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Start-of-Rajab

Start of Rajab

The night between next 28th or 29th March 2017, the holy month of Rajab should start. The exact day of beginning depends on the moon seeing so it is confirmed always the last minute. Here some details about the practice.

The three most sacred months of the Islamic year are Rajab, Shaban and Ramadan. Rajab is the month of Allah, Shaban is the month of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, Ramadan is the month of the jamaad, the community, and we try as much as possible to stay together, break the fast together and pray tarawih, the evening prayer of Ramadan together.

The month of Rajab is a month of forgiveness and fasting, a month that is likened, in a hadith to winds that bring clouds, while Sha’aban is like the month where rain clouds gather, and Ramadhan is the month that the rain falls. These three holy months are very important for all those aspiring for nearness to Allah.

In general, during the holy month of Rajab it is good to recite 16,000 times Ya Latif; to pray in honor of this month another 30 Rakaat, during the month or all at once. The 27th day falls on the night of Miraj, the ascension into heaven, and it is good to observe the fast on that day, to stay awake at night and to do the dhikr or pray.

The holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said: “The month of Rajab is the great month of Allah, not related to other months in respect and meaning; the war during this month is prohibited; in truth, Rajab is the month of Allah, Sha’aban is my month and Ramadan the month of my Ummah; whoever fasts a day in the month of Rajab will be granted the great reward of Ridwan (become angel in heaven; the wrath of Allah will be removed and a gate of hell will be closed. Fasting is one of the most recommended practices during this spiritual season.”

It is the month of Allah, Rajab Shahrullah is a magnificent month. It bears the name of Allah. For this reason, all believers praise Allah. Do not let a day pass without praying.


Every day :
100-1000 La ilaha illallah (at least 40)
100-1000 Salawat (at least 40)
100 Ya Hafiz

Fasting
Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, “Whoever fasts the entire month of Rajab, will be granted three gifts: forgiveness from past sins, protection for the rest of his life, and he will be saved from thirst on Judgement day.” When a Companion (Sahabah) told the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) that he could not fast the entire month due to his old age, the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) advised him to fast at least one day in the beginning, one day in the middle and one day at the end of the month. “Whoever fasts for one day at the beginning, for one day in the middle, and for one day at the end of the holy Rajab, the reward is as if he fasted the whole of Rejab and it is given to him.”

Abu Darda (r.a.), a Companion of the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, that ten du’as will be granted at the time of breaking the fast, on each day of Rajab, be they du’as for worldly needs or for the afterlife.

First Thursday of Rajab
It is the first Thursday night of Rajab, is known as Lailatul Ragha’ib (Night of Desires). It is very important to fast on this day, as the Angels gather at the Ka’aba to seek forgiveness for those fasting. After breaking fast on Thursday, there is a 12 rakaat sunnat, done in 6 sets of 2 rakaat, to be done.

In every Rak’at after reciting Surah al-Fatihah, recite 3 times Surah al-Qadr & 12 times Surah al-Ikhlaas.

After salam recite 70 times:
Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammadinin Nabiyyil Ummiyi wa ‘ala aalihi wa sallim (O Allah send blessings on Muhammad, the Ummi Prophet, and on his family.)

Then sujud & recite 70 times:
Subbuhun quddusun rabbul malaaikati war-Ruh. (All Glorious and All Holy is the Lord of the Angels and Spirits.)

Then sit erect & recite 70 times:
Rabbighfir war-ham watajaawaz a’mma ta’lam, fa innaka antal a’zizul A’ zam. (O Lord! Forgive, have mercy and pardon about that which Thou knows well, verily Thou art Mighty, the Supreme.)

Then sujud again & recite 70 times:
Subbuhun quddusun rabbul malaaikati war-Ruh. (All Glorious and All Holy is the Lord of the Angels and Spirits.)

Finally, while still in sujud, he should ask Allah to grant his personal request, for that request will surely be fulfilled.

Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, “By Him in whose Hand is my soul, I assure you that no servant (of His), whether a manservant or maidservant, will ever perform this particular salat, without Allah forgiving all the sins of which that individual has been guilty, even if they are like the flecks of foam upon the ocean, as numerous as all the grains of sand, as heavy as the mountains, and as many as the drops of rain and the leaves on all the trees. On the Day of Resurrection, he will be allowed to give shafa’ah (intercede), on behalf of 700 members of his family.

