Fazilat and Actions for RAJAB THE SEVENTH ISLAMC MONTH

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Rajab is the Month of Allah

According to Hasan of Basra, the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:

رجب شهر الله، وشعبان شهرى، ورمضان شهر امتى (ابو الفح

فى اماليه عن الحسن مرسلاً)

Rajab is the month of Allah. (Wa sha’bânu shahrî) And Sha’bân is my month.  (Wa ramadhànu shahri ummatî) And Ramadhan is the month of my Ummah.”

Rajabu shahrullah: Rajab is the month of Allah because Almighty Allah forgives his servants in this month. Rajab is the month of repentance and turning to Allah for the servants.  Almighty Allah accepts the repentance of His servants in Rajab.  He forgives them their sins.  Their book of record is cleared off the offences.

Sha’ban is the month the Prophet claims to be his own. We, as the Ummah of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), must pay extra attention to follow his path and say salat-u selâm for him during the moth of Sha’ban.  We should try our best to spend the month with prayers and worship.

Ramadhan is our month, the month of the Ummah of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam),  We must push our efforts to the limit in this month and harvest the rewards for the spiritual activities and rewards that have been accumulating since the beginning of Rajab.  In certain books,  it is stated that Rajab is the month of sawing, Sha’ban is the month of caring, and Ramadhan is the month of harvesting.

By looking at all these reports, we come to a conclusion.  This three-month period is a special time for us to abandon the wrong deeds and turning to Allah in repentance, to follow the path Almighty Allah has ordered for us, to start living as a good Muslim, to train our self by fasting, to strengthen our will power, to cleanse ourselves physically and spiritually, to earn rewards, and to live a good life. In Ramadhan we increase our zeal and harvest the rewards.  Then we reach the Eid at the end of Ramadhan in this life and in the hereafter, too.  This time period is a special opportunity and means granted for the servants.

As is mentioned in Hadith Rajab is Allahu ta’ala’s month. In another Hadith it is stated, “The importance of Rajab over other months is comparable to importance of the Qur’an Sharif over other Dhikr. The month of Rajab is Shahrul-Haram and the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has stated, “Rajab is a name of a river in Paradise. It’s water is sweeter than honey, it is colder than ice and whiter than milk.”

Even in the times of Jahiliya, before Islam, this month was considered auspicious. Islam brought more importance to it. It is noted that Hadhrat Usman Ghani (radi Allahu anhu) went up to the mimber on the 1st of Rajab and gave a sermon. He stated that Rajab was Allahu ta’ala’s month. This month one settled his debts, and paid Zakaat on whatever is left. Hadhrat Abdullah bin Zubair (radi Allahu anhu) has stated that whoever helps another Muslim with his problems, Allahu ta’ala will grant such a person a place in Paradise so big and vast as the extent of furthermost distance he could see with his eyes. One must observe utmost reverence that this month deserves. Allahu ta’ala grants thousands of rewards in this month. Hadhrat Zun-noon Misri (radi Allahu anhu) stated that Rajab is the month to sow the seeds of Aaamal and Ramadan to reap the harvest of Aaamal.

“When the month of Rajab arrived, the prophet used to pray: (Allàhumma bârik lenâ fî rajaba wa sha’bân wa ballighnâ ramadhàn!) ‘O Allah! Make us those who are aware of the blessings and abundance of the months Rajab and Sha’bân and who benefit from them. Make us live through such blessings and enter into Ramadhan.'”

 

CONTENTS:

SEEKING FORGIVENESS

DHIKR, SADAQA AND CHARITY

DUA ON SIGHTING OF THE MOON OF RAJAB

THE FIVE HOLY NIGHTS OF RAJAB 

FASTING IN RAJAB : SALVATION FROM HELL AND REWARD OF 900 YEARS PRAYERS

GHUSL ON 1ST, 15TH AND THE LAST DAY OF RAJAB :  TO RELIEVE ONE OF ALL SINS

SPECIAL PRAYERS DURING RAJAB:

  • ON ANY RAJAB DAY
  • 1ST, 15THAND LAST DAY OF RAJAB
  • PRAYERS FOR RAJAB 1ST
  • NIGHT OF 1STFRIDAY
  • FIRST THURSDAY OF RAJAB
  • EVERY FRIDAY OF RAJAB
  • RAJAB 15TH. ALSO KNOWN AS’SHAB-E-ISTIFTAH.’ 
  • LAST DAY OF RAJAB.

