Rajab (Nawafil)

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The auspicious month of Rajab and the recommended (Mustahab) nafilats of the blessed month


30 raka’ah in the course of the month, broken to 10 raka’ah to be performed in set of two raka’ah, in the beginning, middle and end of the blessed month.

Our beloved Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wa salam) advised Hadrat Salman Farsi (radiAllahu ‘anh) to perform 10 raka’ah nafilat each on the first day, the 15th day and last day of the blessed month of Rajab. This effort is rewarded with wiping away the sins of the believer who offers these nafilats and he attains the status of those who fasted the entire month.

When the great Sahabi, Sayyidina Salman Farsi (radiAllahu ‘anh) requested from the holy Prophet (alaihi ‘s-salam) about the detailed procedure of the nafilats. Rasulu-Karim Muhammad Mustafa (alaihi ‘s-salam) gave the following instructions:

Suratul Fatiha (1) in each rakaat

Suratul Kafirun (3) in each rakaat

Suratul Ikhlas (3) in each rakaat

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The Virtues of the Sacred Month of Rajab

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Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ‘ala Rasulillah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

We offer our Hamd to our Karim Lord, Allahu subhanahu wa ta’ala, for the unique blessing of Iman and for all He has mercifully put in place to ensure our forgiveness and our success on the Day of Hisab. Allahu subhanahu wa ta’ala loves all possessors of Iman. With their guidance to Iman He has extended a ‘hand’ of friendship to them, and with the bond of love established, He also took it upon His majesty to fulfill all rights of friendship due. A reflection over the obligatory and nawafil ibadats as well as many little deeds that give so much rewards and exaltation would reveal how much our Lord and Creator has put in place to raise our rewards, cleanse us of sins and even turn our evils and lapses to good.

The month of Rajab is one of the sacred time selected by Allahu ta’ala to offset our deficit by granting abundance of reward. Our beloved Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa salam) and their pious  heirs and lovers (alaihimu ‘r-ridwan) would make the best of this month, exerting themselves in ibadats and good deeds. This write up is to remind Muslims of the sacredness of this noble months, of the sacred duties in it, and of the rewards attainable by those who sincerely make efforts to win Allah’s mercy in it.

The Hujjatul Islam, al-Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (rahimahullah) quoted the noblest Rasulullah (alaihi ‘s-salam) as saying:

Rajab is the month of Allahu ta’ala, Sha’ban is my month, and Ramadan is the month of my Ummah. Continue reading “The Virtues of the Sacred Month of Rajab”

Adhkar in Ramadan

        Ramadan Sharif is the month of Ibadat, the month of Adhkar (remembrance of Allah), the month of Salawat and profuse Dua (supplication). These are listed here in summary to facilitate the drawing of your personal time-table for the month. Time is wasted when time is not planned, and a life without a schedule of program is a life in shambles.


     Apart from the compulsory daily Salats which must strictly come at their times, you should try also including the following:

  • The recognized nafilats coming before and after the obligatory salats.
  • The nafilat of Tarawih following the Ishai salat.
  • The nafilat of Tahajjud.
  • The two raka’at Ishraq nafilat which comes approximately fifteen minutes after sunrise.
  • Salatul Duha which is the mid-morning salat, approximately two hours before noon.
  • Salatul Awwabin: A six raka’at nafilat following the maghrib salat.
  • Recite the Holy Qur’an many times over.
  • Try to recite the Holy Qur’an in Tahajjud and between Sahur and Subhi and at all times. Strictly avoid sleeping immediately after Subhi. Try not to miss the Ishraq nafilat (see above).
  • Recite the Yasin surah daily in Ramadan. It gives reward of ten complete recitation of the Holy Qur’an.
  • Give special time to Zikr, Istighfar and saying salawat on Rasulullah {alaihi’s-Salam}.
  • Dua, profuse supplication from the heart is a special blessing in Ramadan. So make Dua constantly every possible moment, in the day, in the night and especially at Iftar [breaking time] and

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Adab of Ramadan at a Glance

Adab, literally translated as ethics, may come to mean giving every person and every event its due honours and deserved attention. it is to avoid negligence in every affairs – worldly or concerning the akhirah (hereafter). Here are the summary of the adabs of the blessed month of Ramadan.

  • Joining other believers to search for the crescent of Ramadan Sharif from the 29th of Shaaban.
  • To be full of joy when one sees the crescent or hears the news of the commencement of Ramadan Sharif.
  • Make Istighfar for past sins and mistakes.
  • Making the intention to fast the month to please Allahu Subhanahu wa ta’ala.
  • Reciting the Fatih surah on the first night to seek the endless fortunes coming with the blessed month.
  • More than any other time, we should strictly avoid sins in Ramadan Sharif. To sin in this glorious month is to slight, to disrespect the month. Anger, insults and unnecessary talks should be avoided.
  • Fast throughout the month unless there is a compelling hindrance.
  • Make a personal time – table for the month so that you can make the best of the month.
  • Stand up for Tarawih every night.
  • Listen to the whole Qur’an in Tarawih if possible.
  • Recite the whole Qur’an at least once. The more you recite the better. This is the month of Qur’an al-majid.
  • Eat the early morning food and stop before the dawn (Fajr). ‘Surely, Allahu ta’ala loves to see His servant eat the Sha’ri’. [Hadith]
  • Break your fast as soon as you see that the sun is set.
  • Break your fast with date, salt, olive or Date being the best.
  • Guard your eyes from the opposite gender and other evils. Guard your ears from music and immoral talks and guard your tongue from all evil utterances.
  • Eat halal food only, in Iftar and Sahur, and eat very moderate too. It goes against adab to go into excess, filling your stomach.
  • Make Dua {supplication} profusely throughout the month. But specially do not break you fast [Iftar], nor eat [Sahur] without making much Dua.
  • Fill all your time in Ramadan Sharif with Dhikr. The exalted Prophet {alaihi ‘s-salam} specially recommended saying: La ilaha illallah, Astaghfirullah, seeking Jannat and seeking protection against Hell fire. These four are brought together in the saying:

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The Realities of Ramadan Sharif

Bismillahi wa salatu wa salamu ala Rasulullah wa ‘ala jami’il ambiyai wal-mursalin wa ‘ala ahlihi wa sahabihi ajmain, amin.

As written in the Arabic script, the word Ramadan is made up of five letters, namely raa, miim, daad, alif and nuun. The initial raa stands for Rahma (mercy) and ra’fa (compassionate kindness). The miim stands for mujaazaat (recompense), mahabba (loving affection) and minna (gracious favour). The daad stands for damaan (guarantee) meaning the assurance of spiritual reward. The alif is the first letter of the Arabic word ulfa, meaning intimate affection and nearness. The final nuun stands for nuur (light), and nawaat (the receiving of benefit).

If you give this month (of fasting) its proper due, and perform its requirements as you should, all of this things will come to you from the Lord of Truth I. In this world, you will receive them as an enlightenment for your hearts, and as a blessing and benefit to be enjoyed both outwardly and inwardly. In the Hereafter, you will receive that which no eye has ever seen and no ear has ever heard of, and which has never even occurred to any human heart.

Most of you will get nothing of any value out of the month of fasting (shahrassiyaam). Respect for the commandment (ihtiramalamr) is in proportion to the respect that is paid to the one who commands it (ihtiramalamr bih). So how can a person derive any benefit from this month, if he is one of those who have no respect for Allah I, His Messengers (Rusul), His Prophets (ambiyaa’), and the righteous (Salihin) among His servants (may the blessing and peace of Allah be upon them all)? Continue reading “The Realities of Ramadan Sharif”