The blessed month of RAJAB
The 7th month of the Islamic calendar is the blessed month of Rajab.
This month contains also the very great night of the “Asraa” and “Mi’raaj” (the rise towards the skies) of the holy prophet during its 27th night.
Allah ta’ala put many emphasis on the value of this great month and in the hadiths, for example, the holy Prophet said: “Rajab is a month for Allah, Sha’baan is a month for me and Ramadwaan is a month for my people (ummat)” and in another hadith, the messenger of Allah said: “Rajab is very noble month during which for each good deed of the believer, Allah ta’ala grants a double reward”.
The holy Prophet showed his people, many virtues for the sacred month of Rajab and recommended to do many namaz nafils and roza (fast), thus many ibaadats (acts of worship) during this month.
The very day of the visibility of the moon, after the namaz Isha, read 2 raka’ats of namaz nafil as follows:
In addition, the first Thursday of the month of Rajab is a day full with virtues. The head of Taabi’eens, Hazrat Uwaÿss Qarni (r.a) reported to have learned from Hazrat Ali (r.a) who on his turn learned from the holy Prophet , virtues of first Thursday of Rajab. This day, accomplish Sehri to fast and after the namaz Fajar, remain sitted at the same place to make tilaawat (reading) of Quraan, Tasbeeh, Istighfaar (ask Allah for forgiveness) and then after the rising of the sun, achieve the namaz nafil Ishraaq at the same place and make your du’as.
During this day, made continuously (a maximum) of Tasbeeh and Istighfaar. Men will make Iftaar in Masjid (Mosque). After the namaz Maghrib, read 12 raka’ats of namaz nafil (2 by 2), as follows: in each raka’at, after sourah al-Faatihah, read 3 times sourah al-Qadr (“Innaa anzalnaahu fii laÿlatil Qadr…”) and 3 times sourah al-Ikhlaass. If you do not know sourah al-Qadr, read 12 times sourah al-Ikhlaass after sourah Al-Faatihah. After the salaam, read 70 times the daroud as follows: “Allaahumma swalli `alaa sayyidinaa Muhammadin-nabiyyil ummiyyi wa `alaa aalihi wa asw’haabihi wa baarik wa sallim”. Then you make the sajdah and read 70 times: “Subbouhunn quddousunn rabbunaa wa rabbul malaa-ikati war-rouhh”, then you come up from sajdah and read 70 times: “Rabbighfir warham wa tajaawaz `ammaa ta’lamu fa-innaka antal `aliyyil `azweem” then you remake a sajdah and read again 70 times “Subbouhunn quddousunn rabbunaa wa rabbul malaa-ikati war-rouhh” and finally you go again into sajdah, your du’a which will be insha-Allah qaboul (accepted).
The month of Rajab contains a great night, the night of Asraa and Mi’ raaj (Laÿla-tul-Asraa-wal-Mi’ raaj), where the holy Prophet achieved the celestial voyage to go to visit his Creator Allah subhaanahu wa ta’aala, this is the 27th night of this month of Rajab. See our file on Mi’raaj and the ibaadats special Mi’ raaj to be made during this blessed night.