The Three Holy Months

In the three holy months, day and night mercy is coming down. Allāh ﷻ granted these months to be an honour for the ummah of Muḥammad ﷺ. Those who respect and are busy worshiping in these months will progress immediately; easily reaching the pleasure of Allāh ﷻ. Who stays away from sin will feel the taste if īmān in his heart. Don’t leave your nights free. Pray and pay attention to the awrād sharīf.

  • The Three Holy Months

Sheikh Mehmet Adil An-Naqshibandi, Sohbat of the 24th of March 2017.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa raḥmatu Llāhi wa barakātuh.

A‘ūdhu biLlāhi mina sh-shayṭāni r-rajīm. Bismi Llāhi r-Raḥmāni r-Raḥīm. Aṣ-ṣalātu wa s-salāmu ‘alá Rasūlinā Muḥammadin Sayyidi lawwalīna wa l-ākhirīn. Madad yā Rasūla Llāh, madad yā Sādāti Aṣḥābi Rasūli Llāh, madad yā Mashāyikhinā, dastūr yā Shaykh ‘Abdu Llāh al-Fā’iz ad-Dāghistānī, Shaykh Muḥammad Nāẓim al-Ḥaqqānī. Madad.

Ṭarīqatunā ṣ-ṣuḥbah wa l-khayru fi l-jam‘iyyah.

Al-ḥamdu liLlāh next week in five days, in shā’a Llāh, a beautiful season is coming. The season of mercy of Allāh  ,ﷻ the season of forgiveness and favours. The three holy months are coming. On Wednesday, it will be the first of Rajab Shahru Llāh, in shā’a Llāh. These months are the months which give happiness to people and believers.

These months are the months of blessings and forgiveness. Rajab is the month of Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla, Rajab Shahru Llāh. Sha‘bān Shahrī wa Ramaḍān Shahrī ummatī says our Prophet  .ﷺ Rajab is the holy month of Allāh  .ﷻ Sha‘bān is the month of our Prophet  .ﷺ And Ramaḍān is the month of ummah. These three holy months are one holier and nicer than the other. They make people full. Not physically, but spiritually.

People of dunyā created their own holidays and feasts now. But they don’t have any value. All of their goals are to earn money. They are for nothing but this. They made the New Year, many other days like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandmother’s Day and other days. But all of them have no spirituality. All for money.

But these holy months are true months of happiness and beauty. When they come, people are relieved. They wait for them with joy. We fast once in Sha‘bān or Rajab. Some people fast throughout the three months. Some people fast three or five days, or Mondays and Thursdays. Such a nice feeling comes. When they break their fast in the evening, they get both spiritual and physical enjoyment.

It is very virtuous to fast in Rajab. Who can’t fast should fast at least a day. Our Prophet  ﷺ gives good tidings that fasting one day is better than all dunyā. There’s another virtue for those who fast two days. And a different virtue for those who fast three days. The more you fast, the more virtues you get. If you fast five days, it’s different too. And it has something for this world too. Who fasts five days in Rajab will be secured from craziness, vitiligo and leprosy. These illnesses won’t pass to them.

People of this time should pay attention to it. Because many people go crazy from depression. They should fast at least five days in Rajab. If you fast Mondays and Thursdays during Rajab, it makes more than eight days. If not, you can fast one day a week and one additional day. That will make it five days. There is also an advice of our Prophet  ﷺ for Rajab. He  ﷺ says to pray 30 raka‘āt. Three sūrah Ikhlāṣ in each rak‘ah and three sūrah Kāfirūn in the second. You should pray 10 raka’āt every 10 days. There is a du‘ā’ for it. You should recite it as well. And there is special dhikr for Rajab.

The more you get used to it, the better it is. There is no time to tell everything about it. No one will keep it in their mind as well. People can write it down later from our brothers or from those who listened to everything. And when Rajab comes, who can should take a shower, pray two raka‘āt and make du‘ā’ of Rajab. This du‘ā’ is written in the books, shukr to Allāh   .ﷻ

This season is, as we said, the season of blessings and beauty. We should not lose it. We shouldn’t miss this chance. Then comes the month of Sha‘bān. Then Ramaḍān. All of them are a favour of Allāh  ﷻ to us. They come from Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla. When Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla is giving, He  ﷻ doesn’t expect anything in return. And when people do something, there is always some trick behind it. They say “I do this for you, welcome”. Then they write a bill for it. And you are in loss both materially and spiritually. If you join them on their holidays, you will be in a sin and at a loss. We should stay away from these things of people of dunyā.

