The most important thing that can be done on this day is to Understand the
greatness of the night and day of the 27th of Rajab.
There is no person greater or higher in rank than the Messenger of Allah
(blessings of Allah be upon him and his progeny). He is the leader of all of the
creations and the noblest and closest of all of them to Allah
(Glorified and Exalted is He) and the most
beloved of Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He)!
It is the Prophet Muhammad (blessings of Allah be upon him and his progeny) who
is: The First Nur, The Closest Hijab (to Allah), The Greatest Name (of Allah)
and there is not a single Prophet or Angel who can even come close to this
station. He is also the Mercy to all the Worlds. Therefore, if we see the
greatness of an individual and his nobility then we can realize the importance
of the day of his official appointment. It is because of this reason that the
importance of giving the Prophet (blessings of Allah be upon him and his
progeny) his right is even more important for the Ummah and the Shi`a just as
our intelligence dictates.
Just think about what has been said do we accept this? If we accept it then we
must take this day seriously and there is nothing else that needs to be said to
encourage anyone about this day. Since goodness in itself should pull and
attract one to that which is recommended to be done on this day. If what has
been said is not accepted, then either we are out of the folds of Islam or our
hearts must be corrected so that we can permit Iman (true faith) to enter it.
However, we suspect that the majority of Muslims who fall short and do not
recognize the importance and greatness of this day is not because they do not
have faith may Allah protect us from this rather, it is due to being immersed
and engrossed in the beauties and attractions of this despicable world and being
deluded by it. We are so busy in competing with one another to gain material
pleasures that we are completely oblivious of everything else and when the time
comes that we see our grave in front of us, will we remain in this state of
heedlessness! The remembrance of this world has caused the hearts of such people
to be negligent of the remembrance of Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) and to
forget their creation and their eventual end.
In summary, the Salik (the one who is spiritually traveling towards Allah) must
sincerely try to consider this day as something great and seek to understand and
appreciate the blessings of the official appointment and the blessing of the
divine light (nur) and all the blessings that the Prophet of Islam (blessings of
Allah be upon him and his progeny) has brought including the happiness and
goodness - just as he deserves to be understood and appreciated.
We must all look into ourselves and gauge our own happiness on this day. If we
see that our happiness and pleasure is the same on this day or more as it is on
other days for worldly events and pleasures, then we know that our soul is
polluted and we must try to correct it and strive to remove the animalistic
traits in us, we must try to distance ourselves from the natural world and its
pleasures and move closer to the spiritual world and its divine light (nur).
In closing we mention one final point in regards to this day and that is that
after these supplications are finished, we should sit back and think about the
days of Ignorance before the Bi`that of the Prophet and see what a state mankind
had reached to.
A group of people were Jews; another group Christians; and yet others were idol
worshippers. The laws of Islam had been forgotten; people had lost the etiquette
of humanity and acted as wild animals. The people had reached to such a low
state that they used to bury their new born daughters alive. They took pride in
vain talk and activities; did not practice justice in the least and took the
rights of other people around them. The strong were subjecting the weak to
oppression such that they destroyed the worth and dignity of a person. They
hated Scholars and were weary of intelligent people. They took pride in keeping
slaves. The broke off all family relations, were busy in gambling and drinking
alcohol and were constantly at war with one another. Self gratification and
pride were their characteristics and they boasted of being impatient people!
Cursing and evil words were common place and vain talk, including lies, back
biting, etc were the norm. They killed the Prophets and their successors and
helpers, and in their place they permitted the lowest amongst themselves to lead
In such an environment did Allah raise a Prophet for the task of, as it is
mentioned in the Quran: It is He who has sent to the illiterate a Messenger from
among their own people to recite to them His revelations and purify them.
He will teach the Book to them Wisdom even though before this they were in
manifest error. Insha-Allah, may Allah accept all of our acts of worship on this
day and all days of the months of Rajab, Sha`ban.