Month of Rajab

Duas to be recited on the 1st eve of the Month of Rajab

At the sight of the new moon, it is recommended to say the following supplicatory prayer:
اللَّهُمَّ اهِلَّهُ عَلَيْنَا بِٱلامْنِ وَٱلإِيـمَانِ
allahumma ahillahu `alayna bil-amni wal-imani
O Allah, cause it (i.e. the moon) to appear carrying for us security, faith,
وَٱلسَّلاَمَةِ وَٱلإِسْلاَمِ
walssalamati wal-islami
safety, and Islam.
رَبِّي وَرَبُّكَ ٱللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ
rabbi wa rabbuka allahu `azza wa jalla
Your and my Lord is Allah, the Glorified and Majestic.

It has been also reported that when his eyes fell on the new moon of Rajab, the Holy Prophet (s) used to say the following:
اللَّهُمَّ بَارِكْ لَنَا فِي رَجَبٍ وَشَعْبَانَ
allahumma barik lana fi rajabin wa sha`bana
O Allah, (please do) pour out Your blessings upon us in Rajab and Sha`ban.
وَبَلِّغْنَا شَهْرَ رَمَضَانَ
wa ballighna shahra ramadana
make us catch Ramadan,
وَاعِنَّا عَلَىٰ ٱلصِّيَامِ
wa a`inna `ala alssiyami
and help us observe fasting,
وَٱلْقِيَامِ
walqiyami
do acts of worship,
وَحِفْظِ ٱللِّسَانِ
wa hifzi allisani
suppress our tongues (from saying anything improper),
وَغَضِّ ٱلْبَصَرِ
wa ghaddi albasari
and cast down our eyes (against what is forbidden for us to look at).
وَلاَ تَجْعَلْ حَظَّنَا مِنْهُ ٱلْجُوعَ وَٱلْعَطَشَ
wa la taj`al hazzana minhu alju`a wal`atasha
Do not make our share of Ramadan is only hunger and thirst.

It is recommended to offer, after the obligatory Maghrib Prayer, a twenty unit prayer and to recite in each unit Surah al-Fatihah once and Surah al-Tawhid onceWhoever offers this prayer, his family members, property, sons, and he will be kept saved from harm, rescued against the grave torture, and pass the Sirat as swiftly as lightning without being called to account.

After the `Isha' Prayer, it is recommended to offer a two unit prayer in the first unit of which Surah al-Fatihah should be recited once, Surah al-Inshirah (No. 94) recited once, and Surah al-Tawhid recited three times. In the second unit, Surahs al-Fatihah, al-Inshirah, al-Tawhid, al-Falaq, and al-Nas should be recited once each. After taslim, the following litany should be repeated thirty times:
لاَ إِلٰهَ إِلاَّ ٱللَّهُ
la ilaha illa allahu
There is no god save Allah.

Similarly, this imploration of blessings (SALAWAT) should be repeated thirty times:
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ
allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin
O Allah, (please do) send blessings to Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad.
The reward of this prayer is that whoever offers it, will have all his sins forgiven and will return as sin-free as the day of his birth.

It is recommended to offer a thirty unit prayer in each unit Surah al-Fatihah is recited once, Surah al-Kafirun (No. 109) recited once, and Surah al-Tawheed repeated three times

Referring to the recommended rites at the first night of Rajab, Shaykh al-Tusi has mentioned, in his book of Misbah al-Mutahajjid, that Abu’l-Bukhtari Wahab ibn Wahab has narrated on the authority of Imam al-Sadiq (`a) on the authority of his father (`a) on the authority of his grandfather (`a) who said that Imam `Ali (`a) used to devote himself to acts of worship in an exclusive way at four nights, (1) the first night of Rajab, (2) the middle night (i.e. fifteen) of Sha`ban, (3) the `id al-Fitr Night (i.e. the first night of Shawwal), and (4) the Nahr Night (the tenth of Dhu’l-hijjah). Imam Abu-Ja`far II (`a) is reported to have recommended saying this the following supplicatory prayer at the first night of Rajab after the `Isha' Prayer:
It has been narrated from Imam Jafar Sadiq; In the Name of Allah, the All-beneficent the All-merciful. You may say the following (supplicatory prayer) each day in Rajab; in mornings, evenings, and after each of the obligatory prayers:

