Things to do during the last ten nights of Ramadan (Laylatu-l-qadr)



The Night of majesty (Laylatul Qadr) brought by the last ten days and nights of ramdan, a majesty, blessings, forgiving, devotion night better than a thousand months as revealed by the Quran;

...laylatul qadr khayrun min alfi shahar...

Things to do during the last ten nights of Ramadan (Laylatu-l-qadr)


The prophet PBUH usually take the opportunity of these last ten days of Ramadan to dwell more in Ibaadaat than any other days cause the ayat in laylatul qadr surah that says; 

ليلة القدر خير من ألف الشهر

All worships done by any Muslims during this night is far better than 1000 months of actively worships.
Allah's Messenger used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time." (Muslim). SAW

Laylatul qadr Hadith;
From Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, reported that the Prophet PBUH said: Look for Laylatul Qadr on an odd-numbered night during the last ten nights of Ramadan (Rf; Bukhari).


Abu Huraira (Abdul Rahman Bn Hauf reported that; the Prophet further said:

"Whoever prays during the night of Qadr with faith and hoping for its reward will have all of his previous sins forgiven." (Bukhari and Muslim).
Making the most out the Night of Majesty, We've put together some the important things the prophet had taugh us to do;

Things to do during the last ten nights of Ramadan (Laylatu-l-qadr)


I'tikaf
In a simple Arabic grammar, I'tikaf mean to camp somewhere free from disturbance either in a room or else where.

In religious term, It was a practice by which the Prophet to spend the last ten days and nights of Ramadan in the masjid for 100% devotional activities which may include Nawaafil, Tilaawah, Azhkar and other religious practices

Those in Itikaf stay in the masjid all this time, performing various forms of zikr (the remembrance of Allah), like doing extra Salat, recitation and study of the Quran.

They do not go outside the masjid except in case of emergencies, therefore, they sleep in the masjid. Their families or the masjid administration takes care of their food needs.


Laylatul qadr prayer a special Dua
Reported by Aisha, RTA may Allah be pleased with her, said:

 I asked the Messenger of Allah: 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during the moment?' He said PBUH: 'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.' "(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi).

The transliteration of this Dua is "Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee"

Excess Quran recitation
Perhaps you can choose Surahs or passages from the Quran which you have heard in Tarawih this past Ramadan to recite.

If you attend a class where the recitation of the Quran is taught, this is a great time to put your knowledge into practice.

Reflect on the meaning of the Quran
Choose the latest Surah or Surahs you've heard in Tarawih and read their translation and Tafseer. Then think deeply about their meaning and how it affects you on a personal level.

You might also like to read; The untold benefit of Laylatul Qadr you must know

(If you want to study the Quran with more understanding, check out Way to the Quran and Access to Quranic Arabic.

Pray with longer Surah and concentration
Try to make your prayers longer, deeper and meaningful. If you are familiar with longer Surahs, read the translation and explanation and then pray reciting these Surahs, carefully reflecting on the meaning while you pray.

Even if you are only familiar with the shorter Surahs, read the translation and explanation beforehand, and then pray reflecting on the message of the Surahs.

This is a good way to develop the habit of concentration, even in regular prayers, where many of us tend to be fidgety and/or easily distracted.

Make Taubah
The month of Ramadan is a yearly cycle which includes the 365days for Arabic countries using Hijrah as the means of counting refers to Ramadan as a new year which it's expected to have committed a sin or two.
People take the chance of the Istijabah in the holy month to seek for Allah's forgiveness on sons committed throughout the previous year. He who witnessed the night get his/her prayers and pleed accepted. Seek for Allah's forgiveness on sins whatsoever and it shall get accepted as promised by ALLAH SWT.

Make a personal Dua list
Ask yourself what you really want from Allah. Make a list of each and everything, no matter how small or how big it is, whether it deals with this world or not. Allah loves to hear from us. Once this list is ready, you can do three things:

Ask Allah to give you those things
Think about what actions you have taken to get those things
Develop a work plan to get those things in future.

Evaluate yourself
Ask yourself those questions that need to be asked. Do an evaluation of where you are and where you are going. Let this evaluation lead you to feel happiness for the good you have done and remorse for the bad you have done. (see a short and a long evaluation guide) This latter feeling should make it easier to seek Allah's sincere forgiveness when making the Dua mentioned in tip number one above.

Make long, sincere and deep Duas
One of the best times to do this is during the last part of the night.

Abu Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him, related that the Prophet said: 

"
When
the last one-third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One descends towards the heaven of the earth and proclaims: Who is that who supplicates for Me, and I grant his supplication? Who is that who begs Me for anything and I grant it to him? And who is that who seeks My forgiveness, and I forgive him?
 (Bukhari, Muslim)
"

That means for instance, waking up one hour before Suhoor time to ask Allah for anything and everything you want that is Halal. This can be done using the Duas of the Sunnah, but also Dua in your own language, with sincerity and conviction.

For some tips on making Dua please see the article Some personal Duas you can make.

Memorize a different Dua every night
They don't have to be long. They can be just one line. And be sure to know what they mean generally at least, even if you don't know the exact translation in English.

You can put them on index cards (or and keep them with you during the day, glancing at them during work, while driving, waiting in line, etc.) Then practice them at night in prayer. Source: soundvision


Attend the Dua after the completion of Quran recitation
Almost all Masjids where the Imam aims to finish an entire reading of the Quran in Tarawih prayers in Ramadan will be completing their recitation in these last ten nights.
They may try to end on one of the odd nights and read the Dua at the end of a reading of the Quran. Attend this particular night's Tarawih prayer with your family. See if you can attend different Masjids' Tarawih prayers the night they finish reading the Quran.

Plan for the next year
Once you've done a self-evaluation, you can plan on where you want to go, at least in the next 12 months. Laylatul Qadr is a great night to be thinking about this (without taking away from your worship), since you'll Insha Allah, be in a more contemplative state. You may choose to dedicate one night of power for evaluation and one night for planning for the next year.

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