The Month Of Rajab

by Mufti Muhammad Taqi al-Uthmani (Principal Of Darul ‘Uloom Karachi)

Rajab is the seventh month in the Islamic lunar calendar. This month was regarded as one of the sacred months (Al-Ash-hur-al-hurum) in which battles were prohibited in the days of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam). It is also a prelude to the month of Ramadan, because Ramadan follows it after the intervening month of Sha’ban. Therefore, when the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) sighted the moon of Rajab, he used to pray to Allah in the following words:

“O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha’ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan (i.e. prolong our life up to Ramadan, so that we may benefit from its merits and blessings).”

No specific way of worship has been prescribed by the Shari’ah in this month. However, some people have invented some special rituals or practices in this month, which are not supported by reliable resources of the Shari’ah or are based on some unauthentic traditions. We would like to explain their correct position and status in Islam hereunder:
1. Celebration of Lailatul Mi’raj
It is generally believed that the great event of Mi’raj (ascension of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam) to the heavens) took place on the night of 27th of Rajab. Therefore, some people celebrate the night as “Lailatul- Mi’raj” (the night of ascension to heavens).
Indeed, the event of mi’raj was one of the most remarkable episodes in the life of our beloved Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam). He was called by Almighty Allah. He traveled from Makkah to Baitul-Maqdis and from there he ascended the heavens through the miraculous power of Allah.

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Meal Guidelines

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by Uswatul Muslimah

People are generally particular regarding WHAT they eat. However, equally important to WHAT we eat is WHEN we eat. Ideally, a person should only eat when hungry, and should stop eating when satiated, before completely filling the stomach.

Haarith bin Kaldah, the renowned Arab physician, was once asked, “What is the best medicine?” He replied, “Necessity i.e. hunger.” He was then asked, “What is disease?” He replied, “The entry of food upon food.” The explanation of this statement can be found in the remark of Ibnu Sina who is reported to have said, “Never eat a meal until the one before it has digested.”

Since the norm in society is for three meals to be eaten daily, it is important for the times of these meals to be fixed so that each meal can be digested correctly.

Breakfast

Breakfast is the first meal of the day and is therefore one of the most important meals. A person’s metabolism does not work at its optimum until he eats something, and that is why breakfast is especially important for people trying to lose weight.

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Our Pious Predecessors – Living Examples Of The Sunnah

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

Strive to emulate our pious predecessors and follow in their footsteps. I have seen great barakah in emulating our pious predecessors. I myself have studied and closely examined the life of Hazrat Gangohi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) and the four great senior personalities who succeeded him viz. Hazrat Sahaaranpuri, Hazrat Thaanwi, Hazrat Raipuri and Hazrat Kaandhelawi (rahmatullahi ‘alaihim).

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The Importance Of Sunnah

Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) once mentioned:

One should endeavor to emulate every sunnah of Sayyidina Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Apart from the sunnah, one should strive to even carry out the mustahab acts of Deen. This is my advice to you in my lifetime and after I leave the world. Through this one will receive the promise of becoming from among the beloved servants of Allah Ta’ala. Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur’an:

قُل إِن كُنتُم تُحِبّونَ اللَّـهَ فَاتَّبِعوني يُحبِبكُمُ اللَّـهُ وَيَغفِر لَكُم ذُنوبَكُم وَاللَّـهُ غَفورٌ رَحيمٌ

(O Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) inform your ummah), If you love Allah Ta’ala, Follow me (i.e. Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)), Allah Ta’ala will love you and forgive your sins. For Allah Ta’ala is Most-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

(Qutbul Aqtaab Hazrat Sheikhul Hadith Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) pg. 397)