Rajab the sacred month and the month of Allah.

Rajab is one of the four months declared sacred by

Allah (SWT) in the Glorious Qur'an.

Special prayers and Aamal that can be prayed and

carried out on any day or daily for this seventh

month of Islamic lunar calendar reached us on the

authority of Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) , Imam

Ali (as) , Imam Zainul Abideen (as) , Imam Jafar

Sadiq (as) and Imam Sahib uz Zaman (as) , are

given below:

1. The month of Rajab, in its superabundant favors and benefits, reverence and

sanctity, is next to none. It is linked to Almighty Allah (SWT) as Sha'ban to the

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) and Ramadan to his Ummah (Muslim

Community).

2. Who so observes fast (even one day) during the month of Rajab gets Allah's

pleasure.

3. Ask forgiveness and turn repentant to Allah (SWT) as much as you can

because mercy drops from the heaven like a gentle rain in the month of Rajab

(also known as "As'abb" - pouring out, full of love and kindness).

4. Allah (SWT) shall forgive and have mercy on him who recites:

Astaghfirulaahallad'ee Laa Ilaaha Ilaa Huwa Wah'dahoo La Shareeka Lahoo Wa

Atoobu Ilayh (I ask forgiveness of Allah, who is "There is no God save He, and

no other; has no partner"; and I turn repentant to Him)

at least 100 times (400 times will accrue more rewards), and recites "Laa Ilaaha

Illallaah" 1000 times, during the month of Rajab, and gives alms in the name of

Allah at the completion.

5. Recite Surah Al-Ikhlas at least 100 times (1000 or 10000 times will accrue

more rewards) in the month of Rajab.

6. Keep fast on any day in the month of Rajab.

Fazilat of Fasting in the Month of Rajab, seventh month of the Islamic lunar

calendar:

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 (Rajab, Sha'ban and Ramadan) 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 Muhammad (saw) has said: "Rajab is a great month of Allah

(SWT), 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'ban 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 (SWT) 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 (obligatory) during the month of Ramadan, but is highly

recommended during the months of Rajab and Sha'ban. 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.

Hazrat Salman Al-Farsi narrates that the Final messenger of Allah, the Holy

Prophet Muhammad (saw) 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 the Holy Prophet Muhammad

(saw) was appointed to Messenger hood.

Hazrat Salman Al-Farsi narrates that the Beloved of Allah, the Holy Prophet

Muhammad (saw) said "O Salman, there is no Mumin (True Believer) and

Muminah (Truly Believing Female) who performs 30 Raka'ah in the month of

Rajab and in each Raka'ah recites Surah Al-Fatihah once, Surah Al-Ikhlas 3

times, and Surah Al-Kafiroon 3 times that Allah (SWT) does forgive them their

sins and bestows rewards upon them as upon a person who has fasted a whole

month. He becomes among those who will be steadfast in their Salaat in the

year which is to come. For him the deeds of the day are equal to that of the

martyr. He will be raised with the Martyrs of the Holy Battle of Badr. For him is

written for the fast of each day, one year's worship. His station is raised 1000

times higher.

If he fasts the entire month of Rajab and he

performs this (above) Salaat, Allah (SWT) will give

him salvation from the Hell Fire, make Wajib

(obligatory) for him, His Paradise and bestow His

Nearness upon him. Hazrat Jibril (Gabriel) informed

me "O Muhammad this is the sign between you and

the Mushrikeen (Polytheists) and the Munafiqun

(Hypocrites) because the Munafiq does not perform

this Salaat."

Hazrat Salman Al-Farsi says, I beseeched "O messenger of Allah tell me when

and how shall I perform this Salaat (Prayer)" The Holy Prophet Muhammad

(saw) said "O Salman, perform 10 Raka'ah on the first of it (month of Rajab)

and in each Raka'ah recite Surah Al-Fatihah once, Surah Al-Ikhlas 3 times, and

Surah Al-Kafiroon 3 times and after you do your Salaam (at the end of the

Salaat) raise your hands and say:

"There is no God but Allah, The One Who has no partners. To Him belong His

entire Kingdom and all the praise, Who created life and death and Who is Alive

without Death. From His hands (only) good is done and Who has Power over

everything. Dearest Allah, no one can stop what You bestow and no one can

give what You prevent. There is no one who can profit us except You the

August among all." Then spread your hands over your face.

In the middle of the month perform 10 Raka'ah and in each Raka'ah recite

Surah Al-Fatihah once, Surah Al-Ikhlas 3 times, and Surah Al-Kafiroon 3 times

and after you do your salaam (at the end of the Salaat) raise your hands

towards the heavens and say:

"There is no God but Allah, the One who has no partners. To Him belong His

entire Kingdom and all the praise. Who created life and death and Who is Alive

without Death. From His Hands (only) good is done and Who has Power over

everything. The only God, Unique, Who has no needs. He has no wife and no

children." Then spread your hands over your face.

