We have come to the grand finale of this blessed month of Ramadan. The last 10 day are now upon us, that are more blessed then the rest of the Ramadan. In this last 10 days are a night which is better than 1000 month, (not days, but months).
The messenger of Allah (Pease and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month which Allah has enjoined you to fast, during which the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the rebellious devils are chained up. In it there is a night which is better than a thousand months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived.” Narrated by al-Nasa’i, 2106; Ahmad, 8769. classed as saheeh by al-Albani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 999.
So, in preparation for the grand finale, here is a checklist of some of the things that we can all do to make remaining days of Ramadan work to our advantage…
1) Get in high gear for the next 10 nights and days:
Time is of the essence. Every moment counts. Whatever you need to do for the next 10 days to make the most in Ibada, good deeds, reciting Quran, dhikr, making dua, etc. Rewards are going to be multiplied. No one knew about the importance of these days more than the prophet (SAWS). Al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated form A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that when the last ten days of Ramadan began, the prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) would stay up all night, wake his family and tie his lower garment tight. According to Ahmad and Muslim: he would strive hard in worship during the last ten nights of Ramadan as he did not do at other times.
If we lose this opportunity, we get our next opportunity next year, assuming we are still around and we are in good health and shape to make use of it. Even if we are, we have the past years’ sins on our shoulders and life’s normal trials and tribulations to face the coming year. So, there is no better time to ask Allah to make all that easier than NOW.
2) Get a Quran and recite as often as can:
A few lines on this post can’t even come close to explaining the benefits and virtues of Quran. It is proven in the saheeh Sunnah that Quran will intercede for those who read it at night, as Ahmad (6626) narrated from Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr that the messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Fasting and the Quran will intercede for a person on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say, ‘O Lord, I deprived him of his food and his desires during the day, so let me intercede for him.’ And the Quran will say: ‘I deprived him of his sleep at night so let me intercede for him.’ Then they will intercede.” Narrated by Ahmad; classed as saheeh by al-Albani in Saheeh al-Jami’, no. 3882.
Narrated Abu Musa: The Prophet said,
“The example of a believer who recites the Qur’an is that of a citron (a citrus fruit) which is good in taste and good in smell. And the believer who does not recite the Quran is like a date which has a good taste but no smell. And the example of an impious person who recites the Qur’an is that of Ar-Rihana (an aromatic plant) which smells good but is bitter in taste. And the example of an impious person who does not recite the Quran is that of a colocynth which is bitter in taste and has no smell.” (Book #93, Hadith # 649)
3) If your sins are holding you to move forward, this is the time to get them forgiven:
First, the bad news: In Musnad Ahmed (Ibn Hanbal) it is narrated that Thawbaan said: The messenger of Allah (SAWS) said:
“A man is deprived of provision (Rizq) because of the sins that he commits.’” (Narrated by Ibn Maajah, 4022, classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah).
And the good news: It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with with) that the prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Whoever spends the night of Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, will be forgiven his previous sins.”
4) What to say on Laylat at-Qadr:
One of the best dua’s that can be recited on Laylat al-Qadr is that which the prophet (PBUH) taught A’ishah (May Allah be pleased with her). It was narrated by al- Tarmidhi, who closed it as saheeh that Alisha said: I said: “O Messenger of Allah, If I know which night is Laylat al-Qadr, what should I say?” He said: “Say: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are All-Forgiving and You love forgiveness so forgive me).”
5) Get in class of the pious people:
Allah has described the pious as follows (interpretation of the meaning):
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)]
Think of all that you need to ask Allah for and ask Him now. If you haven’t before, this is the time to connect with Him and feel closer to Allah. When you do during these last ten days and nights of Ramadan, you would want to do this again and again; even after the month is over.
And finally, when you are in a state of prayers and worship, please open your heart for others as well, and please do remember your brothers and sisters in you prayer. Remember what the prophet (PBUH) said:
“The supplication that gets the quickest answer is the one made by one Muslim for another in his absence.” Reported by Abu Daw’ud and Tirmidhi
May we all make the last ten days and nights of Ramadan… Aamiin
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