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Make the most of the last 10 nights of Ramadan

Ibn al-Jawzi (rh) said, ’When the racehorse knows that it is nearing the end of the track, it exerts all of its effort to win the race. Do not allow the racehorse to be more clever than you. For verily deeds are judged by their conclusions. So if you didn’t do so well with welcoming Ramadan, then perhaps you will do better in bidding it farewell’.

As Ramadan nears its end, it’s important you keep your eyes on the prize. The significance and rewards of the last 10 nights, hold immense spiritual value and reward. The Prophet (saw) used to strive hard in worship in the last ten nights of Ramadan as he never did at any other time. Here are 10 tips to maximise the spiritual benefits during this blessed and sacred period:

1. Night of Power (Laylat al-Qadr): Seek Laylat al-Qadr, the Night of Power, which is better than a thousand months. It’s a night of mercy, forgiveness, and spiritual elevation. Engage in extra prayers, supplications, and remembrance of Allah. The best dua for these last nights is:
‎الْلَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
‘Allahumma innaka Afuwwun (Karimun) tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee’
Translation: “O Allah, indeed You are Pardoning, You love to pardon, so pardon me.”

2. Intensify Worship: Increase your acts of worship, including recitation of the Quran, night prayers (Tahajjud) especially in the last third of the night, and voluntary prayers (Nafl). Allocate more time for reflection, contemplation, and repentance.

3. Give Charity: Be generous and give charity abundantly during these blessed nights. Support those in need and contribute to charitable causes to purify your wealth and seek Allah’s pleasure. If you charity catches laylat ul Qadar it is equivalent giving same amount for more 83 plus years, Alhamdulilah.

4. Seek Forgiveness: Ask for forgiveness sincerely and repent for past mistakes and sins. Turn to Allah with a sincere heart, seeking His mercy and pardon.

5. Dua: Dedicate ample time to making dua. Pour your heart out in supplication, seeking guidance, blessings, and protection for yourself, your loved ones, and the entire Muslim ummah. Don’t forget those in Palestine and around the world that are being oppressed.

Ask yourself, have you made all the du’as you wanted to make? Double-check with a dua list covering every part of your life: your health, time, relationships, work, spirituality, finances etc.

6. Self-Reflection: Take time to introspect and evaluate your actions, intentions, and spiritual progress throughout Ramadan. Identify areas for improvement and strive to rectify them for the year ahead.

7. Build Consistent Habits: Stay consistent in your worship and good deeds, even after Ramadan ends. The real test lies in maintaining the spiritual momentum and good habits gained during this blessed month.

8. Sincerity: Perform all acts of worship with sincerity and devotion, seeking Allah’s (swt) pleasure alone. Remember that sincerity is key to attaining spiritual benefits and rewards.

9. Seclusion and Focus: Dedicate moments of seclusion for intense worship and reflection. Spend some time in solitude away from others to help minimise distractions and focus solely on strengthening your connection with Allah (swt).

10. Gratitude: Express gratitude for the opportunity to witness another Ramadan and strive to make the most of these blessed nights. Thank Allah (swt) for His countless blessings and favors.

May Allah (swt) grant us the strength and guidance to make the most of the last 10 nights of Ramadan, and may He accept our worship, forgive our shortcomings, and shower us with His mercy and blessings. Ameen.


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