The holy month of Rajab opens its doors of virtues with the birth anniversary of the seventh infallible, our fifth Imam Mohammad Baqar (as).
Shaheed Foundation Pakistan's whole team extends Congratulations to Imam-e-Asr (as) & the entire Muslim ummah on this delightful occasion of the birth anniversary of our fifth Imam, Mohammad Baqar (as), a personality who illuminated the history of Islam, one who helped his father, Imam Zain-ul-Aabideen (as), spread the truth behind Karbala and saved Islam through continuing the jihaad of Bibi Zainab (sa) and Imam Zain-ul-Aabideen (as).
Rajab marks the beginning of the spiritual season of every believer ending with the end of the fasting month of Ramadan with the Eid Al Fitr. These three months are unmatched in their importance. Praise be to the Almighty and thanks to Him for granting us yet another opportunity to cleanse ourselves of our sins and oversights.
The Holy Prophet (pbuh&hh) has said: “Rajab is a great month of Allah, unmatched by any other month in the respect and significance (accorded to it); war with the infidels during this month is prohibited; Verily, Rajab is Allah’s month, Sha’aban my month and Ramadan the month of my Ummah; whosoever fasts a day in the month of Rajab will be granted the great reward of Ridwan (an angel in heaven); the wrath of Allah shall be distanced and a door of the Hell shall be closed.”
Fasting is one of the most recommended acts during this spiritual season. It becomes Wajib during the month of Ramadan, but is highly recommended during the months of Rajab and Sha’baan. As will be noted from the Hadith above and others to follow, fasting, be it for only one day during these months, is rewarded with untold bounties.
Salmaan Farsi narrates that the Final messenger of Allah (pbuh&hh) said that there is a day in the month of Rajab on which if a person fasts and does Qiyaamul Lail (night vigil ) on that night, he will receive rewards like a person who fasts for 100 years and does Qiyaamul Lail for nights of 100 years. This night is the night of the 27th (Rajab) and the day of the 27th (Rajab). This is the day on which Hadrat Mohammad (pbuh&hh) was appointed to Messengerhood, (Ghuniyatut Talibeen, Tarteeb Shareef page 781)
Imam Kazim (as) is reported to have said "Rajab is (the name of) a River in paradise that is whiter than milk & sweeter than honey. Allah will allow one to drink from this river if he fasts for even one day in this month. It is also a month of seeking forgiveness more than usual as Allah is forgiving & merciful during this month.
It is also a prelude to the month of Ramadan, because Ramadan follows it after the intervening month of Shaban. Therefore, When the moon of Rajab (seventh month of the Islamic calendar) was sighted, the Messenger of Allah (pbuh&hh) used to read the following supplication (prayer):
"Oh Allah! Grant us blessings in the months of Rajab and Shaban and take us forth to Ramadan."
Imam Musa Al- Kadhim, 7th Shiite Innocent Imams (Pbuh) stated:
"Rajab is a great month, during which Allah multiplies the rewards of good deeds and omits the sins."
These are some useful points for this month:
It is highly recommended to fast in this month of Rajab even for one day at least. A hadith stated by holy Prophet (PBUH&HH):
"Whosoever fasts a day in Rajab, the fire of the Hell will be away from him a distance of one year’s journey, and whosoever fasts 3 days in Rajab, will be entitled for the Paradise."
Imam Ali (as) used to fast the whole month of Rajab. Many of his followers do the same.
Seeking Forgiveness (Estighfaar)
The Prophet (PBUH&HH) used to say:
Rajab is a month of seeking forgiveness, so seek forgiveness from Allah; He is verily the Forgiver, the Merciful. It is highly recommended to repeat ‘Astaghfirullaah’.
There is a big reward for charity in the month of Rajab. Those who cannot fast may give charity to the poor every day.
Repeating ‘Laa ilaaha illa-Allah’ 1000 times.
Repeating ‘Astaghfirullaaha zul jalale wal Ikraam min jamee' al zonoobe wal aathaam‘1000 times. In order to enter Ramadan in the best possible manner, one has to prepare himself in the months of Rajab and Shaban.
It has been said that Rajab is the month to sow the seeds of good actions, Shaban is the month in which we should water those seeds and Ramadan is the month in which we reap the harvest.
