Best ways to observe last 10 days of Ramadan

A mosque used to illustrate the story
A mosque used to illustrate the story

The month of Ramadan is a blessed month, but the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan are extra special because within the last ten nights of Ramadan is Lailatul
Qadr (night of decree). It is a night about which God revealed a full surah (chapter)
of the Qur’an and it is described in the Qur’an as a night that is better than a thousand months.

However a good Muslim should utilise these ten day as it can lead him or her to Allah’s paradise.

No matter how good or bad your Ramadan went, enter the last 10 Days well prepared, with pure intentions, full energy and a positive outlook.

Listen to or read the Tafsir of Surah Al-Qadr to know about this amazing night, to switch that mode on and to keep it remained on for all the nights. It could fall on any of the last 10 nights.

Choose the most comfortable place for worship in your home or Masjid. Avoid leaning on pillows & cushions while reciting Qur’an or Adhkaar so as to keep your back straight.

Switch off your mobile phones, iPads and laptops if possible.

If you’re alone, recite the Qur’an in a loud beautiful voice so that your ears & heart remain involved with the recitation and you don’t feel drowsy. Plus, it has an amazingly calming effect trust me!

If you’re not alone, then you can recite in a normal volume not to disturb others but can listen to a Qiraa-at in high volume using your earphone.

Elongate your sujood and make loads and loads of Du’aas in it. Cry hard and ask Allah everything you wish for in Dunya and Aakhirah.

Raise your Du’aa – Remember it is the night of decree and angels are precisely writing down whatever is gonna happen in your life for the next coming year. Be specific in your Du’aas and ask for each and everything you need – hajj, job, career, spouse, children, home, whatever. Don’t play small in your Du’aas as you’re asking the King of all Kings!

Pray two Raka’ah Salatul Tawbah every single night and ask for forgiveness from Allah – Al-Ghaffar, Al-Ghafoor, Al-Tawwab and Al-’Afuww. Repent sincerely with full hope and firm resolve of not repeating those sins again.

Memorise and keep asking the Du’aa of Lailatul Qadr: Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).

Ask Allah to grant you Lailatul Qadr and accept from you whatever ‘ibaadaat you did by His tawfeeq.

Muhammed Ali is of the Department of Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri.

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