The Month Of Rajab
The month of Rajab is one of the sacred months of which Allaah says ..
“Verily, the number of months with Allaah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allaah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are Sacred . That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein”
The sacred months are: Rajab, Dhu’l-Qa’dah, Dhu’l-Hijjah and Muharram.
These months are called sacred for two reasons:
🔹Because fighting therein is forbidden unless initiated by the enemy
🔹Because transgression of the sacred limits therein is worse than at other times.
Hence Allaah has forbidden us to commit sins during these months.
Sin in general is forbidden and haraam but during these Sacred Months it is more forbidden .
🔸Tafseer ibn kathir
Allah said next...
(That is the right religion), that is the Straight Law, requiring implementing Allah’s order concerning the months that He made sacred and their true count as it was originally written by Allah.
( so wrong not yourselves therein) during these Sacred Months, for sin in them is worse than sin in other months. Likewise, sins in the Sacred City are written multiplied,
"…and whoever inclines to evil actions therein (in Makkah) or to do wrong, him We shall cause to taste from a painful torment"
Similarly, sin in general is worse during the Sacred Months
▪️Ali bin Abi Talhah narrated that Ibn Abbas said, Allah’s statement,
(Verily, the number of months with Allah) …, is connected to
(so wrong not yourselves therein), “..in all(twelve) months. Allah then chose four out of these months and made them sacred, emphasizing their sanctity, making sinning in them greater, in addition to, multiplying rewards of righteous deeds during them.”
▪️Qatadah said about Allah’s statement,
(so wrong not yourselves therein),
“Injustice during the Sacred Months is worse and graver than injustice in other months. Verily, injustice is always wrong, but Allah makes things graver than others as He will.”
(Source: Tafseer Ibn Kathir, Soorat at-Tawbah 9:36, Dar-us-salam english Publications)
🔹The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“The year is twelve months, of which four are sacred: three consecutive months, Dhu’l-Qa’dah, Dhu’l-Hijjah and Muharram, and Rajab Mudar which comes between Jumaada and Sha’baan."
(Bukhaari (4662) and Muslim (1679)
Tafseer Ibn kathir...
▪️The Prophet said “Rajab of Mudar” to attest to the custom of Mudar, in saying that Rajab is the month that is between Jumada and Shaban, not as the tribe of Rabiah thought, that it is between Shaban and Shawwal, which is Ramadan in the present calendar.
The four Sacred Months were made four, three in succession and one alone, so that the Hajj and Umrah are performed with ease.
▪️Dhul-Qadah, the month before the Hajj month, was made sacred because they refrained from fighting during that month.
▪️ Dhul-Hijjah, the next month, was made sacred because it is the month of Hajj, during which they performed Hajj rituals.
▪️Muharram, which comes next, was made sacred so that they are able to go back to their areas in safety after performing Hajj.
▪️Rajab, in the middle of the lunar year, was made sacred so that those coming from the farthest areas of Arabia are able to perform Umrah and visit the House and then go back to their areas safely.
“Allah has chosen some of His creation above others. He chose Messengers from angels and from men. He also chose His Speech above all speech, the Masajid above other areas of the earth, Ramadan and the Sacred Months above all months, Friday above the other days and Laylatul-Qadr above all nights.
Therefore, sanctify what Allah has sanctified, for doing so is the practice of people of understanding and comprehension.”
(Tafseer Ibn Kathir, Soorat at-Tawbah 9:36, Dar-us-salam english Publications)