Last Ten Nights of The Month of Ramadan
Ramadhan is a special month in which Muslims do the core worship of Ramadhan fasting (Read Tips for fasting in Ramadhan by Prophet Muhammad).
The month of Ramadhan is also the month of al-Quran. In the month of Ramadhan, the Qur’an which is the word of Allah came down to the world to be a guide for all human beings especially Muslims in doing all activities in the world.
In the month of Ramadhan, the Jibril angel came down to listen to the recitation of the Qur’an from Rasulullah SAW (read benefits of completing reciting Qur’an in Islam).
Therefore it is not surprising if the ramadhan of the Prophet Muhammad SAW reads Alqur’an more. Imam Az-Zuhri stated that:
“When the month of Ramadan is coming then the main activity that we do besides fasting or shaum we are recommended to read Al-Quran.”
In this month of Ramadan all the deeds of human worship are recorded and multiplied by Allah SWT and get intercede if someone do worship with sincerity and only expect the blessings of Allah SWT as mentioned in the following hadith :
“Fasting and the Qur’an will give intercession to a servant on the Day of Judgment. Fasting will say, ‘O my Lord, I have kept him from eating and lust, so allow me to intercede him’. And the Qur’an also says, ‘I have forbidden him from sleeping at night, so allow me to intercede him.’ He said, ‘So intercession is permitted.’ “(HR. Ahmad, Judge, Thabrani)
The Last Ten Nights of The Month of Ramadhan
The month of Ramadan is categorized or divided into three phases of the first ten days, the second ten days and the third or last ten days.
In the last ten days Ramadan God will free his servant from the fire of hell, of course, if his servants do orders or obligations in the month of Ramadhan and stay away from any restrictions. As the hadith of the following Prophet Muhammad
“This is the beginning month (the first 10 days) full of grace, whose mid (10 days) is full of forgiveness, and last (10 days) God frees His servant from the fires of hell.“
After passing 20 nights earlier in the month of Ramadhan, muslims will enter the last ten nights of Ramadan. In the last ten nights of Ramadhan this Prophet do worship more and invite and his family to contribute to do more deeds or worships.
كَانَ رسولُ اللهِ – صلى الله عليه وسلم – يَجْتَهِدُ في رَمَضَانَ مَا لاَ يَجْتَهِدُ في غَيْرِهِ ، وَفِي العَشْرِ الأوَاخِرِ مِنْهُ مَا لا يَجْتَهِدُ في غَيْرِهِ
Rasulullah SAW. was very keen to do worship in the month of Ramadan beyond his worship in another month, and in the last ten nights he is more keen than any other day. (Muslim)
As mentioned earlier that Rasulullah did many worships in the last ten nights of Ramadan, what about us who are only his people and have many sins.
If we want to get the virtue in the last ten nights and be kept away from the fires of hell then many worship especially sunnah prayer, reciting the Qur’an, dhikr (read the virtue of dhikr to Allah SWT), praying and so forth. The primacy of the last ten nights of Ramadan is described in the following description.
The virtue of the last ten nights of Ramadan
Ramadhan has many features (read dua for the last day of Ramadhan) and the privilege is also contained in the last ten nights of Ramadan. The primacy of the last ten nights should motivate us to do worship more Allah SWT. Here are the virtues that existed in the last ten nights of Ramadhan:
1. Their sins will be forgiven
2. The prayer will be accepted
Do not miss the nights of Ramadan without praying especially in the last ten nights of Ramadan. The prayers of the Muslims will be granted by Allah SWT either prayer that is destined for the goodness of the world as well as prayers aimed for the goodness in the afterlife. (read How to ramadhan fasting for the first time)
3. Far from the fires of hell
The one who do worships in the last ten nights of Ramadhan and invites family to do worship, he will be removed from the fires of hell and will be opened for him the doors of heaven. Who among the Muslims who do not want to be kept away from the fires of hell? That’s why we should compete in performing worship in the last ten nights of Ramadhan.
4. Gain the merit of a thousand months
Anyone who do worship during Ramadan month and he get lailatul qadar night then he will get the reward or goodness as equivalent as do the goodness of a thousand months and his past sins will be forgiven. This is in accordance with the following hadith :
من قام ليلة القدرإيماناواحتسابا, غفرله ماتقدم من ذنبه
“Whoever establishes prayer on the night of Lailatul Qadr in a state of faith and expects a reward from God, his past sins are forgiven“. (H.R Al Bukhari)
Good Deeds on the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan
In order to get the virtue of some good deeds that can be done. The good deeds as follows :
Do i’tikaf is be silence in the mosque during the night by doing other worship such as tahajud prayer, reciting the Qur’an and praying to Allah SWT. Rasulullah himself used to practice i’tikaf in the last ten nights to get the lailatul qadar night (read prayers at night of lailatul qadar).
2. Bath between Maghrib prayer and Isha prayer
Before implementing itikaf or other worship it is advisable to clean themselves with a bath between the time of maghrib prayer and isya prayer.
3. Not gathered with the wife
It is intended that in the last ten nights we should increase the worship and do itikaf in the mosque and avoid doing jima or intercourse with the wife.
4. Eat a little while fast-breaking
In order not to interfere with worship or i’tikaf in the last ten nights it is better to eat less when fast-breaking because eating too much will make the eyes sleepy and the spirit of worship is reduced.
5. Fardhu prayers in congregation
Try not to leave the obligatory prayers or pray fardhu in congregation in the last ten nights ramadha because the reward of praying in congregation is greater twenty-seven times than the reward of doing prayer alone.
6. Completing fardhu prayer with sunnah prayer
Not only mandatory prayers, in the last ten nights it is better to complete the obligatory prayers with sunnah rawatib and nawafil prayers.
7. Read the Qur’an
Increasing reading of the Qur’an is strongly recommended on the last ten nights of Ramadan. Read more about Laws of Apologize Before Ramadan Arrives
8. Give charity
Muslims who give charity in last ten nights of Ramadhan then he will get an abundant reward and get the virtues of charity itself.
9. Do good and tie silaturrahmi
Not only worshiping Allah alone, we are as Muslims also do worship to fellow human beings by doing goodness, helping others, attending da’wah majlis and visiting relatives and so on.
Those are the virtues and deeds that can be done in the last ten nights of Ramadan. As an ummah of Islam we can still keep faith in Allah’s way to get the primacy of the last ten nights of Ramadan and get the reward and kept away from the fire of hell.