Beneficial advice for the last ten nights and for the night of Laylatul Qadr
By Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al Maqdisi
The night will begin after the sun sets, so pay heed to that and gather your heart and your limbs at the time of the Azaan of Maghrib and do not let any time pass by without paying attention.
There is no action (accepted) without intention
Make the intention for the food of your Iftar and for your sleep during day or night to be “to strengthen yourself for righteous actions and for supplications”, so that you may hope to get rewarded for your sleep and for waking up..!
Be keen to not let an hour pass by without making Dua or Zikr or Istighfaar (seeking forgiveness):
If you have been able to do that then do so, and remember what Sufyan Thawri said about Laylatul Qadr that “Making Dua (supplication) during that night is more beloved to me than Salah (prayer)”.
Be keen to say the Dua:
اللهم إنك عفو تحب العفو فاعفُ عني
“Oh Allah you are one who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me”.
And “Afw” (pardoning) is greater than just forgiving sins.
The Hadeeth even if it is said to be Marfoo’ (not directly reported from the Prophet), it has been reported directly from Ayisha, the mother of the believers, and it is quite possible that she heard it directly from the Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.
Be keen to not let a single night out of the last ten nights pass by you without doing Zikr of Allah.
And know that the best Zikr is that which is linked to #Tawheed.
Bukhari and Muslim reported from Abu Huraira – may Allah be pleased with him – that the messenger of Allah – may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him – said “The one who says
لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ
(There is none who deserves worship and obedience except Allah, He has no partners, and to Him alone belongs the entire kingdom, and He alone deserves praise, and He is capable of everything) – one hundred times a day will have a reward equivalent to that of freeing ten slaves, one hundred good deeds will be written for him, one hundred bad deeds will be erased from his record, and it will be protection for him from the Shaytan for that day until evening comes. No one would have done anything better than what he did except the one who has done this more than he did.”
And the Hadith does not make it a condition that this statement should be said repeatedly in a continuous manner one hundred times to achieve this benefit, rather what is apparent is that this matter is flexible, and if you divide this number hundred at different times in your night, you will still have gained a lot of goodness.
And regarding the reward of freeing slaves that is mentioned in this Hadith, Ibn Rajab says “Implementing the statement of #Tawheed leads to freeing slaves, and freeing slaves leads to freedom from hell fire, as has been confirmed in the Saheeh that the one who says it one hundred times will have the reward equivalent to freeing ten slaves”.
Be keen to not let a single night out of the ten nights pass by you without you doing Istighfaar (asking for forgiveness).
And know that the best supplication of Istighfaar and its chief is that which is linked to #Tawheed.
The chief supplication for seeking forgiveness (Istighfaar) is
اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِي لا إِلهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ ، خَلَقْتَنِي وَأَنَا عَبْدُكَ ، وَأَنَا عَلى عَهْدِكَ وَوَعْدِكَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُ ، أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِ مَا صَنَعْتُ ، أَبْوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَيَّ ، وَأَبُوءُ بَذَنْبِي ،فَاغْفِرْ لِي ، فَإِنَّهُ لا يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ
(‘O Allah, You are my Lord, none has the right to be worshiped and obeyed except You, You created me and I am Your servant and I abide to Your covenant and promise [to honor it] as best I can, I take refuge in You from the evil of which I committed. I acknowledge Your favor upon me and I acknowledge my sin, so forgive me, for verily none can forgive sins except You.’)
And also from amongst the best supplication of Istighfaar is to say:
أسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ العَظِيمَ الَّذِي لاَ إلَهَ إلاَّ هُوَ، الحَيُّ القَيُّومُ، وَأتُوبُ إلَيهِ
(I seek forgiveness of Allah other than whom none deserves worship and obedience except Him, the self-subsisting and I turn repentant to Him)
What matters when doing acts of worship is the presence of the heart and to break down with humbleness and humility in front of Allah, and to acknowledge in front of Him of not having fulfilled the duty, and then lengthen the supplication while in Sujood (prostration).
“Prostrate and draw near to Allah” (96:19)
Do not forget your wounded Ummah in the various parts of the earth, and do not forget the Muslim prisoners and the Mujahideen in the path of Allah while you make your Dua.
There should be faith and hope for the reward:
In the Hadith “The one who stands in prayer during the Laylatul Qadr out of faith and by having hopes, all his past sins will be forgiven”.
The meaning of “out of faith” is “to believe in Allah and to believe in His promise and in the greatness of His reward and in the benefit of standing in prayer about which the Prophet – may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him – has informed of”.
And the meaning of “by having hopes” is “to have hopes in the reward that is with Allah the Exalted, and not for the sake of showing off or for fame or for anything other than the face of Allah”.
Tawheed – First And Always
The Last Ten Nights – Utilise Them
Ibn al Jawzi says:
“When a horse sees that it is reaching the end of the racetrack, it exerts its maximum efforts to win in the race. So do not let the horse be more intelligent than you..!”
Indeed actions are judged based on how they end…
So if you have not welcomed Ramadan excellently, you can still bid it farewell excellently..!!
Ibn Taymiyyah – may Allah have mercy upon him – says:
“What really counts is how good has been the ending, and not how bad was the beginning”..!!
And Hasan Al Basri says:
“Do very well in what is remaining and you will be forgiven for what happened in the past, so utilise what is remaining, as you do not know when will the mercy of Allah descend upon you”.
(From Abu Usama Ash-Shaami)