The holy month of Ramadan is one of the biggest events in the Islamic calendar. As Ramadan 2021 looms closer, Muslims all over the world have started gearing up for this most blessed occasion in the Islamic year. While every day in the holy month of Ramadan is a day full of blessings and countless rewards, the last ten days of Ramadan have a very special place in the month. This period of ten days is known as the decade of Nijat. In these ten days, the emphasis is on seeking safety from hellfire. How Muslims seek forgiveness? What are the different ways in which they can maximize their blessings during this period? These questions and their answers form the subject matter of this discussion.
Learn a new dua every day
Think of it, you can learn ten new duas by the time Ramadan ends. While it is true that Allah (SWT) knows every teeny tiny wish that might be hidden in the deepest corners of our heart, expressing it out loud and praying for things to materialize in your favor is extremely important. Duas which Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) taught us is the best way to seek and request Allah’s (SWT)’s beneficence. With worldly affairs seeping all of our energy in the normal days, there isn’t just enough time to learn new duas. Ramadan in general and the last ten days of the holy month are perfect time to learn new duas.
Clear up your dues!
By dues, we mean zakat and zakat al fitr. While it is true that Muslims can pay zakat during any time of the year, most of them calculate and pay zakat during the holy month of Ramadan. So for those Muslims who have not paid their zakat yet, the last ten days of Ramadan are a great time to fulfil this financial obligation. Also, it is best to pay zakat al fitr well ahead of Eid ul Fitr so that the underprivileged members of the society can celebrate Eid in its truest spirit. Again, it is best if you pay zakat al fitr in the first few days of the last decade of Ramadan as well.
Muslims all over the world sit in Itikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan. 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 might have broken down due to indulgence in worldly affairs. Think of this period as an opportunity to pray without any worldly distractions, you will be able to divert all your attention towards achieving one goal i.e. Allah (SWT)’s mercy!
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.
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Pray for forgiveness
Apart from the five obligatory prayers, Muslims offer Nawafil as well during the holy month of Ramadan. The rewards are doubled for every good deed, so praying more is a great way of maximizing your blessings during the last ten days of Ramadan. Praying late at night, and making a habit of getting up for Tahajud are the habits one must adopt if one is serious about improving their chances of being forgiven.
Get a taste of Islamic literature!
Apart from the daily recitation of the Holy Quran, learning more about the religion by reading Hadith books is another way that anyone can adopt to maximize their blessings during the holy month. The knowledge of hadith is something that is fast diminishing from the memories of Muslims. Hence, revisiting the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is something that you should incorporate into your Ramadan schedule.
Apart from the obligatory zakat charity, Muslims can help others by Sadaqah and other types of voluntary charity as well. It is worth mentioning here that Sadaqah is not just about financial aid, there are many types of Sadqah like teaching someone the Quran, contributing to mosque construction, and even making someone’s day with a smile! And the kind of times we are going through right now, we daresay the world could do with a few more smiling faces!
Take a vow!
Ramadan is an opportunity for every Muslim to become a better version of themselves. Unfortunately, the moment Ramadan is over, we tend to forget all the good habits we adopt during this month of blessings. It is imperative to take a vow that we will not revert to the old sinful versions of ourselves after Ramadan if we are serious about reforming and transforming ourselves into better Muslims. Otherwise, the point of all these efforts which we put during the holy month is lost.
Well, folks that would be all from this discussion. We hope that this discussion served as an opportunity for you to learn a few new things about the last ten days of Ramadan, a period full of countless blessings & rewards! On that optimistic note, we bid you farewell from this discussion, and wish you a happy Ramadan 2021!