WORSHIP THE LAST 10 NIGHTS OF RAMADAN & I’THIQAAF
Increasing worship in the last ten days of Ramadan:
Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time.”
‘Aisha (RA) reported: With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work harder) and used to pray all the night, & used to keep his family awake for the prayers.’
The Night of Qadr i So valuable is the Night of Qadr that the Quran devotes a special surah to it: “Lailatul Qadr is better than a thousand months”
This one night surpasses the value of 30,000 nights. The most authentic account of the occurrence of the Night indicates that it can occur on any one of the last ten, odd numbered nights of Ramadan, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29. It may also occur on any of the even nights.
Therefore we should strive to stay up on all of the last 10 nights of Ramadan. If we can’t do that then at least on the odd numbered nights of the last ten days. If we still can’t manage that then let us pray on whatever nights we can, at least on the 27th night.
If we pray on all of the last ten nights then we have a far better chance of catching this most powerful night & gain the rewards of over 83 YEARS OF WORSHIP! Subhaanallah! Most of us will not even live upto such an age!
Aisha (RA) said: I asked the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam):
‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said Say:
“Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee
Trans: ‘Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’ ”
[Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi]
Therefore we should increase our worship on the last ten days and nights of Ramadan & recite even more Qur’an, pray more Nafils, do more dhikr and make longer & more sincere dua’s to Allah repenting remorsefully for our past & present sins, hopeful for mercy & forgiveness. We should also thank Allah abundantly.
PERFORMING I’TIKAF ON THE LAST 10 DAYS OF RAMADAN:
Aishah (RA) reported that the Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam):
“Used to perform i’tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan until Allah the Mighty and Majestic, took him.”
[Bukhari & Muslim]
Abu Said reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever makes I`tikaf with me is to make I’tikaf during the last ten [nights].” (Bukhari)
I`tikaf is worshipping Allah in seclusion in the Masjid or for women in her designated place at home. It is done with the intention of becoming closer to Allah. If we cannot manage all 10 days then we can do I’tikaf for however many days we can manage. The more the better.
Each time we are in the Masjid or for a women in her designated place at home, then we can make intention of Nafil I’thikaf and gain reward for the duration of our stay in the Masjid or for women in her designated place at home even if it is for a very short while. A woman can also do I’tikaf whilst she is on her menses by remaining at her designated place at home doing dhikr etc
CHARITY & GENEROSITY:
Ramadan is a time of generosity, giving & remembering those who have less than us. Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) became even more generous in Ramadan than he already was:
Ibn ‘Abbas (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was the most generous of the men; and he was the most generous during the month of Ramadan when Jibril visited him every night and recited the Qur’an to him. During this period, the generosity of Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) waxed faster than the rain bearing wind.’
[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
Ramadan is also time where we appreciate what Allah has given us so that we may be thankful to him. Ramadan is an Honorable and blessed month, & the rewards for generosity are multiplied in it.
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam) said:
“The best charity is that given in Ramadan.”
Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam) said:
“He who feeds a fasting person will gain the same reward as he will, without decreasing from the fasting person’s rewards.” [Ahmad]
We should strive to feed as many fasting people as possible especially those less off than us & those in poorer countries.
Charity should be paid secretly: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:
“Righteous deeds protect a person from an evil end; a charity spent in secret extinguishes Allah’s wrath; and maintaining good ties of kinship increases ones lifespan.”
Removing harmful objects from people’s way is also a charity: The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said:
“I saw a man enjoying himself in Paradise (simply) because he removed from a road a tree that used to harm people.”
Note: We should also give our Zakat in the month of Ramadan each year so that we can gain the huge rewards of giving Zakat in the most rewarding of months.
Therefore during Ramadan let us give as much as we can in the path of Allah & know that we will get SO much more in return in this world & the Hereafter. Surely in the hereafter we will regret that which we did not spend in the path of Allah.
My brothers and sisters what an amazing opportunity we have in this blessed month to gain such closeness to Allah as well as his mercy & forgiveness of our past & present sins.
There are immense rewards available for us in this blessed month if only we make the little effort required to gain them. Surely on the day of judgment we will BEG each other for just one good deed but we will not be able to get anything as we will all be in desperate need on that day.
Therefore the time to prepare for the Hereafter is NOW as we may not have a tomorrow. What better time to make lifetime changes than to do so in the most blessed of months – RAMADAN!!!
May Allah enable us to maximize each & every precious second of Ramadan & may He make it a salvation for us in the Hereafter.
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