The Specialties of the Month of Rajab

'Rajabun Shahrullah' - 'Rajab is the month of Allah'

سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي أَسْرَى بِعَبْدِهِ لَيْلاً مِّنَ الْمَسْجِدِ الْحَرَامِ إِلَى الْمَسْجِدِ الأَقْصَى الَّذِي بَارَكْنَا حَوْلَهُ لِنُرِيَهُ مِنْ آيَاتِنَا إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ البَصِيرُ

The Prophet's Night Journey
by Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

17:1: "Praise be to God Who has enraptured His servant by night from the Sacred mosque (Mecca) to the Farthest Mosque (Jerusalem)."

33:56: "Lo! God and His angels shower blessings on the Prophet. O ye who believe; ask blessings on him and salute him with a worthy salutation."

The Spiritual Significance of the Miraculous Night Journey & Ascension of the Prophet Muhammad (s)

by Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani

Subhan alladhee asr’a bi `abdihi laylan. “Glorified be He Who carried His servant by night...” Look at every word of this holy verse. First Allah praised Himself in the third person, in absence. Allah then miraculously moved the Prophet from Makkah to Masjid al-Aqsa (asra’). Then He referred to the Prophet as “`abd - servant”, distinguishing him through that elevated title as being related to the spiritual life, not the animal life. ... The Shari`a of Moses (as) relates to the worldly life and the spirituality of ‘Isa (as) relates to the heavenly life. By passing from the worldly life, represented by the Night Journey, to heavenly life, represented by the Ascension, the Prophet (s) was carried on these two wings. No prophet was carried in both these dimensions except our master Muhammad (s).
Hadiths on Rajab

Explanation

I heard Ibn `Abbas saying: "The Messenger of Allah used to observe fast so continuously that we thought he would never break it, and at other times he remained without fasting so continuously that we thought he would never fast."
Fasting in Rajab and Sha`ban
by
Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
Fasting the Month of Rajab.   Fasting the months of Rajab and Sha`ban as a nafila or supererogatory worship is recommended, with the intention of following the Sunna of the Prophet (s)...
The Saint of Rajab
by Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
The Prophet (s) said, 'Rajab is the month of God, Shaban is my month and Ramadan is the month of my Community.' God gave us twelve months in the year, eleven of which are ours and one of which belongs to God. What rewards God will give his servants in His month, no one knows, not even the Prophet (s). The work of prophets and angels stops in the month of Rajab. They are not allowed to know what rewards God is going to give His community...
Adab of Rajab
transmitted by Naqshbandi mashaykh
In the name of Allah, the All-Beneficent, the All-Merciful O Allah, I ask forgiveness of You for everything for which I repented to You then returned to. And I ask forgiveness of You for everything I displeased You with and all that concerns me with which You are displeased. And I ask forgiveness of You for the favors which I used for increasing my disobedience towards You.
Fasting and extra worshipping in Rajab & Shaban The "Salafis" try to prevent the people from treating the night of Isra' and Mi`raj on 27 Rajab and the night of mid-Sha`ban (Laylat al-Bara'a) as special. They claim that honoring these nights are innovations that must not be allowed.
Ghunya al-Talibeen on Rajab
by
Shaykh `Abd al-Qadir Jilani
When the worshipper has duly performed his ritual prayer [salat] on the first night of Rajab, he is recommended to offer the following prayer of supplication [du'a']:

"O Allah, to You the applicants apply this night, to You the aspirants aspire, and for Your gracious bounty and beneficence the seekers look in hope. You have special favors [nafahat] to bestow this night, and prizes and gifts and presents...

The First Friday Night of Rajab
by Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
Tonight is a very precious night Laylat ar-Ragha'ib, 'the Sacred Night of Desires'. It is one of the most important nights in Islamic history for all human beings. It is the night that the Prophet (s) was transferred from his father to his mother's womb. It falls on the first Friday of Rajab. All that you wish for on this night, God gives you for the sake of His beloved Prophet (s). In Islamic countries they celebrate this night with praising of the Prophet (s), remembrance of his life, remembrance of God in their hearts, and visits to mosques, which stay open throughout the night until dawn. 
The First Day and Night of the First Friday of Rajab
by Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
As for the night of the first Friday of the month of Rajab or its first night, both known as the "Night of wishes" (Laylat ar-Ragha'ib) during which is performed the Salat al-ragha'ib...

On
Rajab

by Shaykh Abdul Ghani an-Nablusi

There is no doubt that the month of Rajab is the key to the opening of the months of goodness and blessing.

Ghunya al-Talibeen on Sha`ban
by
Shaykh `Abd al-Qadir Jilani

Sha`ban is one of the meritorious months for which we find particular instructions in the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (s). It is reported in authentic ahadith that Prophet Muhammad (s), used to fast most of the month in Sha`ban. These fasts are supererogatory (nafl) and well deserving of reward, for Sha`ban is the month immediately preceding the month of Ramadan. The Prophet mentioned in a hadith, "Rajab is the month of Allah, Sha`ban is my month and Ramadan is the month of the Nation".

Ahadith on Fasting in Sha`ban

It is related, "He (the Prophet (s)) used to fast the whole of Sh‘abān except a few days."

On Specialties of the Night of Mid-Sha`ban

Imam al-Ghazali wrote in his Ihyā, “The Night of mid-Sha`bān, in it [pray] 100 raka’ts, reciting in each raka`t after al-Fātiha, Surat al-Ikhlās 10 times; they never left it, as we related about the voluntary extra prayers and the Night of `Arafat.”
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