Alhamdullilahi! All praise and thanks belong to Allah, the One without a Beginning and the One without an End! The Beneficient, The Merciful and the Master of the day of Judgement. We Thank Him and we cannot thank him enough. Alhamdullilahi, we are in the last 10 of Ramadan in which there is a Night that is “Better than a thousand nights” as stated in Quran 97 verses - 6: “Verily! We have sent it (this Qur'an) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree). And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is? The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months). Therein descend the angels and the Ruh [Jibrael (Gabriel)] by Allah's Permission with all Decrees, Peace! (All that night, there is Peace and Goodness from Allah to His believing slaves) until the appear ance of dawn.” 1. Do Itikaf It was a practice of the Prophet to spend the last ten days and nights of Ramadan in the masjid for Itikaf. Those in Itikaf stay in the masjid all this time, performing various forms of zikr (the remembrance of Allah), like doing extra nawafil, recitation and study of the Qur’an. 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. 2. Make this special Dua Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, said: I asked the Messenger of Allah: '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" 3. Recite the Quran Make the holy Qur’an your best companion this holy month. It has been advised earlier this month that the Qur’an can be divided into ‘Juzus’ or pages for easy completion. It is important to increase the pace at which we read the Qur’an this last ten days in order to acquire higher banefits. 3. Make dua’ to Allah to defend the defenseless. Lots of Muslims face persecution and torment in Gaza, Syria, Northern Nigeria, etc. There are lots of challenges facing Muslims all over the world this present time. So many are faced with insecurity, poverty, discrimination, fear, homelessness, sickness among others. These people needs our prayers and support. 4. Make long, sincere and deep Duas One of the best times to do this is during the last part of the night. Abu Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him, related that the Prophet 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). That means for instance, waking up one hour before Suhoor time to ask Allah for anything and everything you want that is recommended. This can be done using the Duas of the Sunnah, but also Dua in your own language, with sincerity and conviction of its acceptance. 5. To do list for the Night of Power Make a to do checklist for each Night of Power. This should define how you would like your night, the one better than a thousand months, to be used. Pick things from this list and define the sequence you would like to do things in. This will help you avoid wasting your time in unproductive chats which common in the festive atmosphere of Masjids at the Night of Power. As Muslims, We are encouraged to search for this night and make lots of dua .The best way to do this is not to miss any Nawafil, act of good deeds etc. in all the last ten days of Ramadan. Don’t wait for odd nights alone i.e 21, 23, 25, 27, 29. RATHER DON’T MISS ANY OF THE DAYS. The MOST REWARDING Nawafil Prayer of all is Tahajjud Allah Most High said: “Establish worship at the going down of the sun until the dark of the night, & (the recital of) the Qur’an at dawn. Lo! (the recital of) the Qur’an at dawn is ever witnessed. And some part of the night awake for its recital, as voluntary worship for you. It may be that your Lord will raise you to a praised estate.” (Qur’an, 17: 78-79) Imam Abu Sa’id al-Khadimi said: “There is scholarly consensus (ijma`) that among the best of virtuous acts is the night vigil prayer.” [al-Bariqa al-Mahmudiyya Sharh al-Tariqa al-Muhammadiyya] 6. Excessive Remembrance of Allah We should increase our remembrance of Allah during the last 10 days of Ramadan, keeping our lips moist in his glorification & praises. Surely we will have utter regret in the hereafter for each second wasted without remembering Allah: Mu`adh Ibn Jabal (RA) said that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “The People of Paradise will not regret anything except one thing alone: the hour that passed them by in which they made no remembrance of Allah.” Narrated Bayhaqi in Shu`ab al-iman (1:392 #512-513) The highest rank in Jannah are for those who remembered Allah the most: Abu Sa`id (RA) narrates the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was asked, ”Which of the servants of Allah is best in rank before Allah on the Day of resurrection?” He said:”The ones who remember him much.”I said: “O Messenger of Allah, what about the fighter in the way of Allah?” He answered:”Even if he strikes the unbelievers & mushrikin with his sword until it broke, & becomes red with their blood, truly those who do Dhikr are better than him in rank.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi, & Bayhaqi) What better time to start remembering Allah more than during the blessed last 10 days of Ramadan. Let us not be of those who pass by Ramadan without gaining any forgiveness: Rasullullah (sallahu’ ‘alaihi wasallam) said: …the angel Jibra’il appeared before me & said: Destruction to him who found the blessed month of Ramadan & let it pass by without gaining forgiveness…’ Upon that I said: ‘Amin.’ (Al-Bukhari, Al-Tabrani) What better opportunity to make long & sincere dua’s to Allah than in the last 10 days & nights of Ramadan. If we make dua every night then we may be lucky enough to have made dua in the night of power where all dua’s are accepted 7. Plan for the next year Once you've done a self-evaluation, you can plan on where you want to go, at least in the next 12 months. Laylatul Qadr is a great night to be thinking about this (without taking away from your worship), since you'll Insha Allah, be in a more contemplative state. You may choose to dedicate one night of power for evaluation and one night for planning for the next year. Reply, Reply All or Forward | More
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