Thursday, 2 September 2010

The Last 10 Days of Ramadhan

Salams to all!

As we are now approaching the last 10 days of Ramadhan, I thought it would be appropriate to remind us all (Muslims) about the significance of these last days.

Laylat al-Qadr can be found within the last 10 nights of this holy month. The night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months. This means it's better than over 83 years! This should encourage the Muslim to spend this night in prayer and to seek the face of Allah. Nabi Muhammad (swt) used to look for this night in hope to gain some good from it. He, the Prophet (pbuh) is the example for the Ummah.

Here's a checklist of things one should do during the last few nights:)
  1. Get in high gear for the next 10 nights and days - Every moment counts. Make the most of the last 10 days, let it be praying, doing good deeds, reading the Quran, all those rewards will be multiplied.
  2. Grab your Quran and recite as often as you can. As is stated in the hadeeth narrated by 'Abd-Allah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'Aas (pbuh), in which Nabi Muhammad (swt) said:
    "Whoever recites ten aayaat (verses) in qiyaam will ont be recorded as one of the forgetful. Whoever recited a hundred aayat in qiyaam will be recorded as one of the devout, and whoever prays a thousand aayat in qiyaam will be recorded as one of the muqantareen (those who pile up good deeds)" (Reported by Abu Dawood and Ibn Hibbaan. It is a hasan report. Saheeh al-Targheeb, 635).
  3. Forgive thine sins:) If they're holding you back, let them go. You need to keep moving forward after all:)
  4. Say this Du'a during Laylat al-Qadr:
    Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibb al-'afwa fa'fu 'anni (Oh Allah, You are All-Forgiving and You love forgiveness so forgive me).
    This is one of the best du'as that can be recited. The Prophet (pbuh) taught this to his wife, 'Aishah (pbuh).
  5. Get in class of the Pious People. Allah has described the pious as follows-
    "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)]
  6. and Finally... Ask Allah for all the things that you need. Not that you wouldn't usually do this but heck, now is the best time to do so. Also, don't forget to add your other Muslim brothers and sisters in your du'as. As Nabi Muhammad said:
"The supplication that gets the quickest answer is the one made by a Muslim for another in his absence."
May Allah bless us in these last few days of Ramadhan and let us make the most of it.

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