You perform this Salaat at the end of the month, 10 Raka'ah. In every Raka'ah

recite Surah Al-Fatihah once, Surah Al-Ikhlas 3 times, and Surah Al-Kafiroon 3

times. After you do your salaam, raise your hand towards the heaven and say:

"There is no God but Allah, The One Who has no partners. To Him belong His

entire Kingdom and all the praise. Who created life and death and Who is Alive

without Death. From His Hands (only) good is done and Who has Power over

everything. And the blessing of Allah be upon the Master Muhammad and upon

his pure progeny and there is no power greater than that of Allah Who is the

Greatest in Might".

Then ask for your needs (to be fulfilled). Your Supplication will be accepted and

Allah (SWT) will create 70 trenches between you and the Hell fire, the distance

between each trench will be like it is between Heaven and Earth and written for

you will be freedom from Fire of Hell, and from crossing the Bridge of Siraat."

When the Beloved of Allah, The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) had finished, I

fell down in prostration, weeping out of gratitude towards Allah (SWT) for the

abundance of the rewards.

We present this beautiful hadith from Imam Musa Kadhim (as) on the greatness

of Rajab and just fasting one day from this blessed month.

It has been narrated from the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) in a very long

hadith that there is no month as great or noble in the sight of Allah (SWT) as

the month of Rajab and even the Arabs of the time of Ignorance held this month

in great esteem, and with the coming of the religion of al-Islam at the hands of

the final Messenger of Allah, nothing was added to it except an increase in its

greatness. The Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) went on to say that the month

of Rajab is the month of Allah; Sha'ban was his month and the month of

Ramadan was the month of his Ummah (Muslim Community) .

In this length tradition which can be found in Thawaab al-Aamal wa Iqaab al-

Aamal (new print), Page 115 to 124, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) went

on to mention the specialties and favors that would be showered upon that

person who fasted during this month and for every day he fasted, a different

favor and bounty would be graced upon him.

Our Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Allah shower him and his righteous family

with never-ending blessings), if a person were to fast one day in this month for

the belief and hope of reward from Allah (SWT), then he would have earned the

pleasure of Allah (SWT) and the fast of that one day would put out the anger of

Allah (SWT) and would cause the doors of the hellfire to be closed for him. If

the entire land were to be filled with gold and that gold was to be spent in the

way of Allah (SWT), then even this act would not add up to the bounties of

fasting just one day. There is not a single thing in the world that would perfect

that person's reward except for good (from Allah (SWT)) as long as he was

sincere to Allah (SWT) (in has fasting). When the evening time comes, ten of

that person's prayers would be granted, and if he were to supplicate for

anything of the worldly life, Allah (SWT) would give it to him, and if it were not

given to him, then Allah (SWT) would preserve that which is greater (than what

he supplicated for) and that which the friends, lovers and chosen ones of Allah

have prayed to him for.

We pray to Allah (SWT) during this blessed month that we are able to

supplicate to Him and that our supplications, especially that of the speedy

return of our Imam and Master al-Mahdi al-Muntazar (May our souls be

sacrificed for the dirt under his feet), are accepted. May Allah (SWT) give us all

the strength and will-power to fast this entire month as a prelude to the month

of Sha'ban - a month of blessings and mercy including the birth anniversary of

the Savior of Humanity on the 15th of the Month, culminating with the Blessed

month of Ramadan - the month of peace and tranquility.

Useful points for this month of Rajab - An Important Spiritual Month:

1) Fasting: It is highly recommended to fast in this

month of Rajab even for one day at least. A hadith

says: Whosoever fasts a day in Rajab, the fire of hell

will be away from him a distance of one year's

journey, and whosoever fasts 3 days in Rajab, will be

entitled for Paradise. Imam Ali (as) used to fast the

whole month of Rajab.

2) Seeking Forgiveness (Al-Istighfaar, Istighfar): The

Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) used to say: Rajab is a month of seeking

forgiveness, so seek forgiveness from Allah (SWT); He is verily the Forgiver, the

Merciful. It is highly recommended to repeat 'Astaghfirullaah wa as-aluhut

tawbah'

3) Sadaqa and Charity: There is a 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 'Subhana Ilalahil Jaleele Subhana Man la Yanbaghil Tasbeeho Illa

Lahoo; Subhanal A'azzinil Akrame; Subhana Man Labisal Izza wa Howa Lahoo

Ahlun.'

4) Repeating 'Laa ilaaha illa-Allah' 1000 times.

5) Repeating 'Astaghfirullaaha zul jalale wal Ikraam min jamee al zonoobe wal

aathaam' 1000 times.

6) Repeating Sura Al Tawheed 'Qul-ho-wallaho Ahad' or Surah Al-Ikhlas 1000

times to get the reward of 1000 Angels and blessings on the reciter, his / her

children, family and neighbours.

7) It is recommended to recite Sura Al Tawheed 'Qul-ho-wallaho Ahad' or

Surah Al-Ikhlas 100 times every Friday in the month of Rajab.

Praise be to the Almighty Allah (SWT) and thanks to Him for granting us yet

another opportunity to cleanse ourselves of our sins and oversights. ( Rajab

Aamal and Dua)