Maximising The Last Few Days Of Ramadan
How time flies, it’s almost hard to believe we have come down to the final homestretch of Ramadan. In the remaining days leading up to Eid al-Fitr (we have about a week to go!) let’s step up our efforts to make the most of every moment we have left in this Holy month.
We know that the last ten nights of Ramadan are the most blessed and we are encouraged to increase our devotion and worship, in hopes that we can attain the great benefits of Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power).
If you haven’t gotten a head start on increasing your acts of worship, don’t give up. There’s still time! Verily, Allah is the Most Merciful and Most Forgiving.
Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) narrated: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used to observe I’tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan and say, “Seek Lailatul Qadr (Night of Decree) in the odd nights out of the last ten nights of Ramadan.”
Here are some things you can do to maximise your time these last few days before we welcome Eid al-Fitr.
REMAIN IN I’TIKAF
I’tikaf which means staying in the mosque to perform various forms of zikr and prayers besides reciting the Quran. It is not possible to remain in I’tikaf every single day and night, do as many as possible.
A friendly reminder that every good deed done on Laylatul Qadr, from Maghrib until Fajr is rewarded with at least 83 years of worship. So work on those good deeds as much as you can!
MAKE THIS SPECIAL DUA
Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) narrated: “O Messenger of Allah! If I realise Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree) what should I supplicate in it? He replied, “You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness, so forgive me). [At-Tirmidhi]
PLAN YOUR DAY
Try to complete your tasks for the day as early as possible and avoid procrastinating. This way, you can make yourself available to worship during the night without being distracted by worldly tasks.
DON’T WASTE TIME
Every second count during these last remaining days of Ramadan so tries to stay away from scrolling through social media, or video games and put your routine of watching television after dinner on hold. Instead, focus on how to increase your worship towards Allah SWT. Use time wisely, you have the rest of the year to focus on gadgets.
If your good act of charity falls on Laylatul Qadr, the reward is akin to doing charity for over 83 years. Wow! Also, remember that charity goes beyond than just donating money. It could be helping someone in need, sharing knowledge, for example.
Keep yourself hydrated so that you feel more energised to stay up throughout the night to perform prayers, zikr and more. Don’t overeat too, as it will make it harder for you to stay up and be productive.
Sources: Productive Muslim
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