Rajab arriving in early spring gives “Rajab is the month to sow seeds” both metaphorical and literal meaning. Rajab invites to spiritual renewal and spring a season of renewing. In this month, in this season, what will we renew? How will we bring what is in our heart to life?
From seed to lettuce. | Rajab/Spring 1438
In early spring, light and warmth gradually increase. The conditions for seed to germinate slowly become present. Soil temperature and moisture, water, humidity, and unseen forces, transform seed to seedling. In Rajab, light and warmth increase with fasting, night vigil, and supplication. The conditions for spiritual seed to germinate become present. Once a seedling emerges it’s care continues. There are many obstacles to survival. Early spring can bring a late frost no seedling would survive. Seedlings need to be protected from frost, wind, and creatures. Spiritual seedlings need similar care and protection.
Spring transforms winter intentions into the deeds of spring. Starting seed, turning compost, weeding garden beds are among the well-known acts. We’ve built new garden beds, new fencing has gone up, new trees have been planted, and new hand tools have been purchased. Spring is the time for new things.
Season extension is our major goal this year. We overwintered a bed of kale, next winter inshaAllah, having all our garden beds overwintered, the construction of a cold frame and a greenhouse would be ideal progress. Our goal for the year being the transition from seasonal to four-season harvesting.
Other goals this year is to focus growing mostly open-pollinated seed, adding perennial bearing soft and hard fruits, more culinary and medicinal herbs and flowers, and habitat and pollinating plants.
As we settle this land we call New Medina, where we have named the place we gather to sight new moons, Mt. Hilal, we are humbled to be stewards of this place, designing social structures that support our most essential need, an environment that inspires people to realize their potential as human beings. New Medina exists to give life to our highest aspirations.