Rajab is the seventh of the Islamic Lunar Calendar. It is one of the four months in which even pagans did not engage in war fare. It is the month of supplications and seeking repentance. There are many Dua’as; some of them are for specific dates and others may be recited any day of the month. Following are the important dates:
Rajab 1st Birth Day of the Infallible Imam Muhammad al-Baqir (a.s.)
Rajab 3rd Martyrdom of the Infallible Imam Ali al-Naqi (a.s.)
Rajab 5th Birth Day of the Infallible Imam Ali al-Naqi (a.s.)
Rajab 9th Birth Day of the son (Ali al-Asghar) of the King of Martyrs
Rajab 10th Birth Day of the Infallible Imam Muhammad Taqi (a.s.)
Rajab 13th Birth Day of the Infallible Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (a.s.) inside Sacred Ka’ba
Rajab 20th Birth Day of the daughter of the King of Martyrs Sayyida Sakina (a.s.)
Rajab 22nd Nazar of the Infallible Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (a.s.) – Koonday
Rajab 25th Martyrdom of the Infallible Imam Musa al-Kazim (a.s.)
Rajab 27th Ascension-Mairaj night
Rajab 28th Journey of the King of Martyrs the Infallible Imam Husayn (a.s.) towards Karbala
According to the Traditions, the following supplications and Dua’as are recommended:
Whosoever fasts (even one day) during the month of Rajab, gets Allah’s pleasure.
Ask forgiveness and turn repentant to Allah as much as you can. There is big reward for Sadaqa and charity in this month. Repeat “La Ilaha Illallah” 1,000 times. Repeat “Astaghfirullaha Zul Jalale Wal Ikram Min Jamee al Zunoobe Wal Aathaam” 1,000 times. Repeat 1,000 times to get the rewards of 1,000 angels and blessings on the recite, his family and neighbors.
Hazrat Salman-e-Muhammadi narrates that the Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) said: “O Salman, whoever recites 10 rakat salat on the first day of Rajab, 15th day of Rajab and the last day of Rajab and in each rakat recite Surah al-Fateha once, Surah Iqlas three times, and Surah Kafiroon three times and after Salaam read the supplications (Arabic version may be seen in Mafatih-al-Jinan of Shaykh Qummi) on each of the three days, and pray for his needs, your supplication will be accepted and will create 70 trenches between you and the Hell-Fire, the distance between each trench will be like it is between Heaven and Earth, and will be written for you freedom from Hell-Fire and from crossing the Bridge on Siraat.”
Amal –e-Umme Daood is performed on the 15th Rajab. One should fast on the 13th, 14th, and 15th of Rajab which are called the “Ayyam al-Bayz”
Aa’maal of 1st Rajab: Keep fast on this day, take a shower, wear new clothes, recite Ziayrat-e-Imam Husayn (a.s.), and read the “Namaz of Salman Muhammadi” as stated above.
Aa’maal of the night of 7th Rajab: The Noble Prophet (s.a.w.a.s.) said: “If a person recites 4 raka’at namaz such that after Surah al-Hamd recites Surah al-Tawheed three times, and recites Surah al-Falaq and Surah al-Naas once. After finishing namaz, recites Salawaat and 10 times Tasbeehat-e-Arba’a. Allah will offer him shelter under the Arsh and give him the reward of fasting one month of Ramazaan. The angels will pray for his forgiveness till he completes the namaz. Allah will ease the pangs of death on him and save him from the squeeze in the grave. He will not die unless he sees his place in the Paradise and will be safe from the hardships of Qiyamat.
A’amaal of the 15th night (night between 14 and 15) of Rajab: Take a shower and spend the night in Ibadah. Recite Ziarat-e-Imam Husayn (a.s.). Dau’d bin Sarhan reported from Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (a.s.) that 12 raka’at namaz be performed and after finishing the namaz, recite 4 times: Surah al-Hamd, Surah al-Falaq, Surah al-Naas, Surah Ikhlas, and Ayatal Kursi.
Aa’maal for Lailatul Raghaib-the first Thursday of Rajab, and a’amaal for 26 and 27 of Rajab may be seen in any of the following books or web-sites:
Mafatih al-Jinan, Sibtayn International Foundation, Islamic occasion, Jafarianews, and Ziaraat.com