Rajab is the seventh month of the Islamic calendar and one of the four sacred months. The holy month of Rajab marks the beginning of the spiritual season of every believer ending with the end of the fasting month of Ramadan with the Eid-ul-Fitr. The three holy months Rajab, Shaban, and Ramadan are unmatched in their importance. We all should praise be to the Almighty Allah and thanks to Him for granting us yet another opportunity to cleanse ourselves of our sins and oversights in these blessed months.
Fasting is one of the most recommended acts during the month of Rajab. Fasting becomes obligatory during the month of Ramadan but is highly recommended during the months of Rajab and Shaban. Observe fasting for only one day during these months, is rewarded with untold bounties. The night of Isra and Miraj is the 27th of Rajab in which Prophet Muhammad (SAW) visited heaven in just seconds. This is one of the most important events in Islamic history, on the 27th of Rajab the night of Isra and Miraj occurred. In the Holy Quran, it is written: “Exalted is He who took His Servant by night from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al- Aqsa, whose surroundings We have blessed, to show him of Our signs. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing.” (Quran, 17:1)
The night of the 27th of Rajab marks the start of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)’s journey as well as the mission towards propagating the true meaning behind the religion Islam. It was on this special day that the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) conveyed Allah’s special message, right when the Angel Jibril came towards Him with the divine revelation.
The night of Isra comprised of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) being taken by Allah Almighty on a blissful journey that started at Makkah and went to Jerusalem at Masjid-e- Aqsa and then the heavens above to meet with the Creator of this whole Universe. All Muslim believers should observe this holy day or blessed night as an event of great significance. Every Muslim believer should indulge in the bath and observe complete fasting so as to attain blessings and rewards from their Lord.
Most of the Muslims spend 27th of Rajab at the mosque, observing fasts, offer voluntary prayers (Nawafils), recite Quran, dhikr, and give charity. Remembering the events of Isra and Miraj is also a very common norm of 27th Rajab. Hence, if one engages in the worship of Almighty Allah in this night, then there is nothing wrong in doing so, and he/she will be entitled to the reward from Allah Almighty Insha Allah!
Saying the Kalima “La Ilaha IllAllah Muhammadur Rasulullah” as much as you can in this holy month of Rajab. Reciting Surah al Ikhlas can return in the peace and blessing on the reciter and his family. May Almighty Allah shower His countless blessings on all of us in this sacred month. Ameen!