Save the Remaining Days of the Blessed Month of Ramadhan from Going to Waste

Save the Remaining Days of the Blessed Month of Ramadhan from Going to Waste

 

By: Mufti Muhammad Rashid Qasmi

The blessed month of Ramdhan has entered its last phase.  This month which is full of countless blessings and happiness will soon relinquish us.  Undoubtedly, many of us considered the lockdown as a golden opportunity and tried their best to spend this month in a better way as compared to the other months of the years. Conversely, there are a number of Muslims who have lingered on the same track as before, even though they are quite free and jobless at their homes due to the ceaseless lockdown resulting from the deadly virus.  Fortunate are those who are bestowed by Allah to gain His blessings in abundance and to get themselves listed among those who are closer to Allah the Almighty.  May Allah include us among these fortunate and godly-people.

The entire month of Ramdhan has been bestowed with a variety of features within itself. However, the last ten days is given more significance than the former 20 days.  There are some specific rewards and bounties of Allah (swt) in the last ten days that enables one to be beloved to Allah (swt). 

Hazrat Ayesha (rz) says in a hadith: “The Messenger of Allah (saws) used to strive hard (in worship) during the last ten days of Ramadan in a way that he did not strive at any other time.” (Muslim)

In another hadith she says: When the last ten days of Ramadan came, the Messenger of Allah (saws)  ¬would stay up at night, awaken his family (to pray), strive hard, and tighten his waist belt.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

The meaning of the above hadith is that he used to go the whole nine yards in doing worship and keeping himself away from his wives. 

The last ten days are consisted of  Eitikaf which is always observed by the prophet (saws) and Shab-e Qadr (Night of power) which is a great means to achieve limitless reward.  The 97th chapter Qur’an is dedicated entirely to this night, which is enough to disclose the significance of this sacred night. Similarly, many ahadith are also mentioned in this regard.

In a few words, the core of this surah is that “Allah the Almighty says: “Indeed, we have sent it (the Qur’an) down in the Night of Power.” The advent of the Qur’an this night is a great sign of its significance. O Prophet!  And what may let you know what the Night is Qadr is? This night of Qadr is much better than one thousand months.” According to Islamic scholars, the thousands nights are estimated to 83 years. The meaning is that the one who will worship in this blessed night as if he was engaged in worship for thousand of months.  “The angels and the spirits descend in it, with the leave of your lord, along with every command. Peace it is till the debut of dawn.”

The value of this night with its various aspects is also unveiled in many ahadith. Also numerous types of rewards are mentioned for those who worship throughout this night. The one who is deprived of it is truly an underprivileged person.  The prophet (saws) says in a hadith:

“And whoever stood for the prayers in the Night of Qadr out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

In another hadith it was mentioned: Ramadan began, and the Messenger of Allah (saws) said: “This month has come to you, and in it there is a night that is better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of it is deprived of all goodness, and no one is deprived of its goodness except one who is truly deprived.”

In the light of these aforementioned ahadith, it became clear that Laylatul-Qadr is certainly the most blessed night of the year. A person who misses it has certainly missed a tremendous amount of good.

The night on which Laylatul-Qadr occurs has not been specifically mentioned by Allah (swt). It is mentioned in a hadith that Allah (swt) declared its exact time but later its declaration was lifted. The date when this night occurs is not known by anynone but Allah the Almighty. Despite, here lies a great opportunity for the believer as they stay awake during the nights in search of this blessed night and asking their forgiveness from Allah (swt), and thus they gain abundant reward.

When does this night exactly occur and what is the possibility that is preferred by Islamic scholars regarding it?  Numerous points of view are mentioned in this regard. The Prophet (saws) has pointed out some nights regarding when this night occurs, and encouraged his ummah to engage worship during those nights.

According to ahadith, this night occurs in the month of Ramdhan during its last ten days, in its odd nights such as 21, 23, 25, 27, and 29 nights. As Hazrat Ayesha (rz) says in a hadith:

“Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan." (Bukhari).

Apart from this, other narrations talks about some other nights. Therefore, most of the Islamic scholars concluded that this night is indescribable and it keeps changing   every year. However, the most preferable opinion is that this night occurs in the last ten days of Ramdhan during its odd nights. Therefore, the last ten nights are very helpful to seek this night.

This is why the Prophet (saws) used to observe Eitkaf to find this blessed night.  It is not difficult to be awake during the last ten nights if one firmly determines to do it. If one is unable to awake all ten nights he should try to be awake in the odd nights. If it is not easy to carry it out then one must try to worship on the 27th night.  One should not be indolent when doing prayer on this blessed night. If one is unable to remain awake the whole night he must awaken in the first and third part of the night by having a short nap between both of them. Lest, the very night is Shab-e Qadr and the worshiper is accepted by Allah in that night.

It must be kept in mind that there is no particular worship designed by Shariah in this night. One is allowed to indulge in any acts of worship according to his capability such as offering nafal salah, recitation of Qur’an, remembrance of Allah, giving charity, and making repentance.

There is also a special link between this night and seeking forgiveness from God. Hazrat Ayesha (rz) asked the Prophet, “O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night is Laylatul-Qadr, what should I say during it?” And he instructed her to say:

O Allah! You are Most Forgiving, and you love to forgive. So forgive me.[24]

Therefore, we should read this specific dua in this night as much as one can.

The two nights of the last ten days have passed. Those who engaged themselves in worship in the past nights are indeed fortunate as they got a lot of reward. Those who were deprived of it still have a chance to make repentances from Allah. He is so kind upon His slaves. He grants them rewards by just seeing their efforts and intention of doing good, instead of the quantity.

It is a shame that, we have been sleeping for eleven months and we spent twenty nights of this blessed month unmindfully. May Allah forgive us, what are the sins that has deprived us to worship Allah in these blessed nights?  If we are still lethargic it means we have spent the past days in an inattentiveness manner. May Allah give us taufiq to indulge in worship in the remaining days and save it from going wasted.

Writer is teacher at MMERC, Mumbai