They call it mā lā ya‘nī, useless stuff. What is useful for dunyā… You live in this world. They say “What shall we do with ākhirah? We live in dunyā”. If you work for your ākhirah, your dunyā will prosper too. And if you work for dunyā, it will have no benefit for both. We should pay attention to it. May these holy months be blessed. May Allāh  ﷻ let all of us have from their virtues. May Allāh  ﷻ help us so that we do.

Prophets and Awliyā’ would have their seclusion, hardships and spiritual journeys during these months. Therefore, it’s not for nothing. Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla doesn’t say anything without a reason. And Allāh  ﷻ writes their virtues for us. And when we try to imitate them, we’ll be given from those favours. He  ﷻ says “My servants believed Me  .ﷻ They believed Me  ﷻ and did what I  ﷻ said. I  ﷻ shall give them from My favours”.

And it is Laylatu l-Raghā’ib on Thursday. Laylatu l-Raghā’ib is one of the greatest nights. Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla gives His favours on 5-6 nights. Those are great and holy nights. Allāh’s  ﷻ favours are open without limit on those nights. Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla gives such favours that the human mind cannot comprehend. You cannot count them in numbers.

The first is Laylatu l-Raghā’ib. The second is Laylatu l-Mi‘rāj. Then comes Laylatu l-Barā’at. Also there is Laylatu l-Qadr and ‘Īd nights. These are holy nights. Those who can, should stay awake. Who cannot, should pray and make Qiyāmu l-Layl before going to bed. If they wake up for tahajjud and remain awake, Allāh  ﷻ will count as if they stayed awake the whole night. Pray as much as you can that night. Ask from Allāh ﷻ, du‘ā’ is accepted.

Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla sends angels and says “Is there anyone who asks forgiveness? I  ﷻ shall forgive him. Is there anyone asking for rizq from Me  ?ﷻ I  ﷻ shall give him. Is there anyone asking for cure? I  ﷻ shall cure him. Is there anyone asking for anything? Let them ask”. Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla sends angels till the morning prayer and says “Tell Me  ﷻ their needs so that I  ﷻ give” Certainly, He  ﷻ knows everything. But it is for people to have a lesson and not to be lazy. They should pray.

Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla accepts all prayers that night. These prayer are accepted. This will be our first holy night on Thursday, the night linked to Friday. It’s clear that it is Raghā’ib. It doesn’t change. It’s always on Jum‘ah night, the night between Thursdayand Friday. Others may change depending on the day. But Laylatu l-Raghā’ib, even if Rajab starts on Saturday, Laylatu l-Raghā’ib is still on Thursday night. May Allāh  ﷻ make it blessed. May Allāh  ﷻ accept our prayers, in shā’a Llāh.

Al-ḥamdu liLlāh, we are happy we, in shā’a Llāh, we will reach next Wednesday for [a] good nice season. Holy season, blessed season, season of… three months, holy months we say. Rajab, Sha‘bān, Ramaḍān. This is [a] gift from Allāh  ﷻ for ummah, for who are happy with this with Islām, with īmān they will be happy to have this three months. Who are respecting these months, they will be happy. These months [are] not like season of material season like New Year, even the Christmas normally it must be holy season. But it is only trading material season. New Year also. These Mother Days, Father Days, Love Days every bad days only for… Not spiritual only for material; to get more money from people. Cheating people to take their money. No any spiritual.

They are waiting, saying from “Christmas coming three months after” After they said “Two months after” They make calculate to make people more But people waiting waiting and when they are coming, nothing at all. They are disappointed with this. But Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla His  ﷻ season is full with mercy, with blessed, with happiness. People who are respecting these months they are waiting really like [a] good guest coming. When finish Ramaḍān they feeling sorry because three months finished. And they still waiting to come another time.

Al-ḥamdu liLlāh, we are… we, in shā’a Llāh, we reach because Allāh knows how, whom can reach or can’t reach But, al-ḥamdu liLlāh, in shā’a Llāh, we reach these three months with happiness. So who are respecting these months they will be happy. Who is respecting these months? Especially who are following Prophet  .ﷺ Who are following the right way. The way of Prophet  ﷺ and this is the… who is following step by step the ṭariqāh people especially.

All ṭariqāh they are respecting, they are waiting for these months. But who will not respecting, even for if you respect this you make you not feeling, they said “You are wrong – No respect for this. This is ordinary month. No need.” Maybe you be mushrik if you say you respecting this

month. These people they don’t have anything No any happiness for them, nothing for them. Allāh  ﷻ give happiness for us, al-ḥamdu liLlāh.

