What should practise in Rajab?
The Month of Istigfar
Rajab, the Month of Istighfār. The best way of preparing the heart to receive divine gifts is to adopt practise which facilitate purification and repentance. It has been narrated: “Seek much forgiveness from Allah in Rajab because in every hour (of the month) Allah frees people from the Fire.” Narrated by al-Daylami. For this reason the scholars say that Rajab is the month of seeking forgiveness, Sha`ban is the month of sending peace and blessings upon the Prophet, and Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an.It is recommended to seek much forgiveness in Rajab. Some of the scholars compiled special formulae of istghfar especially for Rajab.
The reward of our good actions is multiplied in the sacred months, so it is recommended to do as many good deeds as possible.
Fasting in Rajab – The Messenger of Allah ﷺ recommended fasting at least some days in each of the sacred months.
Umrah in Rajab – Some of the Companions, among them Our Leader `Umar and his son `Abdullah and our Leader `A’isha, liked to make `Umrah in Rajab.
Abstinence from sin in Rajab – Bad deeds are also more serious in the sacred months so we must do our utmost to avoid any wrongdoings.
Purity of body and soul – A sacred month is similar to a sacred place. It is recommended to bathe and purify oneself before entering the haram of Mecca and while in it one is more conscious of the weight of one’s actions. Likewise with a sacred month – we try to enter it in a state of purity and we try to maintain that purity throughout through doing good and avoiding evil.
O Allah bless us in Rajab and Sha`ban and enable us to reach Ramadan! Peace and blessings upon the one who guided us to all good and warned us of all evil, our Master Muhammad and his Blessed Family and Companions and all those that follow his guidance until the end of time.