Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem
Assalam Alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barkatuhu
Alhamdulillah! Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala has granted us a great opportunity to experience this beautiful month of Ramadan. I am hoping you all are enjoying every moment of this month doing what Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala loves. May Allah SWT accept it all from us Ameen. It’s only about three days left when we continue our journey to the last ten days of Ramadan. I am so excited about it. I hope we all be able to seek laylatul Qadr.
Aa’isha (radi Allahu anha) said that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Seek Laylat ul-Qadr among the odd numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan.”[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]
This is indeed a great blessing to us from Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala. All we have now left is around 13 days of Ramadan left. Before we realize that we have done nothing for these precious days in our lives, we have to act now. Let’s strive and be energetic! This is it, You have been given a chance. A great chance to seek forgiveness from Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala before you meet Him on the Day of Judgement. I am sure all this time, we have been carrying our heavy sins on our shoulders. We are fully covered with guilt of doing so much wrong. You all know what you did and all you have is these few days of Ramadan to clean it all, to purify yourselves from what you’ve done. Laylatul Qadr is about to come and you will not let go of this amazing opportunity Insha Allah!
Our beloved Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) is reported to have said concerning Ramadan:
“Verily this month has come to you; and therein is a night which is better than a thousand Months. Whosoever is deprived of it, is deprived of all good; and none is deprived of its good except a totally unfortunate person”. (Ibn Majah). “Whosoever stands up (in prayer) at the Night of Power out of faith and hopeful of reward, all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Targhib)
The Night of Al Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allaah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months).
Here are a few things you can do during the last ten days of Ramadan.
1. Prepare lots of good food for yourself and your family members during the day. If you have some fruits, cut them and keep them refrigerated. After coming from Taraweeh, rest for a while.
2. After that, If you have miswaak then use miswaak or toothpaste to brush your teeth, this way you will feel fresh before starting your night time ibadah. Also what a good way to start your night than doing the act of Sunnah!
3. Eat something such as fruits or whatever food you have prepared during the day, this will help you feel better and energetic.
4. Read Qur’an. Lots of it!
“Ramadan is the preferred month for reciting Quran. The last ten days are the best ten contiguous days for recitation.” ~ Shaykh Musa Furber
At least one Juz and then take a break. Drink some water. Eat some dates or drink tea or coffee. This will keep you up if you feel sleepy.
5. Get up and pray nafl prayer or Tahajjud prayer. At least two or four Rakahs.
Aisha (Radi Allahu Anha) reported that With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work hard) and used to pray all the night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers. [Bukhari]
6. Then make dhikr such as Alhamdulillah, Subhan Allah. la Ilaha Ill Allah, Subhan Allahi Wa bihamdihi Subhan Allahil Azim
7. Make dua. Repent to Allah Subhana Wa Ta’ala. make dua for yourself and the ummah. Don’t forget the most important dua for this night: “Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee”
A’isha (radi Allahu anha) reported that she asked Allah’s Messenger (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), “O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night is Laylat ul-Qadr, what should I say during it?” And he instructed her to say: “Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee – O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me.”[Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmithi – Classed as Sahih by Shaykh Al-Albaani]
8. Do Itikaaf ‘Aisha (Radi Allahu Anha) reported that the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, used to practice I`tikaf in the last ten nights of Ramadan and used to say, “Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan” [Bukhari]
9. Give Sadaqah or Zakat.
Ibn Abbas (Radi Allahu Anhu) said that Allah’s messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم was the most generous of all the people and he used to reach the peak in generosity in the month of Ramadan when Jibriel met him. Jibriel used to meet him every night of Ramadan to teach him the Qur’an. Allah’s messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم was the most generous person, even more generous (faster) than the strong uncontrollable wind (in readiness and haste to do charitable deeds). [Sahih Al Bukhari]
Keep repeating this process. If you keep sitting in one place then eventually you will feel tired and might want to sleep. However you don’t want to do that. These are the blessed nights, wake up and also tell your family members to stay awake with you. Make lots and lots of dua to Allah Swt. Allah Swt will listen to you. Do not despair and seek His help. May Allah Swt accept all our duas Ameen.
I encourage you all to watch this video “A life changing reminder by Majed Mahmoud”which focuses on Laylatul Qadr and the last ten days of Ramadan. It’s truly very inspiring!