What to do in the Last Ten Days of Ramadan?

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In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

We can provide some useful advice on how one could spend the last ten days of Ramadan, especially as these days are very special in the life of every Muslim. In fact, every day is special for Muslim, as long as he is always mindful of Allah in all what he does; every day Muslim gets increased in piety and draws closer to Almighty Allah. But these days of Ramadan are highly special in the sense of their falling in one of the most blessed months of the year; the month of Ramadan, the month of the Qur’anic revelation. May Allah Almighty help us get closer to Him in this month and may strengthen our faith in Him in a way that Satan will not be able to drive us away from His Path, Ameen.

Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) is described in the Qur’an as, {better than a thousand months}. [Surah Al-Qadr: 3] Any action done on this night such as reciting the Qur’an, remembering Allah, etc. is better than acting for one thousand months which do not contain the night of Qadr.

Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time.

The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever prays during the night of Qadr with faith and hoping for its reward will have all of his previous sins forgiven.”
[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of Abu Hurairah].

Here are some tips of things we can do on the Night of Power and the time before and after it:

1. Take a Vacation for Allah

We take a break from our jobs for almost everything in life. Why not this time to focus on worshipping and thanking our Creator.

If this is not possible at least take a few days off if you can. This can make it easier to stay awake at night to do extra acts of worship, not having to worry about getting to work the following day. This will also make I`tikaf easy.

2. I`tikaf

It was a practice of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, to spend the last ten days and nights of Ramadan in the mosque for I`tikaf.

In I`tikaf one makes a spiritual retreat in the mosque all the time, performing various forms of dhikr (the remembrance of Allah), like doing extra Salat, recitation and study of the Qur’an. One does not go outside the mosque except in case of emergencies. I`tikaf of a shorter period of time, like one night, a day or a couple of days is encouraged as well.

3. Make This Special Du’a

Aisha, 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 it?’ He said:

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Allahumma innaka ‘affuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni’

‘Say: O Allah, You are Oft-Pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’”
[Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmidhi].

4. Recite the Qur’an

Perhaps one can choose Surahs or passages from the Quran which one has heard in Taraweeh this past Ramadan to recite.

On attending a class for Qur’anic recitation, this is a great time to put one’s knowledge into practice.

5. Get Your Sins Wiped Out

Abu Hurairah quoted Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) as saying: “Whoever stands (in prayer) in Laylatul Qadr while nourishing his faith with self-evaluation, expecting reward from Allah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven.”
[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim].

6. 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. This latter feeling should make it easier to seek Allah’s sincere forgiveness when invoking Allah and supplicating to Him in these blessed nights.

7. Make Long, Sincere and Deep Du’as

One of the best times to do this is during the last part of the night.

Abu Hurairah (radiAllahu anhu) quoted the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) as saying: “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 and I grant him his wish? Is there anyone who seeks My forgiveness, so that I forgive him?”
[Sahih al-Bukhari, Muslim]. This means for instance, waking up one hour before Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) time to invoke Allah for anything and everything is something recommendable. This can be done using the Du`as (supplications) recorded in the Sunnah, but one is also allowed to say Du`a in one’s own language, with sincerity and conviction.

8. Take the Family to Taraweeh

Have your spouse and kids missed Taraweeh most of Ramadan because you weren’t there to drive them to the mosque, which is too far away to walk to? If so, do all of yourselves a favor and bring everyone for Taraweeh in these last ten nights.

9. Attend the Du’a After the Completion of the Qur’anic Recitation

Almost all the mosques where the Imam aims to finish an entire reading of the Qur’an in Taraweeh prayers in Ramadan will now be approaching the end of the task in these last ten nights. They may try to end on one of the odd nights and read the Du`a’ at the end of reading the Qur’an. Attend this particular night’s Taraweeh prayer with your family. See if you can attend different mosques’ Taraweeh prayers the night they finish reading the Qur’an.

10. Finish Reading a Book on the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam):

Read about the Prophet’s (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) life, which can increase your love for him and Islam by seeing how much he struggled for Allah’s sake. It may inspire you to push yourself even harder during these last ten nights. This community is built on sacrifice.

All these are just some hints on what is recommended for a Muslim to do in during the last ten nights of Ramadan. May Allah Almighty accept our worship and devotions. Ameen

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6 responses to “What to do in the Last Ten Days of Ramadan?

  1. Fuseini Sham-una

    Assalaamu alaikum. May Allah give us the zeal and faith to forego us beds and stand for the Tahajuud prayer in this last ten days of this Holy month.

  2. Wa Aalikum Salaam Shay,

    1/30 of the Quran is recited each night during Taraweeh prayers, so that the entire Quran can be completed in the month of Ramadan.

    You can check out this site that lists each 30th part of the Quran.

    The Ajiza (Sections of the Quran) – Index

    Thanks for the kind words on our blog. All good is from Allah.

    May Allah bless you with a beautiful Ramadan and draw you nearer to Him. May he protect you, and bestow His infinite grace, love, and blessings upon you. Thanks for visiting :)

    Wa Salaam

  3. Shay

    Assalamu-Alaikum,

    Ramadan Mubarak! I have been searching the internet for many days but I still cannot find it. If you could help, I was wanting to see the Ayahs read during each night of Taraweeh prayers? For example, I found out that Night #1 was from Surah Al-Fatiha to Surah Al-Baqara (Ayah #142). Second night was from 142 to 252…etc.

    Since I do my prayers at home, was wanting to know so I can also do the same. Thank you.

    P.S. Great Website…keep up the great work. May Allah (SWT) bless you with my joy and happiness….Ameen!

  4. mshahin

    Jazzakum Allahkhair brother for sharing. All praises are due to Allah.

    Wa Salaam

  5. Khalid AlMuqhtadir Ibn Rowe aka Kenneth K. Rowe

    I thank Allah for all He’s doing

  6. Khalid AlMuqhtadir Ibn Rowe aka Kenneth K. Rowe

    All praises are due to Allah Subhannawata Ala. All credit is to to Al Rahman, AlRahim. Any thing that we benefit from we should always thank Allah for his assistance in making that what we benefited from possible. Ameen

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