Making the Most of the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan
“Look for the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr) in the odd nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan” The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)
We’re on the home stretch; now is the time to step it up a gear as we approach the most blessed and sacred nights of the year.
Juggling work, family and community is hard enough in Ramadan, and so squeezing in extra worship and good deeds can sometimes take its toll. If you’ve pushed yourself so far, it’s easy to feel burnt out. Remember, Allah (SWT) does not need our hunger, or thirst or sleeplessness. Our striving is a means to an end, and it is this end we should keep in mind as we look to the last third of the blessed month.
Regardless of how your Ramadan has gone so far, it’s never too late to immerse yourself in the banquet of baraka that Allah (SWT) has prepared for us.
We have put together a simple list for you to draw inspiration from, and help you take advantage of the coming nights. A great way to avoid feeling burnt out is to switch between different modes of ibadah and study; making extra salah/qiyam, reading Qur’an, making dhikr, dua, reading and watching Islamic lectures and so on.
7 ways to draw closer to Allah (SWT)
Studying the life of Prophet (ﷺ), his family, wives, or the stories of his companions. Pick up a book or watch a series online.
Write a list of things you want from Allah. Make a sincere, heartfelt dua. The best time for this is in the last third of the night, before Fajr comes in.
Linked to your dua, make a separate call for forgiveness; be sincere, express remorse and resolve to be better with help from Allah (SWT).
Increase your recitation. Doing a little regularly is better than a lot once and never repeated. If you struggle to read, consider listening to Qur’anic recitation.
Spend time in the masjid or secluded in your homes. Every minute is precious: if you can’t do the full 10 nights, even 1 night could be transformational for you.
Wake up a littler earlier, before Fajr and before you have your suhoor/sehri. This is the best time of the night; 2 rakaats of sincere prayer here could literally change your life.
- Dhikr & Salawat
As much as you can, whenever you have a spare moment. Repeating Allah’s names, the Shahada, salawat and any of the many forms of remembering Allah (SWT). Set yourself a daily/nightly target. One of the simplest dhikrs to read is:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, ‘When a person dies, their deeds come to an end except for three: Sadaqah Jariyah (a continuous charity), knowledge from which benefit is gained, or a righteous child who prays for him.’ (Muslim).
Don’t let these blessed nights of Ramadan pass without digging deep and fulfilling our religious duty to serve those in need. Your small change can make a big difference to the lives of those who need us most.
Learn about some of our life-changing projects here and make Ramadan 2022 a time that not only we remember, but the weak, poor, and oppressed remember as the last time they needed to reach for help.
THURSDAY 21 APR 2022