Monday, 13 May 2013

Return of The Shroud

There once lived a lady in Basra. As she was about to die, she said to her son, 'Son, shroud me in a shroud prepared from the clothes I wore to perform worship in Rajab. 'When the lady passed away, her son shrouded her in a different shroud. When he returned home from the graveyard, he was shocked to discover that his mother's shroud was at home and the clothes which she wanted had disappeared! Suddenly, a voice was heard saying, 'Take back your shroud. WE have shrouded her (in the shroud which she willed.) We do not leave the people who fast in Rajab unhappy in their graves.' ( Nuzha-tul-Majaalis, V1, P155, Maktaba-tul-Quds Quetta)
The Blossoms of Rajab
Hujja-tul-Islam Sayyiduna Imaam Muhammad Ghazali says in the book entitled 'Mukashifa-tul-Quloob' ,' Rajab has actually been derived from the word (tarjeeb) which means 'to honour'. It is also known as (Al-Asab) (meaning fast pouring), because in the blessed month. mercy is poured fast upon those who repent. Also, the light of acceptance descends upon the worshippers in thes month. It is also called (Al-Asam) (meaning the most deaf) because during this month, the sound of war and weaponry wasn't heard at all. Another name for it is 'RAJAB' because there is a river in Heaven named 'Rajab'. Its water is whiter than milk, sweeter than honey and cooler than snow. Only those people will drink from it who fasts in the month of Rajab. ( Mukashifa-tul-Quloob, V301, Dar-ul-Kutubal ilmiyyah beiruf)

It is stated in Ghunya-tut-Talibeen that this month is also called Shar e Rajm because satan's are stoned in this month so that they do not harm the Muslims. This blessed month is also known by (very deaf) because nobody heard that Allah punished a nation in this month whereas previously, Allah had sent punishment in all the other months. (Ghunya-tut-Talibeen, p229, Dar ihyout-turafhal arabi beriuf)