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    رَجُب


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    (Wikipedia) - Rajab This article is about the month of the Islamic calendar. For other uses, see Rajab (disambiguation).

    Islamic calendar

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  • Rajab (Arabic: رجب‎) is the seventh month of the Islamic calendar. The lexical definition of Rajaba is "to respect", of which Rajab is a derivative.

    This month is regarded as one of the four sacred months in Islam in which battles are prohibited. The pre-Islamic Arabs also considered warfare blasphemous during the four months.

    Shiite believe Rajab is the month in which ‘Alī ibn Abī Tālib, the first Imam of Shia Islam and Fourth Caliph of Sunni Islam, was born inside the Kaaba, the most sacred place of worship for Muslims.

    The month is also a prelude to the month of Ramadan, which follows after the intervening month of Sha''ban. When Muhammad sighted the moon of Rajab, he used to pray to Allah in the following words:

    اللّهمّ بارك لنا في رجب و شعبان وبلّغنا رمضان

    Allāhumma bārik lanā fī rajaba wa shaʻbāna wa balligh-nā ramaḍāna

    "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)."

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    The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, and months begin when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. Since the lunar year is 11 to 12 days shorter than the solar year, Rajab migrates throughout the seasons. The estimated start and end dates for Rajab, based on the Umm al-Qura calendar of Saudi Arabia, are:

    AH First day (CE / AD) Last day (CE / AD)
    1431 13 June 2010 12 July 2010
    1432   3 June 2011   1 July 2011
    1433 22 May 2012 20 June 2012
    1434 11 May 2013   9 June 2013
    1435 30 April 2014 22 May 2014
    1436 20 April 2015 12 May 2015
    1437   8 April 2016   7 May 2016
    1438   29 March 2017   27 April 2017
    1439   18 March 2018   16 April 2018
    1440   8 March 2019   6 April 2019
    1441   25 February 2020   25 March 2020
    Rajab dates between 2010 and 2020
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