اللَّهُمَّ إنِّي اسْالُكَ بِانَّكَ مَلِكٌ
allahumma inni as'aluk bi'annaka malikun
O Allah, I beseech You in the name of Your being the King,
وَانَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ مُقْتَدِرٌ
wa annaka `ala kulli shay'in muqtadirun
having absolute power over all things,
وَانَّكَ مَا تَشَاءُ مِنْ امْرٍ يَكُونُ
wa annaka ma tasha'u min amrin yakunu
and whatever matter You want to happen shall happen.
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي اتَوَجَّهُ إِلَيْكَ بِنَبِيِّكَ مُحَمَّدٍ
allahumma inni atawajjahu ilayka binabiyyika muhammadin
O Allah, I turn my face towards You asking You in the name of Your Prophet, Muhammad,
نَبِيِّ ٱلرَّحْمَةِ صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ
nabiyyi alrrahmati salla allahu `alayhi wa alihi
the Prophet of mercy—may Allah’s blessings be upon him and his Household.
يَا مُحَمَّدُ
ya muhammadu
O Muhammad!
يَا رَسُولَ ٱللَّهِ
ya rasula allahi
O Messenger of Allah!
إِنِّي اتَوَجَّهُ بِكَ إِلَىٰ ٱللَّهِ رَبِّكَ وَرَبِّي
inni atawajjahu bika ila allahi rabbika wa rabbi
I seek Your intercession for me with Allah, your and my Lord,
لِيُنْجِحَ لِي بِكَ طَلِبَتِي
liyunjiha li bika talibati
so that He may respond to my request.
اللَّهُمَّ بِنَبِيِّكَ مُحَمَّدٍ
allahumma binabiyyika muhammadin
O Allah, I beseech You in the name of Your Prophet Muhammad
وَٱلائِمَّةِ مِنْ اهْلِ بَيْتِهِ
wal-a'immati min ahli baytihi
and the Imams from his household,
صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَعَلَيْهِمْ
salla allahu `alayhi wa `alayhim
peace be upon him and them,
انْجِحْ طَلِبَتِي
anjih talibati
to respond to my request.
You may then mention your requests.

`Ali ibn hadid has narrated that Imam Musa ibn Ja`far (`a) used to say the following supplicatory prayer while prostrating after the accomplishment of the Night Prayer (Salat al-Layl):

