Ramadaan Series {Day 25} – Tips for The Last 10 Nights of Ramadaan

Laylatul Qadr is in the last 10 nights of Ramadaan and the correct view is that it changes each year and Allah Knows Best. So strive hard in each of these nights.

It starts from Maghrib until Fajr time so busy yourself with acts of worship!

It’s better than 1,000 months as in your action will be multiplied by 1,000 months reward.

Ibn Abbas (ra) said on this night, everything that is going to be decreed for the next year will be written such as rizq, lives, deaths.

The best of actions are to pray Salaah, read Qur’an and make du’a. One can also do dhikr, give sadaqa and other good actions.

There is a difference of opinion if the multiplication is for all actions or just Salaah.

  • Pray tarawih with the imam and stay with him until he leaves and do not leave half way through! Make the intention that you’re standing with firm belief and expecting reward from Allah and your (minor) sins will all be forgiven! Major sins require tawbah so repent too!
  • Some musjids do another qiyam shortly after tarawih, go to that too in order to maximise reward.
  • Pray Fajr and Esha in the Musjid as it will be a whole night’s reward.
  • Keep your family awake as the Prophet (saw) would.
  • The Hadith which mentions the Prophet (saw) would tie his belt means to work hard or not having intercourse as mentioned by some scholars.
  • Pay your zakat ul fitr before Eid by a day or two! Ask your local Musjid how much it is.
  • Read this du’a a lot as mentioned by the Prophet (saw) to A’aisha (ra) – اللهم انك تحب العفو فافع عني
  • Remember, as some of the scholars said, if a person can’t strive for 10 nights out of an entire year, then they really need to question themselves!

Additional points of benefit:

Ibn Rajab (rh) mentions some of the people of the past would have a shower after Maghrib so they are at their most beautiful for these more beautiful nights and some would wear their best clothes and look their best, buying special clothes for these nights! So make an effort for Allah, insha’Allah!

The Reward of Following a Funeral Procession

The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever attends the funeral from the house (of the deceased) [according to one report: whoever follows the funeral of a Muslim out of faith and the hope of reward] until the funeral prayer is offered will have one qeeraat, and whoever attends the funeral until the deceased is buried will have two qeeraats.” He was asked, “O Messenger of Allaah, what are the two qeeraats?” He said, “Like two huge mountains.”

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Janaa’iz, 1240)

The Importance of a Sound Heart

Sufyân ibn Dinâr said: I have said to Abi Bishr, tell me of the actions of those who were before us. He said: They were doing little but rewarded greatly. I said: Why so? For the purity and soundness of their hearts, he replied.

Targets for Ramadan

Make a list of targets for Ramadan and include:

  • Finishing the Qur’an multiple times
  • Repent a lot and try to cry everyday
  • Read a bit of tafseer, even if only one page
  • Dhikr
  • Increase in Ibaadah (acts of worship)

Always make your intentions for Ramadan before it arrives in case your soul is taken beforehand, then you’ll get rewarded based on your intention.

A Sound Heart Yields Great Reward

Sufyân ibn Dinâr said: I have said to Abi Bishr, tell me of the actions of those who were before us. He said: They were doing little but rewarded greatly. I said: Why so? For the purity and soundness of their hearts, he replied.

The Reward of Leaving Even a Little Good

Ibn Abdul Barr mentions that one of the scholars saw another, who passed away, in his dream and asked him, what did Allah do with you? He replied, he forgave me for a Hadith that I narrated that spread between the people!

This is the reward for leaving just some good!

To Recite The Qur’an Only or Contemplate Also?

What is better, to recite Qur’an more or recite less but with more contemplation?

To summarise a long topic, there is a difference of opinion in this. There are 2 views on Imam Ahmad (rh) himself.

Ibn Rajab (rh) combines by saying the people of the past would have two wirds:

  1. One for contemplation.
  2. One for reciting and getting the reward for each letter.

So in this case, what do we do where it says the Prophet (saw) did one thing sometimes and other times he did something else?

We should try doing both, first doing the Sunnah the Prophet (saw) did the most and then the other Sunnah.

Both can be done at different times and this is the view of Sheikh ul Islam.

For example, there are many authentic narrations about what to recite at the beginning of the prayer, we can recite them at different times.