Special 30 rakaat sunnat done in Rajab
From the Kitab, ‘Sufficient Provision for the Seekers of the Path of Truth’ written by Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani (q.s.), Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said to  his Companion, who is also the 3rd GrandShaykh of the Naqshbandi order, Sayyidina Salman al-Farisi:

O Salman, Allah will surely erase all the sins from the record of any believing man, or any believing woman, who performs 30 raka’at of  sunnat prayer, in the course of this month, reciting in each raka’at, Surah al-Fatihah, followed by Surah al-Ikhlas 3 times, followed by Surah al-Kafirun 3 times. That man or woman will be granted the same reward as a person who has fasted throughout the entire month. He or she will be treated as one of those who continue to perform the ritual prayer right through to the following year, and will be credited every day with a deed as noble as that of one of the matryrs of the battle of Badr.

For every day of fasting in Rajab, the worship of an entire year will be recorded in favour of the believer concerned, whose credit will be enhanced by a thousand degrees. If the believer keeps the fast during the whole month, as well as performing this particular 30 raka’at salat, Allah will deliver him from the Fire of Hell and declare that he or she is entitled to enter the garden of Paradise, therein to dwell in the vicinity of Allah.”

Jibrail (a.s.) then added, “Oh Muhammad, this is a clear sign to mark the distinction between true believers and the mushrikin (unbelievers) and munafiqin (hypocrites), because the hypocrites do not perform this prayer.”

This special prayer is done in this manner:
10 rakaats (5 sets of 2 rakaats) are done on the first day of Rajab. (Another naration says the first part of Rajab)

10 rakaat (5 sets of 2 rakaats) are done in the middle of Rajab.

10 rakaat (5 sets of 2 rakaats) are done at the end of the month.

Once the first ten rakaats are done tomorrow night (or as soon as possible), raise your hands, and recite:

La ilaha illallahu Wahdahu la sharikalah, lahul mulku, walahul hamdu, yuhyi wa yumitu, wa Huwa hayyun la yamut, bi ya dihil khairu, wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shain’in Qadiir.

Allahumma laa maani’a lima a’taita, wa laa mu’tiya lima mana’ta, wa laa, yanfa’u zhaljaddi, minkali jadd.

(There is no God except Allah, Alone. No partner has He. To Him belongs the kingdom and to Him belongs the praise, He brings to life and causes death, while He is Ever-Living and never dies. All goodness is in His Hand, and He is Powerful over all things.

O Allah, no one can withhold what You have given, and no one can give what You have withheld, nor will the worldly fortune of the possessor of such fortune benefit him, if he does not attain the fortune that comes from You (in the hereafter).

Then you must rub your face with your hands, and at this point, you have completed the first ten raka’ats.”

The 15th day of Rajab
Do perform the 10 raka’at prayer as explained above. Once the ten rakaats are done, raise your hands, and recite (note that it is different from that of the first ten days):

La ilaha illallahu Wahdahu la sharikalah, lahul mulku, walahul hamdu, yuhyi wa yumitu, wa Huwa hayyun la yamut, bi ya dihil khairu, wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shain’in Qadiir.
Ilahan, Waahidan, Ahadan, Samadan, Fardan, Witraa. Laa yattakhidhu sohibatan wa laa waladaa.

There is no God except Allah, Alone. No partner has He. To Him belongs the kingdom and to Him belongs the praise, He brings to life and causes death, while He is Ever-Living and never dies. All goodness is in His Hand, and He is Powerful over all things.

(I worship Him) as God, Single, One, Everlasting, Alone, Unique. He takes unto Himself, neither female consort nor son).

Then you must rub your face with your hands, and at this point, you have completed the second ten raka’ats.”

Once the last ten raka’ats are done, raise your hands, and recite:

La ilaha illallahu Wahdahu la sharikalah, lahul mulku, walahul hamdu, yuhyi wa yumitu, wa Huwa hayyun la yamut, bi ya dihil khairu, wa Huwa ‘ala kulli shain’in Qadiir.

Sallahu ‘ala Sayyidina Muhammadin wa ‘ala ‘alihith-thohirin, laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billahil ‘aliyyil adzhim.

(There is no God except Allah, Alone. No partner has He. To him belongs the kingdom and to Him belongs the praise, He brings to life and causes death, while He is Ever-Living and never dies. All goodness is in His Hand, and He is Powerful over all things.

May Allah bless our master Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) and the pure members of his family. There is neither any power nor any strength except with Allah, the Most High, the Almighty.)

You should then ask for whatever you need. Allah will place 70 ditches between you and Hell, and each of these ditches will be as wide as the distance between the earth and heavens above. For every raka’at of prayer you have performed, He will reward you as if you performed one million raka’ats. Allah will also inscribe on your record, an exemption from the Fire of Hell and a permit to cross the narrow bridge (Sirat).” (This is what is written in Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani’s Kitab)

Last Friday of Rajab
The practice we learned to do on this special Friday  is to recite:

Ahmadur Rasulullah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

35 times when the khatib (the imam who gives the Friday sermon) is standing on the mimbar (pedestal).

