SHAB E MERAJ: PRAYERS AND FASTING (Nawafil of 27 Rajab Shab-E-Meraj)
Shab E Meraj also known as Lailatul Meraj. Meraj in Arabic means to support or help to ascend or reach up. Here it refers to ladder which is used to climb up.
On this night Our beloved Prophet Muhammad Salal Lahu Alaihi Wa Salam ascended or taken up to the Heavens. The journey began from Masjid al Haram in Makkah to the Masjid al Aqsa in Jerusalem on Burraq.
Nawafil of 27 Rajab Shab-E-Meraj
1) 6 Rakaats — 2×2. (Surehs given Below in Roman English)
Method: Recite Suratul Fatiha one time and Suratul Ikhlas seven times in each rakaat after finishing recite Darood-e-Paak fifty times.
Benefits: The necessities of this word and hereafter will be fulfilled and seventy thousand sins will be forgiven, Insha Allah.
2) 10 RAKAT NAFAL – 2×5 (Surehs given Below in Roman English)
Method: Recite Suratul Fatiha one time and AYTAL KURSI 3 times and SURAH IKHLAS 5 times in each rakaat
(3) 12 RAKAT NAFAL – 4×3 (Surehs given Below in Roman English)
Method: Read 12 Rakast with 3 Salams and Recite the following:
In 1st 4 rakats
Recite Suratul Fatiha one time and SURAH QADAR 3 times in every rakats. After Salam
Read the below dua 70 Times
La Illaha Illalahul Malikul Haqqul Mubin
In 2nd 4 rakats
Recite Suratul Fatiha one time and SURAH NASAR 3 times 3 times in every rakats. After Salam Read the below dua 70 times
Iyaka Qawiyyun Mu’minun Wahidun Dalilun Bihaqqi Iyyaka Na’budu Wa Iyyaka Nastaeen
In 3rd 4 rakats
Recite Suratul Fatiha one time and SURAH IKHLAS 3 times in every rakats.
After finishing recite Darood-e-Paak 70 times or SURAH ALAM NASRAH 70 times
4) There are deeds of 100 years of prayers for the one who does I’badah on the night of Shabe Me’raj.
Pray 12 Raka’at (12 cycles) in this night. In every Raka’at recite Surah Fatihah and any other Surah from Quran.(Means: Recite 12 Raka’at with four Salams, 2 Raka’at at a time)
After that recite this 100 times (After completion of 12 Raka’at’s):
“SubHan Allaahi Wal Hamdulillahi Wa Laa ilaah illal Laaho Wallah Hoo Akbar”
“Astagfirullah” 100 times
Durood Sharif 100 times. (Any Durood you know)
And after that make Dua for his/her religious and worldly matters.
Fasting (Roza) for 2 days during Shab E Meraj has very Superiority. The person who fast on this day will be away from azab of grave (Qabr ka Azab) and fire of hell (Dozakh). Huzur Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Salam instructed to fast on 2 days against the practice of Jews on 26, 27 or 27, 28 of Rajab.
1. (Kanzul Umaal, Part: 12; PP: 312-313; Hadis Number: 35170)
(Taken from: Ahyaul Uloomud Deen, Imam Ghazali, 450-505 hijri)
2. Imam bayhaqi vol 3, page No. 374
3. Masaabat Bissunah, page no.70
5) On 27th, After Zohar Namaz, Recite 4 Rakaat Nafl Namaz. (Surehs given Below in Roman English)
In first Rakaat, After Sureh Fatiha, Recite Sureh Qadar (3 Times)
In second Rakaat, After Sureh Fatiha, Recite Sureh Ikhlaas (3 Times)
In third Rakaat, After Sureh Fatiha, Recite Sureh Falak (3 Times)
In fourth Rakaat, After Sureh Fatiha, Recite Sureh Naas (3 Times)
After Namaz, Recite Darood Sharif 100 times. Do dua for yourself and near and dear ones. Surely Allah Ta’ala will bless you for all your rightful wishes. Ameen
SUREHS TO BE READ IN NAMAZ
Alhamdul lil-lahi rab-bil ‘alameen
Ar rahma nir-raheem
Iyyaka na’budu wa iyyaka nasta’een
Ihdinas siratal mustaqeem
Siratal Lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim
Ghai-ril maghdubi ‘alayhim
Walad dal-leen. Ameen.
