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Fabrications surrounding the month of Rajab

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Month of RajabIslam Explained By Husain Zakariyya Yawale

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Allah says;

“Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are Sacred (i.e. the 1st, the 7th, the 11th and the 12th months of the Islamic calendar). That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein”[al-Tawbah 9:36]

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. All Praise is due to Allah! We praise Him and we seek help from Him. We ask forgiveness from Him. We repent to Him; and we seek refuge in Him from our evils and bad deeds. Anyone who is guided by Allah is indeed guided; and anyone who has been left astray, will find no one to guide him. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, the Only One without any partner; and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and final messenger to mankind. May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon His last and final Apostle, his Household, his companions and all his followers till the end of time.

Assalamualaikum my dear brothers and sisters, once again, after a long sojourn. The ling break was due to equally important assignment which too me to the city of Sha Alam of the state of Selangor, about 25 kilometres west of kualalampur, Malaysia. I was there for the editing and proof reading of the Hausa translation of the Qur’an by the late Grand Mufti Sheikh Abubakar Mahmoud Gummi. Editing work is not an easy job. It is also too demanding and time consuming. Most especially when the book involved is not authored by humans. One really needs to be very curious and extra careful in rendition of the meanings in context. So, I am sure with this excuse, you will pardon me for my sudden malingering.

The topic above is not my preferred topic for this week. But, for the flying texts and SMSs on the great month of Rajab, via all available social fora! I have seen and read many of such SMSs and fond them to be completely nonsense and senseless! It is as a result of their ‘contents of darkness’ that I intend to shade the light of guidance and radiance from the relics left behind by the Apostle of Allah, Muhammad (SAW); the Qur’an and the Sunnah.

I will bring some of these fabrications and unfounded hadiths which they contain.

1. “The month of Rajab is here again. Prophet Muhammad said, ‘Whoever is the first person to give another person the news about its commencement, the hell-fire is haram to him.’ Pass and get sawab!

2. HadratSayyiduna Abdullah ibn Abbas (RD) has narrated that the Comforter of the hearts, the Dignified Prophet (SAW), has said, ‘The fast of the first day of Rajab is an atonement for three years. The fast of the second day is atonement for two years and the fast of the third day is atonement for one year. Then the fast for the remaining days, an atonement for one month.’ { Suyuti, Al-Jami’ As-Sagheer, page 311, hadith 5051]

To expand the discussion to include messages on some fake websites, I will add more information that are circulating around the world. Such as:

3. Fasting the 1st Friday night, that is night of Thursday. This night is called in Islam, Night of wishes-‘laylat al-ragha’ib’. So, in the evening between Maghrib and `Isha, perform 12 units (Rak’at) of prayer, in two’s (i.e. two at a time). In each unit recite: 3 times Sura-al-Qadrand then 12 times (Qulhuwallahu) followed with du’a – read below full details

4. During the nights, take bath of purity to cleanse away all sins.Perform30 rakah on the 1st, 15th and 30th of Rajab. Pray 10 morerakats ofnafil in tworakats andsalam. In each rakat, after Fatihah, recite Surah Kafirun 3 times and Surah Ikhlas (kulhuwallahu) 3 times and each with its du’a. “La Ilahaillallahuwahdahu la sharikalahulahul-mulkuwalahul-hamduyuh-yiwayumitowahuwa hay-yil-la yamutubiyadihil -khairwahuwaalakullishai-eenkadir, Allahumma la mani’ali ma a’at-ta, wa la mu’a-tiya, li ma mana’ata, wa layunfa’uzuljaddi min-kaljadd’’.

5- Fast -30th day of Rajab Ghusl- bath -for cleansing all sins – Pray 10 rakah like 1st day with thedua– asthe 1st. day of Rajab: “Allahummasallaiala SayidinaMohammadiuwwa all hittaherin, wa la hawlakuwwata ilia billa-hilAliyilAzim. “

After reciting the above, pray 30 rakah. Then pray for whatever are your requirements. Insha-Allah they will be answered. On the day of resurrection there will be 70 trenches between you and the Hell-fire and each of these trenches will be so wide as it would take 500 years to cross one. In addition,each rakat has the reward of 1000 rakats.”

The tale goes further to state, thus:

“The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) once said:

‘If someone keeps the fast on the 27th day of Rajab, he will be credited with the same reward as that which is earned by fasting for sixty months.

It was on the 27th day of Rajab, we are told, that Gabriel first came down to invest the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) with his Messengership [Risala].

According to this next report, likewise conveyed to us by Sheikh Hibatu’llah, Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) once said:

Rajab contains a very special day and a very special night. If someone fasts during that day, and keeps vigil throughout that night, he will be entitled to a reward like the one that would be earned by a person who fasted for a hundred years, and who keeps vigil throughout all the nights in that period.

The reference must be to the 27th of Rajab, that being the day on which our Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) was first dispatched to embark upon his mission.

