Rajab is the seventh month of the Islamic calendar which will mark the start of Rajab month from this week. The word ‘Rajab’ came from Rajub which means regarded, admired, and respected. Muslims follow the Hijri or Islamic calendar which is based on the lunar cycle that consists of 12 months with 354-355 days as a lunar cycle lasts for 29 or 30 days comparatively than 30 or 31 days per month.
The month of Rajab starts following the sighting of the moon on the 29th day of the current month. In the year 2023, the Rajab will start on January 24 in India but in Middle East countries including Saudi Arabia, the Rajab start on January 23. Mostly Shia celebrate the birth anniversary (Wiladat) of Imam Mohammad-al-Baqir (a.s) is marked on the 1st Rajab which will celebrate on January 24, 2023.