Last ten days is when bags are packed for camping. This time however, it’s not for fun but for an even heightened level of devotion and worship. Trying to outdo your own best.
Below are tips for maximizing Ihtikaaf
- Avoid spaces with talkative or argumentative people.
- Always have your Quran handy so you recite by default.
- Try not to get too comfortable so you dont sleep through the whole night and miss the Night!
- Switch off your devices , but if you must use them, strictly limit the time spent to genuine Abd necessary.
- Sleep more in the daytime.
- Help with Iftar and Sahur.
- Donate money for these and for cleaning the mosque and providing toiletries for others in the mosque. Do not tolerate filth.
- Be sincere in your worship and make every night count.
- Make a concise dua and Dhikr list and follow it.
- Avoid practices not found in the sources of our Deen.
- Don’t eat too much.
- Avoid noise.
- Improve conditions in the mosques – heating, fans, mosquito nets, water,drainage and sewage systems, the kitchen and dining area…
- Better to start planning for next Ihtikaaf by helping put these things in place way ahead.
- Enjoy the blessings of Laylat Al-Qadr.
Surat Al-Qadr – Qur’an 97:1-5
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
1. Verily, We sent it (this Qur’an) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree).*
2. And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr is (Decree) is?
3. The Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months).
4. Therein descend the angels and the Ruh [Jibril (Gabriel)] by Allah’s Permission with all Decrees ,
5. (All that night), there is Peace (and Goodness from Allah to his believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn.**
*”Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments” [The Qur’an, (Verse 44:4)] i.e the matters of deaths, births, provisions, calamities for the whole (coming) year as decreed by Allah.
**Narrated ‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her): Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said. “Search for the Night of Qadr on the odd nights of the last ten nights of Ramadhan.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol 3, Hadith No.234)
P.S. When counting, nights actually come before days so we would witness the 20th night in a few hours (GMT+1). If this month ends at 29, this could well be one of the Last ten days. Time to rev up our Ibaadah. May Allah make us among those who witness this special night.