Night Of Raghaib

For a century, in Turkey and in many Islamic countries, the Raghaib Kandil is referred to as the night on which Abdullah got married. It is not right to give such a meaning to the Night of Raghaib. It would mean that Rasulullah honoured the world with his presence earlier than nine months, which is a deficiency, a defect. As he was superior to every man in every respect and as he was perfect in every way, so he was perfect and adequate when he enlightened our mother Amina. A deficiency in this gestation time is considered a defect and fault in medical science.

The first Friday night (the night between Thursday and Friday) of Rajab-i Sharif is called the Night of Raghaib, for Allahu ta'ala endows raghibats, that is, blessings and gifts, on His human creatures on that night. The prayer done on that night will not be refused and the worships, such as salat, fasting and alms, will be rewarded many times more than usual. He (Allah) will forgive those who respect that night.

In the early ages of Islam, and before Islam, it was haram [1] (forbidden) to war in the months of Rajab, Zilqa'da, Zilhijja and Muharram. It is written in the eighth paragraph of the second chapter of the book Riyad-un-nasihin,'It is writen in the Tafsirs [2] of Zahidi and Ali Jurjani and in all the Tafsirs that before Islam the Arabs used to change the places of the months in order to be able to make war in the months of Rajab and Muharram by putting them forward or backward. Rasulullah, when he performed the Farewell Hajj [3] with ninety thousand Muslims in the tenth year of the Hegira [4], said, "O my Ashab [1] In the year when Abdullah got married the places of the months were wrong. The month of Rajab was in the place of Jama'zil'ahar. That is, it was one month ahead. Then, the transition of the Prophet's blessed light to our mother Amina is in today's month of Jama'zil'akhar. It is not on the Night of Ragaib.

[1] haram: an action, word or thought prohibited by Allahu ta'ala.
[2] tafsir: (book, science, of) interpretation of the Qur'an al karim.
[3] hajj: fard pilgrimage to Mecca.
[4] Hegira: emigration of the Prophet ('alaihi 's-salam) from Mekka to Medina; al-Hijra.
[5] As'hab-i kiram: (as-Sahabat al-kiram); the Companions of Rasulullah.