Today’s reminder is on the following hadith of the Prophet SAWS:
Aisha (may Allah SWT be pleased with her) reported: With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet SAWS used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work harder) and used to pray the whole night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers.
Dear brothers and sisters, there is a saying that if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. In the final ten nights we have a blessed night of Laylatul Qadr which has immense reward attached to it.
And with the reward of 1000 months being relayed to us for this blessed night, how can we afford not to make the most of the final ten nights?
This short reminder concludes with 5 practical tips that we can follow to make the most of this blessed night.
- Try to worship a little but consistently in the full ten nights. Often people focus their efforts on the 27th night, but we should aim to be consistent over the 10 night as our efforts will be maginified to the degree of 83 years!
- Try to remember the dua of the last 10 nights. Aisha (may Allah SWT be pleased with her) reported: I asked: “O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?” He SAWS replied, “You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me).”
- Give charity. One act each night will mean that during Laylatul Qadr it will be as if you did so over the course of 83 years.
- Recite some Quran each night. Even a few lines if that’s all that’s possible. Catching the reward of Laylatal Qadr will be as if you recited the Quran over the course of a lifetime.
- Read some optional Nafl prayers. Even if its 2 rakats, it will be registered as a 1000 months worth of effort insh’Allah.
This is the month of immense blessings and this night marks the pinnacle of what this month is about. May Allah SWT enable us to make the most of this blessed night.