about fasting in Rajab, and at that time we were in the month of Rajab. He replied: I heard Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with both of them, saying: The Prophet, peace be upon him, used to fast to the point that we thought he would not break his fast. And he also used to break his fast to the point that we thought he would not fast.

3. A Noble Month

The virtue of the month of Rajab is mentioned in the Quran, Surah At-Tawbah, verse 36. Allah SWT says,

Meaning: “Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve [lunar] months in the register of Allah [from] the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred. That is the correct religion, so do not wrong yourselves during them. And fight against the disbelievers collectively as they fight against you collectively. And know that Allah is with the righteous [who fear Him].”

According to detikHikmah, the event of Isra Mi’raj, performed by Prophet Muhammad SAW, took place on the 27th of Rajab in the tenth year of prophethood. Specifically, before he migrated to Madinah.

“Isra Mi’raj occurred in the year 621 AD, or the 10th/11th year of prophethood (Bi’tsah). The majority of scholars mention that the date was on the night of Friday, the 27th of Rajab,” wrote the book “Di Balik 7 Hari Besar Islam” by Muhammad Sholikhin.

Isra Mi’raj itself is the journey of Prophet Muhammad SAW from Masjidil Haram to Masjidil Aqsa, until Sidratul Muntaha. It was during this event that Allah SWT commanded the five daily prayers, as stated in the following hadith,

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