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Powerful Tips for the Last 10 Nights

1 imagesIn a few days time, we will enter the last 10 days of Ramadaan. It seems as Ramadaan slipped from our hands like sand. Its time to sprint and make the best of these last days.

Time to roll up our sleeves:

1. Do not let your ‘performance’ until now affect your last 10 days. The moment of forgiveness could be today or anytime in the coming days! It is not all lost! If you sincerely wish it could have been better. Chin up and get ready to make it your best yet!

Start with a positive, sincere intention!

2. Today, take a little time to read the Tafseer of Surah al-Qadr to understand what actually happens this night! You will feel its power & greatness so much more!

3. Do not wait for the 27th Night to give it your “all”. The entire last 10 days should be your target. Stay up each night!

Would you want to miss Laylatul Qadr even “by chance”?

4. Do not fall into any innovations/celebrations any Masjid or culture might try to promote. Follow the Sunnah!

The Prophet sall-Allaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam guided us simply: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

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5. Memorize and keep asking the du3aa’ taught by Rasool-Allaah sall-Allaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam:

اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

“Allaahumma innaka 3Affuwwun tuhibbul 3Afwa fa3fu 3Anni”

“O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me”

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6. Prepare a short du3aa’ list.

Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allaah! The Night of Qadr, of Destiny!

Consciously pick each and everything you crucially wish for in this dunya, in your deen, family, and in your aakhirah! Don’t forget to include the brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering and in grief!

7. Take brief naps during the day, if possible. Keep your stomach light and sleep as soon as you have prayed 3Ishaa’. Do not delay!

After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get ready for worship.

8. Don’t neglect your family!

Rasool-Allaah sall-Allaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam made it a point to wake up his wives throughout these nights! And yes, your children are not too young to stay up some part of the night – if they can be allowed to play video games or watch TV, they can be inspired to be up at least for sometime!

Prepare them, make them excited, plan some activities for them to do!

9. Look the Part: The way we dress and prepare has a big effect on our psychology. Wear your best, perfume yourself, and feel the energy!

10. Choose a spot, whether in the Masjid or in your home, where you can have peace and solitude.

Keep your mus-haf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that.

11. This is not the night to tweet pics or update FaceBook statuses about how amazing the night is and how you are feeling & worshipping Allaah!

Let that be a secret between you & your Rabb!

So switch off those phones, WiFi, laptops and computers. Disconnect with the world, and connect with al-3Afuww!

12. If you find yourself feeling sleepy, vary your acts of worship.

Alternate between Qiyaam, heartfelt du3’aa, reading the Qur’aan. Do not spend the night listening to lectures or recitations. Or do it only for a short while when you feel the sleep coming on!

13. Patience is the Key:

The last 10 days might be tiring. You might still have work or school. This is the time to bear all that hardship, and keep firm Sabr.

Think how Allaah has blessed you with this tremendous opportunity that might never come again in your life again.

If you knew for sure that this was your last Ramadan, if you knew certainly that Jannah was up for grabs, wouldn’t you sprint for it no matter what it takes?

14. This is most important:

Keep husn adh-dhann bi Allaah (good expectations from Allaah).

When you ask, remember you are asking the Most Generous King. If you hope for the best, He will give you the best. Don’t hold back. Trust in Him, pour out your heart in front of Him, and let no doubt, no barrier, no evil thoughts keep you away from Ar-Rahmaan, Ar-Raheem!!

by Tawfique Chowdhury

Taken from Preparing for Ramadaan

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Laylatul Qadr & Menstruating Women

What can a woman who is menstruating do on Laylat al-Qadr?

A woman who is menstruating may do all acts of worship apart from praying, fasting, circumambulating the Ka3bah and doing i3tikaaf in the mosque.

It was narrated that the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam used to stay up at night during the last ten nights of Ramadaan. It is narrated that 3Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: “When the last ten nights of Ramadaan came, the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam would refrain from marital relations, stay up at night and wake his family up.” (1)

Staying up at night is not only for prayer, rather it includes all kinds of acts of worship. This is how the scholars interpreted it. 

Al-Haafiz said: “Staying up at night” means staying up to do acts of worship. 

Al-Nawawi said: spending the night staying up to pray etc. 

He said in 3Awn al-Ma’bood: i.e., in prayer, dhikr and reciting the Qur’aan. 

Praying qiyaam is the best act of worship that a person can do on Laylat al-Qadr. Hence the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever spends the night of Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” (2) 

Because the woman who is menstruating is not allowed to pray, she can spend the night in doing other acts of worship apart from prayer, such as:

1- Reading or reciting Qur’aan.

2- Dhikr – such as saying Subhaan-Allaah, La ilaaha illa-Allaah, al-Hamdu Lillaah, etc. She can repeat the words “Subhaan-Allaah wa’l-hamdu Lillaah, wa laa ilaaha ill-Allaah, wa Allaahu akbar (Glory be to Allaah, praise be to Allaah, there is no god but Allaah and Allaah is Most Great)” and “Subhaan Allaah wa bi hamdihi, subhaan Allaah il-3Azeem (Glory and praise be to Allaah, glory be to Allaah the Almighty)” etc.

3- Istighfaar (praying for forgiveness), by repeating the phrase “Astaghfir-Allaah (I ask Allaah for forgiveness).”

4- Du3aa’ (supplication) – she can pray to Allaah and ask Him for what is good in this world and in the Hereafter, for du3aa’ is one of the best acts of worship. The Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said, “Du3aa’ is 3ibaadah (worship).” (3)

The woman who is menstruating can do these acts of worship and others on Laylat al-Qadr.

