The last ten days of Ramadan carry with them very special circumstances and specific benefits for Muslims, all of which are essential for our journey of pleasing Allah (SWT). Not only do one of the odd days in the last ten days hold the Night of Power (Laylat ul Qadr), the most auspicious night in the year, but they also give us the opportunity to benefit from replicating the specific activities that can allow us to be better, more responsible, and more aware Muslims. One of the Sunnahs of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was to sit in Etikaf during the last month.
For men, this means residing in a mosque for the last ten days, in which the sole objective is to engage in the worship of Allah (SWT) in solitude, free from the confines, constraints, and demands of the material world.
For women, this means residing in a predetermined place within the confines of their house, with the objective being the same. Aetikaf is one of the only instances where Muslims are asked to spend time in prayer disconnected from the material world, and is hence a brilliant opportunity for anyone wishing to amend broken connections.
Generally, the last ten days are also seen as times when Muslims try to avoid worldly affairs, and spend more time in prayer. Know that Allah (SWT)’s doors are always open, and even if we have spent the previous 20 days of Ramadan aloof from His blessings, He is ever-ready to bestow upon us His most prized blessings if we make efforts during the last 10 days.
May Allah (SWT) bless us all and forgive our sins. May we all become better humans and practice deen better than we did before. Not only is Ramadan the best time to do maximum dhikr and seek for forgiveness; but also for giving out Zakat and Sadaqah for the ones who are worthy and needy. Us-Sunnah Foundation is currently working to provide zakat and food baskets this Ramadan to hundreds of deserving people. We urge you all take some money out of your pockets and contribute your share!
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