Thanking Our Lord for the Greatest Favour He Bestowed Upon Us in the Month of Rabi ul Awwal
There is no particular amaal obligatory to be performed in this month from Shariyah but we can thank our Lord for this great blessing by the following way:
Oh servant of God, this is a month of remembrance and thankfulness to our Lord. This is a month whereby each and every seeker should be strict upon the Sunnah of the Prophet [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam]. The more one acts upon Sunnah in the month of Rabi ul Awwal, thirst and steadfastness within the seeker will be increased. They will become even more beautiful in the practices of the Sunnah of Allah’s beloved. This includes his lifestyle, the way he walked, talked, slept, ate and the respect he showed to others.
Oh servant of God, each Sunnah of Allah’s beloved is like a precious diamond. The more one acts upon the Sunnah, the more diamonds one will receive. The seeker will sparkle and shine like the stars at night. Oh servant of God, try and attain the lifestyle of Allah’s beloved so you too can become a shadow for others to see and follow.
Oh servant of God, offer four (4) Rakaats of nafl salah, for the pleasure of your Lord. The seeker should intend to do this prayer only for the pleasure of his Lord. As Allah the Exalted is the Giver and Taker of all things.
The seeker should recite Surah Al Faatiha, Surah Al-Ikhlaas 3 times and Ayaatul Kursi 2 times. This should be the content for each Rakaat. At the end of the salah, the seeker should recite Durood 10 times, Subaha-naallah wal hamduillah wa lah illah ha illallah Wallah hu Akbar Wa La Howla wa la quwa-tah –illabillah hil aliulazeem 10 times, Asalaamu alykah aiuhan nabi 10 times and durood 10 times.
What the seeker should think when they are reciting these Amaals
Oh servant of God, you should imagine that you are in the presence of your Lord and His beloved. You should imagine that you are thanking your Lord, while sending Salaam and Durood upon His beloved. You should also thank His beloved as he has shown you the lifestyle and the way in which the seeker should live his life in this world [even after this month and until the day you meet your Lord].
Oh servant of the Most Merciful, be steadfast so that you may become even closer to your Lord.
Extra guidance in the blessed month of Rabi Al Awwal
Syidina Abdul Azeez Dabbagh [Rahimahullah] said to the nearest meaning,
“…The month of Rabi ul Awwal is surely a month of great blessings and Fuzaats. This is a month which Allah had bestowed the greatest blessing upon the world, the greatest guidance for all of mankind and all Jinnaats, it is surely the sending and the birth of Prophet [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam]. The world became alive from this great blessing; even angels became closer to Allah from the light of Prophet [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam]. When seeing this light, all the prophets wished to become the followers of this nation but instead Allah favoured them by raising their status because of this blessed birth, of Prophet [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam]
…This is a month to start fresh and be reborn back into the life of truth, the life of Sunnah, the blessed life of Prophet [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam]. There is no other month to start following the Sunnah then this month of Rabi ul Awwal. Before one can start this journey and be reborn in this month, one need to truly repent and beg Allah forgiveness. But do not despair, Allah is more forgiving and more Merciful like the month of Ramadan.
This month is like the blessed month of Ramadan, there are special angels which also descend from the highest heavens and send salaam and Durood upon Prophet [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam] especially in the month of Rabi ul Awwal.
We too should also thank Prophet [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam] for showing us such guidance that one cannot really thank him enough. But one should show this thankfulness by performing 100 times Durood everyday in this blessed month”
What should we think when performing this Amaal [100 Durood]
“Firstly sit and close your eyes and think of Allah [Azzawajal] and then Prophet [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam][one should Tune his mind and truly focus]. One should always think one cannot remember them enough nor can one fulfil their rights. One should only do this for the pleasure of Allah and to see the blessed smile of Prophet [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam]. One should then start to sand salaam and Durood upon Prophet [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam].
You should imagine you are sitting beside the blessed grave of Prophet [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam] calling him with your hearts. Then imagine the blessed grave is illuminating and this light is being absorbed into your hearts and then your entire body. Then imagine this light of Sunnah is covering your entire body and Prophet [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam] is rising from his blessed grave. Imagine Him approaching you, in order to embrace you and to hold you.
Those who truly send salaam and Durood with a clear and sincere hearts shall surely feel the presence of Prophet [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam] and be embraced by him.
…This month is about changing your life from the evil ways and to be reborn into the life of Prophet [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam] which is surely a life of Sunnah, a life of salvation, so follow the path of Tareeqah Muhammadiyah. You should all take a gift of Sunnah and increase this gift in this blessed month. There is no other month which Allah has blessed upon this world then the month of Rabi ul Awwal.
…One can either use this month to change and become closer to Allah [Azzawajal] or it can be wasted and passed by like many months, many years until one reaches death. When death reaches it is too late, one may not reach the next month, so prepare and change your ways. Do not waste this month but use it and change your lives and connect yourselves into the life of Sunnah the way of Tareeqah Muhammadiyah”