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Channel Your Greatness in Rajab the month of Allah

The month of Rajab is finally here, which means Ramadan is getting closer. The beauty of this is Allah ordained the months surrounding Ramadan to hold their own spiritual weight, partially to prepare us for it, but so we can attain the virtues of the surrounding months to make us stronger Muslims overall.

The Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said: “Rajab is the month of Allah, Sha‘ban is my month and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah”, meaning during Rajab, we strive even harder laser focus on pleasing Allah.

The literal Arabic meaning of Rajab means ‘to respect in awe’, meaning if Rajab is a month for Allah, we must worship with His majestic qualities in mind.

The beauty of Islam is that it calls for seclusion to bask in the mercy of Allah, while encouraging Divine remembrance in everyday life. This means whether you’re on your feet all day or have a relaxing day to yourself, Allah will accept your remembrance.

For the servant, focusing on Rajab is a time to increase your status in conversations that only Allah knows about. It’s a time to purify your soul and a time to draw closer to the Creator of all that is.

According to a Hadith Qudsi narrated by Abu Hurairah, the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said:

“Allah says: Those that remember Me in their heart, I remember them in My heart; and those that remember Me in a gathering, I remember them in a gathering better than theirs. If my servant comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to them; and if theycomes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to them; and if they comes to Me walking, I go to them running.”

What does this mean? Not only does Allah remember you when you remember Him, but for every step you take towards him, he’ll take an extra mile to you.

How can we remember Allah?

There is a plethora of ways we can remember our Lord. Dhikr, or remembrance, is one of the most powerful ways to keep Allah in your heart.

Familiarise yourself with the 99 names of Allah and use them as energetic codes to tap into Divine love throughout your day. The names of Allah are more than mere Arabic words that become our duty to memorise, they have meanings and invoke certain emotions.

In the Qur’an (73:8) Allah commands us to “Always remember the Name of your Lord, and devote yourself to Him wholeheartedly.”

Use the names in your duas. If you feel something you aren’t ready for is looming, call out to Allah using his name ‘Al-Muakhir’ (the delayer), or if you’re in need of Divine love, call out to Allah using ‘Al-Wadud’ (the most loving).

Another way of remembrance of Allah is through the Qur’an. Allah describes the Holy text as a “clean Divine light” to humankind (5:15) which has specific instructions on what Allah loves.

"Allah loves those who are fair and just" (49:9)

"Allah loves those who put their trust in Him" (3:159)

"Allah loves those who turn unto him in repentance" (2:222)

“Allah loves the doers of good” (3:134)

"Allah loves the patient” (3:146)

“Those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, and establish regular prayers and regular charity, will have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve” (2:277)

Use your deeds in the month of remembering Allah

One of the ways to remember Allah is through your actions – this is called taqwa, Arabic for God-consciousness. Remembering Allah in all your actions and using Divine guidance to inspire your way of life is one of the best ways to stay in the remembrance of Allah. This is because it makes you a better person as you strive for excellence in the eyes of your Lord.

Be kind, do good, repent and walk in faith instead of fear. This isn’t to say faith and fear can’t coexist, if we find ourselves afraid, we should recognise it but let our faith in Allah soothe us when life throws pockets of anxiety at us.

One of the best ways to do this is to give to charity. You’re giving being just, you’re purifying your wealth, you’re doing good and being patient as Allah reimburses you in this life and the next and you’re showing that you trust the Divinely ordained instruction of the distribution of wealth.

As you remember Allah this beautiful month of Rajab, give now.

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