In the Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful
Deeds of Rajab
Rajab is of the great months; the narratives attributed to our impeccable imams (God’s peace bestowed upon them) meet at the majesty of its value and the necessity of honoring it.
Rajab is of the sacred months referred to by The Most High God’s saying in The Noble Qur’an [Of them four are sacred]. Among the four are three successive: Thou Al-Koada, Thou Al-Houjja, and Mouharram, and one separate: Rajab.
It is the pouring month, for mercy and forgiveness from The Most High God are poured over the mankind. The Most Noble Prophet (peace be upon him and his Household) said, “It’s called the pouring Rajab because in it mercy is bestowed in such a manner as if being poured.” And Imam Al-Kathem (A.S.) said, “Rajab is a great month during which God doubles the good deeds and effaces the shameful ones.”
To be added is that Rajab is the month of The Prince of the Believers (A.S.); it’s narrated that he used to fast in Rajab and to say, “Rajab is my month; Shaeban is the month of God’s prophet [Mohammad]; and Ramadan is the month of The Most Glorious and Reverent God.”
In this great month, great occasions took place: the sending of the Concluding Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him and his Household), the birth of The Prince of the Believers (A.S.) in Al-Kaaba, the birth of Imam Ali Al-Hadi and Imam Mohammad Al-Jawad (God’s peace bestowed upon both), the martyrdom of Imam Musa Al-Kathem (A.S.), and Khaibar Invasion in which God defeated the Jews through the military expedition held by The Prince of the Believers (A.S.).
Rajab deeds: Rajab is full of bounties that God’s Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him and his Household) ordered us to take advantage of, “God has endowed the days of your life with bounties: take advantage of and do not turn away from.”
These bounties include: staying up nights, fasting, asking forgiveness, supplicating, and bowing to God.
Staying Up Nights
It’s desirable to stay up certain nights of Rajab, especially the night called by the angels “The Night of Desires” which is the first Friday night of it.
He who fasts Rajab or some of it attains a lot of merits. Among the narratives assuring this are the one attributed to Imam Al-Kathem (A.S.): “Rajab is a whiter-than-milk and sweeter-than-honey river in paradise; he who fasts a day of Rajab will have The Most Glorious and Reverent God watering him from that river,” and also his saying, “He who fasts a day of Rajab has the flames a year-distance set apart from him, and he who fasts three days of it will be admitted to paradise.”
The great reward of fasting in Rajab is displayed in Imam Al-Sadik’s (A.S.) address to one of his companions with only a few days remaining of Rajab, “Salem, have you fasted in this great month?” Salem answered,” No, son of God’s prophet, I haven’t.” Here, Imam Al-Sadik (A.S.) said, “You’ve missed of the reward only The Most Glorious and Reverent God knows how much. God preferred this month, esteemed highly its sacredness, and deemed for those fasting in it a lot of graces…”
The Most Noble Prophet (peace be upon him and his Household) said, “Rajab is made to be for my nation the month of asking forgiveness. So ask plentifully for forgiveness since God is The Most Forgiving and The Most Merciful, and say abundantly, “I ask God to forgive me and to accept my repentance.”
The Prophet (peace be upon him and his Household) said, “The Most High God appointed in the seventh sky an angel called “The Caller” who, when Rajab is in, calls every night till the morning, ‘Blessed are those remembering God. Blessed are those obeying God.’ Here, The Most High God says, “I’ll be sitting with them sitting with me, obeying them obeying me, and forgiving them asking forgiveness from me. The month, the worshipper, and the mercy are all mine; therefore, I’ll answer him who calls me in this month, give him who requests me, and guide him who seeks guidance from me. I made this month a string between me and my worshippers: He who adheres to it gets to me.”
Of the desirable supplications in Rajab is what Imam Al-Sadik (A.S.) taught to his companion Mohammad ibn Thakwan who was known as “The Bower” for it’s related that he bowed and cried till he got blind. It’s narrated that Ibn Thakwan, when he met Imam Al-Sadik, told him, “It’s Rajab; teach me a supplication by which I’m benefited.” Then, Imam Al-Sadik said, “Write down: ‘By the Name of God, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful. O God whom I expect all the good from and whom seek safety from His wrath when mischief befalls me……’ Recur in Rajab this supplication daily in the morning, in the evening, after your prayers, during the day, and at night”: O' One Who has command over the fulfillment of the desires … to the end of the supplication…'
The Most High God likes the worshipper to bow abundantly in Rajab, and to recur in his/her bowing what Imam Zein Al-Abideen (A.S.) used to say, “O God, although my guilt is great, please me with your forgiveness.”
Eventually, all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.