 

SEEKING FORGIVENESS 

The Beloved Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) used to say: Rajab is a month of seeking forgiveness, so seek forgiveness from Allah, subhanahu wa Ta’ala; He is verily the Forgiver, the Merciful. It is highly recommended to repeat ‘Astaghfirullaah wa as-aluhut tawbah

DHIKR, SADAQA AND CHARITY

There is a very big reward for sadaqa and charity in the month of Rajab. Those who cannot fast may give sadaqa to the poor every day, or recite the following :

Subhana Ilalahil Jaleele Subhana Man la Yanbaghil Tasbeeho Illa Lahoo;

Subhanal A`azzinil Akrame; Subhana Man Labisal Izza wa Howa Lahoo Ahlun.’ 

Recite: ‘Laa ilaaha illa-Allah 1000 times.

Recite: ‘Astaghfirullaaha zul jalale wal Ikraam min jamee’ al zonoobe wal aathaam 1000 times.

Recite: Surah Ikhlas: Qul-ho-wallaho Ahad….‘ 1000 times to get the reward of 1000 Angels and blessings on the reciter, his/her children, family and neighbours.

 

DUA ON SIGHTING OF THE MOON OF RAJAB

 

Hadhrat Anas bin Malik (radi Allahu anhu) stated that whenever the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) saw the new moon of Rajab, he used to raise his hands and say the following dua:

Allahumma barik lana fi Rajab, wa Sha’baana, ballaghna share Ramadan.” (Tohfa-e-Yemeni)

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)[Narrated by at-Tabrani and Ahmad]   

 

THE FIVE HOLY NIGHTS OF RAJAB

 

The whole month is holy and important. However, five nights in this month gave been emphasised as superior for prayers. They are 1) The 1st Rajab 2) The 1st Thursday night, also known as Lailatul Raghaib. 3) The night of 15th also known as Shab-e-Istiftah. 4) Night of the 27th, familiarly known as Shab-e-Miraj. 5) The last night of the month. (Fazail-e-Shahr-e-Siyam)

 

FASTING IN RAJAB : SALVATION FROM HELL AND REWARD OF 900 YEARS PRAYERS

 

Hadhrat Aisha Siddiqah (radi Allahu anha) related that Rajab is that great month in which Allahu ta’ala  increases the blessings of deeds many folds. Whoever fasted once in this month is like they fasted the whole year.

It is mentioned: Wa man sàma minhu seb’ata ayyâmin ghullikat ‘anhu abwâbu jahannam. “If one fasts seven days of Rajab, the gates of Hell are closed for him.”  It was reported that there are seven levels of hell, and it has seven gates.  These seven gates will be closed for that person.  That means the person will not enter the hellfire.

Once the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) was in a cemetery. He saw a person undergoing punishment in the grave. The person said, “O Allah’s Messenger, I am burnt by the fire of Hell.” The Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) replied:

If you had fasted for EVEN ONE DAY in the month of Rajab, then you would not be undergoing this punishment” 

Bayhaqi relates in Shu`ab al-iman and Abu Nu`aym in al-Targhib:

Abu `Abd Allah al-Hafiz and Abu Muhammad ibn Abi Hamid al-Muqri said: from Abu al-`Abbas al-Asamm, from Ibrahim ibn Sulayman al-Barlisi, from Abdallah ibn Yusuf, from `Amer ibn Shibl who said:I heard Abu Qilaba say:

 “There is a palace in Paradise for those who fast the month of Rajab..

Hadhrat Anas (radi Allahu anhu) relates that the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: 

In Paradise there is a river called Rajab. Whoever fasts for one day in Rajab, Allah will give him drink from this river.”

Hadhrat Anas (radi Allahu anhu) has also narrated in another Hadith that the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) stated that whoever fasted for THREE DAYS, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Allahu ta’ala will reward him with thawwab of 900 years prayers.

The beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: ‘The fast of the first day of Rajab is repentance for 3 years and the fasting of the second day is repentance for 2 years and the fast of third day is repentance for 1 year and then each remaining day -of Rajab- is repentance for 1 month.’