May Allah grant you more blessings in this month and every month to do more for the real future in the Hereafter.
Imam Jafar Al-Sadiq (as) used to recite the following supplication, everyday, in the Month of Rajab, after Fajr and Maghrib prayers:
O he from whom I ask for and expect fulfillment in every good (I do); and in whom I confide to seek safety from His displeasure for every evil I do!
O He who gives much in return of very little (good deeds)! O He who puts into the hands of the supplicant what he asks for, O He who (also) let needy, who does not ask for, have what he needs, though he remembers Him not, Feels compassion, and takes pity on them!
Give me as a gift good in all my objectives in this world and in the Hereafter, let me free myself from evil in all my activities in this world and in the Hereafter, because, surely, what Thou gives never goes waste or grows less, and from Thy bounties let me have more and more O the Generous Compassionate.
Prayer Upon Seeing New Moon
Prayer upon seeing the New Moon of Rajab
It is desirable to pray a 2 rakat Salat after seeing the moon of the first night of every lunar month, within 3 days & earlier the better. Also give sadqa /charity & Inshallah you will be safe throughout the month.
This salat is to be prayed exactly like the morning prayer, except make foll adjustments.
Make Niyat of Ruyatil Hilal
In first Rakat recite after Sura Fatiaah recite Sooratul Ikhlass 30 times
In the second rakat after Sura Fatiaah recite Sooratul Qadr 30 times
After Salaam Recite the following :-
There is not a "moving creature" in the earth but the sustenance thereof depends on Allah. He knows its habitation and its repository. All is in a manifest Book.
If Allah touch you with affliction, there is none that can relieve there from save He; and if He desires good for you, there is none who can repel His bounty. He makes it available to whom He wills of his bondmen. He is the Oft-forgiving, the Merciful.
Allah will vouchsafe, after hardship, ease.
That which Allah wills (will come to pass)! There is no strength save in Allah.
Allah is sufficient for us! Most Excellent is He in whom we trust!
I confide my cause unto Allah. Verily, Allah is Seer of (His) bondmen,
There is no god save Thou. Be Thou glorified! Verily, I have been a wrongdoer,
My Lord! I am needy of whatever good Thou sends down for me.
My Lord! Leave me not alone (childless), though Thou art the best of inheritors
1st night / Day of Rajab month Special prayers
1) After seeing the first night moon the Holy Prophet (s.a.) used to recite the following:
O my Allah pour out much blessings for us in Rajab and Shaban, make us reach safely Ramadan, and take up abstinence and uprightness (fasting and prayers), careful in our speech, turning the eyes from ugliness (the unlawful); and do not let us hunger for food and thirst for water while we observe fast
O` Allah ! make the new moon appear, for us with security. Eeman, safety and Islam. (O`moon) my Lord and Your Lord is Allah the Mighty and Grand.
O` Allah! Send Your Blessings on Mohammad and his Progeny, Ameen.
2) Night of 1st Rajab Recite 20 unit prayer on the night of 1st Rajab after Maghrib prayer such that in every unit after Surah al- Hamd recite Surah Tawheed once. The reciter & his family will be saved from punishment in the grave & will cross Pul-e-siraat like lightening without any accounting.
3) Recite Ziarat Imam Hussain (as)
4) Perform Ghusl & Recite this special dua for 1st Rajab day
5) Recite 10 Rakat Salaat on the 1st of Rajab such that in every unit after Surah al Hamd, recite Surah Tawheed 3 times. A person who prays this Salaat will be saved from the squeeze of the grave.
it is recommended to raise the hands up and recite the following after completing the Salaat:
There is no god save Allah, alone without any partner.
To him is the kingdom and to Him is all praise.
He gives life and causes to die
while He is Ever-living and never dies.
In His hand is the good
and He has power over all things.
The following invocation should be said thereafter:
O Allah: verily, none can ever divest him whom You decide to give;
and none can ever give him whom You decide to deprive,
and nothing can ever stop that which You decide.
6) Recite Salaat of Salman Farsi
7) Sayyid Ibn Tawus has also mentioned, in his book of ‘Iqbal al-A`mal’, another 4 units prayer that is offered on the first of Rajab. This prayer is as follows:
four uninterrupted units—that is you do not stop after offering the first two units; ie same as you do in the obligatory four-unit prayer
At the first unit of this prayer, you may recite the Surah of al-Fatiah once, and then repeat the Surah of al-Tawhid ten times.
