In a blink of eye the last 10 days of Ramadan came. The most awaited time of the whole month primarily because of Laylatul Qadr (the night of power). Although the whole month of Ramadan is blessed but these last ten days have favour upon the rest of the twenty days of the month.
Laylatul Qadr is a blessed night and Allah mentions the blessings of the night in Surah Al-Qadr, Chapter 97 of Noble Qur’an. Noble Prophet ﷺ says:-
“There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month which Allah has enjoined you to fast, during which the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the rebellious devils are chained up. In it there is a night which is better than a thousand months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived.” (Narrated by al-Nasa’i, 2106; Ahmad, 8769. classed as saheeh by al-Albani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 999)
The Noble Prophet ﷺ advised Muslims to find Laylatul Qadr in the last ten days of Ramadan on odd days. We Muslims should find this night vigorously on every odd days praying at night and remembering Allah ﷻ.
I’tikaf was a major practice of the Prophet ﷺ to spend the last ten days and nights of Ramadan in the masjid.
Those in I’tikaf stay in the masjid all this time, performing various forms of zikr, like doing extra Salat (Nafil), recitation and study of the Quran, they do not go outside the masjid except in case of emergencies, therefore, they sleep in the masjid. Their families or the masjid administration takes care of their food needs.
Since Coronavirus has closed almost all mosque for public use. It is not possible this year but Muslims should do it in following years.
Qur’an, the revelation of Allah is our guide after Noble Prophet ﷺ It will intercede on behalf of its reader who used to read it at night.
Narrated ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
Fasting and the Quran will intercede for a person on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say, ‘O Lord, I deprived him of his food and his desires during the day, so let me intercede for him.’ And the Quran will say: ‘I deprived him of his sleep at night so let me intercede for him.’ Then they will intercede.” (Narrated by Ahmad; classed as saheeh by al-Albani in Saheeh al-Jami’, no. 3882.)
Recite Qur’an quite often, listen the verses on YouTube and known meaning. These are beautiful deeds loved by Allah.
Make Long & Deep Dua
Allah ﷻ loves to hear from His servants. The best time to ask Dua is the last part of night. Abu Huraira (ra), related that the Prophet ﷺ said: When the last one-third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One descends towards the heaven of the earth and proclaims: Who is that who supplicates for Me, and I grant his supplication? Who is that who begs Me for anything and I grant it to him? And who is that who seeks My forgiveness, and I forgive him? (Bukhari, Muslim).
Sit with Pious People
Allah has described the pious as follows (interpretation of the meaning): They used to sleep but little by night (invoking their Lord (Allah) and praying, with fear and hope). [Quran: Surah Adh-Dhariyat (17)]
And in the hours before dawn, they were (found) asking (Allah) for forgiveness, [Quran: Surah Adh-Dhariyat (18)].
When you’ll sit next to pious people, you’ll learn from them the beautiful teachings of Islam and life experiences too.
Do adhkar at the night of Laylatul Qadr and throughout the remaining days. Allah loves them who remember Him and give Him the provisions of this life and the life yet to come becomes easier for him.
Dua to Recite
Aisha (ra), said: I asked the Messenger of Allah ﷺ: ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said: ‘Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’ “(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi).
The transliteration of this Dua is “Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee”.
May Allah ﷻ accept from us and forgive us. Aameen
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