'O God, carry us in the ships of Thy deliverance, give us to enjoy the pleasure of whispered prayer to Thee, make us drink at the pools of Thy love, let us taste the sweetness of Thy affection and nearness, allow us to struggle in Thee, preoccupy us with obeying Thee, and purify our intentions in devoting works to Thee, for we exist through Thee and belong to Thee, and we have no one to mediate with Thee but Thee!' Imam Sajjad ('A); Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

The month of the Beloved...‏

“Rajab is the name of a river in Paradise whiter than milk and sweeter than honey. Those who fast one day of (the month of) Rajab, Allah will satisfy them from that river.” Imam Kadhem (a.s)

We have just entered the sacred month of Rajab of the Islamic calendar, which along with the two following months (Sha’ban and Ramadan) signify the most important months of the year. The merits of these months are numerous and the recommended rites in them are in abundance.
Rajab is the month of multiplied savings for our abode in the Hereafter.

It is narrated from the holy Prophet Muhammad (P) to have said: “Behold! Those who fast one day of Rajab they deserve the Great Pleasure of Allah and will be destined from His Wrath, and will close one of the Gates of Hell.” It is also narrated from the holy Prophet (P): “Rajab is the month of repentance for my Community, so repent to Allah much.”

This month is also blessed by the birthday anniversary of Imam Baqir (a.s) on the 1st day (according to some narrations) and specially the birthday of Imam Ali (a.s) on the 13th of this month and the Mab’ath of the holy Prophet of Islam (P) on the 27th of this month.

Remember, however, this is a sacred month which means in as much as the rewards for good deeds in it are in abundance; the punishment of sinning is also more severe.

The following are just some of the main worshipping acts that are recommended in this sacred month.

1. Fasting:
Salem says: I met Imam Sadiq (a.s) in the month of Rajab, whilst there were only a few days left of it. When he saw me he asked: O Salem! Have you fasted at all in this month? I replied: No, by Allah, O son of the Prophet! The Imam said: “Verily, you have missed so much reward that only the All-Knowing Allah knows its amount… I said: O son of the Prophet! If I fast the remaining days of this month would I gain any reward? The Imam replied: O Salem! Those who fast the last day of Rajab that (fasting) will be a security for them from the agony of death….”
Fasting of the first day of Rajab destines the faster one year away from the Hell.
Fasting of three continuous days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) of Rajab has the reward of 900 years of worshipping (out of Rajab).
Fasting of the 13th, 14th and 15th of Rajab has rewards in abundance! (Pray to God to bless you for it)
Fasting of the last three days of Rajab (or at least the last day of it) will avail (Inshallah) from the agony of death, the fear of death and the punishment of the grave.
Note: If you have any Qada (lapsed or owing) fasting, make an intention for Qada and you will also enjoy the promised rewards of fasting in Rajab.

2. Salaat
Salaat is the means of nearness to God for every pious believer.
Every night of the month after the Isha Prayer, offer to two Rak’at Prayers. In every Rak’at, recite Surah al-Hamd and Surah al-Kafiroon once and 3 times: Surah Ikhlaas
On the first Thursday evening of Rajab (10 July this year) there is a special Salaat called ‘Salaat Laylatul-Ragha’eb’. Refer to the books of Du’a for its performance.
Note: Those who have Qada prayers, still they can offer the above Salaats although they do not suffice for their obligatory Qada Salaat.

3. Supplication
There are numerous recommended supplications for the month of Rajab. Some of them are as follows:
Astaghferullah Wa As’aluho Tauba (I seek Allah’s forgiveness and ask Him for repentance)
After every Daily Prayer recite:
“Ya Man Arjooho Lekolle Khayr, Wa Aamano Sakhatahou Enda Kolle Shar. Ya Man Yo’tel-Katheera Bel-Qaleel. Ya Man Yo’tee Man Sa’alah. Ya Man Yo’tee Man Lam Yas’alhu Wa Man Lam Ya’refhu Tahannunan Menhu Wa Rahma. A’teni Be Mas’alati Eyyak Jami’a Khayre-Donya Wa Jami’a Khayrel-Akhera. Wasref Be Mas’alati Eyyak Jami’a Sharre-Donya Wa Sharrel-Akhera. Fa’ennahu Ghayro Manqosen Ma A’tayt Wa Zedni Men Fadhleka Ya Kareem.”  Then say: “Ya Zaljalale Wal-Ekram. Ya Zal-Na’ma’e Wal-Jood. Ya Zal-Manne WaTaul, Harrem Shaybati Ala-Nar.”
Also on the 15th of Rajab, there is a special Du’a called Du’a Omme Dawood. Refer to the books of Du’a for the details of this Du’a.

4. Visitation (Ziyarat)
The first and foremost important Ziyarat in this month is Ziyarat of Imam Husain (a.s).
Visiting Imam Redha (a.s) also is very rewarding in this month.
Pilgrimage for Umrah is also very rewarding in this month.

May The Almighty Allah bless us all to respect this sacred month and accept our worshipping.

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