Rajab is the 7th Hijri month of the lunar calendar. It’s regarded as one of the four sacred months in Islam in which warfare is prohibited.
The month is very special to Muslims as it’s one of the two months preluding the holy month of Ramadan, the 9th Hijri month.
When Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) sighted the moon of Rajab, he used to pray to Allah in the following words:
“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 Hijri calendar is a lunar calendar, and its 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 Astronomical New Moon (conjunction) is on February 11, 2021 (Thursday) at 19:06 UT. On February 11, the moon can not be seen anywhere in the world, according to Moonsighting.com.
On February 12, the moon can be seen in Africa and Americas. On February 13, it can be easily seen in the whole world.
Meanwhile, Muslims worldwide will be looking for the new moon.
In Egypt, Dar Al-Iftaa will be looking for the new moon on Thursday, February 11.
Meanwhile, the National Moonsighting Committee Nigeria said they will be looking for Rajab moon on Friday, February 12.