The holy month of Rajab is the first of the three sacred months of the Islamic calendar followed then by Sha’ban and Ramadan.
The month of Rajab is a month of forgiveness and fasting, a month that is likened, in a hadith to winds that bring clouds, while Sha’aban is like the month where rain clouds gather, and Ramadan is the month when the rain falls. These three holy months are very important for all those aspiring nearness to Allah.
The holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said: “The month of Rajab is the great month of Allah, not related to other months in respect and meaning; the war during this month is prohibited; in truth, Rajab is the month of Allah, Sha’aban is my month and Ramadan the month of my Ummah; whoever fasts a day in the month of Rajab will be granted the great reward of Ridwan (the angel who guards the gates of Heaven); the wrath of Allah will be removed and the gates of Hell will be closed. Fasting is one of the most recommended practices during this spiritual season.”
🌙 Practices during the month of Rajab
📿 100-1000 La ilaha illallah (at least 40)
📿 100-1000 Salawat (at least 40)
📿 500-2500 Astaghfirullah
📿500 Ya Latif (complete during the month 16.000 for the month)
📿100 Ya Hafiz
🌙 First Thursday of Rajab
The first Thursday night of Rajab is known as Lailatul Ragha’ib (Night of Desires). It is very important to fast on this day, as the Angels gather at the Ka’aba to seek forgiveness for those fasting. After fast-breaking, on Thursday, there is a 12 Rakaat Sunnat, in 6 sets of 2 rakaat, to be done.
🌙 27th of Rajab – Lailatul al-Mi’raj
The 27th of Rajab is the night of Miraj, the night of the ascension of our Prophet (s.a.w.s.) into the Heavens. The Isra and Miraj ( Arab: الإسراء والمعراج, al-’Isrā’ wal-Mi‘rāj), are the two parts of a Night Journey (Arab: Lailat al-Mi‘rāj, Persian: Shab-e-Me`raj) that, according to Islamic tradition, the Prophet Muhammad (saws) took during a single night around the year 621. It has been described as both a physical and spiritual journey. A brief sketch of the story is in surah al Isra of the Qur’an, and other details come from the hadith, supplemental writings about the life of Muhammad. In the journey, the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) travels on the steed Buraq to “the farthest mosque” where he leads other prophets in prayer. He then ascends to Heavens where he speaks to Allah, who gives the Prophets instructions to take back to the faithful regarding the details of prayer. According to traditions, the journey is associated with the Lailat al Mi’raj, as one of the most significant events in the Islamic calendar.
It is very advised to fast on that day and to stay awake at night and do Dhikr or prayers.
The usual practice of the night is 27th Rajab: -between Maghrib e Isha’, pray 20 Rakaat, of 2 o 4 units reciting after the Fatiha 20 Ikhlas.
📿100 Astaghfirullah and 100 Salawat outloud
Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, “Whoever fasts the entire month of Rajab, will be granted three gifts: forgiveness from past sins, protection for the rest of his life, and he will be saved from thirst on the Day of Judgement.”
When a Companion told the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) that he could not fast the entire month due to his old age, the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) advised him to fast at least one day in the beginning, one day in the middle, and one day at the end of the month. “Whoever fasts for one day in the beginning, for one day in the middle, and for one day at the end of the holy month of Rajab, the reward given to him is as if he fasted the whole month of Rajab.”
Abu Darda (r.a.), a Companion of the Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, that ten du’as will be granted at the time of breaking the fast, on each day of Rajab, be they du’as for worldly needs or for the afterlife.
🌙 Special Du’a of Rajab to be read daily x 3:
Bismillahi ‘r-Rahmani ‘r-Raheem
Allahuma innee istaghfiruka min kulli maa tubtu lahu ilayka thumma `udtu feeh. wa istaghfiruka min kulli maa `aradtu bihi wajhika wa-khaalatanii feehi maa laysa feehi ridaak. wa istaghfiruk li-ni`am allatii taqawwaytu biha `ala ma`aseeyatik. wa istaghfiruka min adh-dhunoob allatii laa ya`lamahu ghayruka wa laa yattali`u `alayha ahadun siwaak wa laa yasa`uha illa rahmatika wa laa tunjii minha illa maghfiratuka wa hilmuka. laa ilaha illa-Anta, subhaanak! innii kuntu min azh-zhaalimiin.
Allahuma innii istaghfiruka min kulli zhulmin zhalamtu bihi `ibadaka. Fa ayyamaa `abdin min `ibaadik aw `amatin min ‘imaa’ika zhalamtu fii badanihi aw `irdihi aw maalihi fa `atihi min khazaa’inik allatii laa tanqus. Wa as’aluka an tukrimanee bi-rahmatika allatii wasi`at kulla shay wa laa t`uhiinanii min `adhaabik wa ta`tiiayanii maa as’aluka fa-innii haqiiqun bi-rahmatik ya arhamu ‘r-Raahimiin. wa salla-Allahu `ala Sayiddina Muhammadin wa `ala aalihi wa sahbihi ajma`iin. wa laa hawla wa laa quwatta illa billah il-`Aliyyu ‘l-`Azhiim
In the name of Allah, the All-Beneficent, the All-Merciful
O Allah, I ask forgiveness of You for everything for which I repented to You and then returned to. And I ask forgiveness of You for everything I displeased You with and all that concerns me with which You are displeased. And I ask forgiveness of You for the favors which I used for increasing my disobedience towards You. And I ask forgiveness of You for the sins which no one knows except You, and no one sees except You, and nothing encompasses except Your Mercy, and nothing delivers from except Your forgiveness and clemency. There is no god except You alone. You are the Highest, and I was one of the [self] oppressors!
O Allah, I ask forgiveness of You for the injustice I committed against Your servants. Whatever of Your male or female servants whom I have hurt, physically or in their dignity or in their property give them of Your bounty which lacks nothing. And I ask You to honor me with Your mercy which encompasses all things. Do not humble me with Your punishment but give me what I ask of You, for I am in great need of Your mercy, O Most Merciful of the merciful. May Allah send blessings upon Muhammad and upon all his companions. There is no power and no might except in Allah the High, the Exalted.