Qul huwal lahu ahad.
Lam yalid walam yulad.
Walam yakul-lahu Kufuwan ahad.
Innaa Anzalnaahu Fee Lailatil Qadr
Wa Maa Adraaka Ma Lailatul Qadr
Lailatul Qadri Khairum Min Alfee Shahr
Tanaz Zalul Malaa-ikatu War Roohu Feeha Bi Izni-rab Bihim Min Kulli Amr
Salaamun Hiya Hattaa Mat La’il Fajr
Iza Jaa-a Nas Rullahi Walfath
Wa Ra-aitan Naasa Yadkhuloona Fee Deenil Laahi Afwajah
Fa Sab Bih Bihamdi Rabbika Was Taghfir, Innahu Kaana Tawwaaba
Allahu laaa ilaaha illaa huwal haiyul qai-yoom; laa taakhuzuhoo sinatunw wa laa nawm; lahoo maa fissamaawaati wa maa fil ard; man zallazee yashfa’u indahooo illaa be iznih; ya’lamu maa baina aideehim wa maa khalfahum; wa laa yuheetoona beshai ‘immin ‘ilmihee illa be maa shaaaa; wasi’a kursiyyuhus samaa waati wal arda wa la ya’ooduho hifzuhumaa; wa huwal aliyyul ‘azeem
اللَّهُ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لاَ تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلاَ نَوْمٌ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الأَرْضِ مَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلاَّ بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلاَ يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلاَّ بِمَا شَاءَ وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاو ;َاتِ وَالأَرْضَ وَلاَ يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ
AttahiyyaatuLillahi Was Salawatu Wattayyibatu
Assalamu Alaika Ayyuhannabi ‘yu ‘Warahmatullahi Wabarka’tuhu
Assalamu Alaina Wa’ala’Ibadillahis Saa’liheen
Ash’had’u’un La ilahaillallahu
Wa Ash’hadu Anna MuhammadunAbd’uhu Wa Rasooluhu
Allahumma Salleh Ala Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa’ala’ Aale Sayyidina Muhammadin Kama Sallaiyta Ala Sayyidina Ibraheema Wa’ Ala Aale Sayyidina Ibraheema InnakaHameedum Majeed -Allahumma Baarak Ala Sayyidina Muhammadin Wa’ Ala Aale Sayyidina Muhammadin Kama Baarakta Ala Sayyidina Ibraheem Wa’ Ala Aale Sayyidina Ibraheema Innaka Hameedum Majeed
Then Read the below Dua
Allahumag Firii Wali Wale Dayya Wal Ustaad’e Wal Jamee’il Mu’mineena Wal Mu’meenat Wal Muslimeena Wal MuslimatAI’Ahya’eMinhum Wal Amwaat’e Innaka MujeebudDa’waatBirahmatikaYa Ar’hamarr’ahimeen’
or pray another Dua-e-Ma’soor or pray
‘Allahumma Rabbana Aatina Fid DuniyaHasanatawWafil Akhirati Hasanataw Wa QinaAzaabanNaar’
DUA QUNOOT (READ IN 3RD RAKAT OF WITR IN ISHA)
Allah humma inna nast’eenuka wa nastaghfiruka
wa nu’minu bika wa natawak-kalu ‘alayka wa nuthne ‘alayk-al khayr.
Wa nashkuruka wa laaa nakfuruka wa nakhla’u wa natruku man-y yafjuruka.
