Rajab And Preparing For Ramadan
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What are the virtues of the month of Rajab? And how can we use it to get ready for Ramadan? Rajab is the month where we plant the seeds for blossoming of good deeds in Ramadan.
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We've started the month of Rajab
and month of Rajab is one of the shorter from
the prohibited sacred months in Islam.
And Allah azza wa jal says in the Quran, in chivalry in the law, he is natural shahara
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he says subhanho wa Taala.
number of months
the number of months that Allah subhanho wa Taala had decreed that they should be this is coming from Allah or 12 Tiki tabula
and the decree of Allah subhana wa Taala written down.
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were fighting aggression in justice is particularly prohibited in them. initiating a fight is haram in them.
And the pre Islamic Arabs knew about this and they respected it most of the time.
That this is why it was a special time. So they would not transgress each other's rights. They may do that after these months. They may initiate firing after these months, but not in those months, but they sometimes would manipulate these months.
These months by the way are three consecutive and one on its own.
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So pre islamically, it was a venerated month respected
and they had special rituals and ceremonies in it.
Particular beliefs about it. What a part of what we want to do inshallah, in today's hookah is find out what is legitimate about the month of Rajab and what is not? And how do we approach it, in particular in sha Allah with regards to what comes after it.
So the month of Rajab is a sacred month, and Allah says about them fellow totally movie nanfu circum
do not run yourselves in them do not transgress against yourselves in them.
And this has several layers to it.
The first layer
is that do not manipulate these months, as the pre Islamic Arabs used to do.
So if they would go into the month of hedger, they couldn't wait and withhold their aggression and transgression till after the month of Muharram. So sometimes what they would do is that they would initiate fighting in the month of Muharram, and then compensate for it in the months that come after a month of sofar. On so on. So Allah says about that, that 11, the CEOs era
when you manipulate and delay what Allah had ordained,
indeed, this is an additional disbelief and anger coming to you from Allah azza wa jal, and then there's lesson for us
that they would do that thinking that they were benefiting themselves, manipulate what Allah had revealed, change it, alter it, move the day's thinking that this is good for our own advantage. What does the law say about it? For law, totally makina. And this is when you're doing it. This is learning for yourself. So Pamela, is saying you're hurting yourself. But wait a second. They were doing that thinking that they're benefiting themselves because of the assault and other than they take their money or their property or they seek revenge. They think we are benefiting ourselves, Allah saying no, when you manipulate what I have revealed, and you change it, who's the first person
that you're hurting?
Sometimes when you thinking that you're helping yourself, you're hurting yourself. So saying, lovely movie, none for circum
do not go against a lot because that is an injustice against your own self. You're taking it to hellfire. And that is a great aggression before anybody else before your own self sufficient a lot. The second layer of it is that do not initiate fighting in it. Any aggression, any injustice against any other person. Do not initiate because there's no more special month. One is haram anytime. But especially in those sacred prohibited months. It is more egregious, more egregious, more sinful.
There is also a third layer to it. And that third layer is
do not commit sins in them. Do not commit injustice against your own self, by sinning against Allah subhanho wa Taala. So sin is heroin throughout.
Sin is heroin throughout but when you come to a sacred month, Allah is saying pay extra attention to my prohibitions, because he said in the Quran, do not commit aggression in them not only morphine and Prosecco.
In addition to this islamically
there are a lot of beliefs that circulate about the month of Rajab, some people believe that there is a special reward for fasting in it, or praying in it.
But several of the scholars of Islam have said that there is really nothing authentic, Sahil reported about fasting in the month of Raja
or about praying in the month of Rajab, meaning there is no authentic Heidi, there are some weak ones. But authentic hadith that says if you pray that particular prayer, spend that particular night in prayer fast that particular day in Raja sauce, most of Raja or some of Raja, you're going to get these rewards for it. There is no authentic hadith, if no, Roger, Roger and others have said that there is nothing authentic about that. So there is a habit, a cultural practice that we have about the month of Rajab, something that a particular sacrifice like something that a particular oma none of that is really authentic in the some of the profits of the law audios.
Some of us also think if you go look at some Islamic calendars when you come to the 27th of regiment. What will
You see what is written right there? They said our marriage, right?
If you go to the books of Sierra,
especially those that verify the information and trace it, they'll tell you that there is more than one saying about when they saw marriage took place. None of them, by the way, is authentically reported back to the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. So some of the other might have said, we do not know, in fact, the year when a literal marriage happened,
or the month or the day, we know what's happened.
We know that it's happened from the Quran, and the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam we know that it does happen. But we then do not know what here It happened or mode month, or what day and you go to a book of Sierra like stone, just as an example the sales nectar and see the six or more opinions about when it happened. And then none of them actually have anything authentic back to the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. Now think about it. The Prophet knew that day.
