Preparing for the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan-Laiela Tul Qadr

 

PREPARING FOR THE LAST 10 NIGHTS OF RAMADAN


 

This is it; we have entered the most important nights of the year. In it is Laiela Tul Qadr, a night better than 1000 months. Any action done on this night will better than doing it for a thousand months.

 

Hazrat 'A'ishah [Allaah be pleased with her] the beloved wife of Holy Prophet ﷺ reported that Allaah's Messenger ﷺ used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time.

[Ṣaḥeeḥ Muslim 1175]



 

So, for those who haven't made the best out of the first 20 days of Ramadan, you still have a chance to redeem yourself. Do not look back to what has passed nor give up and lose hope. What is important is how you will end your Ramadan as the Prophet said:

"Verily deeds are according to their endings." 

[Al-Bukhari]

 

إنما الأعمال بالخواتيم

 

So, what are some tips one can do to make the best out of these 10 nights: 

1.    PERFORM I'TIKAAF [Seclusion In Masjid]

2.    FOR WOMEN [At Home]

For those who are able, and Masjid has allowed for it, spend your nights and days in the Masjid and focus on worshipping your Lord by performing various acts of worship like Dhikr/Zikr

[Remembrance of Allaah], extra prayers, recitation and studying of the Quran, du'a…etc.

This was the practice of the Holy Prophet ﷺ in the last 10 nights of Ramadan.

The Holy Prophet ﷺ used to observe I'tikaaf every year

[during Ramadan] for ten days; in the year in which he passed away, he observed I'tikaaf for twenty days.

[Al-Bukhari]. 

Do not get distracted. Avoid any social media activities and focus on worship only. If one is able to take days off of work without a problem, then he/she should. If one is unable, one can still perform I'tikaaf for however long Allaah makes it easy for him/her and one should also place the intention of I'tikaaf every time he/she is to enter the Masjid.

2. MAKE LOTS OF PRAYERS [DU’A] 

Every night, have a portion of your time specifically for Du'a. Pour out your heart to Allaah Kareem asking Him for your every need in the life and next. Pray for yourself, family, friends and the whole Ummah. Do not forget to include the most important du'a in which the Prophet ﷺ encouraged us to say in Laila tul Qadr.

Hazrat Aishah [May Allaah be pleased with her] said:

 I asked the Messenger of Allaah:

'O Prophet of Allaah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?'

 He said: 'Say: O Allaah, You are the One Who Pardons and You love to pardon, so pardon me.' "

[Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmizee].

 

اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

The transliteration of this Dua is

 "Allaahumma Innaka 'Afuwwun Tuhibbul 'Afwa Fa'fu 'Annee"

 

3. RECITE AND STUDY THE QURAN

As much as you can, try to read and contemplate on the verses of the Quran. Laila Tul Qadr is the night in which the Quran was revealed. Choose your favorite reciter to listen to so that your tears flow from the awe of Allaah Kareem's Words. Allaah is talking to you. Listen and take heed of what your Creator is telling you.

4. GIVE CHARITY EVERY NIGHT 

Imagine, if you give charity on the Laila Tul Qadr, it would be better than if you have been given charity for 83 years!! Don’t miss this opportunity. Whether it is an even or odd night, secure yourself by giving charity every night, even if it’s a small amount.

5. REMEMBER ALLAAH MUCH [ZIKR/DHIKR] 

And what better way can you spend the nights remembering Allaah by praising Him, glorifying Him, mentioning His Oneness, seeking His forgiveness, sending peace & blessings upon His Prophet…etc. Keep your tongues and hearts busy with the remembrance of Allaah Almighty. 

6. PERFORM NIGHT PRAYERS 

Whether it is the Taraweeh or Tahajjud, do not miss any of the night prayers in these last 10 nights. The Prophet of Allaah ﷺ said: “Whoever stands in prayer on Laila Tul -Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

[Al-Bukhari & Muslim] 

7. GET ENOUGH REST DURING THE DAY 

Take a good nap during the day with the intention of it being for Almighty Allaah’s Sake in order that you can wake up energized and ready to worship at night. There is no problem if one feels tired at night and needs some rest. But have your intention and make it a short nap so the great Blessing of the night is not missed. 

8. STAY OFF OF SOCIAL MEDIA

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Unless you will be using social media to give Dawah and encourage people to do good for these 10 nights, then one should avoid social media completely as it can be a great distraction. You have the whole year to go on social media so just sacrifice these 10 nights and make the best out of them.

9. ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO EXERT IN GOOD DEEDS

Wake your family up for prayer and encourage them to do good and seek this great opportunity of being forgiven and pardoned by the All-Mighty Allaah.

Hazrat Aaishah [may Allaah be pleased with her] reported: With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet ﷺ used to tighten his waist belt [ work harder] and used to pray the whole night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers. 

Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 2024,

10. PERFORM OTHER GREAT DEEDS 

Whatever good you can do during these nights, do not miss it. Whether it is honoring one’s parents, helping those in need, being kind and helpful to others, showing good character, giving dawah, passing out water or dates to break someone’s fasting…. etc. whatever opportunity you have to do good, do it and don’t belittle any deed.

11. HAVE AN INTENTION FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO 

The Prophet [peace be upon him] said: "Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what was intended” 

[Al-Bukhari]. 

Regardless of what it is that you will be doing in these nights, always set an intention that it is for the Sake of Allaah Kareem. This simple act will multiply your reward. When you are taking a nap, have an intention that you are resting so that you can wake up energized and ready to worship Almighty Allaah. If you are taking care of the kids, cooking, helping your parents out, studying for an exam...etc. set your intention.

Remind yourself that taking care of your family is an act of worship. Studying to get a good education, is an act of worship. Before eating, have an intention that you are doing so to be healthy and energized to be able to stand up in prayers. Even when you are dealing and speaking to others, be the best in character. Renewing your intentions before engaging in these small actions can greatly multiply your reward.

The Prophet ﷺ said…

"Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allaah Kareem, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allaah Kareem, then all his previous sins will be forgiven."

Al Bukhari 1901 

May Allaah Kareem accept from us Laila Tul Qadr and give us the ability to excel in all goodness.

Aameen.

 

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