How to spend the last ten days of Ramadan?
The last ten nights of Ramadan are very precious. The Prophet (SAW) used to spend these nights in worship. Hidden in these nights is the glorious Laylat al-Qadr, the night on which the dignity of worship is better than a thousand months.
The Prophet (SAW) used to choose these nights only for worship. He spent these nights more in worship than at any other time of the year.
Immerse yourself and your family in worship
Narrated Ayesha (R): “The Prophet (SAW) used to worship more on the night of the last decade of Ramadan than at any other time in the year.” (Muslim)
That is why Imam Shafi’i (Rah) said, “It is Sunnah to try to keep oneself engaged in worship on the night of the last decade of Ramadan.”
On the nights of the last decade of Ramadan, the Prophet (SAW) would wake up his family members for worship.
Narrated Ayesha (R): “In the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet (SAW) used to worship with his waist tied. He also used to wake up his family members for worship.” (Bukhari)
Search for Laylat al-Qadr in the last ten days of Ramadan
One of the significances of the nights of the last ten days of Ramadan is the hidden Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of Decree) among them.
It is a night that is better than a thousand months of worship. That is, a believer may be entitled to the reward of worship for more than eighty-four years through this night’s worship. This is an immense opportunity given by Allah to the Muslim Ummah.
In the Qur’an, Allah says, “The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace is until the emergence of dawn.” (97: 3-5)
The Prophet (SAW) said, “Whoever spends the Laylat al-Qadr in Qiyam al-Layl (Tahajjud) out of faith and in the hope of reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)
Belief in Allah mentioned in the hadith means not only believing in Him but also in believing in the reward He has promised us that night.
Laylat al-Qadr is one of the odd nights of the last decade of Ramadan. The Prophet (SAW) said in this regard, “Search for Laylat al-Qadr on the odd night of the last ten nights of Ramadan.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Although in our society the night of the 27th of Ramadan is generally regarded as the possible Laylat al-Qadr, but this is not mentioned in any hadith.
In search of this glorious night in the last decade of Ramadan, Muslims can spend it in various acts of worship such as Nafl prayers, Dhikr (remembrance of Allah), recitation of the Qur’an, and repentance to Allah.
Sitting I’tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan
In the last ten days of Ramadan, sitting in I’tikaf was a regular practice until the death of the Prophet (SAW). Ayesha (R) said that in the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet (SAW) used to perform I’tikaf in the mosque until his death. After his death, his wives continued this practice. (Bukhari, Muslim)
I’tikaf has a lot of importance in Islam. Basically, I’tikaf refers to staying in a mosque or any other place on a certain day only for the worship of Allah.
The purpose of I’tikaf is to increase one’s relationship with Allah. For this reason, the person who is in I’tikaf should always have this thought in his mind and should seek Allah’s mercy in all his deeds. No person can leave the place of his prescribed I’tikaf without urgent need.
The person who is in I’tikaf should always immerse himself in the remembrance of Allah. He can remember Allah through morning and evening Dhikr and five daily prayers. Besides, he can remember Allah through Sunnah and Nafl prayers and recitation of the Qur’an.
He should spend as little time as possible on food and sleep, and avoid unnecessary talk and gossip. However, he can participate in cognitive discussions about Islam.
Donate more and more Sadaqah
In the last ten days of Ramadan, it has been encouraged to increase charity without any waste or publicity.
It is narrated on the authority of Abdullah bin Abbas (R) that the Prophet (SAW) was foremost in good deeds and he used to increase his charity in Ramadan. Gabriel used to visit him every year in Ramadan and the Prophet (SAW) used to recite to him the entire Qur’an. After meeting Gabriel, he seemed to be as generous as the wind of goodness. ” (Bukhari and Muslim)
Imam Nawawi (Rah) said, “Giving Sadaqah with kindness and generosity has been greatly encouraged in Ramadan, especially on the nights of the last decade. Through this, we can follow the Prophet (SAW) as well as our virtuous ancestors. This month is glorious and more rewarding than others.”