And he knew the month and he knew the year.
But he did not bother Sall Allahu alayhi wa sallam to remind the Muslims after he was going to come a particular day or a particular month, where they saw a mirage happened commemorate it in this way or in that way. He did not.
Which tells you something. So when we begin to come to the 27th of Raja, there is this default assumption among many Muslims. This is a strong marriage. But it's really not built on any sound evidence that tells you that that's the month or that is the day. Basically, we do not know when exactly to happen, but we know that it actually happened.
So what is special about the month of Rajab,
when you see how Allah subhanho wa Taala has structured these sacred months, you begin to understand
what a loss of Hanover data may be telling us through the month of Roger, the three other months that we talked about,
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And now this individual sacred month that is standing on its own, what is good close to
closest to the month of Ramadan.
And it is as if Allah subhanho wa Taala suddenly is telling you now I am preparing you through the sacred month for what is going to come after the month of Ramadan
and some of the set of pious predecessors.
What do they say about the month of Rajab?
They say the month of Rajab is the month of course, planting the seed
and shabu shabu
shabu sukiya. This is when you can even be watering those seeds in your field.
washa Ramadan, Sharon Hassan, and the month of Ramadan is the month of harvest. Do you think about it?
They're talking about the month of Ramadan, the anticipation, the preparation for the month of Ramadan from what month?
The month of Rajab is that you start planting the seeds for is going to grow and be harvested in the month of Ramadan in the month of Rajab.
So you begin with Raja and you continue and increase? You'll see that Subhana Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet sallallahu wasallam. How the intensity. There's more reported about fasting in the month of Shaban than in the month of Rajab. So there's this gradualism of increased intensity, the month of Rajab, Allah subhanho. wa Taala. What does he say about it? This is a sacred month, do not transgress meaning now hold back your bad things, your sins, notice what you're doing, stop doing them.
And then when you move on into the month of chabanne, but you don't have to wait actually to the month of Shabbat for that to start. But as you move on to the month of chabanne, the intensity of your good deeds increase, this is a sokkia this is watering your plant watering your crop so that it will grow. And then when you reach the month of Ramadan, now you're ready to harvest all your hard work for the last two months. That happens in the month of Ramadan.
Now for us to understand it, think about the following any example you can take and pick from your life. I'm going to just pick a couple a farmer. Let's see
or a person who's traveling, let's begin with that.
You want to travel, and you know that your travel time travel days that particular day. And that particular month,
what do you start getting ready?
On that day?
What do you start checking your passport, packing your bags, planning your trip, reserving hotels and all of these things, checking your ticket, saying, who will take you to the airport planning, what are you going to be doing there, when you start doing that,
if you're excited about the trip, if you're looking forward
to even three a month before you're getting ready for it, that's what I'm going to take, that's what I'm going to pack. That's the place where I'm going to stay, I'm going to be with these people, I'll be driving this and that, you'll be getting ready for it. So by the time the day of departure comes you ready, and you know what you're going to be doing there.
Compare that to someone else. All he starts thinking about all of this, on the day of departure.
If he does not miss his flight, he's gonna probably have a miserable, vacation,
And that all has to do with planning. Think about another example.
I'm not gonna use the example of farmers because most of us don't farm but you can think about it. The farmers in fact, the crop, the food that you're gonna be eating, in the summer, farmers start planting and or taking care of their soil in February or March or April for you to be eating something, three, four months after
thinking about somebody who's preparing to run for a marathon or something
One person who starts now as I know that I'm going to be running after two months from now, how do you start getting ready for it versus another who says, Don't worry about it.
The first person starts changing their his diet
starts exercising gradually and increased as the distance as the time approaches. The other person every day that comes he says that doesn't matter. I'll do it later. I'll do it later, both of them arrive. On the day when they'll be supposed to run, what happens to each the person who trained and was ready, is likely to be able to finish the race.
The other person who was not prepared for it starts and could be excited. But after the few first kilometers, he starts slowing down.
And by the way, that's what happens to a lot of us in Ramadan. When you don't get ready for it. Ramadan starts all of a sudden takes us by surprise. This is the first day
and you were excited.
But how long does this is this excitement last few days, few weeks, or not few weeks, few days, the first week.
And after that
the evidence of lack of conditioning, lack of training.
Lack of desire shows itself because I have not been ready for this. So mentally, physically, emotionally, I'm not conditioned. So my interest declines. Physically, I'm declining in my worship. My interest is not as intense as it was before. So I go back into my older habits or into a monotonous talk about fasting. And they wake up again when Ramadan is about to leave.
That is a person who has not been able to take advantage over Ramadan. And the reason is,
he was not able to prepare for it Before starting, and it's not early, starting from the month of Rajab and we'll see be anila in the second hotbar few things that we can do to prepare ourselves for the month of Ramadan. A holy holy had I was the only one to confess to you.
wa salatu wa salam O Allah Rasool e Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa ala alihi wa sahbihi wa sallam.
