Rajab ul Murajjab a great month

From: Shaykh–e-Tareeqat Ameer-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat ‘Allamah Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Attar Qaadiri دَامَـتْ بَـرَكَـاتُـهُـمُ الْـعَـالِـيَـهْ

O devotees of Rasool! اَلْـحَمْـدُ لـِلّٰـه! The blessed month of Rajab-ul-Murajjab is just round the corner. When the blessed month approaches, it brings wonderful feelings of happiness and peace. We will have privilege to collect the blessings of Rajab-ul-Murajjab and then the blessings of Sha’ban-ul-Mu’azzam too. May we also become able to seek forgiveness in the holy month of Ramadan.

اَلْـحَمْـدُ لـِلّٰـه! Arrival of the blessed month of Rajab-ul-Murajjab has rekindled the remembrance of the holy month of Ramadan. On the one hand, there is abundance of blessings of Rajab-ul-Murajjab and Sha’ban-ul-Mu’azzam and on the other hand there is incomparable greatness of the holy month of Ramadan.

It is stated in the blessed Hadees, when the month of Ramadan would approach, the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would make Du’a as follows: اَللّٰھُمَّ بَارِکْ لَنَا فِیْ رَجَبٍ وَّشَعْبَانَ وَبَلِّغْنَا رَمَضَان (O Allah! Bless us with blessing in Rajab and Sha’ban and make us reach Ramadan.) (Mawsu’ah Ibn Abid Dunya, vol. 1, pp. 361, Hadees 1)

In the explanation of the mentioned Hadees, it is stated: O Allah Almighty! Grant us blessing in the acts of our worship during [the month of] Rajab, ‘humility and devotion’ in [the month of] Sha’ban, and bless us with [the month of] Ramadan, with [the privilege of] fasts and Qiyam during this month. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 2, pp. 330)

سُـبْحٰـنَ الـلّٰــه! What a beautiful Du’a it is! While following this beautiful Sunnah of our Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, we should also keep reciting this Du’a whenever we remember or at least after each Fard Salah. Respected Imams of Masajid can recite this Du’a after five times Salah, or rather they can make their Muqtadees[1] recite it. It is requested to recite with the intention of Sunnah. If Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ wills, they will also get reward, and it will also be easier for Muqtadees to memorise it.

O devotees of Rasool! Rajab is the month of repentance. Sayyiduna ‘Allamah Ali Qari رَحْمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ عَـلَيْه has stated: I have heard some of my leading Shaykhs making Istighfar in abundance in the blessed month of Rajab. They would recite as follows:

اَسْتَغْفِرُ اللّٰەَ ذَا الْجَلَالِ وَ الْاِکْرَامِ مِنْ جَمِیْعِ الذُّنُوْبِ وَالْآثَامِ

I seek forgiveness for all my sins from Allah, the most Majestic and the Most Honourable.

(Majmu’ah-e-Rasaail-e-‘Allamah Mulla Ali Qari, vol. 2, pp. 291)

So, repent in the court of Allah Almighty wholeheartedly: O Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! I will not commit sins now, save us and enable us to remain steadfast in repentance. Remember! Repentance will not be accepted unless a person makes a firm intention of giving up a sin, instead this is like joking with Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ. It is stated in a blessed Hadees: ‘The one who seeks repentance while being ‘persistent in committing sins’ is the one who jokes with his Allah.’ (Attargheeb Wattarheeb, vol. 4, pp. 48, Raqm 19)

It is necessary for ‘seeking repentance’ that a sinner feels guilty and ashamed at his sin, mentions his sin and resolves in this way: ‘I will not commit this sin ever again and I repent for it.’ Only then It will be considered a ‘repentance’ and his sin will be forgiven by the mercy of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ.

It is requested to all of you to be a witness: I repent of all of my sins. If I have committed any act of disbelief, I also repent of that sin. لَآاِلٰەَ اِلَّا اللّٰهُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَّسُوْلُ اللّٰه O Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! I seek repentance for all of my sins in Your court. O Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ! Enable me to never disobey You.

اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صلَّی اللہ علیہ واٰلہٖ وسلَّم

[1] People who follow Imam Sahib in Salah