‘Whoever fasts the 1st day of Rajab it will be equivalent to the fast of 1 year; and whoever fasts 7 days in it, the 7 gates of Hell will be closed for him; and whoever fasts 10 days from Rajab, a caller will call out from the sky, “Ask and you will be given!”

 

GHUSL ON 1ST, 15TH AND THE LAST DAY OF RAJAB :  TO RELIEVE ONE OF ALL SINS

 

The Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has stated:

“Whoever makes Ghusl (bath) on the 1st, 15th and the last day of Rajab will be so pure of sins as if he has just been given birth by his mother.”

 

SPECIAL PRAYERS DURING RAJAB

 

ON ANY RAJAB DAY

 

The Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has stated:

“Whoever prayed 30 raka’ats Nawafil Salaat in this month, then Allahu ta’ala will forgive all his sins and award him the thawwab of 1) that awarded to the martyrs of the Battle of Badr 2) keeping fast every day and 3) praying Salaat for one year.

Hadhrat Salman Farsi (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) stated, “Salman, is there not a momin, man or woman, who would pray 20 raka’at Nawafil salaat in this month in order that Allahu ta’ala would forgive all his or her sins on the Day of Judgement. They would be raised with the martyrs and their names would be written in with the Abids and they would get the reward of one year’s prayers and the fire of Hell would be forbidden on them.”

The Holy  Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) added, “It was Jibril (alaihis-salaam) who told me about this reward.”

 

1ST, 15TH AND LAST DAY OF RAJAB

 

After hearing the Hadith mentioned above, Hadhrat Salman Farsi (radi Allahu anhu) asked the Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) how the salaat could be prayed. The Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) replied:

“O Salman, on the night of 1st  Rajab, pray 10 raka’at nawafil salaat with 2 raka’at salaam. In each raka’at after Surah Fatiha pray Surah Kafiroon and Surah Ikhlas 3 times. After completing the salaat, pray Kalmia Tawhid and then pray one of the dua appropriate for that

day:

Dua on 1st  Rajab: “La ilaha illallaho wahdahu la sharika lahu lahul-mulko yuh-yi wa yuo mitu wahuwa hay-yun la yamuto biyadi-hil-khair wahuwa ala kul-li shai-in qadir. Allahumma la maane-a, le maa a’taytaa  wa la mu-tiya, le maa man-aata, wa la yunfa’u  zuljadde min-kul-jaddo.”

Dua on 15th Rajab: “Illahan-wahadan, ahadan, samadan wa faradow wa witran lam yattakhiz w ala w’ladan.”

Day on the last day of Rajab: Allahumma salli ala Sayyidina Mohammadinw  aali hitta-herin wa la hawla wa la kuwwata ill billa-hil aliyil Azeem.”

 

PRAYERS FOR RAJAB 1ST

 

In addition to the prayer mentioned above, on this day one could offer 20 raka’at Nawafil salaat in 2 raka’at salaams after Maghrib prayers. In each raka’at recite Surah Ikhlas once.

 

On this night, after Maghrib salaat, pray 12 raka’ats nawafil salaat. In each raka’at after Surah Faitha, recite Surah Qadr once and Surah Ikhlas. After completing 12 raka’ats, recite Durood Sharif 70 times, then ‘Subbuhun kuddusun Rabbona wa Rabbul Malaikateh varruh’ 70 times and then ‘Rabbighfir varu-ham watajawaz amma ta-lamo fa innaka antal-ali-yil Azeem’ also 70 times. To complete, recite Durood Sharif 70 times. Insha-Allah whatever then prayed will be granted.

Reward for praying 12 rakah on first night is as follows:

The Holy  Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:

” By Him in whose Hand is my soul [wa ‘lladhi nafsi bi-yadih], I assure you that no servant [of His], whether manservant or maidservant will ever perform this particular salaat without Allah forgiving all the sins of which that individual has ever 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 intercede on behalf of seven hundred members of his family.”

