10 Reasons to do more in the last 10 days of Ramadan

As we near the end of Ramadan, we might be inclined to start winding down the vigour. But now is the time to really boost our endurance! Here are 10 reasons why you should do more to embrace the Last 10 Days of Ramadan (ﷺ).

Reason 1: To turn it all around
Did you start Ramadan on a roll only to run out of momentum? Or perhaps you simply feel you haven’t done nearly as much as you could have? Either way, it’s not too late. You’re about to enter days of such power that can help you turn it all around. And as the hadith states, it’s not how you start that matters but how you finish:

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said, ‘…verily, the rewards of deeds performed, depend upon the last actions.’ [Bukhari]


Reason 2: To make up for lost time
Where has the time gone? If this is a question you’ve been asking yourself a lot lately, you’re not alone. It’s easy to get caught up with the demands of daily life. These can leave us feeling spiritually fatigued and at a loss for where all our time went before we could use it to do more for our loved ones, ourselves, and our Lord. That’s one of the reasons why the month of Ramadan is a gift for the believers. And yet, there is an even greater gift within this month of blessings, and that is the Night of Decree (Laylat al-Qadr). This is a night which gives us an advantage over those who had more opportunity than us to do good; in which a single good act has the value of having performed that act for a thousand months.

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was shown the lifespans of the people (who had gone) before him, or what Allah willed of that, and it was as if the lives of the people of his ummah had become too short for them to be able to do as many good actions as others before them had been able to do with their long lives, so Allah gave him Laylat al- Qadr, which is better than a thousand months. [Malik]


Reason 3: To not be deprived
A single night that’s better than a thousand months is hard to fathom. But imagine the value of a small act of worship or Sadaqah on the Night of Decree. Now, there can be no human measure for the rewards, blessings and favour of Allah (swt) and so doing the math would be pointless. But just to put it into perspective, if a mere £20 given in Sadaqah on the Night of Decree is like giving £20 each day for a thousand months, then your £20 Sadaqah would be equivalent to giving £605,900 for the pleasure of Allah (swt)! Can you afford to let such an opportunity pass?

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) 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.’ [Ibn Majah]


Reason 4: To show gratitude
We live in a society where people just aren’t satisfied with what they have. We can blame advertising/social media and human nature for always desiring something new. But the reality is that we rarely stop to consider all the many blessings we do have. Your family, your wealth, and even your health are just some of the things that many other people are in want of at this very moment. And yet the greatest blessing of all must be the faith that Allah (swt) has granted us. It was on the Night of Decree that Allah (swt) revealed the first verses of the Holy Qur’an to our Prophet (ﷺ). After that fateful night, the revelation of the Holy Qur’an was completed in a mere 23 years, in which Allah’s message and His messenger saved an entire nation from darkness. But it didn’t end there. The miracle of Islam spread throughout the world for centuries, bringing light to the hearts of men and women from all countries. Today, that message and the love of that messenger continues to give meaning to our lives. Is celebration of such a miracle not reason enough to dedicate these ten nights to showing gratitude?

Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. (Holy Qur’an 97:1-3)


Reason 5: To gain forgiveness
For big or small transgressions, and even those sins we commit without knowing it, we are all in need of forgiveness. The best part about being in a state of regret for a mistake you’ve made is just that, because this is a state that Allah (swt) loves. Allah (swt) loves those who turn to Him after their errors, and He loves to forgive and bring us back into His mercy. A’isha (RA) reported that when she asked the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) what supplication she should recite if she came upon the Night of Decree, he advised her to recite the following dua:

‘Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me).’ [Bukhari]


Reason 6: To emulate the Prophet (ﷺ) 
It seems fitting that a night so precious as the Night of Decree is hidden within the last ten days of Ramadan. It gives us all an incentive to truly focus our efforts in the time that remains, so as not to miss out. Yet one of the biggest reasons to do more in the last 10 days is because the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) used to do so. As Muslims, we strive to emulate our beloved Prophet (ﷺ) in every aspect of our lives, in order to draw nearer to him and to Allah (swt). Now it is widely known that the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) performed i’tikaf (seclusion in the masjid) on the last 10 nights of Ramadan, and this is why this beautiful practice is recommended for Muslims. Of course, i’tikaf at your local mosque will not be possible now, as we all tackle the COVID-19 pandemic through social distancing. But we do have the opportunity for a different kind of i’tikaf, one where we observe isolation in our own homes, without even the need to take time off from work. May Allah (swt) enable us to make the best of this time that He has given us.

A’isha (RA) was reported to have said, ‘Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) used to practice Itikaf in the last ten nights of Ramadan and used to say, “Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan.” [Bukhari]


Reason 7: To welcome Allah’s decree and blessings in the best state
It is believed that on the Night of Decree, the fate of every living being, from their yearly provisions to their deaths, is revealed to the angels who descend to the earth to perform errands decreed by Allah (swt). On this night, the mercy and blessings of Allah (swt) is so abundant that there is peace until dawn. Now, if this is a night in which we will welcome our blessings and the peace of our Lord, should we not do so in the best spiritual state?

The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn. (Holy Qur’an 97:3-5)


Reason 8: To fortify those good spiritual conditions
It is said that how we spend the month of Ramadan will reflect on how we spend the rest of the year. This is the month in which we are trying to be at our spiritual best. In it, we’ve established good habits of worship, better patience and restraint, and hopefully a heart cleansed by the remembrance of Allah (swt). Now is the time to fortify those good spiritual conditions through good acts like Sadaqah and supererogatory prayers, in the hopes that even when this month is over, it leaves us with invaluable spiritual gifts that continue to reflect on our character, habits and lifestyle.

Aisha (RA) is reported to have said, ‘When the last ten days of Ramadan began, the Prophet (ﷺ) would tighten his waist-wrapper, spend his nights in prayer, and wake his family.’ [Bukhari]


Reason 9: To see off a beautiful guest in the best way
Ramadan is a guest, which comes to us with so many blessings. It’s an opportunity to put a pause on those daily demands and re-focus our priorities. It’s our chance to use the 30 days we’ve been gifted to seek forgiveness, betterment and attain a spiritual reboot. What’s more, there is no guarantee that we will get to see another Ramadan. Isn’t it fitting to see off such a beautiful guest in a state of gratitude, worship and generosity?

The Prophet (ﷺ) was the most generous of all the people, and he used to become more generous in Ramadan when Gabriel met him. Gabriel used to meet him every night during Ramadan to revise the Qur’an with him. Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) then used to be more generous than the fast wind. [Bukhari]


Reason 10: To come out of Ramadan with a clean slate
That’s right. After all of your hard work and devotion so far, how would you like to come out of this blessed month with a clean slate? Allah (swt) is so gracious and merciful that He grants us so many opportunities and ways in which to gain his forgiveness. And yet there aren’t many situations in which we are promised the chance of having ALL of our past sins forgiven. And though we’ve already covered ‘forgiveness,’ we couldn’t resist sharing this hadith:

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said ‘Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards [not to show off] then all his past sins will be forgiven.’ [Bukhari]


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