Rajab is the seventh month of the Islamic Calender. 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.
The month is also a prelude to the month of Ramadan, which follows after the intervening month of Sha’ban. When Prophet Muhammed (SAW) sighted the moon of Rajab, he used to pray to Allah in the following words:
Allāhumm-a bārik lanā fī rajab-a wa shaʻbān-a wa balligh-nā shahra ramaḍān-a
“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).”