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Welcome The Month of Rajab (1438 AH)

Welcome The Month of Rajab (1438 AH)

In sh Allah 

  • 1st Sha'ban 1438 will be Around 27 April 2017 @haramain
  • 1st of Ramadan 1438 will be Around 27 May 2017 @haramain
  • The Night of Laylatul Qadr will be Around 21 June @haramain
  • The Day of Eid will be Around 25 June @haramain
  • 1st of Muharram 1439 will be Around 21 September 2017 @haramain

On the commencement of the month of Rajab, Rasulullah (صلي الله عليه وسلم) would recite the following Du'a:

It is Said

  • Rajab is for abandoning of repulsive deeds & repentance to Allah,
  • Sha`ban is for good deeds and fulfilling trust, and diligent service to Allah, and 
  • Ramadan is for truthfulness and purification & Drawing near to Allah.

As we enter another Rajab, we remember some events from our great history :-

1. Al-Isra wa Al Mi'raj

It is generally believed that the great event of Mi'raj (ascension of the Holy Prophet (S) to the heavens) took place in the night of 27th of Rajab. (some traditions suggest other dates).

The night Journey (al-Isra') of the Prophet Muhammad (S) was a journey from Makkah to Jerusalem and was followed by the Heavenly Ascent (al-Mi'raj) which took the Prophet (S) through the seven Heavens and brought him to the All Mighty Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. It was one of the most incredible events in the history of humanity and occurred at a time when the Prophet (S) was going through the most difficult phase in his life.

2. Battle of Tabuk (9 AH)

An army of about 30,000 Muslims moved towards al-Sham. The Roman armies were encamped at Tabuk, ready to raid the Muslims, but when they heard of the size and strength of the Muslim army coming towards them, and that they were led by the Messenger of Allah himself, they were terrified and rushed back into the interior of al-Sham to the safety of their fortresses. This left the Messenger (saw) with an easy task of occupying Tabuk without a fight. He stayed there for a month dealing with other minor resisting forces and also sent letters to the leaders and governors under Roman control in the area, who made peace with him and agreed to pay the Jizyah.

3. Salah al-Din Marched into Jerusalem (583 AH 1187CE)

It was also in Rajab, of the year 583 AH (1187 CE), that Salah al-Din marched into Jerusalem, liberating it from the clutches of the crusaders who had taken it and ruled it for close to a century.

This conquest was not only significant because of the inalienable importance of Jerusalem in Islam, but also because of its role as being one of the crucial stabs in crusader efforts to conquer Muslim lands.

4. Abolition of the Khilafah (1342 AH / 1924)

It was indeed a sad day when on monday 3rd March 1924 (Rajab 1342AH), the world woke to the news that Mustafa Kemal Pasha in Turkey had officially abolished the Uthmani Khilafah (Ottoman Empire). Abdul-Mejid II, the last Khalifah of the Muslims, was exiled from Turkey, never to return. This was the end of  1342 years of the institution which had played out its role of being a shield for the Muslim Ummah.

5. Nakba Day (15 May 1948) 

The oppressive regime of Israel was created on the  15 May 1948  who launched a campaign to  expel Palestinians from their homeland.

In 1948, 13 towns, 419 villages, and 99 tribal lands were depopulated in order to declare the State of Israel, occupying 78% of Palestine. 85% of the Palestinian population were driven off their lands.
To mark the displacement,  Palestinians annually commemorate the day as Nakba Day, or the Day of the Catastrophe. 

Finally this email should act as a Reminder to start Preparing for Ramadan.

A  good starting point is the article Inner Dimensions of Fasting Ramadan which is an  excerpt from Inner Dimensions Of Islamic Worship: From Ghazali's Ihya Ulum ud Din

Inner Dimensions Of Islamic Worship: From Ghazali's Ihya Ulum Ud and other similar books such as:-


The month of Rajab is the month for planting,

The month of Shaban is the month of irrigating the crops and

The month of Ramadan is the month of harvesting the crops. 

- Abu Bakr Al-Balkhi (RA)

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