How I will spend the last days of Ramadhan

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We have maybe just 4 days left of Ramadhan. They are designated as ‘Itqum min an naar’, freedom from the fire. What glorious news. How do we spend these precious moments? A blessed and rewarding time. Here I suggest four Sunnahs that will enrich the spiritual experience of the crowning days of Ramadhan.

The beloved Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “The first ten days of Ramadhan are the days of Allah’s Kindness, the second ten are designated for forgiveness and the last ten for freedom from Hellfire” (Ibn Khuzaymah). This hadith reminds us about spiritual progression, nothing stands still and there is upward movement, ascension and rising above the base desires. The ‘hedonist’ changes to the ‘pious’ servant of the Lord. Our journey through Ramadhan started with Allah, the Loving Lord showering care and kindness. Then forgiveness by erasing our sins. Now we are about to get freedom from the fire inshaAllah.

Here are four effective spiritual exercises you can tug into comfortably in the last days of Ramadhan:

1. Read the Quran

Malik Ibn Dinar the pious scholar was a student of prominent disciples, he said, “People of the Quran, do you know what the Quran does to your heart? It’s like the rain that revives the dead earth.” The daily chores and conflicts take their toll on our emotional well-being, study of The Majestic Quran is an effective way of refreshing and reviving oneself. The best way we can change our lives is to bond with Allah through the Quran. This is how the disciples did it, “This Majestic Quran guides to the straight path, it gives good news to believers who perform excellent deeds; they’ll have a great reward” (Al-Isra:9). You know well the joy and buzz you get when something sparks hope, or fills the heart with peace, or gives encouragement. Readers of the Quran tell us about all these things happening to them when they read The Majestic Quran. Often the section they’re reading lines up with something happening in their lives.

2. Sit I’tikaf

This is a spiritual retreat when the fasting person stays in the Masjid or for women to stay in their room at home. Aisha said, “The messenger used to retreat to the Masjid during the last ten days of Ramadhan, he did this regularly and after him I do it” (Bukhari). The retreat is an effective means for spiritual development since you temporarily disassociate from worldly affairs, spending day and night immersed in the remembrance of Allah, in his house. It’s a highly charged spiritual state when ‘The heart becomes attached to Allah, you get inner peace. The preoccupation with the mundane things of life ceases and absorption in the eternal reality takes its place, and the state is reached in which all fears, hopes and apprehensions are taken over by the love for Him and every thought and feeling is blended with the eagerness to gain His nearness. Devotion to the Almighty is taught instead of devotion to the world, it becomes the provision for the grave where there will be neither a friend nor a helper. This is the lofty purpose of i’tikaf’ (Zaad al Maad).

3. Seek the Night of Power

This is the night when the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). This night is a time for intensified prayer, reflection and seeking forgiveness, offering a unique opportunity for us to draw closer to Allah and seek His blessings and mercy. During the odd nights of the last ten nights look out for this blessed night. This night of Ramadhan is better than a thousand months of worship. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, ‘Seek Lailat ul-Qadr, the Night of Power among the odd-numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadhan’ (Bukhari). Spending this night in worship, seeking forgiveness and Divine nearness is the peak of Ramadhan.

4. Give Sadaqah and Zakat

Giving Sadaqah and Zakat embodies the principles of compassion and social responsibility, fostering a sense of unity by supporting those in need and redistributing wealth to mitigate inequality. Through these acts, individuals purify their wealth, encourage personal growth, and contribute to the overall well-being of the community. Karimia Institute has been at the forefront of community development and building trust with the wider society for 34 years – we have an incredible amount of experience, resources and expertise. It’s what allows us to serve our community and fulfil our duty of spreading Islam. If you want to see Islam flourish in Britain, then give your Zakat to the Karimia Institute. Our Zakat-applicable projects will have a long-lasting impact on the development of the Muslim community and our non-Muslim neighbours.