Blessed Month of Rajab
The blessed month of Rajab inaugurates the season of spiritual renewal in the Islamic tradition. The etymology of Rajab originates from rujūb, denoting profound reverence and high veneration. Even before Islam, the month of Rajab was sacrosanct to the Arabs—a time of armistice from conflict and war between the feudal tribes.
Rajab carries many of the loftiest blessings from our Lord, the Exalted, including the birth of Imām ʿAlī (ع) within the walls of the Kaʿbah, the appointment of the Blessed Messenger of God (ص) to Prophetic Mantle, and according to some scholars, it is also the month in which the Holy Prophet (ص) traversed the Night Journey (al-ʾIsrāʾ) and ascended through the heavens (al-Miʿrāj), alighting at the Divine Presence.
In many ways, Rajab is the spring of our tradition, when the seeds of repentance (tawbah) are sown, followed by Shaʿbān where the budding seedlings are watered with scrupulousness (waraʿ) and comportment (ʾadab), and culminating with Ramaḍān where the fruits of spiritual radiance are reaped by the glow of luminations (wuḍūʾ), the light of worship (taʿabbud), the serenity of fasting (ṣawm) and the warmth of remembrance (ḍikr).
We inaugurate this blessed season with the duʿāʾ of the Blessed Messenger of God, peace and high blessings upon him, when he said “O Lord! Bless us in Rajab and Shaʿbān and help us realize the month of Ramaḍān. Incline us toward fasting, establishing prayer, restraining our tongues and lowering our gaze, and make not our share in it only hunger and thirst.”
And Walk Gently Upon the Earth
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