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References:

(1) Al-Bukhaari (2401) and Muslim (1174)
(2) (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 1901; Muslim, 760)
http://islamqa.com/en/ref/26753
(3) Al-Tirmidhi, 2895; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 2370).

Exerting Oneself during the Last Ten Days of Ramadaan

3Aa’ishah radi Allaahu 3Anha aid: “When the last ten days (of Ramadaan) would come, the Prophet sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam would spend his night in worship, wake his family (at night), exert himself and tighten his Izaar (waistcloth).”(1)

This hadeeth is proof that the last ten days of Ramadaan have a special virtue over any other (set of days), in which one should increase in obedience and acts of worship, such as prayer, making dhikr (remembrance) and reciting the Qur’aan.

3Aa’ishah radi Allaahu 3Anha has described our Prophet and role model, Muhammad sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam with four attributes:

1. He sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam would “spend his night in worship”, meaning he would not sleep during it. Thus, he sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam would remain awake throughout it in worship and he would liven his soul by spending the night in sleeplessness. This is since sleep is the brother of death. The meaning of “spend his night” is that he sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam would spend all of it in the state of qiyaam (night prayer) and performing acts of worship that are done for the sake of Allaah, Lord of the worlds. We must remember that the last ten days of Ramadaan are fixed and numbered.

As for what has been reported concerning the forbiddance of spending the entire night in prayer, which has been mentioned in the hadeeth of 3Abdullaah Ibn 3Amr radi Allaahu 3Anhu, then it is in regards to someone who does that consistently throughout every night of the year.

2. He sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam would “wake up his family”,  meaning his pure wives, the Mothers of the Believers, so that they may take part in the profiting of good, the dhikr (remembrance) and the acts of worship during these blessed times.

3. He sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam would “exert himself”, meaning he sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam would persevere and struggle in worship, adding more to his deeds than what he had done in the first twenty days (of Ramadaan). He only did this because the night of Al-Qadr occurs during one of these (last ten) days.

4. He sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam would “tighten his Izaar (waist cloth)” meaning he would exert himself and struggle intensely in worship. It is also said that it means he sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam would withdraw from women. This seems to be more correct since it inclines with what was mentioned previously and with the hadeeth of Anas radi Allaahu 3Anhu: “He sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam would roll up his bed and withdraw from women (i.e. his wives).” (2)

Also, he sallAllaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam would observe I3tikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadaan and the person who is in the state of I3tikaaf is restricted from interacting (sexually) with women.

So, O Muslim brother, strive to characterize yourself with these attributes. And guard the prayer you make in the depths of the night (tahajjud) with the Imaam in addition to the Taraaweeh prayer (which is prayed in the early parts of the night), so that your exertion in these last ten days may go beyond that of the first twenty. And so that you may achieve the attribute of “spending the night in worship” by praying.

And you must be patient in your obedience to Allaah, for indeed, the tahajjud (night) prayer is difficult, but its reward is great. By Allaah, it is a great opportunity in ones life and a profitable thing to take advantage of, for the one whom Allaah grants it to. And a person does not know if perhaps he will encounter one of Allaah’s many rewards during the night prayer, thus serving as assistance for him in this world and in the Hereafter.

The righteous predecessors of this ummah would lengthen the prayer at night, exerting themselves. As-Saa’ib Ibn Yazeed said: “3Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab ordered Ubay Bin Ka3ab and Tameem Ad-Daaree to lead the people in prayer with eleven raka’aat. The reciter would recite one hundred verses, to the point that we had to lean upon wooden staffs due to the long standing. And we would not stop until the early parts of Fajr.” [3]

3Abdullaah Ibn Abee Bakr reported: “I heard my father (i.e. Abu Bakr) say: ‘During Ramadaan, we would finish (the night prayer) late and we would hurry the servants to present the food (of suhoor) for fear that Fajr (morning) would come upon us.” [4]

There are two struggles of the soul that the believer faces during Ramadaan: the struggle by day with fasting and the struggle by night with qiyaam (night prayer). So whosoever combines these two and fulfills their rights, then he is amongst the patient — those who will “be given their reward in full without any reckoning.” [5]

These ten days are the last part of the month and a person’s actions are based on his last ones. So perhaps, he will encounter the night of Al-Qadr, while standing in prayer for Allaah and thus have all his past sins forgiven.

And one must incite, animate and persuade his family to perform acts of worship, especially in these great times in which no one neglects it except that he has been deprived. What is more incredible than this is that while the people are performing prayer and making tahajjud, some individuals spend their time in forbidden gatherings and sinful events. This is indeed the greatest loss. We ask Allaah for his protection.

Therefore, embarking on these last days means entering into the profiting from righteous deeds in what remains of the month. From the unfortunate matters is to see that some people excel in righteous actions, such as prayer and recitation of the Qur’aan, in the first part of the month, but then signs of fatigue and weariness begin to show on them afterwards, especially when the last ten days of Ramadaan come in. And this is in spite of these last ten days possessing a greater standing than the first ones. Thus, one must persevere in striving and struggling and increase his worship when the end of the month draws near.

And we must keep in mind that a person’s actions are based on his last ones.

by Shaykh 3Abdullaah Ibn Saalih Al-Fawzaan
Source: Ahaadeeth As-Siyaam (pg. 133-135)

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References:
[1] Al-Bukhaaree (4/269) and Muslim (1174)
[2] See Lataa’if-ul-Ma’aarif: pg. 219
[3] See Al-Muwatta (Eng. Dar El-Fiker): vol. 1, pg 154
[4] Also in the Muwatta of Imaam Maalik: vol. 1, pg. 156
[5] Surat-uz-Zumar: 15

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