The general rites to be advisably done in each month are as follows:
First: It is recommended to say the famous supplicatory prayers at the sight of the new moon. The most preferable of these is the supplication No. 43 of al-Sahifah al-Sajjadiyyah, which has been mentioned within the rites at the beginning of Ramadan.
Second: It is recommended to recite Surah al-Faatehah seven times in order to escape eye ache.
Third: It is recommended to have some cheese, for it has been narrated that one who usually eats some cheese at the beginning of each month will have almost all his requests answered.
Fourth: At the first night of each month, it is recommended to offer a two unit prayer with Surah al-Faatehah and Surah al-An’am (No. 6). One may then pray Almighty Allah to save him from any terror or pain and to make him live throughout that month peacefully and safely.
Fifth: On the first day of each month, it is recommended to offer a two unit prayer in the first unit of which, Surah al-Faatehah is recited once and Surah al-Tawheed repeated thirty times. In the second unit, Surah al-Faatehah is recited once and Surah al-Qadr repeated thirty times. After accomplishment, alms should be given. Whoever offers this prayer each month, will win safety throughout that month. According to other narrations, the following supplicatory prayer, which is a number of Quranic verses, may be said after the accomplishment of the prayer:
بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَ مَا مِنْ دَابَّةٍ فِي الْاَرْضِ اِلا عَلَى اللّٰهِ رِزْقُهَا وَ يَعْلَمُ مُسْتَقَرَّهَا وَ مُسْتَوْدَعَهَا كُلٌّ فِي كِتَابٍ مُبِينٍ بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ وَ اِنْ يَمْسَسْكَ اللّٰهُ بِضُرٍّ فَلا كَاشِفَ لَهُ اِلا هُوَ وَ اِنْ يُرِدْكَ بِخَيْرٍ فَلا رَادَّ لِفَضْلِهِ يُصِيبُ بِهِ مَنْ يَشَاءُ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ وَ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ بِسْمِ اللّٰهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ سَيَجْعَلُ اللّٰهُ بَعْدَ عُسْرٍ يُسْرا مَا شَاءَ اللّٰهُ لا قُوَّةَ اِلا بِاللّٰهِ حَسْبُنَا اللّٰهُ وَ نِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ وَ اُفَوِّضُ اَمْرِي اِلَى اللّٰهِ اِنَّ اللّٰهَ بَصِيرٌ بِالْعِبَادِ لا اِلَهَ اِلا اَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ اِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ رَبِّ اِنِّي لِمَا اَنْزَلْتَ اِلَيَّ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَقِيرٌ رَبِّ لا تَذَرْنِي فَرْدا وَ اَنْتَ خَيْرُ الْوَارِثِينَ