Friday ‘Naseeha’: The month of Rajab – “Wrong not yourselves therein”

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

In the name of Allah

This Friday’s ‘Naseeha’:

This month of Rajab: “Wrong not yourselves therein”

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“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.”

Al-Bukhaari (4662) and Muslim (1679)

These months are called sacred for two reasons:

1- Because fighting therein is forbidden unless initiated by the enemy

2- Because breaking of the religious rulings in these months is worse than at other times.

Hence Allaah has forbidden us to commit sins during these months, as He says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, the number of months with Allaah is twelve months (in a year), so it was 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…”

[al-Tawbah 9:36]

So we should pay attention to the sanctity of these four months, because Allaah has singled them out for a special status and has forbidden us to commit sins out of respect for their sanctity, for sins committed at this time are even worse, because of the sanctity of the time which Allaah has made sacred. Hence in the aayah quoted above, Allaah has forbidden us to wrong ourselves even though this – i.e., wronging ourselves, which includes committing sins – is forbidden during all the months of the year.
– Shaykh Muhammad S. Al-Munajjid

http://www.islamqa.info/en/ref/books/111

– May Allah guide us and accept our Ibadah –

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