The second month of the Islamic calendar is the month of Swafar.
It is a month which is regarded as “heavy”. Heavy in terms of misfortunes (balaa). The chief of all the awliya-Allah, Hazrat Sayyidina Abdul Qaadir Jîlaani (r.a) said that Allah ta’ala created 10 diseases and that 9 arrive in the month of Swafar and the remainder is assigned in the eleven remaining months.
It is for that reason that it is necessary to do many ibaadats during the month of Swafar, namaz nafils, swadaqa and to ask du’as so that Allah ta’ala protects us from all these misfortunes.
The very day the moon of Swafar is visible, read, after the namaz Isha, 4 raka’ats of namaz nafils with the niyyat (intention) to obtain the protection of Allah ta’ala, as follows:
After the salaam, read 70 times the Darood shareef, 21 times the 3rd kalimah and then ask your du’as and among others, of the du’a for protection.
Also, at last wednesday of the month of Swafar, read 2 raka’ats of namaz nafil and in each raka’at, after sourah al-Faatihah read 11 times sourah al-Ikhlaas. After the salaam, read Darood shareef and 21 times “Iyyaaka na’budu wa iyyaaka nasta’iin”. By the virtue of this namaz nafil, one will be insha-Allah protected.
It is to be reminded that it is the last wednesday of the month of Swafar which the holy Prophet had started his short period of sickness and was wafaat (deceased) the 12th day of the following month of Rabbi-`ul-Awwal.
It should be noted that the name of that month is “Swafar” and not “Safar” because it is not regular that some people will make an excursion like a picnic at the seaside or whatever under the pretext of Swafar.
May Allah ta’ala protects all of us during this month. Aameen.