The month of Rajab is an opportunity for self-edification and preparing oneself for the month of Ramadan. Ayatollah Khamenei recommends that “in this month, you should get close to the God of the creation as much as you can.”
Appreciate the month of Rajab
All of us should congratulate one another on our divine opportunity to enter the month of Rajab once more. The month of Rajab is an opportunity to get close to divine values and to God. It is an opportunity to engage in self-edification. The days which have been introduced as outstanding days in our narrations are all opportunities. Any opportunity is a blessing and any blessing requires that we thank God. Thanking God for His blessings means that we know blessings, behave according to their requirements, benefit from them, consider them as works of God and use them in His way. The month of Rajab is one of these blessings. The month of Sha’ban comes next and it is another blessing. From the viewpoints of saints, believers and mystics, these two months are an introduction to the month of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan is the month of transcendence, transcending, piety and purity and we need all these things. You should appreciate the month of Rajab. In this month, you should get close to the God of the creation as much as you can. You should remember God and carry out your tasks for the sake of Him. You should make efforts and work for the sake of God.
April 26, 2015
Benefit from the Blessings of the month of Rajab
The blessings of the month of Rajab are not confined to these [birthday anniversaries of the infallibles]. I advise myself and you to benefit from the blessings of the month of Rajab by strengthening our heartfelt relationship with Allah the Exalted. If all of us strengthen our relationship with God, many problems, obstacles and difficulties will be removed.
April 29, 2015
Ignorance is our first enemy
It is the month of Rajab now. The meaningful and beautiful song that you performed touched on the month of Rajab which is the month of praying and reliance on and attention to God. In this holy month, the believers who pray say this to Allah the Exalted: “Oh God, guide me the way you guide the guided, feed me with the kind of diligence that diligent people show and do not place me among those ignorant people who are away from you”. How important these three requests are. And the last one is a request for forgiveness and this is the basis of all affairs: “And forgive me on Judgment Day” [Iqbal al-A’mal, Volume 2, page 643]. Guidance and diligence are things that you ask Allah the Exalted to bestow on you in this prayer.
Notice that if you and I have these two elements, all problems will be solved. All problems will be solved if we benefit from divine guidance and if the kind of diligence that diligent people throughout history had is visible in our behavior, actions and words. In the third request, a specific kind of harm has been highlighted: “And do not place me among those ignorant people who are away from you”. Ignorance and negligence is the greatest detriment. Negligence – about our path, goals, capabilities and opportunities and negligence about the enemy and the responsibility that falls on our shoulders in the present time – is our greatest enemy. The first enemy that makes us suffer a defeat in the face of other enemies is negligence: “And do not place me among those ignorant people who are away from you”. The consequence of this negligence is drifting away from God, from goals and from happiness. Prayers contain understanding, monotheistic concepts and valuable lessons about life. We should read prayers with this outlook and we should benefit from the environment of this month.
May 6, 2015