On the first night that worshipful servant spends in his grave, the reward for this salat-prayer will come to visit him [in the shape of a human being], with a cheerful face and an eloquent tongue. “O my dear friend,” it will say to him, ”rejoice in the good tidings, for I am here to tell you that you have been delivered from every severe affliction!” This will prompt the servant to exclaim: “Who are you? By Allah, I swear that I have never seen a man with a better-looking face than yours. Never have I heard a form of speech more charming than your way of speaking, and never
have I smelled a fragrance more delightful than that of your perfume.” So then it will tell him: “O my dear friend, I am the reward for that salat-prayer, the one you performed on whichever night it was, in whichever month it was, in whichever year it was. I have come here tonight in order to fulfil your request, to entertain you in your solitary state, and to banish your loneliness from you. Later on, when the trumpet is sounded, I shall provide you with shade to protect your head from the scorching heat on the Fields of the Resurrection [‘Arasat al-Qiyama]. So rejoice in the
good tidings, for you will never be deprived of the blessing that comes from your Master [Mawla].”
NIGHT OF 1ST FRIDAY.

– Known as ‘lailatul-Raghaib’ and also as ‘Lailatul-Mubarak’. (This is the night between Thursday and Friday)

Excerpt from Seal of the Saints by Shaykh Muhayyidun Ibn Arabi:

 

“….The next category, the name and nature of which are somewhat surprising, is the category of the Rajabiyyun or ‘men of Rajab’, who number forty. They are so named because ‘the spiritual state ( hal ) which corresponds to their station (maqam) is manifest in them only in Rajab, from the moment of the appearance of the end of the lunar month. They then lose this state until the month of Rajab the following year. In some of them there survives throughout the year something of what they perceived (through intuitive unveiling) in the month of Rajab, while in others nothing of it survives at all. “

 

He further states: .” It is most important, however, that none of you should neglect the First Friday in Rajab, for it is the night that the angels call the Night of [the Granting of] Wishes [Lailat ar-Ragha’ib]. This is because, by the time the first third of the night has elapsed, there will not be a single angel still at large in the heavens, nor in any region of the earth bar one. They will all be gathered together in the Ka’ba and the area immediately surrounding it. Allahu ta’ala condescend to notice that they have assembled there, and He will say: “My angels, ask Me for whatever you wish!” Their response to this will be: “Our Lord, the request we wish to make is that You grant forgiveness to those who faithfully keep the fast in Rajab,” whereupon Allahu ta’ala  will tell them: “That I have already done!” Then Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alihi wasallam) said:” No one will go unrewarded if he fasts during the daytime on Thursday, the first Thursday in Rajab. In the evening between Maghrib and `Isha, perform 12 units (Rak’at) of prayer, in two’s (i.e. two at a time). In each unit recite: Once Surah al-Fateha; three times Surah al-Qadr; and 12 times Surah-al-Tawhid (Qul huwallahu…).
After the 12 units (raka’ats) are over, recite 70 times the following Durood while sitting:: “Allahumma Salli `Ala Muhammad, An-nabiyyil Ummiyyi, Wa `Ala Aalihi”

Then the following in Sijdah:

“Subbuhun Quddusun, Rabbul Mala`ikati Warruh”

(All-Glorious, All-Holy, Lord of the Angels and of the Spirit!)

Then recite Istighfar while sitting:

“Rabbigh-Fir, War-ham, Watajawaz `Amma Ta’alamu, Innaka ant-al `aliyyul A`a-zam”

(My Lord, forgive and have mercy m pardon that which You well know, for You are the Mighty, the Supreme.)

Then in Sijdah recite again: “Subbuhun Quddusun, Rabbul Mala’ikati Warruh”

Then seek your needs, they will be granted, Insha Allah.

The excerpts on the excellent qualities of the holy month of Rajab mentioned below are from ‘Al-Ghunya li-Talibi Tariq al-Haqq’ by Shaikh Syed Abdul-Qadir al-Jilani  ( Radhi Allahu Anhu). The traditional prayers of supplication (ad’iya ma’thura) that are particularly appropriate on the first night of Rajab after the worshipper has duly performed his salaat on the first night of Rajab, he is recommended to offer the following Du’a:

“O Allah, to You the applicants apply this night, to You the aspirants aspire, and for Your gracious bounty and beneficence the seekers look in hope. You have special favours [nafahat] to bestow this night, and prizes and gifts and presents. You will bestow them upon whomever You choose from among Your servants, and You will withhold them from those who are not ready to receive Your providential care [‘inaya]. Well, here am I, Your servant who is sorely in need of You, hoping for Your gracious bounty and beneficence! If it pleases You, O my Master [Ya Maulaa-ya], to bestow Your Grace this night upon one of Your creatures, and if You will be so generous as to grant him a favour out of Your kindness, then bless Sayyidina Muhammad and his family, and let me enjoy Your Superabundance and Beneficence, Ya Rabbal-‘Aalameen!”

