10 Great Tips for the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan
The last 10 nights of Ramadan are believed to be the most important opportunities for worship during the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.
It is believed that the first revelation of the Holy Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad during the final 10 nights of Ramadan in 610 AD. The exact night of the relevation isn’t known, but it is most commonly believed to be on 27th night. This is called ‘Laylat al-Qadr’ or the ‘Night of Power’.
- If you don’t feel as though you’ve given your best so far in Ramadan, don’t despair! The last 10 nights are still your opportunity to receive forgiveness and greater spiritual rewards. Approach this time with commitment and positivity.
- Put the effort in throughout each of the 10 final nights of Ramadan. Don’t wait until the 27th night to give it you’re all!
- Du’a is a prayer of supplication, where Muslims have the opportunity to ask Allah for the things they need. Why not prepare a short du’a list so you know exactly what you want to ask for, not just for yourself and your family, but for people around the world who are experiencing suffering and hardship.
- Get your family involved. For the late nights of prayers, don’t forget to wake up your partner and parents to remind them to take part. Even children can stay up a little later on the last 10 nights.
- Stay well-rested during the day. Taking short naps is a great idea as it will leave you energized for the nights of worship.
- Give in charity. Have you purified your wealth through Zakat? Calculate what you owe here, and explore how our Ramadan projects are changing lives – through providing olive trees in Palestine, supporting a hospital in Syria, helping to rebuild mosques in Pakistan and so much more.
- Prepare the place where you intend to pray, whether at the mosque or in your home, to ensure that you have everything you need with you. Distractions can easily break your concentration.
- Mix it up! If you find yourself becoming tired, why not vary your acts to worship? If you’re reading the Qur’an, instead present a du’a to Allah or listen to a lecture from an Islamic scholar.
- These nights of worship aren’t the time to be updating your social media accounts and telling your friends how spiritual you feel. This holy experience is between you and Allah, so turn off your phone and laptop if you can!
- Although the last 10 days of Ramadan might be tiring, try to stay focused. Renew your intentions, remember how great the blessings and spiritual rewards are on these 10 holy nights, and think of the forgiveness you will receive on Laylat al-Qadr (the ‘Night of Power’). Trust Allah and don’t let any doubt or selfish thought sully your mind during your worship.
Here are 10 things we can do and Dua for last 10 days of Ramadan.
1. Pay Zakat
Many Muslims plan to pay this obligatory pillar of Islam yearly at some point in Ramadan, to benefit from the greater spiritual reward attached to charity during the month. If you haven’t already, do so this month, keeping in mind needy relatives, neighbors, as well as current hot spots of suffering (this year, please consider East Africa, where millions are enduring a famine, many even as they fast).
2. Pay Zakat al-Fitr
Zakat al-Fitr allows needy families to enjoy the Eid holiday. Pay this to your local Masjid or an organization of your choice well before Eid-ul-Fitr in these last 10 days of Ramadan.
3. Up your giving
With news of a possible double-digit recession and a roller-coaster stock market, it’s tempting to withhold or limit our giving this year. But don’t let that stop you from being generous. Remember that Allah is al-Razzaq, the Provider, and that that the Prophet reminded us that “charity does not decrease wealth” (Muslim).
4. Attend Tarawih more than you have all month
If you haven’t been able to attend Tarawih prayers most of the month of Ramadan due to work or other commitments, make a special effort to go in these last 10 days. Even if you decide to pray only eight units of prayer in a Masjid that normally offers 20, you will benefit from the sense of community and the blessings of congregational prayer.
To be able to stay awake for Tarawih, try your best to take a short nap after coming home from work or during your lunch hour. Also, try not to overeat during Iftar, making it more likely you will be sluggish and sleepy come Tarawih time.
5. Connect to Laylatul Qadr with more Quran reading
Muslims are encouraged to seek the night of Laylatul Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan. This is the night that is described as better than a thousand months (Quran 97:3), and it is the one on which the Quran’s revelation began.
Apart from seeking to do more good than usual, in specific, push yourself to finish reading at least a couple of parts of the Quran, preferably in Arabic and English. Cut or drastically reduce television, Facebook, and socializing time to accomplish this goal.
6. Call your relatives to make Eid plans
Islam puts a premium on maintaining family ties. If you haven’t been able to keep in touch with relatives, use these last 10 days to call or shoot them an email or text about getting together for Eid-al-Fitr.
7. Shop and give
As you shop for Eid or back-to-school items for yourself or your kids, pick up a few extra clothes or supplies and drop them off at various sites collecting these things for those in need.
8. Make your last fasts really count
If you’ve caught yourself succumbing to un-Ramadan-like habits while fasting, make an extra special effort in these last days of the month to become conscious of these behaviors and stop them before they start. These can range from swearing, backbiting, talking about frivolous things, watching television shows or movies with sexual innuendo or jokes, etc.
9. Set your alarm for Tahajjud
It’s hard getting up for Suhoor, so why make the effort for Tahajjud? This blessed time is one in which Allah is very close, answering prayers and offering forgiveness, in particular (Bukhari). Multiply that by the fact that it’s Ramadan and you’ve got an exceptional opportunity to really connect with God and ask for all that you need or want.
10. Dua, Dua, Dua
Use as many of Ramadan’s last minutes to make plenty of Dua. These include not only the standard supplications recommended for everyday use (e.g. before and after eating, dressing, entering and leaving the home, etc.), and those seeking God’s Mercy and Forgiveness. Truly pour your heart out, asking from the One Who already knows your needs and wants and faces no barriers to fulfilling them. Don’t forget to ask for not only the big things (e.g. Paradise, job security, good family life) but even the smaller ones (e.g. an amazing SAT score or getting the iPod Touch for Eid).