Rajab an Important Spiritual Month
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) 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 is required of every Moslem to fast 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 (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 Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was appointed to Messengerhood, (Ghuniyatut Talibeen, Tarteeb Shareef page 781.)
Salmaan narrates that the Beloved of Allah, prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said "O Salmaan, 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 Faatihah once, Surah Al-Ikhlaas (The Unity) 3 times, and Surah Al Kafiroon (The Unbelievers) 3 times that Allah 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 prayer in the year which is to come.
For him the deed of the day is 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) prayer, Allah will give him salvation from the Hell Fire, make necessary for him His Paradise and bestow His Nearness upon him. Angel Jibreel informed me "O Muhammad this is the sign between you and the Polytheists (Mushrikeen) and the Hypocrites (Munaafiqeen) because thehypocrite does not perform this prayer."
Salmaan says, I beseeched "O Messenge of God me when and how shall I perform this Prayer" He said "O Salmaan, perform 10 Raka"ah on the first of it (month of Rajab) and in each Raka’ah recite Surah Al-Faatihah once, Surah Al Ikhlaas thrice and Surah Al Kafiroon thrice and after you do your Salaam (at the end of the prayer) 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’a hand in each Raka’ah recite Surah Al Faatihah once, Surah Al Ikhlaas thrice, and Surah Al Kafiroon thrice and after you do your salaam (at the end of the prayer) raise your hands towards the heavens and say:
There is no God but Allah, the One who has no partners. To Him belongs all His 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 prayer at the end of the month, 10Raka’ah. In every Raka’ah recite Surah Al Faatihah one, Surah Al Ikhlaas thrice and Surah Al Kafiroon thrice. 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 all His 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 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, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) had finished, I fell down in prostration, weeping out of gratitude towards Allah for the abundance of the rewards.
By the Grace&Mercy of Allah the most Merciful, the Treasure which is the Hereafter for the true Believers is available to you through the virtues contained in "The Virtues Of Islamic Life". Treasure these issues, file them, go back to them and read them frequently, practice these virtuous deeds in your life and you will find by His Blessings showered upon those who strive to reach Him, your faith soaring and your heart filled with the gift of love bestowed upon you by the One Who created you for the One who is the most Beneficent and the most Generous and for the one He loves the most, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) Inshaallah.