Zilqad

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One of the first prohibitory months (Shahr-e- Haram) to be mentioned in the Holy Qur’an. It is considered to be the period of acceptance of wishes & release from hardships. In such prohibitory months, sins carry increased punishment & virtuous acts earn greater rewards.

Fasting on three consecutive days, namely Thursday, Friday and Saturday carries the reward of 900 years of worship. Similarly, fasting on the 25th of this month is equivalent to seventy years fasting in virtue.

One of the best worship acts is a four rak’at namaz which is performed on Sundays of Zilqad. It should be performed as a pair of 2 rak’at namaz. In each rak’at, after reciting Surah al-Hamd once, recite Surah “Qul- Howallaaho Ahad” thrice and both the Surah Falaq & Surah Naas only once.

After completing namaz, say “Astaghferullaah-wa-

As’alohut-Tawbaa” seventy times, concluding with “LAA HAWLA WALAA QUWWATA ILLAA BILLAAHIL A’LIYYIL A’ZEEM. YAA A’ZEEZO YAA GHAFFAARO IGHFIRLI ZONUBEE WA ZONUBA JAMI-I’L MO’MENEENA

WAL      MO’MENAAT           FA-INNAHU          LAA YAGHFERUZ ZONUBA ILLAA ANTA.”

It carries innumerous rewards, the details of which

can be had from Sheikh Qummi’s “Mafaatihul Jinaan”.

 

The important historical days of this months

are:

  1. Birth of Janab-e-Masoomah Qum (s.a.). 173 H.
  2. Treaty of Hudaibiyya was executed, 6 A.H. (618 A.D.)
  3. Birth of Imam Ali Raza (a.s.) 148 A.H. (According to Aalaamul Waraa & Jalaa-ul-Oyun 153 A.H.) (29-12-768 A.D.) (Unanimous)
  4. Martyrdom of Imam Ali Raza (a.s.) 203 A.H. (818 A.D.) (Misbah Tusi, Allama Jawadi, Jalaa-ul-Uyun, Anwar-ul-Ghamania, Maulana Najmul Hasan, Almanac)
  5. Birth of Prophet Ibrahim (a.s.) 1081 years after Tufan-e-Nuh at Kausa (Iraq) and Prophet Isa (a.s.)

Dahwul Arz (The earth was stretched and Khaan- e-Kaaba was established)

  1. Martyrdom of Imam Mohammed Taqi (a.s.) 220

A.H. (25-11-835 A.D.) (Unanimous)

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Imam Ali b. Moosa al-Reza (a.s.) relates on the authority of his infallible ancestors (a.s.) who report from Jaabir b. Abdullah – Allah’s Prophet (s.a.w.a.) was at the Dome of Adam. I saw Bilal Habashi come out with the water left over from the Prophet (s.a.w.a.) making his ablutions. The people gathered around him and each took some of that water with which he washed his face.Whoever could not get any water would touch the other people and get wet and then rub his hands on his face. They used to do the same thing with the water left over from Ameerul Momineen’s (a.s.) ablutions.

[Oyoon Akhbaar al-Reza (a.s.), chap 31, trad. 320]