The fourth month of the Islamic calendar is Rabbi al-Akhir (thani). In this very month is the anniversary of the king of Baghdad, Chief of the contented souls, the incomparable, Hadrat Ghawth al-A’zam, Sayyadina Shaykh Muhiyuddin, Abd’al-Qadir al-Jilani, al-Hassani w’al-Hussaini, Bhagdadi (Radi Allahu ta’ala Anhu). Muslims throughout the world in this month zealously make arrangements to offer Niyaaz and Fateha of the Saint of Baghdad. Charity is also given in the name of Pious Saints of Islam as a means of conveying reward to these blessed from which not only the poor and beggars benefit a great deal but the souls of the believers also obtain peace and contentment.
“Essale thawaab” means conveying the reward of. In this respect there is a Hadith reported by Hadrat Anas bin Malik (Radi Allahu ta’ala Anhu) that he asked the Most Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu ta’ala Alaihi wa Sallam) : “Oh Messenger of Allah, when we give charity on behalf of our dead and perform Hajj on their behalf, do they receive the reward of these actions?” The Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu ta’ala Alaihi wa Sallam) replied: “Without doubt they do receive their rewards. Not only that, but they become very happy, just as any one of you would become happy on receiving gifts.”
In a second Hadith the the most Beloved Messenger (Salla Allahu ta’ala Alaihi wa Sallam) of Allah says: “Anyone who recites Surah Ikhlas 11 times and then conveys its reward to the departed souls, Allah Ta’ala will shower rewards on such a person equal to the number of these souls…………”
These AHadiths serve as ample proof that the deceased souls do benefit from the good deeds and charities of the living. This is an opportune moment to relate to you the saying of Shaykh Sayyadina Abd’al-Qadir al-Jilani (Radi Allahu ta’ala Anhu). Ghawth al-A’zam said that, “Whosoever in his distress cries to me for help, he will be relieved of his distress; whosoever in his difficulty calls by my name, his difficulty will be solved; whosoever in his time of need-makes me as his intermediary to Allah Ta’ala , his needs will be fulfilled. Any person who performs 2 rakaats Namaaz in which after Surah Fateha, recites Surah Ikhlas 11 times and then making salam sends Darood on the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu ta’ala Alayhi wa Sallam), the garden of mercy after which he thinks of me and takes 11 steps towards the direction of Iraq calling my name, then presents his need, with Allah Ta’ala’s permission his need will be fulfilled.”
The Namaaz is known as Salaat al-Asrar or Salaat al-Ghausiyyah : which is a proven means of obtaining fulfillment of one’s needs and prayers. Salaat al-Asrar is explained by Imam Abd’al Hassan Nuruddeen Alli Ibn Jaleel in Bahjat al-Asrar, and Hadrat Mullah Ali Qari and Shaykh Abd’al Haq Muhaddith Dhelvi (Radi Allahu ta’ala Anhum) have reported from Hadrat Ghawth al-A’zam (Radi Allahu ta’ala Anhu). Its method is as follows:
After completing the Fard and Sunnat of Maghrib Namaaz, offer 2 rakaats and in each rakaat after Surah Fateha recite 11 times Surah Ikhlas, then recite this dua 11 times:
”Ya Rasul Allah hey ya Nabi Allah Hey Aghisni was Amdidni fi Qadi’ ai hajati ya Qadi yal hajat.”
Then taking 11 steps in the direction of Iraq read the following on each step:
“Ya Ghaus-saqa-lainey ya Karim mat-tarfainey aghisni wa amdidni fi Qada-e hajati ya Qadi yal hajat.”
Thereafter, making the Beloved Prophet (Salla Allahu ta’ala Alaihi wa Sallam) as the intermediary present one’s needs and desires to Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala).
Important Dates and Anniversaries of Rabi al-Thani