Islamic scholar, Sheik Najeemdeen Yusuf Aduralongba has underscored the significance of fasting in the month of Rajab, the seventh month of the Islamic calendar. Aduralongba who doubles as the chief Imam of Young Muslim Brothers and Sisters (YOUMBAS) Ogun state and Republic of Benin, said this in a telephone interview with New Telegraph, maintaining that the month of Rajab, in its superabundant favors and benefits, reverence and sanctity, is next to none.
“It is linked to Almighty Allah (SWT) as Sha’ban to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) and Ramadan to his Ummah. Rajab is one of the four months declared sacred by Allah (SWT) in the Glorious Qur’an,” he said.
Rajab, according to Sheik Aduralongba, marks the beginning of the spiritual season of every believer ending with the end of the fasting month of Ramadan with the Eid Al-Fitr.
“These three months (Rajab, Sha’ban and Ramadan) are unmatched in their importance. Praise be to the Almighty and thanks to Him for granting us yet another opportunity to cleanse ourselves of our sins and oversights.
“The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) has said: “Rajab is a great month of Allah (SWT), unmatched by any other month in the respect and significance (accorded to it); war with the infidels during this month is prohibited; Verily, Rajab is Allah’s month, Sha’ban my month and Ramadan the month of my Ummah; whosoever fasts a day in the month of Rajab will be granted the great reward of Ridwan (an angel in heaven); the wrath of Allah (SWT) shall be distanced and a door of the Hell shall be closed.”
Fasting, he added, is one of the most recommended acts during this spiritual season. He said: “It becomes Wajib (obligatory) during the month of Ramadan, but is highly recommended during the months of Rajab and Sha’ban.
As will be noted from the Hadith above and others to follow, fasting, be it for only one day during these months, is rewarded with untold bounties.
“Hazrat Salman Al-Farsi narrates that the Final messenger of Allah, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) said that there is a day in the month of Rajab on which if a person fasts and does Qiyaamul Lail (night vigil) on that night, he will receive rewards like a person who fasts for 100 years and does Qiyaamul Lail for nights of 100 years. This night is the night of the 27th (Rajab) and the day of the 27th (Rajab).
This is the day on which the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) was appointed to Messenger hood.”