Sheikh Hibatu’llah (may Allah bestow His mercy upon him) has informed us on good traditional authority, Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) once said:

Rajab is one of the sacred months and its days are inscribed on the sixth gate of Heaven. So, if a man has fasted during one day of this month, and if he has kept his fast completely clean through obedient devotion [taqwa] to Allah (Almighty and Glorious is He), the heavenly gate will acquire the faculty of speech, and the day itself will also acquire the faculty of speech, and the two of them will say: “O Lord, forgive him!” But if he has failed to make his fast complete through obedient devotion to Allah (Exalted is He), they will make no such plea for him to be forgiven. They will say, or he will be told by some other voice: “Your own lower self [nafs] has betrayed you!”

These and many similar concoctions are rampant in circulations between young and old Muslims. My sympathy is for those innocent but ignorant and lazy Muslims. They are Ignorant because they refuse to allocate time to learn the correct Islam from trustworthy Ulamas, and lazy because they want a giveawayJannah, a discounted one.

No doubt, the month of Rajab is an important month like the rest of the months of the year. Last two years if you could remember, I wrote an article on the major events of each month in the Muslim calendar from the first Hijra to date.In that article, I wrote the following:

Meaning of Rajab: the word is driven from the root word‘’rajaba” that is to respect. It is one of the sacred months in which fighting was forbidden since before Islam. It was one of the most respected months for the Arabs then. It was also called ‘Rajab al Fard’,which means alone.This was because of the other three sacred months were in sequence, one after another, with the exception of Rajab.


1. The Holy Prophet ascended to Heaven on the 27th of Rajab on either Sunday or Monday (Mi’raaj).

2. Hadhrat Bilal IbnHaritha (R.A) brought a congregation of four hundred men named BanuMuzeena in the presence of the Holy Prophet. They all embraced Islam and became followers of the Holy Prophet in the year 5 A.H.

3. The battle of Tabook took place in the year 9 A.H. This was the last battle in which the Holy Prophet participated.

4. The second Oath of Aqabahalso took place in Rajab, 12 A.H.


Imam Abu Hanifa (R.A) passed away on the 15th of Rajab 150 A.H.

Imam Shafi’ee (R.A) passed away on the 14th Rajab 204 A.H.

Imam Muslim (R.A) passed away on the 24th of Rajab 261 A.H.

Imam al-Nawawee (R.A) passed away on the 14th of Rajab 677 A.H.

Apart from these events, there is nothing very extraordinary to place this month over and above all the months, including the great Ramadan and Zul-Hijjah.

However, the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) were reported to have been saying to each other as prayers in their longing for the coming up of the month of Ramadan, thus;

‘Allahumma baa-rik-lanaa fi-Rajabawasha’baana, waballignaShahraRamadana!’

Meaning, ‘O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha’ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan.’

In fact, as for fasting in Rajab in particular, the ahadeeth concerning that are all da’eef (weak), and in fact mawdo’ (fabricated). The scholars of refute do not rely on any of them as authority for acting upon. They are not among the da’eefahadeeth which have been narrated concerning virtues; rather most of them are fabricated and false.

Please allow me to quote some Muslim authorities to buttress my position. Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “Every hadeeth which mentions fasting in Rajab and praying during some of its nights is false and fabricated.” [ al-Manaar al-Muneef, p. 96 ]

Al-HaafizibnHajar said in Tabyeen al-‘Ajab (p. 11)

“There is no saheehhadeeth that would count as evidence which speaks of the virtue of the month of Rajab, or that speaks of fasting this month or part of it, or of spending any particular night of it in prayer.”

ShaykhSayyidSaabiq (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in Fiqh al-Sunnah (1/282): “Fasting in Rajab is no better than fasting in any other month, except that it is one of the sacred months. There is no report in the saheeh Sunnah to suggest that there is anything special about fasting in this month. Whatever has been narrated concerning that is not fit to be quoted as evidence.”

ShaykhIbn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked about fasting on the twenty-seventh of Rajab and spending the nights in prayer. He replied: “Fasting on the twenty-seventh of Rajab and spending that night in prayer is a bid’ah (innovation), and every bid’ah is a going astray. End quote. [Majmoo’ FataawaIbn ‘Uthaymeen, 20/440.]

Finally, I wish to advice my readers and all Muslims that worshipping Allah is not by mere wish or desire. Worshipping Allah must be in accordance with His teachings through His last and final messenger; Muhammad (SAW). Thus, you must fulfill the certain principles before you correctly worship Allah. You must be a Muslim in your entirety, ready and submissive to Him, and without recourse to leaning to your whims and caprices. You must learn the correct and authentic Islam only from honest, sincere and knowledgeable scholars, physically. You must love to worship Allah before, during and after the worship. That means you must feel completeness and contentment with the worships you undertook. You must worship Him with what you have learnt at the appropriate time and locations. Then you must worship Him for the sake of Him and without ulterior motives.

If you abide by these principles, then have confidence that you are indeed worshipping Allah correctly, while waiting for your full recompense on the Day of Judgment.

May Allah accept our worship and forgive our shortcoming. May He also prolong and lengthen our lives to and beyond Ramadan! Amin thummaamin!

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