Hadhrat Ali bin Abu Talib (karramallah wajhu) would devote himself entirely to worship during four nights of the year, namely: The first night of Rajab; the night of Eid ul Fitr and the night of Eid al-Adha,  and the night of the middle of Sha’ban. Here is the prayer of Du’a he used to offer on those nights:
“O Allah, bless Sayyidina Muhammad and his family, those Lanterns of Wisdom [masabih al-hikma], Masters of Grace and Mines of Virtue, let them be my protection against all evil. Do not take me by surprise or unawares. Do not cause the outcome of my life’s work to be nothing but disappointment and regret. May it please You to view me with favour, for Your forgiveness is granted to the wrongdoers and I am one of the wrongdoers. O Allah, forgive me that which cannot do You any harm, and grant me that which cannot bring You any benefit. You are the One whose Rahmah is all-embracing, the One whose Hikmah is incomparable, so grant me the blessings of comfort and composure, security and good health, thankfulness, well-being, and taqwa. Instill patience and honesty in me and in your Awliya. Let ease be Your gift to me, and do not let it come with difficulty attached. Extend these same blessings to my wife and children, to my brothers in You, and to all those Muslim men and Muslim women, those believing men and believing women who have helped me to become the man I am today.”

 

FIRST THURSDAY OF RAJAB
The Holy Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has said, ” No one will go unrewarded if he fasts during the daytime on Thursday, the first Thursday in Rajab.” See the complete Hadith in the section above for ‘First Friday of Rajab.’

 

EVERY FRIDAY OF RAJAB

 

After the Friday prayers and before Asr prayers, pray 4 raka’at salaat in one salaam. In each raka’at after Surah Fatiha, recite Ayatul Kursi 7 times and Surah Ikhlas 5 times. After the salaat, recite, “La hawla wa la kuwwata illa billa-hil-kabiril mut-aal” 100 times and then “Astaghfirullahil-lazi la ilaha illa huwal hay-yul qay-yum gaf-faraz-zunoobe wa satta-rul-ayu-be wa atubu ilaihe” 100 times. After that recite Durood Sharif 100 times and then pray to Allahu ta’ala for your needs. Insha-Allah these will be granted. (Asrar-rul Asrar).

 

It is recommended to recite Qul-ho-wallaho Ahad 100 times every Friday in the month of Rajab.
RAJAB 15TH. ALSO KNOWN AS ’SHAB-E-ISTIFTAH.’ 

 

In addition to those salaat mentioned previously, on this night pray 20 raka’at nawafil salaat after Isha prayers in 2 raka’at salaams. In each raka’at after Surah Fatiha, recite Surah Ikhlas once. The thawwab for these prayers exceeds the world and everything in it.

Additionally pray 10 raka’at nawafil salaat on the night. In each raka’at after Surah Fatiha, recite Surah Kafiroon thrice and Surah Ikhlas once. After completing the prayers, raising your hands, recite the following dua:

 

“la ilaha illalalho wahdahuala sharka lahu lahul-mulko walahul-hamdo yuh-yi wa yumitu wahuwa  hai-yun la yumito biyadihil-khair wahuwa ala kulle shai-in-kadir, ilahunw wahedan ahadan sama-dan faradanw witr-an lam yaat-takhiz sahiba-tanw wala-walda.”

 

LAST DAY OF RAJAB. 

 

In addition to the prayers for Rajab mentioned previously, one could pray 10 raka’at salaat on the night. In each raka’at after Surah Fatiha, recite Surah Kafiroon 3 times and Surah Ikhlas 3 times. After the prayers, raise your hands and recite the following dua:

“La ilaha illallaho wahdahu la sharika lahu lahul-mulko walahul-hamdo yuh-yi wa yumitu biyadihil-khair wahuwa ala kul-le shai-in kadir, wa sallallahu ala Sayyidina Mohammadinw wa –ala alai-hitta-herin. Wa la hawla kuwwata illa billahil aliyil Azeem.”

 

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