Happiness it is big favour. To find happiness people they trying every way to catch happiness. And happiness is very easy to find it. But they going wrong way. Going very bad way, very dangerous way to find happiness and happiness it is just in front of them. “No it is not… maybe we not see anything here” So they are going [to the] mountain everywhere, but they are going wrong way and not finding and they died, finish without finding this. Al-ḥamdu liLlāh, Allāh  ﷻ give us this happiness.

And He  ﷻ give thousand of presents for millions of presents for people in this month. Prophet ṣallá Llāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam he  ﷺ said, “These three months Rajab for Allāh, Sha‘bān for me and Ramaḍān for ummah, for nation.” And every month there is different tajallī, manifestation. Every month different one, different one, different one. And each one is nicer than the other. Who especially making worshipping Allāh  ﷻ for [those is] giving a thousand times more than normal months when they making worshiping.

Especially these months many people they are fasting three months. Rajab, Sha‘bān, Ramaḍān all together. But if no, even they must fast one day from Rajab or one day from Sha‘bān even, they must. But better to make it Monday [and] Thursday. Every people they can do this. But who like to make more can make more. Each day, Prophet ṣallá Llāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, there is one long Ḥadīth telling us about favour for each day. How Allāh  ﷻ reward you for each day.

From one first day, it is one day only even it is better than this world. Second day double. Third day other thing Allāh  ﷻ give. But there is, if you fast five days it is for this dunyā also, Allāh  ﷻ make you to be safe from madness and from another kind of disease Cüzzam (leprosy) there is some disease it is very bad disease, also Allāh  ﷻ save you from this. And Prophet ṣallá Llāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam saying “There is three in thirty days, there is thirty raka‘āt if you pray [these], Allāh  ﷻ reward you also more better than this dunyā. Every ten days you can pray ten raka‘āt ten raka‘āt, ten raka‘āt. Three times. In one raka‘āt three Ikhlās and three Kāfirūn. And there is also a du‘ā’ praying for this. And this we cannot, nobody can write here after. In shā’a Llāh, there is writing what you do in Rajab and Sha‘bān waẓīfah who can do, Allāh  ﷻ reward you more and more, in shā’a Llāh.

And we are, in shā’a Llāh, Wednesday it is first of Rajab, in shā’a Llāh. Thursday it is Laylatu lRaghā’ib, it is the first holy night There is six or around this holy nights in this whole year. One of them Laylatu l-Raghā’ib. And in twenty seven of Rajab also Isrá Mi‘rāj. Prophet ṣallá Llāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, He  ﷺ make night journey. And fifteen of Sha‘bān Laylatu l-Barā’at. And in Ramaḍān or other most of them Laylatu l-Qadr. Ramaḍān and night of ‘Īd for ‘Īd ul-Fiṭr, ‘Īd ulAḍḥá also very holy night this.

It is many people they was waking whole night to do this but if you cannot do this whole night you can make sleep and wake up early before fajr Allāh  ﷻ accept this also for you. As you are wake up whole night. In shā’a Llāh, in Thursday night Laylatu l-Raghā’ib. It is holy night. First of these holy nights. In shā’a Llāh, we must be fasting and night time making worshipping. And  Allāh ‘Azza wa Jalla He  ﷻ call angels and He  ﷻ said to them look for My servant anybody they like to ask Me  ﷻ they want to ask.

Any problem, any difficult for his life. For his health for children or anything anything anyone he want to ask Tell them to ask. To ask for forgiveness For long life, for happy life. What they want to ask, tell them to ask, I  ﷻ am giving them what they want to ask. This is a very important. Don’t miss this night, in shā’a Llāh. Allāh  ﷻ make these happy days to make us in safe and happiness and to make our belief stronger and stronger, in shā’a Llāh. And to give hidāyah for people who are Muslim To not forget this night. To not be cheated by people who are outside of right way.

Way of Prophet  ﷺ who are not respecting, not accepting no even they are not respecting holy people. For night or day they are not never respecting. But it is important to respect and to accept to get blessed from Allāh  ﷻ to get rewarded from Allāh  .ﷻ Allāh  ﷻ He  ﷻ is not in need for us. These people who are doing days for people, cheating people They are in need for people for their money. [That’s why] they are doing this. Allāh ﷻ, He  ﷻ give this for us and He  ﷻ give us everything we need. So, in shā’a Llāh, we must respect and think and accept these days, in shā’a Llāh. Allāh  ﷻ make, in shā’a Llāh, we are praying to be next year with Sayyidinā Mahdī also we make this praying also, in shā’a Llāh.

Wa min Allāhi t-tawfīq al-Fātiḥah.

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