Allah humma iyyaka na’budu wa laka nusal-lee
wa nasjudu wa ilayka nas’a wa nahfidu wa narju rahmataka
wa nakhsha ‘azabaka inna ‘azabaka bil kuf-fari mulhiq.
Playlist: Sureh read in Namaz
Hadiths regarding SHAB E MERAJ
The Night of Ascension regarding Hadiths:
The story of the Al-Miraj goes that the beloved Huzur Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Salam was asleep one night towards the end of his prophetic course in Makkah when he was wakened by the angel Jibrael Alaihi Salam who cleansed his heart before bidding him alight on a angelic horse named Buraq. [Sahih Muslim, Vol. 1, p. 101]
I was brought al-Burg who is an animal white and long, larger than a donkey but smaller than a mule, who would place his hoof at a distance equal to the range of vision. I mounted it and came to the Temple (Bait-ul Maqdis in Jerusalem), then tethered it to the ring used by the prophets.
The journey from Makkah to Jerusalem is known as al-Isra, “the night journey”. At Jerusalem, Huzur Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Salam was tested in the following way by Jibrael Alaihi Salam.
Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 6, p. 196
Allah’s Apostle was presented with two cups, one containing wine and the other milk on the night of his night journey at Jerusalem. He looked at it and took the milk. Jibrael Alaihi Salam said, “Thanks to Allah Who guided you to the Fitra (i.e. Islam); if you had taken the wine, your followers would have gone astray”.
After this began al-Mi’raj, “the ascent”. Huzur Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Salam passed the sea of kawthar, the sea of “abundance”, and then met various prophets, from Hazrat Adam Alaihi Salam to Hazrat Ibrahim Alaihi Salam, as well as a variety of angels as he passed through the seven heavens. After this Jibrael Alaihi Salam took him to the heavenly lote-tree on the boundary of the heavens before the throne of Allah.
Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 5, p. 147
Then I was made to ascend to Sidrat-ul-Muntaha (i.e. the lote-tree of the utmost boundary). Behold! Its fruits were like the jars of Hajr (i.e. a place near Medina) and its leaves were as big as the ears of elephants. Jibrael Alaihi Salam said, “This is the lote-tree of the utmost boundary”.
Gabriel(as) and Buraq could go no further but the Beloved Huzur Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Salam went on to the presence of Allah where he was commanded to order the Muslims to pray fifty times a day:
Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 1, p. 213
Then Allah enjoined fifty prayers on my followers. When I returned with this order of Allah, I passed by Musa Alaihi Salam who asked me, “What has Allah enjoined on your followers?” I replied, “He has enjoined fifty prayers on them”. Musa Alaihi Salam said “Go back to your Lord (and appeal for reduction) for your followers will not be able to bear it”.
Huzur Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Salam went back and forth between Allah and Musa Allahi Wa Salam till the prayers were reduced to five per day. Musa Alaihi Salam then told him to seek yet a further reduction but Huzur Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Salam stopped at this point and answered Moses:
Ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasulullah, p. 187
I replied that I had been back to my Lord and asked him to reduce the number until I was ashamed, and I would not do it again.
Allah then said whoever observed the five times of prayer daily would receive the reward of fifty prayers. Huzur Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Salam then saw some of the delights of paradise as he returned to Jibrael Alaihi Salam and Buraq and then beheld the torments of the damned before going back to his home in Makkah that same night. This, briefly, is the narrative of the ascent.
The Qur’an also supports this miraculous journey.
Glory to (God) Who did take His Servant for a Journey by night from the Sacred Mosque to the Farthest Mosque whose precincts We did bless, – in order that We might show him some of Our Signs: for He is the One Who heareth and seeth (all things). Surah 17.1
The “Sacred Mosque” (al-masjidul-haram) is interpreted to be the Ka’aba at Makkah and the “Farthest Mosque” (al-masjidul- aqsa) the Temple at Jerusalem. The great mosque which presently stands next to the Dome of the Rock is accordingly known today as the “al-Aqsa” mosque.