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“One who recites 100 times Qul huwallahu ahad (Surat al Ikhlas) on Fridays in the month of Rajab then on the day of judgment a light will draw him to heaven. (Noble Prophet).

B’ithat: Day of commissioning of responsibility of Apostleship

The first revelation:

1409 years from today, on the 27th Rajab, 40 Aamul Feel /610 C.E., when the Noble Prophet Muhammad SAWW was now 40 years of age, the trusted archangel Jibrail descended with the following verses:
“Read in the name of your Lord. He created man from a clot. Read (Proclaim) and your Lord is most honorable. He who taught the use of the pen. Who taught man what he knew not.” Suratul Alaq 96:1-5

This was the commencement of the revelation of Noble Quran. Henceforth it is the day of B’ithat- Day of commissioning of responsibility of Apostleship The flow of the Divine revelation continued for twenty-three years till the end of the life of the Prophet.
On this day the Noble Prophet was now commissioned (bi’that) to arise and proclaim Tawhid and demolish the ignorance.

This not the day when the person became a prophet.
Why? The ahadith of Ahlul Bayt confirm that the Prophet Muhammad SAWW was always a prophet as he himself has stated, “I was already a Prophet when Adam was yet between water and earth (uncreated).”

Noting Prophet Adam was the first human being to be created then how could Prophet Muhammad SAWW exist prior to Prophet Adam?
The response is seen from the hadith of Noble Prophet, “The first thing God created is my noor..”

What is the Fadhila -excellence- of day of B’ithat?

“In Rajab there is a night which is better for people than all the things on which the sun shines. It is the night of 27th Rajab: when Rasulallah was commissioned on its day…whoever from our Shias performs the devotions of this night gets the reward for (performing deeds) 60 years.” 9th Imam Muhammad at Taqi a.s.
“Do not abandon fasting of the 27th Rajab. For it is the day when Apostleship was commissioned upon Muhammad (SAWW). Its reward is equivalent to 60 months for you.” 6th Imam J’afar As Sadiq a.s.

What is significance of day of B’ithat for us today? 

Appreciation of Quran:

Apostleship of Noble Prophet was inaugurated with commencement of revelation of Qur’an. How attached are you to the Quran to ignite you towards commitment of eiman?
Strive to be closer to the Quran. Make a point to recite daily some verse of Noble Quran. Reflect on it. Endeavor to live life according to Quran.

“By Allah! By Allah! I adjure you in the matter of the Quran. Others should not precede you in excelling to act upon it” Imam Ali bin Abi Talib a.s.

Commitment to Imam al Mahdi A.F. :

40 years after his birth on B’ithat, it was at the right moment that the Noble Prophet was Divinely instructed to commence the mission. Knowing that the birth of Imam Sahibaz Zaman – master of our age- Imam Al Mahdi A.F. has taken place, then indeed it is at the right moment of the choice of Allah SWT that the day of dhuhur -reappearance- of the Imam will take place. That is when his role will be activated to provide faraj-delivery- from all the corruption, injustice, oppression and chaos prevailing in these days of aakhar zaman. Strengthen your belief and commitment to the Imam A.F.

28th Rajab 60 A.H. Day of departure of Imam Husayn together with his family and close companions from the sanctity of Madina after refusing to pledge allegiance to Yazid. Thus, the journey towards Karbala commences.

With salaams and duas

Sheikh Fazle Abbas Datoo
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