It is said that for this small act that you do, Allah, for the sake of His Beloved (s.a.w.s.) would guarantee much provision for you for the entire year.

Isra’ and Miraj
Prophet (saw) said, “If someone keeps the fast on the 27th day of Rejab, he will be credited with the same reward as that which is earned by fasting for 60 months.” In another hadith, Prophet (saw) said, “Rajab contains a very special day and a very special night. If someone fasts during that day, and keeps vigil throughout that night, he will be entitled to a reward like the one that would be earned by a person who fasted for 100 years, and who kept vigil throughout all nights of that period (the whole hundred years).”

According to Shaykh Abdul Qadir Jilani (r.a.), this is the way one of the Companions, Sayyidina Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (ra), used to worship on that day:

He would do iktikaf in the mosque from subuh and spend all morning in ibadah (adab, awrad, wazifa, Qur’an, Dalailul khairat etc).
After zuhur, he would pray a 4 ra’kaat Sunnat prayer. In each raka’at, he would recite Surah Fatihah once, Surah Al Falaq and An-Nas once each, Surah Al-Qadr 3 times, and Surah Ikhlas 50 times. He would then make du’a until Asr.
“This,” said the Sahabah, “is exactly what Rasulullah (s.a.w.s.) always did on this particular day.”

The usual practice of the night before  27° Rajab:
-between Maghrib e Isha’, pray 20 Rakaat, of 2 o 4 units reciting after the Fatiha 20 Ikhlas.
-100 Astaghfirullah and 100 Salawat loud.

Special Du’a of Rajab to be read daily x 3:

Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem

Allahuma innee istaghfiruka min kulli maa tubtu lahu ilayka thumma `udtu feeh. wa istaghfiruka min kulli maa `aradtu bihi wajhika wa-khaalatanii feehi maa laysa feehi ridaak. wa istaghfiruk li-ni`am allatii taqawwaytu biha `ala ma`aseeyatik. wa istaghfiruka min adh-dhunoob allatii laa ya`lamahu ghayruka wa laa yattali`u `alayha ahadun siwaak wa laa yasa`uha illa rahmatika wa laa tunjii minha illa maghfiratuka wa hilmuka. laa ilaha illa-Anta, subhaanak! innii kuntu min azh-zhaalimiin.

Allahuma innii istaghfiruka min kulli zhulmin zhalamtu bihi `ibadaka. Fa ayyamaa `abdin min `ibaadik aw `amatin min ‘imaa’ika zhalamtu fii badanihi aw `irdihi aw maalihi fa `atihi min khazaa’inik allatii laa tanqus. Wa as’aluka an tukrimanee bi-rahmatika allatii wasi`at kulla shay wa laa t`uhiinanii min `adhaabik wa ta`tiiayanii maa as’aluka fa-innii haqiiqun bi-rahmatik ya arhamu ‘r-Raahimiin. wa salla-Allahu `ala Sayiddina Muhammadin wa `ala aalihi wa sahbihi ajma`iin. wa laa hawla wa laa quwatta illa billah il-`Aliyyu ‘l-`Azhiim

In the name of Allah, the All-Beneficent, the All-Merciful

O Allah, I ask forgiveness of You for everything for which I repented to You then returned to. And I ask forgiveness of You for everything I displeased You with and all that concerns me with which You are displeased. And I ask forgiveness of You for the favors which I used for increasing my disobedience towards You. And I ask forgiveness of You for the sins which no one knows except You and no one sees except You and nothing encompasses except Your Mercy and nothing delivers from except Your forgiveness and clemency. There is no god except You alone. You are the Most High, and I was one of the [self] oppressors!

O Allah, I ask forgiveness of You for the injustice I committed against Your servants. Whatever of Your male or female servants whom I have hurt, physically or in their dignity or in their property give them of Your bounty which lacks nothing. And I ask You to honor me with Your mercy which encompasses all things. Do not humble me with Your punishment but give me what I ask of You, for I am in great need of Your mercy, O Most Merciful of the merciful. May Allah send blessings upon Muhammad and upon all his companions. There is no power and no might except in Allah the High, the Exalted.

It is advisable also to pray at least 2 Rakaat Tasbih every day (see details on the Naqshbandi practice booklet pag.134)

source: http://sufiway.eu/the-holy-months-rajab-shaban-ramadan/

Date

March 18

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