The Night of Wishes (Laylatul Raghaib): Thursday, 22 March 2018


Laylatur Ragha’ib is the night before the first Friday of the holy month of Rajab (see Post: The holy month of RAJAB).

The Prophet (saws) said: Do not miss the night of the first Friday* of Rajab, because it is the night the angels call ‘Laylatur Ragha’ib’: the Night of [the Granting of] Wishes. This is because, by the time the first third of the night has elapsed, there will not be a single angel still at large in the heavens, nor in any region of the earth. They will all be gathered together in the Ka’ba in Mecca and the area immediately surrounding it. Allah (swt) will condescend to notice that they have assembled there, and He will say: “My angels, ask Me for whatever you wish!” Their response to this will be: “Our Lord, the request we wish to make is that You grant forgiveness to those who faithfully keep the fast in Rajab,” whereupon Allah (swt) will tell them: “That I have already done!”

(*please note: In Islam the day starts from Maghrib, the sunset prayer, and finish before Maghrib the following night so – the day of Friday is counted from Thursday sunset to Friday before sunset)

All that you wish for on this night, God gives you for the sake of His beloved Prophet (saws). In Islamic countries they celebrate this night with praising of the Prophet (saws), remembrance of his life, remembrance of God in their hearts, and visits to mosques, which stay open throughout the night until dawn.

Ibn’ Abd al-Razzaq narrates in his Musannaf (4:317) that Ibn`Umar said:
 “There are five nights in which invocation (du`a) is not turned back: the night of Jum`a, the first night of Rajab, the night of mid-Sha`ban, and the two nights of `Eid.”

It is recommended to observe the day of Laylatul Raghaib by fasting on the first Thursday of Rajab.

Then Allah’s Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
 “No one will go unrewarded if he fasts during the daytime on Thursday, the first Thursday in Rajab”.

In between the Maghrib and Isha prayers, perform Salah Ragha’ib by offering 6 additional cycles of prayer (for a total of 12 iterations, or raka’).

In each raka’, recite from the Holy Qur’an:

  • Al-Fatiha (Surah 1) x 1 time
  • Al-Qadr *  (Surah 97)  x 3 times
  • Al-Ikhlas (Surah 112) x 12 Times

(* Surah Qadr:

  Innaa Anzalnaahu Fiy Laylatil Qadr

Wa Maa Adraaka Maa Laylatul Qadr

Laylatul Qadri Khayrum Min Alfi Shahr

Tanazzalul Malaaikatu War Ruuhu fiyhaa Bi Idhni Rabbihim Min Kulli Amr

Salaamun Hiya Hattaa Matla’ Il Fajr)


After the prayers have been completed, one can then recite the following 70 times:

  • Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammadin al-nabi al-ummi wa ‘ala alihi

“Oh God, send blessings upon Muhammad, the Unlearned Prophet, and upon his family.”

Then go into sajda, prostration, and recite the following 70 times:

  • Subbuhun quddus, rabb al-mala’ikatihi wal-ruh

“Glorified is He, the Holy, Lord of the angles and Spirit.”

Then, again sitting in jalsah, recite the following 70 times:

  • Rabbighfir warham wa tajawaz amma ta’lamu, innaka anta al-aliyyul ‘azhamu

“Oh my Lord, forgive me, have mercy upon me, overlook my wrongdoing, for surely, You are the Most High, the Greatest.”

And then go into prostration once more and recite the following 70 times once more:

  • Subbuhun quddus, rabb al-mala’ikatihi wal-ruh

“Glorified is He, the Holy, Lord of the angles and Spirit.”

Afterwards, feel free to make supplication as you like, seeking and affirming goodness from God.

In addition to fasting during the day and observing Salah Ragha’ib in between the Maghrib and Isha prayers in the evening, the following practices are also recommended, particularly in congregation.

  • Dhikr (Such as the Khatm ul-Khawajagan)
  • Salatul Najat
  • Salatul Shukr
  • Salatul Tasbih*

(* Salatul Tasbih: It is narrated that the Holy Prophet (S.A.) admonished his uncle Hazrat Abbas R.A. to perform the Salat-u-Tasbih and said that the prayer was virtuous and that in performing it all his sin past, present, small, great, new and old would be forgiven. Insha’Allah.

NIYYAT: I make niyyat of performing four rakats sunnat salat “Salat-u-Tasbih” for Allaha ta’ala, Allahu akbar.
 Recite the following in each of the four rakats as described below:
Subhanallahi wal-hamdulillah wal la ilaha illa’llah wa Allahu akbar

[Glory to Allah and praise belongs to Allah and there is no God but Allah and Allah is greater (than all that we ascribe to Him)].

After “Subhanaka Allahumma bi-hamdika, wa tabaraka kasmuka wa ta’ala jadukka wa la ilaha ghairuka. Audhu billahi mina shaitan a’rajim” and before Fatihah x 15.

After Fatihah and other surah x 10.

In Rukuh x 10.
 After Rukuh while standing x 10.

In first Sajdah x 10.

After first sajdah while sitting x10.
 In second sajdah x 10.

This completes one rakat which includes 75 repetitions to give a total of 300 in 4 rakats.

This prayer is performed before or in the Fajr prayer, and anyway before Zuhur, and should be recited once every week or once every month or once every year or at least once in our own life time.

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