Ramadan is the most blessed month in the Islamic calendar, a period of 30 days that allows Muslims to heal spiritually as well as reconnect with Allah (SWT). Muslims all over the world are happy because Ramadan 2021 is almost within sight. Preparations for Ramadan 2021 have already begun, and in this discussion, we are going to talk about the prominent preparatory activities which are more specific for the last ten days of Ramadan. Why are the last ten days of Ramadan important? How do Muslims prepare for these last ten days? What is meant by the night of blessings? We answer these questions in detail in this discussion. Lots to learn for anyone who is looking to prepare for the last ten days of Ramadan!
Preparing for the last ten days of Ramadan
In the following subsections of this discussion, we are going to talk about different ways in which Muslims maximize their chances of reaping rewards and blessings in the last ten days of Ramadan. It is worth mentioning here that these preparatory acts will lose their meaning altogether if one relaxes a wee bit about their basic religious & moral obligations.
It feels weird to say this, but Ramadan is fast becoming the only time in the Islamic calendar for Muslims to reflect on their lives. Modern-day life is so fast-paced that it has made us forget about the core principles of morality. As a consequence, the fine line that separates right from wrong is diminishing at a horrifically quick rate. The holy month of Ramadan provides us with a chance to look back at our deeds and repent upon our sins. The blessed month is a great time for every Muslim to seek Allah’s (SWT)’s mercy, and there is no reason to doubt that Allah’s (SWT)’s benevolence. His (SWT)’s doors are open for everyone who wants to walk on the path of righteousness. The doors of forgiveness open for everyone, till their last breath!
Offer extra prayers
One should be doing that anyways during the holy month of Ramadan, but doubling efforts during the last ten days of Ramadan is essential. The last decade of the holy month of Ramadan is known as the period of Nijat i.e. safety from the fire of hell. Repenting on a prayer mat makes more sense than just wishing and beseeching Allah (SWT)’s mercy in your heart. So, alongside the obligatory prayers, Muslims must offer Nawafil as well, just to increase their chances of being forgiven by the almighty.
Seek the night of blessings
Also known as Laylatul Qadr (the night of decree), this is one of the most revered occasions, not only in Ramadan but in the entire Islamic calendar. The significance of this night is evident from the following Quranic verse:
“The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months” (Qur’an, 97:3)
Muslims who repent on this holy night, and pray for forgiveness are promised forgiveness for their previous sins. It is worth mentioning here that the exact day or date of the night of blessings is not revealed. According to one of the hadith in Bukhari & Muslim, Muslims are encouraged to seek it in the odd days of the last ten days of Ramadan. Hence, reciting the Holy Quran and praying Nawafil at night during this period are some of the key activities that every Muslim must busy themselves in.
This is a period of isolation & seclusion, which is not obligatory but has immense spiritual benefits and manifestations. When a Muslim decides to sit in Itikaf, he or she cuts off ties from worldly affairs completely. During this period, the focus is solely on reconnecting with Allah (SWT) and re-establishing the link that breaks during the hustle & bustle of the year. If you are thinking about sitting in Itikaf this year, then you will need to get preparing well ahead of time. And we are not talking about just the physical preparation, you will have to get used to the idea of abstaining from worldly delights for ten complete days!
Donate and Prepare For The Last Ten Days Of Ramadan
One of the most important aspects of Ramadan is the mutual feeling of empathy and sympathy associated with this blessed month. Giving charity is one way of showing kindness to the underprivileged. Given that how things have been post COVID-19 pandemic, the need for charity and donations is at an all-time high. There are millions out there who need our help right now. It has become a bit of a tradition in the Islamic world to pay zakat and charity in the holy month of Ramadan, just to double the blessings & rewards associated with these Islamic charities. This year, your zakat can make all the difference in the world! You can find trusts and charities where you can give charity to those who need it badly. One such place where you can contribute is Transparent Hands.
Transparent Hands is the largest technological platform for crowdfunding in the healthcare sector of Pakistan. It offers a complete range of free healthcare services including medical and surgical treatments, medical camps, and telehealth facilities to the underprivileged community of Pakistan. The platform provides visibility to underprivileged patients and builds a personal and trusted bond between patients and donors while ensuring complete transparency. It also sets up free medical camps in the rural areas of Pakistan in which, free medical consultation, free medicines, and free diagnostic tests are provided to deserving patients. Donors from all over the world can use the Transparent Hands crowdfunding web portal and donate through 100% secure payment modes. They could select any patient, fund the treatment, and receive regular feedback and updates until the patient has recovered completely.
Conclusion – Prepare For The Last Ten Days Of Ramadan
Well, folks that would be all from this discussion, we hope that you learned something if not everything new about Ramadan preparations from this discussion. With a wish that may your Ramadan 2021 be filled with countless blessings, we bid you farewell from this discussion!