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Quote samirfaithful Replybullet Topic: The Last Ten Days of Ramadan
    Posted: 28 August 2010 at 10:53pm
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The Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) said, "If any Muslim comes out of Ramadan without gaining forgiveness and goodness, he is a real loser." (Ibn Hibban and At-Tabarani)

The last ten days of Ramadan are very special days in the life of every Muslim. According to Muslims, they are the most blessed days in the blessed month of Ramadan, the month the Holy Quran was revealed. Muslims believe that although the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) was promised Paradise, he used to exert himself even more in worship during these last ten days, hoping to draw closer to Allah. The Prophet's wife Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) said, "With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet used to tighten his waist belt and used to pray all the night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers." (Bukhari)

For Muslims, the last ten days should be a time to perfect one's fast and avoid anything that may break it. It is a time to give more charity and to settle disputes and forgive one another. It is also a time for soul searching, evaluating one's life, supplicating, and asking forgiveness. This should be done sincerely because if Allah accepts the supplications, the reward is the remission of one's sins.

The best time to do it is in the last part of the night. Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said, "When the last one third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One, descends towards the lower heaven and proclaims: 'Is there anyone supplicating to Me so that I grant his supplication? Is there anyone begging of Me for anything so that I grant him his wish? Is there anyone who seeks My forgiveness so I forgive him?'" (Bukhari and Muslim)

During the last third of Ramadan, one should recite more Quran and remember Allah more often, even constantly.

The last ten days are also known for Itekaf (spiritual retreat). The Prophet (p.b.u.h.) used to perform Itekaf in the mosque during the last ten days of Ramadan, barely sleeping during that time. Itekaf requires a total devotion to Allah; it is a sort of vacation with Him. The time is spent worshiping, performing extra Salah (ritual prayers), reciting Quran, making Thikr (remembrance of Allah) and duaas (supplications). One should leave behind the cares of this world, and even eat and sleep in the mosque. Those who cannot perform Itekaf for ten days, should try to do it for a shorter time, if only for one night or a day or two.

Laylat Al-Qadr also occurs during the last ten days of Ramadan. The Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said, "Any Muslim who stands in Prayer during Laylat Al-Qadr out of faith and sincerity, his previous sins will be forgiven."


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Quote samirfaithful Replybullet Posted: 28 August 2010 at 10:58pm

Allah, the Almighty, in His mercy and wisdom, favored certain hours, days, and months with His benevolence. Among these months, Ramadan is the month of favor, the month of Al-Quran. Of the days of Ramadan, the last ten days are the most meritorious for the acts of recitation of Al-Quran, nightly Sunnah prayers, etc., which weigh heavily on the scale of deeds, (Mizaan). After all, as we will see, in this month and during these last ten days, it is on one of the odd numbered days that the annual return of deeds takes place, the night known as the Night of Power.

In a Hadith by Bukhari and Muslim, the Messenger's wife related that: "When the month of Ramadan enters its last ten days, the Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h.) spends his night praying and wakes up his family to join him, and he would tighten his belt."

In this Hadith, we see how the Messenger's wife, Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) informed us of what took place in her house during the last ten days of Ramadan. This was not the right time for the eyes to get their full in sleep. The Prophet (p.b.u.h.) didn't do this alone. His whole family was involved and the hadith used the word "tighten his belt" in its figurative sense to mean an all-out seriousness of the devotion.


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