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

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.[citation needed]

Muslims 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 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)."


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:[1]

AH First day (CE / AD) Last day (CE / AD)
1437 08 April 2016 07 May 2016
1438 29 March 2017 26 April 2017
1439 18 March 2018 16 April 2018
1440 08 March 2019 05 April 2019
1441 25 February 2020 24 March 2020
1442 13 February 2021 13 March 2021
Rajab dates between 2016 and 2021

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