The first thing that we have to do in the month of Rajab, for the sake of the month of Rajab is to leave angering Allah subhanho wa Taala through anything that he hates. Notice
Am I you do I have something that that I'm doing some bad habits
and we have to leave it.
You have to let go of that addiction, the addiction of the dunia the monopoly of the shaytaan over our lives, we have to free ourselves of that. Because now you're getting ready for something important that will follow. And you cannot do it while the shaitaan is standing in your way while the chieftain has control over you on your life. So for that full circle, you start making do I've realized, oh God, Allah helped me to leave this bad thing, especially because it is more sinful in a sacred month. He Allah help me leave this bad thing, that bad habit, that bad company, this bad place, this bad side, this bad practice whatever it is, start making dua to Allah azza wa jal to
help you to leave all of these bad things. Not only now for the month of Russia, because your journey only begins in Rajab, your journey is till the end of Ramadan be vanilla, and now you're on it. If you choose to ride that train, you're on it now till the end of Ramadan.
And to be able to receive that harvest in Ramadan, it has to start from now you have to plan the seat. So the first thing that we're planting Bay Villa is leaving her arm
so that it becomes easy when
in the month of Ramadan.
It's not all of a sudden you're telling yourself now the month of Ramadan comes, stop all the bad things. Stop it from now.
So this is the first seed that we want to plant.
The second seed that we want to plant is now based on what is it that you want to accomplish as a farmer? What is it that you want to harvest? tomatoes, carrots, what is it that you want to harvest? Then you pick those seeds and you harvest you put it in the ground now. And you start doing what? Taking care of it. And growing that increasing that so that by the time the month of Ramadan comes that practice had reached a sort of maturity that he can maintain, not only the first week, not only on the odd nights of the last 10 throughout the month of Ramadan. That's the race that we're going through.
Can we finish so what is the seed that you want to get? You want the forgiveness of Allah subhanho wa Taala
you want to attain Jenna, you want Allah subhana wa tada to compensate us for all the time that we waste. Imagine how many hours and days and weeks and months and years we've wasted our lives, then a lot gives you in the month of Ramadan and later 200 a chance to compensate for all of that
better than 1000 months to compensate live as if it's a second time a second life for you. So the worship, but who gets it the one who has planted So you start with nilda you want to be reading the Quran in the month of Ramadan where is the seed of that reading now you planted and it doesn't have to be grant now. one page invest a lot. Five is but daily.
Because you're going to build out be vanilla. This is Roger by so this is you still warming up. Five is you can do more one page.
But continuous. So planning now the seed of the Quran. What else you want to do in the month of Ramadan? I want to fast some of us need to train for that. So you start fasting. It doesn't mean to fast the entire month of Rajab no start slow. Mondays, Thursdays 13 1415. Start, but let it be continuous. So fasting now is part of you. What else do you want to do? I want to be able to pray at night and be alone with a loss of Hannah without and have the strength to continue to do this every night and the nights of Ramadan. We need that strength and conditioning for worship. How do you start plan proceed right now plan before you go to sleep, or you wake up early before fudger 15
minutes 20 minutes of Salah included and mixed with Dr to Allah azza wa jal, but every night, plant that seed
and as you continue now every night as you continue we're doing it based on the law. With time, we will be able to increase that 15 to 20 minutes, 20 minutes to 25 minutes, see what you can do and what's your schedule allows what your body can take. But then when you arrive in the month of Ramadan, you have this reservoir of practice of reading the Koran, fasting, praying at night and also giving sadaqa you have
It and that practice will only grow and be stronger in the month of Ramadan and you will fail even in law you will find out that that critical Ramadan that you got ready for will be different than any other Ramadan it will not take you by surprise, it will run run away out of your hands. You will actually be in India enjoy it and get stuff from it. But it takes like anything in life takes planning and dedication. So we ask Allah subhana wa tada Allah, Allah, Allah mean help us to be of those who do not transgress themselves in the month of Raja and who observed the sanctity of the month of Raja and the honorable al Ameen, allow us to plant the seeds of righteousness in the month
of Rajab and allow us to harvest those seeds in the month of Ramadan, yada, yada but Allah mean allow us to reach the month of Ramadan, allow us to reach that forgiveness of that month, the elevation of that month, the worship of that month, and make us of all us and our families and all Muslims to taste the sweetness of him and in the month of Ramadan. And so that when we leave the month of Ramadan, we're completely forgiven of all sins of all Masia and what we have left behind what angers you and committed you ourselves to what pleases you your hammer, Amin. Allah forgive us all of our sins and give us strength to worship you fill us with Eman Phyllis would love for you on
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