Rituals of the Month of Rajab
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
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
"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.
2. 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’.
3. Charity (Sadaqa)
There is a big reward for charity in the month of Rajab. Those who cannot fast may give
charity to the poor every day.
‘Laa ilaaha illa-Allah’
‘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
1st night /Day of Rajab month Special prayers
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..’’
Night of 7th Rajab
The Bright Days
On the last day of Rajab recite Salaat of Salman-e-Farsi
13- Reciting this supplication:
"Yaa Man Arjoho Le Kulle Khair"
15- Recite this supplication:
Dua asaluka sabr al shakreen
Ritual of the 27th Day of Rajab