Well-known as an inauspicious month, nothing is better than giving something in charity and supplications to Allah (s.w.t.). One who wishes to be protected from all kinds of calamities should recite the following dua daily, ten times : “Yaa Shaheedal Qowa wa yaa Shadid al- Mehaal Yaa Azeezo Yaa Azeezo Yaa Azeezo Yaa Azeezo Zallat be Azamateka Jameeo khalqek fakfeni sharra khalqek yaa mohseno yaa mujmel yaa mun’em yaa mufzel yaa laa elaaha illa anta subhaanaka inni kunto menaz zaalemin Fastajabnaa lahu wanajjainaaho menal gham wa kazaaleka nunjil mu’menin wa sallallaaho alaa Mohammadin wa aalehit tayyebeen at taaherin.” The twentieth of Safar coincides with Arbaeen – the fortieth day after the martyrdom of Imam Husain (a.s.) and his relatives and companions. Visiting their shrine is highly recommended.
According to Imam Hasan al-Askari (a.s.),
“The signs of a true believer are five :
1 Performing 51 rak’ats of obligatory and Naafelaa (Supererogatory) Salah (combined) in a day.
2 Ziyarat of Imam Husain (a.s.) on Arbaeen.
3 Wearing the ring in the right hand
- 4) Placing the sides of one’s face on the ground in prostration, and
- 5) Saying ‘Bismillahir Rahmaanir Rahim’ loudly.
The important historical days of this months are:
2nd Battle of Siffin 37 AH and Martyrdom of Ammar- e-Yasir 27 AH.
7th Birthday of Imam Musa Kazim (a.s.) 128 A.H.
10th Battle of Naharwan, won by Imam Ali (a.s.)
12th Wafat of Hazrat Salman-e-Farsi (r.a.), Battle of Siffin won by Imam Ali (a.s.)
17th Martyrdom of Imam Ali Raza (a.s.) 203 A.H.
20th Arbaeen – 40th day of Martyrdom of Imam Husain (a.s.) and relatives and companions at Karbala.
28th Martyrdom of Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) 11 A.H., Martyrdom of Imam Hasan (a.s.) 50 AH.