At the second unit, you may recite the Surah of al-Fatiah once, repeat the Surah of al-Tawhid ten times, and then repeat the Surah of al-Kafirun (No. 109) three times.
At the third unit, you may recite the Surah of al-Fatiah once, repeat the Surah of al-Tawhid ten times, and then repeat the Surah of al-Takthur (No. 102) one time.
At the fourth unit, you may recite the Surah of al-Fatihah one time, repeat the Surah of al-Tawhid twenty-five times, and then repeat the Ayat al-Kursiy (2:255) three times.
8) A Haidth says “The person who performs a two units prayer in the first night of the month of Rajab after his isha: In the first unit recites Surah al-Fatiha and Surah Inshirah and Surah al-Ikhlas three times and then in the second unit recites Surah al-Hamd and Surah al-Inshirah, Surah al-Ikhlas and Surah Al-Falaq and Surah al-Naas one time each and then performs the rest of the Sàalat with the Tashahhud and Salaam and then says thirty times:
There is no god save Allah.
&repeated thirty times:
O Allah, (please do) send blessings to Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad.
..all of his previous sins will be forgiven and he will be just as that person who was born from his mother’s womb with no sins on his record.”
9) Imam Ali ibne Abi Taalib (A.S.) had advised the faithful to recite the following supplications tonight after Ishaa prayers;
O my Allah I beseech Thee in the name of “Verily Thou art absolute sovereign; verily Thou has total control over all things; verily that which Thou wills, in all matters, takes place”. O my Allah I turn to Thee through Thy Prophet Muhammad, who came upon the earth from above with mercy (blessings of Allah be on him and on his children). O Muhammad, O Messenger of Allah, through you I turn to Allah, your Lord and my Lord, to make progress and succeed in my efforts. O my Allah, for the sake of Thy Prophet, Muhammad, and the Imams, from his Ahlul Bayt (blessings of Allah be on him and on them) help me to secure success in my activities.
10. Commence the Regular /Daily rituals for rajab esp. the 2 unit prayer at no 9
11. Prayer for New month
Recite: Ziyaraat of Imam Hussein (a.s) on 1st & 15th Rajab
Night of Wishes: The Holy Prophet (s.a) has said, that these prayers are Means of forgiveness and On the first night in our grave,, the Almighty will send the reward off this prayer in the best,, enlightened and eloquent form.. When inquired,, will reply,, ‘‘My Beloved,, glad tidings to you that you have found salvation from every hardship and horror..’’ When asked,, ‘‘Who are you?’’ ‘‘By God I haven't seen any one more beautiful than you,, I haven't heard a word sweeter than yours,, or a fragrance better than you?’’ In reply,, ‘‘I am,, that prayer which you offered on the eve off the first Friday of the month of Rajab. I have come to you,, to be your companion in this loneliness,, to remove from you your fright and horror.. Be lest assured that my shelter will be with you until the blowing off the Horn off the Day off Judgment..’’
Lailatul Raghaib and its Rituals
Lailatul Raghaib & first Thursday of Rajab
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.
Allah (Exalted is He) will 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 Allah (Exalted is He) will tell them: "That I have already done!"
It is related that the person who recites Surah-al Yaseen before going to bed & prayer -Lailatul Raghaib will be saved from the terror of the grave.
The first Friday night of Rajab is known as Lailatul Raghaib. Prophet Mohammad (pbuhh) used to fast on the first Thursday & between Maghrib & Isha recite 12 unit prayers in six sets of 2 units.
In every unit after surah al Hamd recite 3 times Surah al-Qadr & 12 times Surah an Ikhlaas. After salam recite 70 times:
O Allah send blessings on Muhammad, the Ummi Prophet, and on his descendants.
Then go into sajdah & recite 70 times:
Holy and most Holy is the Lord of the Angels and spirts.
Then sit erect & say 70 times:
O Lord! Forgive, have mercy and be indulgent about that which Thou knows well, verily Thou art Sublime, Mighty.
Then go into sajdah & say 70 times:
Holy and most Holy is the Lord of the Angels and spirits.