بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله رب العالمين
و صلى الله على سيدنا محمد و على آله وصحبه وسلم تسليما كثيرا

Asalamu' Alaikum Dear MSA,

Insh'Allah you are all well and in the best of Iman. Please take a moment to
read this and forward it along. May Allah allow all of us to get the most
out of this month and take full advantage of Allah's mercy. Ameen.




THE RAJAB LETTER

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This is an excerpt from the book *Kanz Al-Najah wa As-Suroor* ("The
Treasures of Success and Happiness"), a book highlighting the special
qualities of each month. As the blessed and holy month of Rajab approaches
(please check your local sightings or mosques to know when the month of
Rajab begins in your area -http://www.crescent
watch.org/cgi-bin/Cw/cw.
cgi<http://www.crescentwatch.org/cgi-bin/Cw/cw.cgi>), hopefully this
information will be of use in allowing us all to
appreciate it and benefit from it:

So, my dear friend, put forth a great effort in the month of Rajab, may
Allah have mercy on you. It is the season of great profits, so take
advantage of your time! Whoever is spiritually sick due to their sins - know
that the medicine has come.

    - Know that Rajab is a virtuous month in which worship is gloriously
         rewarded - especially fasting and seeking repentance (*istighfar*).

    - Also, making du'a during the eve of the first of Rajab is highly
         recommended. The Prophet, peace and mercy be upon him, said, *"There
         are five nights in which du'a *(supplication)* is not rejected: the
         eve of Rajab, the 15th night of Sha'aban, the eve of Friday,
on the eve of
         Eid Al-Fitr, and on the eve of Eid Al-Adha."** *[Al-Suyuti in his *
         Al-Jami'*].

    - On the 27th night of Rajab, the Prophet, peace and mercy be upon him,
         was taken on the *Isra wa Mi'raj** *(The Night Journey and
         Ascension to the Heavens). This was a great and glorious
night, as is known
         to most Muslims, in which the Prophet, peace and mercy be
upon him, met his
         Lord and was given the commandment to perform the 5 daily prayers.

    - Rajab is one of the four sacred months mentioned in the Quran (the
         four months are : Rajab, Dhul Qi'da, Dhul Hijjah, and Muharram):

إن عدة الشهور عند الله اثنا عشر شهرا في كتاب الله يوم خلق السموت والارض منها
اربعة حرم
* {The number of months is twelve according to God, in the decree of God, on
the day God created the heavens and the earth; and four of them are
sacred}(9:36)
*



    - Rajab is Allah's month in which He pours His Mercy upon the penitent
         and He accepts the actions that people have done for His
sake. The Prophet,
         peace and mercy be upon him, said, *"**Rajab is the month of Allah,
         and Sha'aban is my month, and Ramadan is the month of my
Ummah**."*(Imam Al-Suyuti in
         *Al-Jami*).

    - Scholars say: Rajab is the month of repentance (*istighfar*), and
         Sha'aban is the month of sending peace and mercy *(**salawat/durood
         shareef*) upon the Prophet, and Ramadan is the month of Qur'an.

    - One *highly recommended* act to do is say 70 times after the Fajr and
         'Isha prayers every morning and night of Rajab:


"ربّ اغفر لي وارحمني وتب عليّ"

*Transliteration*: *"Allahuma ighfir li wa Arhamni wa tub 'alayya."*

*Translation*: Oh Allah forgive me, have mercy upon me, and grant me
repentance.



    - Sayyidna 'Ali, may Allah be well pleased with him, used to allocate
         extra amounts of time for worship on four nights - the first
night of Rajab,
         the nights before the two Eids, and the 15th night of Sha'aban.


    - It is also *highly recommended* to say the following Prophetic prayer
         (known as *Sayyid Al-Istighfar* or the Master of Repentance) 3
         times every morning and every evening in Rajab:


اللهم أنت ربي، لا اله الا أنت خلقتني وأنا عبدك، وأنا على عهدك ووعدك ما
استطعت، أعوذ بك من شر ما صنعت، أبوء لك بنعمتك عليَّ وأبوء يذنبي فاغفر لي
فإنه لا يغفر الذنوب الا أنت

*Transliteration*:* **Allahuma anta rabi la ilaha illa ant, khalaqtani wa
ana 'abduk, wa ana 'ala 'ahdika wa wa'adika ma astata'at, 'authu bika min
shar ma san'at, abu'u laka bi ni'matika 'allaya wa abu'u bi dhanbi, faqhfir
li fa'innahu la yaghfir al-dhunub ila anta.*

*Translation*: O Allah, you are my Lord, and there is no god but you. You
created me and I am your servant, and I am upon the convenant to the best of
my ability. I seek refuge in you from the evil I have brought upon myself. I
admit all the blessings you have given me and I admit my sins, so forgive
me, for no one can forgive sins save You.



And success is from Allah
والحمد لله رب العالمي