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Sacred Months: Prayer and Worship for the Special Months

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Rizwana Sayed

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9780956614667

The Sacred Months is an invaluable resource for the devout worshipper, seeking to benefit from the blessed times encompassed within the Islamic year. The book highlights the unique attributes of each month, sourced from the Qur’an, sayings of the Prophet s.a.w. and the scholars. It illustrates the perspective of the scholars and their veneration of the sanctified days throughout the Islamic year, and also provides the knowledge and practice of the Gnostics and saints. It is a manual of prayers, invocations and devotional acts that merit extensive reward and safeguard the believer in the world and the hereafter. With clear Arabic text, transliteration and translation, this book is easy to read, follow and utilise throughout the year.

 

Contents

 

1. Introduction

 

2. Muharram

The Beginning of the New Year

Supplications for the New Year

The Supplication of Habib Ali bin Muhammad al-Habshi for the Beginning and the End of the Year

The Supplication of Sayyidina Khidr related by Imam al-Ghazali

Invocations for the First Ten Days

The Formula of Ayat ul-Kursi

The Supplication of Shaykh Zayni Dahlan

Supplications for the Day of Ashura’

The Supplication of Imam Zain ul-Abidin for the Day of Ashura’

The Supplication of Shaykh Ibrahim al-Attar al-Shami for the Day of Ashura’

The Invocation of Allama Dayrbi

The Merit of Fasting and Generosity in Muharram

 

3. Safar

Prayer for the Last Wednesday of Safar

 

4. Rabi al-Awwal

Regarding the Merit of Rabi al-Awwal

Why did the Prophet’s Birth not occur in one of the Sacred Months of Allah?

The Merit of Expressing Joy at the Birth of the Messenger of Allah s.a.w.

The Virtues of Reciting the Mawlid of the Prophet s.a.w.

Invocations to Recite in Rabi ul-Awwal

 

5. Rajab

Auspicious Events that Occurred in Rajab

The First Night of Rajab

The Prayer of the Granting of Wishes (Salat ur-Ragha’ib)

Seeking Forgiveness in Rajab

Regarding the Merit of the Twenty-Seventh Day of Rajab

The Merits of Fasting in the Month of Rajab

Charitable Acts in the Month of Rajab

 

6. Shaban

Significant Events that Occurred in Shaban

Regarding the Merit of Mid-Shaban

Recommended Prayers for the Night of Mid-Shaban

The Opinion of the Scholars Regarding the Prayer of Mid-Shaban

The Supplication of Mid-Shaban

The Supplication of Habib Hassan b. Abdallah al-Haddad 

The Supplication of Shaykh Abd ul-Qadir Jilani

The Merit of Salat ul-Khayr

The Supplication of Prophet Yunus

 

7. Ramadan

Recitation of the Sura al-Fath

Beneficial Supplications to Recite at the Time of Breaking Fast (iftar)

Other Supplications

Supplication to Recite when Invited for a Meal

Recommended Supplications for the Nights of Ramadan

The Merits of the Tarawih Prayer

Beneficial Supplications to Recite Throughout the Month

Additional Litanies

The Prayer for Missed Prayers (Qada Umri)

The Supplication for the Last Day of Ramadan

 

8. Shawwal

What to Recite on the Day of Eid

Fasting Six Days in Shawwal

 

9. Dhu’l-Qada

 

10. Dhu’l-Hijjah

Prayer for the First Day of Dhu’l-Hijjah

Regarding the Merit of the Ten Days of Dhu’l-Hijjah

Charitable Acts During the Ten Days

The Recommended Ritual Prayer for the Ten Days

Invocations for the Ten Days

The Litany of Dhu’l-Hijjah

A Special Litany

Relief from Debt

The Day of Arafa

Fasting on the Day of Arafa

The Voluntary Ritual Prayer

Recitation of Sura al-Anbiya’ and Sura al-Hajj

Invocations to Recite on the Day of Arafa

Recitation of Sura al-Ikhlas

Five Invocations of the Prophet Isa

Supplication of Imam Zain ul-Abidin on the Day of Arafa

The End of the Year

 

11. The Book of Supererogatory Prayers