The Last Ten Nights Of Ramadan

by | Jun 29, 2015

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Ramadhan is the most sacred month of the year in Islamic culture. For Muslims, it’s a time for spiritual reflection and growth, to help those in need, and to spend time with loved ones.  The Quran has revealed in the last ten nights of Ramadan, Allah says in Surah Qadr,

إِنَّآ أَنزَلْنَٰهُ فِى لَيْلَةِ ٱلْقَدْرِ

Indeed, We sent it [i.e., the Qur’ān] down during the Night of Decree.

Three Ashra (Stages) of the Blessed Month 

Ramadhan is divided into three Ashra. The first ten days reflect the mercy of Almighty Allah; the other ten days represent the forgiveness of Almighty Allah, while the last ten days represent safety from the fire of Hell. 

The three stages of Ramadhan are described below:

First Ashra- Seek Mercy

 رَّبِّ اغْفِرْ وَارْحَمْ وَأَنتَ خَيْرُ الرَّاحِمِينَ

O! My Allah, forgive and have mercy, and You are the best of Merciful.

Second Ashra- Seek Forgiveness

Dua for Second Ashra

أسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ رَبي مِنْ كُلِ ذَنبٍ وَأتُوبُ إلَيهِ.

 “I ask forgiveness of my sins from Allah, my Lord, and I turn towards Him.”

Third Ashra-Seek refuge from Hell

Dua for third Ashra,

اَللَّهُمَّ أَجِرْنِي مِنَ النَّارِ

“O, Allah! Save me from the fire.”

The last ten nights of Ramadan are more special days than the rest of Ramadan, and these are considered the third Ashra of Ramadan. The last ten nights of Ramadan are blessed with the pious night “Laylatul Qadr” the Quran tells us it is better than 1000 months. The primary of these evenings happens on the eve of the 21st day of Ramadan. As it were, it is the night that begins after the fulfilment of the 20th day of fasting.

What is the spiritual significance of the last ten nights of Ramadan?

Ramadan is one of the most blessed months for Muslims. It is a time to worship, spiritual cleansing, good deeds and acts of charity. Allah blessed his Believers by multiplying their good deeds by seventy times as actual. 

What should we do in the last ten nights of Ramadan?

The last ten nights hold even more value as they are full of greater rewards and blessings. These days are a possibility for us to reap the benefits of Ramadan and seek refuge from Hell. 

Seek Refuge from Hell

In the last ten days of Ramadan, Third Ashra is to seek refuge from the fire of Hell. 

اَللَّهُمَّ أَجِرْنِي مِنَ النَّارِ

“O, Allah! Save me from the fire.”

Seek forgiveness 

The month of Ramadan comes to purify a believer, and it is an excellent opportunity to seek forgiveness from Allah Almighty. 

Recite Astagfirullah and seek forgiveness. No doubt, He is always waiting for your repentance. 

أسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ رَبي مِنْ كُلِ ذَنبٍ وَأتُوبُ إلَيهِ.

 “I ask forgiveness of my sins from Allah, my Lord, and I turn towards Him.”

Performing I’tikaf 

In the last ten nights of Ramadan, I’tikaf during Ramadan is a form of worship in which a man surrenders every one of his activities, deserts his connections, affiliations, and schedules, and enters the masjid for a particular period.

Hazrat Aisha reported:

“Used to perform i’tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan until Allah the Mighty & Majestic, took him.” (Bukhari & Muslim)

Ali Ibn Hussain (RA) narrates from his father that Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said:

 “He who observes the ten days I’tikaf during Ramadhan will obtain the reward of two Hajj & two Umrah.” (Bayhaqi).

Seeking Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Power).

Laylatul Qadr is one of the blessed nights of Ramadan. It is the best night of the year – superior to anything in a thousand months. 

As it is narrated in the Quran, 

لَيْلَةُ ٱلْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ

The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.

(AlQuran 97:3)

It implies that a Muslim can gain more rewards on the Night of Power than he would if excluding this particular night he were to worship his Lord for eighty-three years in a row. It is one of God’s considerable favours to the Muslim community.

The exact date of Laylat al-Qadr (the Night of Power) is unknown, although it is one of the odd nights in the last ten nights of Ramadan (21,23,25,27,29). 

Hazrat Aisha (RA) relates that Prophet Muhammad said:

“Seek out Laylat al-Qadr on the odd nights during the last ten nights of Ramadan.” 

(Al-Bukhari & Muslim)

Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad(SAW) said:

“Look for it in the last ten nights. If one of you falls weak or unable to do so, then he should at least try on the seven remaining nights.” 

(Muslim)

Dua for Layaltul Qadr

Hazrat Aisha (RA) reported I asked,

“O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?”

He replied,

اَللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفْوٌ تٌحِبٌّ العَفْوَ فَأَعْفَوْ عَنِّ

Oh, Allah! You are most forgiving; you love to forgive, so forgive me.

Remembrance of Allah and making Dua 

We ought to expand our remembrance of Allah amid the last ten nights of Ramadan, keeping our lips damp in his glorification & acclaims.

Allah said:

وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِى عَنِّى فَإِنِّى قَرِيبٌ ۖ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ ٱلدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ ۖ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا۟ لِى وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا۟ بِى لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ

And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me, I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.

[2:186]

The times when Dua’s are most accepted during the last ten days are:

1. The third portion of the night is shortly before sehri ends.

2. Whilst fasting.

3. Between Asr & Maghrib.

4. Just before fast opens.

5. On Jumma before & after khutba.

6. Between Adhan & Iqamah.

7. After Qur’an recitation.

8. The Night of Qadr

9. Whilst it is raining.

Increasing Prayer and Reciting the Quran

The last ten nights of Ramadan are the blessed night over the whole month. The Quran is revealed in these blessed days. Recite the Holy Quran, and offer optional Prayers. 

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) would stand in prayer during the last ten nights of Ramadan, praying for forgiveness and seeking refuge from Hell. The Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, 

“Whoever prays on Laylatul Qadr out of faith and sincerity shall have all their past sins forgiven” (Hadith, Bukhari and Muslim).

Charity during the Last Ten Nights 

The last ten nights are an opportunity to gain multiple rewards by giving sadaqah. Allah Almighty blessed His believers with the reward multiplied by 70 times, and on the night of Layaltul Qadr, the reward will be equivalent to eighty-three years of good deeds. 

May Allah empower us to roll out the necessary improvements this Ramadan and for us to proceed with that route as the year progresses. Ameen.

 

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