لَكَ ٱلْمَحْمَدَةُ إِنْ اطَعْتُكَ
laka almahmadatu in ata`tuka
[O Allah,] If I obey You, then thanks to You,
وَلَكَ ٱلْحُجَّةُ إِنْ عَصَيْتُكَ
wa laka alhujjatu in `asaytuka
and if I disobey You, then You have the right (to punish me).
لاَ صُنْعَ لِي وَلاَ لِغَيْرِي فِي إِحْسَانٍ إِلاَّ بِكَ
la sun`a li wa la lighayri fi ihsanin illa bika
All favors that are done to me or to anyone else must come from You.
يَا كَائِناً قَبْلَ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ
ya ka'inan qabla kulli shay'in
O He Who existed before all things!
وَيَا مُكَوِّنَ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ
wa ya mukawwina kulli shay'in
O Author of all things!
إِنَّكَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
innaka `ala kulli shay'in qadirun
Verily, You have power over all things.
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي اعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ ٱلْعَدِيلَةِ عِنْدَ ٱلْمَوْتِ
allahumma inni a`udhu bika mina al`adilati `inda almawti
O Allah, I seek Your protection against deviation at (the hour of) death,
وَمِنْ شَرِّ ٱلْمَرْجِعِ فِي ٱلْقُبُورِ
wa min sharri almarji`i fi alquburi
evil recourse in the grave,
وَمِنَ ٱلنَّدَامَةِ يَوْمَ ٱلآزِفَةِ
wa mina alnnadamati yawma al-azifati
and regret on the Day of the approaching doom.
فَاسْالُكَ انْ تُصَلِّيَ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ
fa-as'aluka an tusalliya `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin
I therefore beseech You to send blessings to Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad
وَانْ تَجْعَلَ عَيْشِي عِيشَةً نَقِيَّةً
wa an taj`ala `ayshi `ishatan naqiyyatan
and to make my life wholesome,
وَمِيْتَتِي مِيتَةً سَوِيَّةً
wa mitati mitatan sawiyyatan
my death sound,
وَمُنْقَلَبِي مُنْقَلَباً كَرِيماً
wa munqalabi munqalaban kariman
and my resort honorable;
غَيْرَ مُخْزٍ وَلاَ فَاضِحٍ
ghayra mukhzin wa la fadihin
neither disgraceful nor scandalous.
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِهِ
allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa alihi
O Allah, (please do) send blessings to Muhammad and his Household;
ٱلائِمَّةِ يَنَابِيعِ ٱلْحِكْمَةِ
al-a'immati yanabi`i alhikmati
the Imams, the sources of wisdom,
وَاوْلِي ٱلنِّعْمَةِ
wa uli alnni`mati
the causes of bliss,
وَمَعَادِنِ ٱلْعِصْمَةِ
wa ma`adini al`ismati
and the essences of immaculacy,
وَٱعْصِمْنِي بِهِمْ مِنْ كُلِّ سُوءٍ
wa i`simni bihim min kulli su'in
and protect me, in their name, against all evils,
وَلاَ تَاخُذْنِي عَلَىٰ غِرَّةٍ وَلاَ عَلَىٰ غَفْلَةٍ
wa la ta'khudhni `ala ghirratin wa la `ala ghaflatin
do not seize me unexpectedly or inattentively,
وَلاَ تَجْعَلْ عَوَاقِبَ اعْمَالِي حَسْرَةً
wa la taj`al `awaqiba a`mali hasratan
do not allow my end result to be regretful,
وَٱرْضَ عَنِّي
warda `anni
and be pleased with me,
فَإِنَّ مَغْفِرَتَكَ لِلظَّالِمِينَ وَانَا مِنَ ٱلظَّالِمِينَ
fa'inna maghfirataka lilzzalimina wa ana min alzzalimina
for Your forgiveness is dedicated to the wrongdoers, and I am one of these wrongdoers.
اللَّهُمَّ ٱغْفِرْ لِي مَا لاَ يَضُرُّكَ
allahumma ighfir li ma la yadurruka
O Allah, (please do) forgive me (my faults) which do not harm You
وَاعْطِنِي مَا لاَ يَنْقُصُكَ
wa a`tini ma la yanqusuka
and give me from that which does not cause decrease to You.
فَإِنَّكَ ٱلْوَسِيعُ رَحْمَتُهُ
fa'innaka alwasi`u rahmatuhu
Verily, You are the One Whose mercy is all-embracing
ٱلْبَدِيعُ حِكْمَتُهُ
albadi`u hikmatuhu
and Whose wisdom is all-excellent.
وَاعْطِنِي ٱلسَّعَةَ وَٱلدَّعَةَ
wa a`tini alssa`ata waldda`ata
(Please do) grant me opulence, comfort,
وَٱلامْنَ وَٱلصِّحَّةَ
wal-amna walssihhata
security, health,
وَٱلْنُّجُوعَ وَٱلْقُنُوعَ
walnnuju`a walqunu`a
wholesomeness, contentment,
وَٱلشُّكْرَ وَٱلْمُعَافَاةَ وَٱلتَّقْوَىٰ
walshshukra walmu`afata walttaqwa
thanksgiving, good health, piety,
وَٱلصَّبْرَ وَٱلصِّدْقَ عَلَيْكَ وَعَلَىٰ اوْلِيَائِكَ
walssabra walssidqa `alayka wa `ala awliya'ika
patience, belief in You and Your Saints,
وَٱلْيُسْرَ وَٱلشَّكْرَ
walyusra walshshukra
affluence, and thanksgiving.
وَاعْمِمْ بِذٰلِكَ يَا رَبِّ اهْلِي وَوَلَدِي
wa a`mim bidhalika ya rabbi ahli wa waladi
(Please do) include, O my Lord, with this (request) my family members (or my wife), my sons,
وَإِخْوَانِي فِيكَ
wa ikhwani fika
and my brethren-in-faith
وَمَنْ احْبَبْتُ وَاحَبَّنِي
wa man ahbabtu wa ahabbani
as well as all those whom I love and those who love me
وَوَلَدْتُ وَوَلَدَنِي
wa waladtu wa waladani
and my offspring and all my fathers and mothers
مِنَ ٱلْمُسْلِمِينَ وَٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
mina almuslimina walmu'minina
among the Muslims and the believers,
يَارَبَّ ٱلْعَالَمِينَ
ya rabba al`alamina
O Lord of the worlds!

