Maximise Your Last Ten Days of Ramadan
The race is on.
But the intensity has increased & the tempo has changed.
The last ten days of Ramadan has dawned upon us; the best of the special month has arrived. So the finish line is very close indeed.
How will you end the Ramadan race for forgiveness, success & Taqwa?
These last ten days is a period to maximise your time for more worship, devotion and focus on your Creator (swt).
It is time to shift gears from just average to the highest level of spiritual commitment. You need to attune your psyche to Allah (swt) & His Pleasure, just as Prophet Muhammad (saw) would do when the last ten days arrive. His worship increases and he was known to go into seclusion exclusively for greater devotion.
“Allah’s Messenger (saw), would exert himself in the last ten days (of Ramadan) more than he would at other times.”
What is so special about the last 10 Days?
From among the reasons why the last ten nights are so special is because Laylat-ul- Qadr (The Night of Decree) falls within it.
Allah (swt) says:
“Laylat-ul-Qadr is better than a thousand months.”
[Sura Al-Qadr: 3]
“Indeed, We revealed it (this Qur’aan) on a blessed night.” [Surah Ad-Dukhaan: 3]
And the Prophet (saw), said:
“Whoever stands in night prayer during Laylat-ul-Qadr with faith and seeking reward (from Allah), his past sins will be forgiven.” [Bukhaari and Muslim]
Here are a some ways you can maximise your time and worship in these special ten days.
1. Renew your Intention. Make your worship solely for Allah’s Pleasure. Not as a form of show off or self righteousness, or as a means of obeying and pleasing your parents or spouse.
Devote your worship only to Him, the Most High. And seek for His reward only.
Allah says: “Every good deed of the son of Adam is for him except fasting, for it is for Me and I will reward it.” [Hadeeth Qudsee] [Bukhaari and Muslim]
You can also make your acts of worship a means of fulfilling the main purpose of your creation.
“I have not created the Jinn and Mankind except that they should worship Me.” [Surah Adh-Dhaariyaat: 56]
2. Sleep less, Feast less and Talk/Chat less. Devote most of your time to highly rewarding acts such as reciting the Qu’ran, doing Dhikr and helping with a noble cause. Keep your tongue moist with Dhikr-Allah (Remembrance of Allah); Seek His forgiveness, Jannah and Praise Him constantly without limit. Involve your family in as many of the rewarding acts as possible.
“When the last ten days of Ramadaan would come, the Prophet, would tighten his waistwrapper (izaar), spend the night in worship, and wake his family.” [Bukhaari and Muslim]
3. Make a lot Du’a (supplication). Ask for what you want exactly how you want it. And make Du’a for others too so that Angels will say Amin to you too. Do not be shy, do not be afraid and remember that if you must ask, ask of Allah (swt) first. Take note of special times such time breaking the fast, last third of the night and between Adhan and Iqaamah, to make Du’a.
‘Aa’isha (RA), reported: “I said: ‘O Messenger of Allaah! What if I knew which night Laylat-ul-Qadr was, what should I say in it?’ He (saw) , said: ‘Say: O Allah, You are All-Pardoning, and You love to forgive, so forgive me.'” ( Allaahhumma innaka ‘affuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa ‘afu ‘annee).’” [Reported by At-Tirmithee and others with an authentic chain]
4. Buddy up with a righteous companion. In this way you can engage, compete and support each other in rewarding deeds. You can do this in person or virtually. You can recite the Qur’an to each other, wake each other up for tahajjud, go to the masjid, visit the sick & poor together. Share Hadiths and verses of Qur’an as reminders to each other; all the while being sincere in your acts.
“The Prophet (saw) , was the most generous amongst people. And the time when he was the most generous was in the month of Ramadaan when Jibreel would meet him. Jibreel used to meet him every night during Ramadaan until it ended, in which the Prophet (saw), would present him with the Qur’aan. When Jibreel used to meet him, he (saw), was more generous with good than the fair wind.” [Bukhari and Muslim]
6. Go for Itikaaf (seclusion). Spend time away from the social connections & distractions of the world and connect with your Creator in every realm. From the mental to the spiritual. Stay away from minute-to-minute interaction with your phones and other tech. tools. If work, school or business does not allow you take time off completely for I’tikaf , spend a few days or even hours in seclusion – for reflection, remembrance and recitation.
“The Messenger of Allaah (saw) , would perform ‘Itikaaf (seclusion in the masjid) during the last ten days of Ramadaan.” [Bukhaari & Muslim]
On your marks……
Gather your momentum to stay in the race and finish well.
Your medals will please you beyond measures – yours to keep and enjoy beyond this Dunya
Are you still contemplating or procrastinating on how to join the race or switch gears? It’s not too late.
Simply take out a few moments to purify your intention, then you can pick your champion buddy and jump on the race. You still have some special days to go.
Mark your calendar.
Go, go, go!
Are you ready for the ultimate Ramadan Cup?