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Summary of Friday Sermon- 11 June 2010

In: General, Lecture Summaries
EVENTS OF RAJAB:
There are numerous events that have occurred in the history during this month. Some of them are as follows: Births of: Imam Ali (as) – Year 30 of ‘Aamul-Feel; Imam al-Baqir (as) – 57 AH; Imam al-Jawad (as) – 195 AH & Sayyida Sakinah bint al-Husayn (as). Martyrdom of: Imam al-Hadi (as) – 254 AH & Sayyida Zaynab (as) – 62 AH. Other events: Be’thah (Proclamation of Prophethood) – 13 BH, Me’raj (The ascension of the Holy Prophet (saww) to the heavens), the Quibla was changed from Quds to Makkah – 2 AH, conquer of Khaybar by Imam Ali (as) – 7 AH, Ja’far bin Abi Talib (as) returned from Ethiopia, the battle of Tabook was fought in the year 9 AH, death of Abbas bin Abdul-Muttalib & Hazrat Abu Talib (as), Ibrahim, son of the Holy Prophet (saw) from Maria Qibtiyya died at the age of 18 months on 18th Rajab 10 AH and Imam Husayn (as) departed from Madinah on 28th Rajab 60 AH
RECOMMENDED ACTS OF RAJAB
Fasting: According to Imam al-Kadhim (as), Rajab is the name of the river in paradise which is whiter than milk and sweeter than honey. Those who fast in this month will drink from that river. It is also mentioned in a Hadeeth that whoever fasts for one day of this month: Earns the pleasure of Allah (SWT); Safeguards from the wrath of Allah (SWT) & and a door from the doors of Jahannam is shut for him.
Istighfar: The Holy Prophet (saww) has said, “Rajab is the month for seeking forgiveness, so seek forgiveness from Allah (SWT)”. It is highly recommended that one should recite the Tasbeeh of ASTAGHFIRULLAHA WA AS-ALUHUT-TAWBAH (I seek forgiveness from Allah and ask Him to grant me forgiveness) – as many times as possible.
Sadaqah: Giving ‘Sadaqah’ (charity/alms) is also highly recommended particularly for those who are unable to fast for whatever reason.
Laylat al-Raghaib: This is a special prayer performed on the eve of the first Thursday of Rajab. The Holy Prophet (saww) has recommended this prayer to us and the advantages are: Forgiveness of great many sins, Safety from troubles of the grave on the first night of burial and Shelter on the day of resurrection.
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