Rajab is derived from the word Rajaba meaning “to respect.” This is one of the four sacred months in which fighting were forbidden prior to Islam. It is also known as Rajab al Fardh where Fardh means alone, because this month comes alone, separated from the other three consecutive sacred months. This month is also deemed to be a prelude to the month of Ramadan, because the month of Ramadan follows it after the intervening month of Sha’baan. Therefore, when Rasulullah (SAW) sighted the moon of Rajab, he used to pray to Allah “O Allah, make the month of Rajab and Sha’baan blessed for us and let us reach the month of Ramadaan (i.e. prolong our life up to Ramadaan so that we may benefit from its merits and blessings).” There are several events related to this month which have no religious significance associated with them. No specific ways of worship have been prescribed by the Shariah for this month; however some special rituals and practices have been invented which are not supported by reliable resources and are based on unauthentic traditions and are classified as innovation. These include increasing worship throughout the month of Rajab, celebrating the night journey of Rasulullah (SAW) to al-Quds, Jerusalem and from there his ascension to the Heavens on the 26th of the month and performing a sacrificial offering on the 27th of Rajab and then standing in voluntary prayer throughout the night.