Though all the days and nights in the month of Ramadan are blessed, the last ten days are said to be special as stressed in the recommendations and practices of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Scholars here are urging Muslims to take this golden chance and maximise their effort to be eligible for forgiveness and be closer to Almighty Allah.
“Prophet Muhammad used to keep himself and all his family members busy in acts of worship during these blessed days which may lead to a man’s exemption from hell and secure him a high position in paradise,” said Sheikh Yusuf, Imam of Al Kawthar Mosque.
Elaborating, Imam of Al Farooq Mosque, Sheikh Tariq said Muslims are advised to perform as much worship as possible, such as praying, supplicating, reciting the Quran, performing Zikr, giving charity and performing Itikaf or seclusion in the mosque. “Prophet Muhammad was reported to have said that: “If a Muslim comes out of Ramadan without gaining forgiveness and goodness, he/she is a real loser.”
Echoing the same, Imam of Al Huda Mosque, Sheikh Mohammed Al Arabi said the Prophet used to tighten his waist belt —meaning worked hard, prayed all night, woke his family up for prayers and strived to perform acts of worship— during the last ten days of Ramadan more than he would at any other time.” Seeking Laylat Al Qadr, particularly on the odd-numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan is highly advisable by the Prophet. “That night of power, honour and grace is better in virtue and reward than a sincere worship of 1,000 months as stipulated in chapter 79/3,” Islamic researcher Dr Mohammed Al Ashmawy said.
“Certain supplication is also recommendable on that night as reported by wife of the Prophet who asked about the best supplication to repeat on that night. He said: ‘Say, O Allah, You are all forgiving and generous, and you love forgiveness, so forgive me.’
As some may have said improper words or done improper deeds while fasting, Prophet Muhammad has prescribed Zakat Al Fitr to purify Muslims’ fasting and wipe out the impact of vain and useless talks in Ramadan, and also to feed the poor and make them happy on the Eid days.
“Zakat Al Fitr is mandatory on all Muslims -young or old, male or female, free or slave, rich or poor to let them feel the taste of giving charity,” added Imam Sheikh Tariq. — firstname.lastname@example.org