‘Aa’ishah (raa) said:
“When the last ten days (of Ramadaan) would come, the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) would spend his night in worship, wake his family (at night), exert himself and tighten his Izaar (waistcloth).” [Al-Bukhaaree (4/269) and Muslim (1174)]
This hadeeth is proof…
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Powerful Tips for the Last 10 Nights - by Sheikh Tawfique Chowdhury:
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 tafsir 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 s.a.w. 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.”
5. Memorize and keep asking the doa taught by Rasulullah s.a.w.: Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).
6. Prepare a short doa list. Remember this is as awesome as it ever gets for a servant of Allah! 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 akhirah! 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 ‘isha. Do not delay! After a brief nap, refresh yourself and get ready for worship.
8. Don’t neglect your family! Rasulullah 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 mushaf, praying mat, and water at hand so that you are not distracted by constantly getting up for this or that.
11. IMP: This is not the night to tweet pics or update FB statuses about how amazing the night is and how you are feeling & worshipping Allah! 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-‘Afuww!
12. If you find yourself feeling sleepy, vary your acts of worship. Alternate between qiyaam, heartfelt doa, reading the Qur’an. 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 sabar. Think how Allah 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 Allah (good expectations from Allah). 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-
Allahumma ballighna laylatal qadr..
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"How beautiful it is to stay silent when someone expects you to be enraged with them. And how beautiful it is to laugh when someone thinks you are going to shed tears.."
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Be careful of the “thieves” of the month of Ramadhan:
This thief is dangerous and ruins the days of people and diminishes their rewards. By watching useless movies and programs it squanders the time in a month where the days are the best of all days and the nights are the best of all nights.
2. Too much sleep
Just because it is said in Hadith that even sleep in this month has thawab, does not mean that you should excessively sleep! The point is that if even sleep contains rewards then imagine the rewards of ibadat!
3. Wasting night🔮
A thief that steals the most valuable time from you! This thief is responsible for turning you away from Salatul Layl, istighfaar and tawbah, and the reading of specific duas of Month Ramadhan and recitation of the Holy Quran.🔮
Give sadqa, iftaar, and help the orphans. Give iftaar even if it is half a date, or a sip of water, so Allah swt will forgive your past sins.
5. Gatherings without the dhikr of Allah swt
This thief comes with deep regret on the day of judgement!
6. Helping parents
Whoever in this month does good towards their relatives, Allah swt connects them with His mercy on the day of judgement.
My dear, always be cheerful with your mother and father and serve them as much as u can.
7. Bad Akhlaq
Fasting is not just refraining from food and drink, but eyes, ears, tongue, and all parts of body should also be fasting. Stay away from Lying, backbiting, cursing, suspicion…etc.
If u want to pass “sirat” with ease, during this month make ur akhlaq good.
And the biggest thief:
8. Facebook, whatsapp, widget, etc
If you do not use them in the right way all your good deeds could be taken from you.
Dears! Don’t let this Holy Month go so that when everyone is receiving their rewards, you are of the ones who are empty handed.
So be careful of the thieves of this blessd Month of Ramadhan! Oh Allah make this the best Month of ours so far!
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Allah says: Say: “In the bounty of Allah and in His mercy – in that let them rejoice! That is better than the wealth they amass.”1Take a look at the manifestations of Allah’s bounty in this noble month. Sayyidunā Salmān narrates that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ spoke to us on the last day of Sha`bān saying: “O people, a great and blessed month has approached, a month in which there is a night greater than one thousand months. Allah made fasting in this month a compulsory act and made praying in the night a voluntary act. Whoever seeks to draw close to Allah in it with a good deed will be rewarded like someone who performed a compulsory action at another time. Whoever performs a compulsory action in it will be rewarded like someone who performed seventy compulsory actions at another time. It is the month of steadfastness (ṣabr) and the reward of steadfastness is Paradise. It is the month of charity. It is the month in which a believer’s provision is increased.”
Have a blessed Ramadhan. May Allah increases us in our ibadah and taqwa. May Allah grants us the barakah of time and barakah of health. May Allah accepts our deeds in this blessed month.
Ramadhan Kareem to all our lovely sisters.