Authenticity of Rajab is Allah’s month narration

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by IslamicPortal.co.uk

Is the following narration “Rajab is Allah’s month, Shaʿbān is my month, and Ramaḍān is my nation’s month” authentic as it is commonly circulated?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Answer

Imam Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal (d. 241/855) categorised this narration as munkar (unknown)[1] and subsequently ḥadīth experts have regarded this narration as fabricated.[2]

Allah knows best

Yusuf Shabbir

3 Rajab 1437 / 11 April 2016

Footnotes

[1] Shuʿab al-Īmān (3532).

[2] Al-Mawḍūʿāt (p. 72); al-Manār al-Munīf (p.95); al-Laʾālī al-Maṣnūʿah (2: 47, 2: 96); Tanzīh al-Sharīʿah (2: 90, 2: 151); Tadhkirah al-Mawḍūʿāt (p. 116); al-Āthār al-Marfūʿah (p. 62); Mawāhib al-Jalīl (2: 409). Also see Fayḍ al-Qadīr (4: 18); al-Firdaws (2: 275); Tārīkh Dimashq (72: 155).

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