Rajab – The Month of AllahIn: General
The Holy Prophet (SAW) has said
“Rajab is the month of Allah, Sha’ban is my month and Ramadhan is the month of my followers. Whoever keeps one fast during Rajab becomes entitled to the great pleasure of Allah, the wrath of Allah remains at bay from him and a gate of hell is closed for him.”
The Holy Prophet (SAW) has recommended the recitation of an important prayer, to be performed on the first Thursday of Rajab, which will give us the following benefits:
(i) Forgiveness of major sins
The Holy Prophet (SAW) has also said that Rajab is the name of a river in heaven with water whiter than milk and sweeter than honey and whoever keeps one fast in the month of Rajab will drink from that river.
Imam Musa al-Kadhim (A) has said that whoever keeps one fast in the month of Rajab will be at a distant from the fire of Hell as would take one year’s journey to reach and whoever keeps three fasts becomes entitled to heaven.
Imam Jaffer As-Sadiq (A) has stated that the Holy Prophet (SAW) has said that Rajab is the month for seeking forgiveness of Allah and so the followers should be engrossed in prayer during that month as Allah is Merciful and Forgiving.
Common Amaal for the month of Rajab
To fast for 4 days is beneficial to save oneself from punishment in the grave.
Whoever fasts for six days in Rajab will find peace in Qiyamat and walk over the Pul-e-siraat easily without accounting.
1st of Rajab
Recite 10 Rakat Salaat on the 1st of Rajab such that in every Rakat after Surah al Hamd, recite Surah Tawheed 3 times. A person who prays this Namaaz will be saved from the squeeze of the grave.
Lailatul Raghaib & first Thursday of Rajab
It is related that the person who recites Surah-al Yaseen before going to bed and Salaatul Lailatul Raghaib will be saved from the terror of the grave. The first Thursday night of Rajab is known as Lailatul Raghaib. The Holy Prophet (SAW) used to fast on the first Thursday and between Maghrib and Isha, recite 12 Rakat salaat in six sets of 2 units.
In every Rakat after surah al Hamd recite 3 times Surah al-Qadr and 12 times Surah Ikhlas.
After salam recite 70 times: Allahumma s’ale a’laa muh’ammadin nabiyyil ummi wa a’laa aaleh.
Then go into sajdah and recite 70 times: Subbuh’un quddoos rabbul malaaaekate war-rooh’
Then sit up and say 70 times: Rabbighfir war-ham watajaawaz a’mma ta’lamo innaka antal a’liyyul a’zeem.
Then go into sajdah and say 70 times: Subbooh’un quddoos rabbul malaaekate war-rooh’.
Night of 7th Rajab
The Holy Prophet (SAW) says that if a person recites a 4 unit Salaat on the night of 7thRajab, (such that in each unit after Surah al Hamd recites Surat at Tawheed thrice, Surah al Falaq once, Surah an Naas once. After finishing namaaz recites Salwaat and 10 times Tasbeehate Arba’), Allah will offer him shelter under the Arsh and give him reward of a person fasting in the month of Ramdhan. Allah will ease the pangs of death on him and save him from squeezing in the grave. He will not die unless he sees his place in Paradise, and will be safe from the hardships of Qiyamat.
Middle of month and the nights of 16th & 17th Rajab
To recite 30 Rakat Salaat in the middle part of the month such that in each rakat after Surah al Hamd recite Sura Tawheed 10 times is beneficial to save oneself from punishment in the grave. In the same manner to recite the above Salaat on the nights of 16th and 17th Rajab is also beneficial
To recite the following 8 Rakat Salaat on the 22ndof Rajab is beneficial during death. In each Rakat after al Hamd , recite Surah Tawheed 7 times. After finishing the Salaat, recite salwaat 10 times and recite Astaghfirullah Rabbi wa atooboIlayh 10 times.
24th of Rajab
Fasting on the 24th of Rajab carries great reward. One of its merits is that the angel of death comes in the form of a handsome youth carrying a bowl of the pure drink (Sharaabe Tahoora) and offers it to the dying man. The dying person drinks it and dies in peace.
Last day of Rajab.
For the person who fasts on the last day of Rajab, Allah will save him from the after effects of death.
English translation of Manazelul Akherah by Sheikh Abbas Qummi.
Mafatih-ul-Jinan by Sheikh Abbas Qummi (translated by Marhum Murtaza Ahmed Lakha)