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Peaking at the Last Ten

Peaking at the Last Ten

 

As we enter the last ten days and nights of Ramadan for this year, the following is a short reminder of how significant the last third of Ramadan is and why any opportunity to increase one’s quantity and quality of worship should be seized.

Ai’shah, may Allah be pleased with her, relates, ‘On the onset of the (last) ten, the Messenger of Allah would tighten his waist belt, stay awake the night and wake up his family.’1 Muslim also relates, ‘The Messenger of Allah would strive in the last ten in a manner he would not do so in other times.’2

The phrase ‘tighten his waste belt’ has been interpreted to mean intensifying one’s worship of Allah or abandoning sexual relations at night for this period, which is also indicative of a heightened level of devotion to Allah ta’ala.

It is for this reason that I’tikaf has been legislated. It is reported that The Prophet would observe I’tikaf during the last ten nights of Ramadan up until he died.3 To retreat and seclude oneself within the confines of a mosque allows one to remain free from all manner of distractions. A believer has the opportunity to transcend such heights brought about by words of remembrance, supplication, recitation of Qur’an, prayer, and seeking of forgiveness and salvation.

Patience is key to the good of a Muslim’s journey in this world and its strengths are called for in Ramadan, especially during the last ten days and nights. Will you strive and give that extra measure? Will you plead before Allah as you know you need to? Is it not amazing to see one who having no belief in Allah strive for what he aspires with all his might without relent? Surely, our faith must be weak if such a person can endure so much more than we can endure when we claim belief in Allah, love of Him, fear of Him and hope in Him! One of the greatest ways to obtain patience is through conviction; if one knows of what Allah has prepared for His righteous slaves and really believes it, not just on a superficial level, this will enable a person to bear all for what he covets and desires.

These last ten nights contain a night better than the lifespan of anyone of us, ‘The night of al-Qadr is better than a thousand months.’4 How is it possible then to not give our all? Al-Nakha’i said, ‘Good works performed on this night are better than those performed consistently for a thousand months.’ Have we not read that the Prophet has said, ‘Whoever spends the night of al-Qadr in prayer, having iman in Allah and seeking His reward, will be forgiven all of his past sins’? So take the opportunity to seek this great night this Ramadan, not the next one as there is no guarantee you will be around to see it. Let us all try not be amongst those about whom the Prophet said, ‘Whoever is deprived of its good is surely deprived!’

I ask Allah through His most beautiful names and most high attributes to grant us the divine accord to worship Him benevolently and to forgive us our past sins in this month and may Allah shower His blessings upon the ummah. O Allah you pardon much and you love to pardon, so pardon us.

 

 

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1. This is related by al-Bukhari, and Muslim with a similar wording
2. Muslim
3. Al-Bukhari and Muslim
4. Surah al-Qadr 97:3

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About Sheikh Farid Haibatan

Sheikh Farid Haibatan graduated in Electronic Systems Engineering and holds a bachelors in Engineering (B.eng) from the University of Essex. After graduation he spent a number of years at the Islamic University in Madinah where he studied the Arabic Language and other religious sciences. Since his return from Madinah, he has been involved in Islamic Da’wah and has for many years taught the Arabic language and Islamic Studies. He has also translated Arabic books into the English Language some of which have become household names within the Muslim community such as Fortification of the Muslim through Remembrance and Supplication (Hisn al-Muslim). He currently serves as an Islamic studies lecturer and head of development both at MRDF.

6 comments

  1. re Dates
    Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatullah

    it will just be 9 nights only in that case. (you always still get all 5 odd nights)

  2. Dates
    Assalaamu ‘alaykum AB,

    If Eid is on Saturday, Friday 17th will be the night of Eid, then that will be 9 nights? Where does the 10 nights come from?

    JazakAllah Khair

  3. re Date please
    wa ‘alaykum salam wa rahmatullah

    The last ten nights begin with the 21st night. If you started the fast on Friday 20th July, that means Thursday the 19th was the first NIGHT, which means the 21st night will be the night of Wednesday 8th August (with the following day Thursday 9th being the 21st DAY — remember, NIGHT comes before DAY)

  4. Date please
    Assalaamu ‘alaykum,

    Please could you clarify from which night we should start observing the last ten nights (if the first fast was Friday)?

    JazakAllaah Khair

  5. Nassir Hussain

    Reminder of Du’a for Laylat al-Qadr
    One of the best du’aa’s that may be recited on Laylat al-Qadr is that which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) taught to ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her). Al-Tirmidhi narrated, and classed the report as saheeh, that ‘Aa’ishah said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, if I know which night is Laylat al-Qadr, what should I say on that night?’ He said, ‘Say: اَللهُمَّ إنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّيْ
    Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).”

    IslamQA

  6. Ms
    I FOUND THIS ARTICLE TO BE VERY INSPIRING, AND INFORMATIVE. IT GIVES ONE THE OPPORTUNITY TO STILL BENEFIT FROM THIS BLESSED MONTH, AND TO REAP THE REWARDS ALSO.

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