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

After the ten raka’ah of the first day of Rajab the worshipper is expected to say: Continue reading “Rajab (Nawafil)”

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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Welcoming Ramadan

All thanks and glorifications belong to our Owner and Creator, Allahu tabaraka wa ta’ala, by right. He originated creation when it was not and sustained existence without the slightest stress. Every atom in existence proclaims His glory, acknowledging His perfection and His pure sublimity.

We thank Allahu subhanahu wa ta’ala specially for the greatest fortune of Iman and for the great grace of witnessing another blessed and sublime month of Ramadan. The sacred month of Ramadan is an opportunity, a rare and very unique favour from our most Gracious Lord, and every opportunity is an invaluable gem which a believer must never allow to be wasted at all.

The Prophet of mercy, our beloved Nabiyy, Rasulu-Karim Sayyidina Muhammad Mustafa (alaihi ‘s-salam) mentioned that only the aged ones know the value and bliss in youthfulness, only the bed-ridden and terribly sick know the value of health, and only the dead ones can truly perceive the value of life. So, those who can sincerely comprehend the blessing of this noble month of Ramadan are those who witnessed the last Ramadan but are now in the grave. They longingly hope to see another of this great month, the kings of all months, but fate, in its very strange ways has sent them to the cemetery. The living in reality are not very far from the dead, we are fortunate to see another month of grace and excuse from Allahu ta’ala, we need to struggle to maximize its gains to escape regrets when Qiyama (resurrection) comes.


Every business has its season and every season also has its peak. The farmers give up rest when rains come, the tailors are ever awake as Eids (Festival) approach and the politicians become restless as elections get near. The month of Ramadan is the season of believers, the true people of Iman who desires Allahu ta’ala forgiveness, love and pleasure, and who crave the higher stations in Jannat. Such true believers would put aside all plays, amusements and distractions, reduce their worldly businesses to the minimum and focus ibadats and services to Allahu ta’ala’s creation and giving up sins throughout the auspicious month of Ramadan. The saintly elders, past and present, see this as the ultimate sign of success. If we miss the other months out we have only lost something, but if we play with Ramadan sharif, we have lost everything. May Allahu ta’ala, barkat of Rasulullah (alaihi ‘s-salam), save us from temporal and eternal misfortunes, amin. Continue reading “Welcoming Ramadan”


Auzubillahi min ash-Shaytanir rajim

Bismillahir Rahamanir Raheem

As we bid the auspicious month of Allah, the noble month of Rajab bye, and resume the exalted month of Sha’ban, it is imperative to mention few words from our learned and saintly past encouraging towards the proper efforts in Sha’ban to get a successful and accepted Ramadan. It is said that if our Sha’ban is not proper, our Ramadan can never be perfect or good enough. The most blissful month of Ramadan is nothing but a downpour of Allah’s mercy and invaluable gifts, the clouds of this Divine rains forms in Rajab, and the strong winds heralding the rains comes in Sha’ban.

  • Rain waters are collected in clean pots after rinsing the pots clean, the heart is the depository of Divine graces and the cleanser for the receptacle of the heart is Tawba, profuse and sincere Tawba. This is the foundation of every noble aspiration in our Deen and also our recourse at every junction of our spiritual journey. The saintly ‘alim and Mujahid, the noblest Imam, Shaykh Uthman bn Fundi al-Qadiri al-Maliki (rahimahullah) once mentioned that Tawba is the veil over the filth of our disobedience, our sins, and a veil over the inadequacy of our devotions. Tawba is the security for our past and an assurance for our future. Tawba is life after death, since hearts become dead and decadent with sins and their coming to life again is only through most sincere Tawba.

So, as we gradually journey through Sha’ban enroute Ramadan, it is most imperative to increase our prayers of Istighfar and returning often in repentance so that we arrive the noble month of Ramadan with a clean slate. Any prayers of Tawba from the sunnah would do, and we can as well use few of them interchangeably. Saying Astagfirullah, Astagfirullah, in hundreds or a thousand of times with attentive heart post salat throughout the month of Sha’ban would prove very beneficial. Other longer versions of Dua of Tawba are: Continue reading “ACT WELL YOUR SHA’BAN FOR A FRUITFUL RAMADAN”