Allah says in the Quran: “Verily, the number of months with Allah is twelve in the book of Allah, since the day He created the Heavens and the Earth. Four of them, they are sacred.” (9:36)
Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has informed us that Rajab, the month that we are currently in, is one of the four sacred months mentioned in the Quran.
Being a sacred month, committing a sin therein is much more severely punished. On the other hand, we are taught that reward for acts of obedience performed in this month is greater than other months.
Divine mercy, blessings, and rewards are at their peak during the sacred months; we must therefore invest our time in increased acts of ibadah, we should increase our recitation of the Quran, and our dhikr, we should help others and give more charity.
Abu Bakr b. al-Warraq al-Balkhi used to say: “In the month of Rajab, you sow the seeds, in Sha`ban, you irrigate them, and in Ramadan, you reap the harvest.”
This means that to enjoy the fruits of Ramadan, the planting starts in Rajab. In order to be physically, mentally and spiritually ready for Ramadan and to maximise on its blessings and virtue, we need to plan and prepare now!
- Set personal goals for Ramadan
- Reflect on last year and explore what you need to do differently
- Start fasting on the Sunnah days
- Increase your Dhikr and re-kindle your relationship with Allah
- Recite the Quran
- Increase your acts of charity
Doing all of this (and more) now will allow you to fully reap the benefits of the blessed month of Ramadan, Insha’Allah.
We hope you can use this sacred month to increase your good deeds, draw closer to Allah, His Messenger and the Muslims, and plant the seeds for a fruitful Ramadan.
Oh Allah! Grant us Barakah (Blessing) during (the months of) Rajab and Sha’ban, and allow us to reach Ramadan.