Rajab is here and Mspiration takes a look at what some scholars, past and present, have said regarding the holy month.
“So, my dear friend, put forth a great effort in the month of Rajab, may Allah have mercy on you. It is the season of great profits, so take advantage of your time! Whoever is spiritually sick due to their sins – know that the medicine has come,” (From The Rajab Letter by Sidi Amjad Tarsin).
“Rajab is Allah’s month in which He pours His Mercy upon the penitent and He accepts the actions that people have done for His sake. The Prophet, peace and mercy be upon him, said, “Rajab is the month of Allah, and Sha’aban is my month, and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah” (Imam Al-Suyuti in Al-Jami).
“It is opportune for anyone who has darkened the scroll of their deeds with sins to cleanse it with repentance during this month. Likewise, anyone who has squandered his lifetime without taking advantage of the opportunities to benefit his soul should take advantage of what remains of his life—starting with this month,” (Imam Zaid Shakir).
“The month of Rajab is the key to the months of goodness and blessings that follow it. Abu Bakr b. Al-Warraq al-Balkhi said: “Rajab is the month to sow the seeds; Sha’ban is the month to irrigate the crop; and Ramadan is the month to reap the harvest.” It has similarly been related from him: “Rajab is like the wind; Sha’ban is like the water-laden clouds; and Ramadan is like the rain.” Someone else mentioned: “The year in its entirety is like a tree: during Rajab its buds sprout; during Sha’ban it sends forth its branches; during Ramadan its fruit ripens; and the believers are the farmhands who harvest that fruit,” (Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali mentions in Lata’if al-Ma’arif).
“There is no doubt that the month of Rajab is the key to the opening of the months of goodness and blessing. It is appropriate to celebrate it and give attention to it but only in the form of performing good acts such as fasting, and also refraining oneself from sins and offensive things,” (Imam Abdul-Ghani Al-Nabulsi wrote in his book ‘Virtues of Months and Days’).
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