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Devotional Practices for the Sacred Months: Prayers and Dhikr in the Month of Shaban

The Islamic world has entered the three months of mercy, abundance, and spiritual renewal, beginning with the month of Rajab on January 12, 2024. Upcoming is the month of Shaban, which will start on February 10. During these three months, prayer and worship such as fasting, reading the Quran, and giving alms are being observed, creating a time of special spiritual significance.

Known as holy months, Rajab, Shaban and Ramadan are a time when Muslims are more engaged in worship, prayer, dhikr, charity, and good deeds compared to other months. The Prophet Muhammad himself prayed for blessings in Rajab and Shaban, and performed more voluntary fasts during these months. It is important to note, however, that there is no religious basis for fasting continuously during these months; individuals may fast as much as they wish as long as they are healthy and able.

Praying dzikr during these three months carries special significance, and certain prayers and remembrances are recommended to be recited on specific days. For example, reciting “La Ilahe Illallah” 1100 times and “Muhammadurresulullah” 100 times every day for three months is advised. Additionally, there are specific prayers to be recited in the first, second, and last 10 days of Rajab and Shaban to honor each period.

In addition, it is a time for asking for forgiveness and seeking repentance, as narrated by Islamic scholars and Ulema. The month of Ramadan, which follows Rajab and Shaban, is considered a time for enlightenment of hearts, and therefore it is recommended to pray for forgiveness frequently.

As the Islamic world enters the months of Rajab, Shaban, and Ramadan, Muslims are encouraged to engage in worship, prayer, charity, and good deeds, seeking blessings, spiritual growth, and divine forgiveness.

 

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