Maximizing ibadat in the last ten days of Ramadan: Its hard to register that the most awaited month of the year is drawing to a close. First 20 days of Ramadan have passed , all deeds good or bad have been written. It should be understood that this is the parting of Ramadan.
All the time wasted or put to good use has been registered. What time that has gone can’t be undone. But we still have the asharah of seeking forgiveness almost upon us, WE STILL CAN MAKE THAT COUNT. The last ten most blessed days of Ramadan can be tried to spend in such a way that we are left with no regrets. The time has come to put in more effort into your Ibadah. There is still time for those of you who have been careless in the past 20 days to makeup and reap the benefits of these days.
How To Spend The Last Ten Days of Ramadan?
We still have time to strengthen our relationship with Quran and Allah, to wipe the slate clean which we have blackened with our numerous sins.
There is still time to redeem ourselves and to gain the mercy of Allah and ask for His forgiveness.
If we miss on making the best out of these 10 days, we will surely regret it. You never know whether the next Ramadan is destined for you or not.
What Is So Special About These Last Ten Days?
These last 10 days hold countless benefits. We have been given a chance yet again to gain the immense number of blessings. Why are these days so special?
When is Laylatul Qadr?
A night worth more than a 1000 months, the most auspicious night of the year. Also known as the Night of Power in the Quran. Any action done on this night is better than acting for one thousand months which do not contain the night of Qadr. The reward of this night is immense.
There is certainly wisdom as to why the date has not been specified. So we can try to seek His blessings throughout and till the end of Ramadan.
What Was the Practice Of The Prophet During The Last 10 Days?
Aisha reported that with the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work hard), pray all night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers. [Bukhari]
What Is To Be Done During The Last 10 Days?
It was one of the major Sunnahs of the Prophet. For men I’tikaf should be in the mosque but for women at home generally where they pray. If it is not possible to remain in I’tikaf for all 10 days than at least for 3 days. Duration of I’tikaf is a minimum of 3 consecutive days.
7. Read Quran
Since it is the month of the Quran, spend as much time as possible reading and pondering over the meaning. Since rewards are multiplied in this month it is the best time to strengthen your connection with the Quran, not just for Ramadan but this month is a good time to start. Here are 10 Tips To Complete Recitation Of The Quran in Ramadan.
6. Focus on your fardh prayers
Ramadan is the month where most people try to focus as much as on voluntary worship than the fardh (obligatory). Standing all night in prayer at the cost of your fardh prayers is not at all recommended. It is through these fardh we come closer to Allah. Try to pray your fardh Salahs on time and then add voluntary prayers to it.
5. Dua, dua and more dua
Dua is the strongest weapon the believer. Dua is the conversation between Allah and His servants. Especially in this month make dua for anyone and everyone you can remember. Allah loves answering the duas of His servants, pour your heart and soul into your duas. Refrain from asking anything that is forbidden. Have a list ready of all the duas you want to make just so that you don’t forget.
Remembrance of Allah, its not just the movement of your tongue but also should be felt deep in your heart. This is one of the easiest and most rewarding and most powerful acts of worship. Unlike salah dhikr has no set time, this can be done while doing your daily chores, while cooking or driving to and back from work, it is as easy as saying Subhanallahi wa bihamdihi or Astaghfirullah.
3. Give Sadqa and Zakah
It is not obligatory to pay Zakah in this month itself but since every good deed has multiple rewards make it your priority to give it in this month. Ramadan is the month of generosity, give Sadqah as much as you can.
2. Ask for Forgiveness
We should be grateful to Allah for giving us yet another chance to ask for forgiveness for uncountable sins. Don’t let these precious days go by, ask for forgiveness:
Rabbighfir Warh’am Wa Anta Khayrur Raah’imeen My Lord! Forgive and have mercy, for You are the Best of those who show mercy! Surah Al-Mu’minoon – 23:118
For more guidance, have a look at our previous post on 12 Powerful Duas to Ask Allah for Forgiveness of Sins.
1. Pray Tahajjud
Tahajjud or night prayer is the most important of the voluntary prayers. Dua made at tahajjud is like an arrow that does not miss its target- Imam Shafaee. Make it a habit to pray it without neglect in these 10 days, you never know this habit could stick and you continue to pray tahajjud even after Ramadan as well.
Tips On How To Maximise Ibadah During The Last 10 days Of Ramadan
The significance of the last asharah and what all should be accomplished has been clearly listed but how can we make most of these nights.