Ibn Ashyam says: It is advisable to say this supplicatory prayer after offering the eight-unit salat al-Layl (Night Prayer) and before offering the three-unit salat al-witr. Immediately after offering this prayer, it is recommended to say this supplicatory prayer while sitting:

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ ٱلَّّذِي لاَ تَنْفَدُ خَزَائِنُهُ
alhamdu lillahi alladhi la tanfadu khaza'inuhu
All praise be to Allah Whose treasures are inexhaustible
وَلاَ يَخَافُ آمِنُهُ
wa la yakhafu aminuhu
and those whom are secured by Him shall never fear anything.
رَبِّ إِنِ ٱرْتَكَبْتُ ٱلْمَعَاصِيَ
rabbi in irtakabtu alma`asiya
O my Lord, as I have committed acts of disobedience to You,
فَذٰلِكَ ثِقَةٌ مِنِّي بِكَرَمِكَ
fadhalika thiqatun minni bikaramika
this was only out of my full confidence in Your generosity.
إِنَّكَ تَقْبَلُ ٱلتَّوْبَةَ عَنْ عِبَادِكَ
innaka taqbalu alttawbata `an `ibadika
Verily, You accept the repentance of Your servants,
وَتَعْفُو عَنْ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ
wa ta`fu `an sayyi'atihim
pardon their wrongdoings,
وَتَغْفِرُ ٱلزَّلَلَ
wa taghfiru alzzalala
and forgive their flaws.
وَإِنَّكَ مُجِيبٌ لِدَاعِيكَ
wa innaka mujibun lida`ika
You verily respond to one who prays You,
وَمِنْهُ قَرِيبٌ
wa minhu qaribun
and You are close to him.
وَانَا تَائِبٌ إِلَيْكَ مِنَ ٱلْخَطَايَا
wa ana ta'ibun ilayka min alkhataya
I am repenting before You from my sins
وَرَاغِبٌ إِلَيْكَ فِي تَوْفِيرِ حَظِّي مِنَ ٱلْعَطَايَا
wa raghibun ilayka fi tawfiri hazzi min al`ataya
and from You do I desire for a good portion of Your donations.
يَا خَالِقَ ٱلْبَرَايَا
ya khaliqa albaraya
O Creator of all beings!
يَا مُنْقِذِي مِنْ كُلِّ شَدِيدَةٍ
ya munqidhi min kulli shadidatin
O my Redeemer from all hardships!
يَا مُجِيرِي مِنْ كُلِّ مَحْذُورٍ
ya mujiri min kulli mahdhurin
O my Rescuer from all perils!
وَفِّرْ عَلَيَّ ٱلسُّرُورَ
waffir `alayya alssurura
(Please do) confer upon me with pleasure
وَٱكْفِنِي شَرَّ عَوَاقِبِ ٱلامُورِ
wakfini sharra `awaqibi al-umuri
and save me from the evil end results of matters.
فَانْتَ ٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ نَعْمَائِكَ وَجَزِيلِ عَطَائِكَ مَشكورٌ
fa anta allahu `ala na`ma'ika wa jazili `ata'ika mashkurun
Verily, You are Allah the thanked for Your bounties and affluent gifts
وَلِكُلِّ خَيرٍ مَذخُورٌ
wa likulli khayrin madhkhur
and hoped for all good things.