Umm-Al-Qura calendar

As Ramadan comes to a close, it’s important to make the most of the last ten nights. During this time, Laylat al-Qadr (Laylatul Qadr) will be approaching, which is an important night to observe the Holy Qur’an being delivered by Angel Jibreel. This is otherwise known as the Night of Power as this was the time at which the teachings of Allah (SWT) became known. Despite this, there are ways that you can ensure that you optimise every single night of Ramadan. 

Invest time in Dhikr

First thing’s first, you can use this time as an opportunity to offer plenty of Dhikr in commemoration of Allah (SWT). This will contribute to your ability to gain rewards and can be achieved in the following ways:

  • Lā ilaha illā Anta, subḥānaka inni kuntu min al-ẓālimeen (There is no God but Allah, Glory be to You, verily I was one of the wrongdoers)
  • SubhānAllāhi wa biḥamdihi, SubhānAllāhi al-‘Aẓeem (Glory be to Allah, and Praise Him, Glory be to Allah, the Supreme)
  • Lā ilaha illAllāhu waḥdahoo lā sharikalahoo, lahul mulku wa lahul ḥamdu wa Huwa ‘alaa hulli shai’in qadeer (There is no god but Allah, alone, without partners. He is the Sovereign and His the praise, and He has power over everything)
  • Astaghfirullāh (I seek forgiveness from Allah)
  • Alḥamdulillāh (All praise is due to God)
  • SubḥānAllāh (Glory be to God)
  • Allāhu Akbar (God is the Greatest)

These sacred sayings can strengthen your relationship with Allah (SWT), which every Muslim should strive to do throughout the year. 

Give to Charity

Privileged Muslims should always be striving to level the playing field by assisting those in need. It’s important to recognise that your blessings are a temporary gift from Allah (SWT) and that all your money and possessions will be lost upon death. Therefore, Muslims shouldn’t attach themselves to materialistic objects and should aim to share their wealth with those who need it most. 

On top of providing the needy with a hot meal or improving an orphan’s life, the rewards that you attain during Ramadan are multiplied. Therefore, Ramadan is among the best times to donate to charity. 

Help the Elderly and Sick

Although a large emphasis is placed on fasting during Ramadan, this is only achievable for the fit and healthy. The elderly and sick are unable to partake in this custom, which can be extremely upsetting for someone who’s dedicated to their faith. Therefore, you may make use of the final 10 days by visiting an elderly relative or sick neighbour and lending them a helping hand. You may help them run errands or even offer emotional support during the Holy month to keep them in high spirits.

Reduce Digital Disruption

Ramadan is a time of reflection and appreciation of your blessings, so take time to keep your distance from the TV, social media, and other digital mediums. These can all hinder you in terms of deepening your connection with Allah (SWT), which is what Ramadan is all about. Unless you’re reading the Qur’an on your tablet or smartphone, digital activity won’t be beneficial to your journey of faith during this time. 

Visit the Mosque

Ramadan is all about strengthening your connection with Allah (SWT), and what better way to do so than spending your evenings at the mosque? Spending as much time as possible at the mosque, offering additional prayers, and dedicating yourself to worship is one of the best ways that you can make use of the last 10 nights of Ramadan. 

Seek Allah’s (SWT) Forgiveness

Guilt and previous sins can really hold a person back, which is why Allah (SWT) takes time for those who request forgiveness. One of the best ways to incite mercy during this time is to refrain from a negative vice as this displays a willingness to improve yourself in the name of Allah (SWT). 

Start a Hajj/Umrah Fund

Every good deed starts with an intention; therefore, the ideal opportunity to commit to doing good for the rest of the year is now. One of the most sacred times of the Islamic calendar is the ideal time to start a hajj/umrah fund in anticipation of the blessed journey that you’re about to embark on. 

Educate Others

Since the Qur’an was initially revealed in Ramadan, the last 10 nights should be taken as an opportunity to read the Holy Book. As you read, you should make it your mission to share these teachings with everyone around you. You might even give the gift of a Qur’an to a family member or friend, or even to a new member of your mosque. Give someone the gift of a spiritual journey before Ramadan comes to a close. 

Look After Allah’s (SWT) Creation

The notion of good deeds is often attached to people, but what about Allah’s (SWT) creation that is home to us all? During the last 10 nights, you should make a conscious effort to care for the Earth and all the animals that inhabit it. You might feed the animals in your garden or rescue an animal from a shelter. No matter how big or small the commitment, Allah’s (SWT) creation can’t go unnoticed during this time. 

Plan for the Coming Year 

Now is the perfect time to plan and make progressive adjustments for the coming year. Whether you form a Qur’an schedule or embark on a charity project, there are so many positive steps that you can take to become the best version of yourself. Each new year should be taken as an opportunity to improve. 

Donate to UKIM

Finally, why not donate to UKIM during the last 10 nights? Every donation, regardless of size, has the power to change lives. 

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