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The Last Ten Nights of Ramadan
  • April 4, 2023
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"The Significance of Laylatul Qadr & Last Ten Nights of Ramadan"



Ramadan is an important month for Muslims, marked by increased worship, good deeds, and acts of charity. The last ten days and nights hold even greater significance, as Allah shows great mercy to His creation, providing an opportunity to seek salvation before the month ends.


Finding Laylatul Qadr


Laylatul Qadr, also known as the Night of Decree or Night of Power, is one of the holiest nights in the Islamic calendar. It occurs in the last ten days of Ramadan and is believed to be the night on which the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).


The Night of Decree is considered a blessed occasion, and the Qur’an states, “The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months” (Qur’an, 97:3). According to a Hadith in Bukhari and Muslim, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever prays on Laylatul Qadr out of faith and sincerity shall have all their past sins forgiven.” Performing acts of worship such as sincerely praying for forgiveness, reciting the holy Qur’an, sending salawat (blessings upon the Prophet), and offering optional (nafl) prayers are all beneficial during these nights.


Although the exact date of Laylatul Qadr is unknown, it is believed to occur on an odd night in the last ten days of Ramadan (e.g., the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or 29th night). As mentioned in a Hadith in Bukhari and Muslim, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said, “Seek it in the last ten days, on the odd nights.”


When Lady Aisha (may Allah be well pleased with her) asked the Prophet (peace be upon him), “O Messenger of Allah, if it is Laylatul Qadr, then what should I supplicate with?” he replied with the famous dua: “Allahumma, innaka Afuwwun Karimun, tuḥibbu al-afwa fa‘afu anna” – “O Allah, indeed You are Pardoning and Generous; You love to pardon, so pardon us.”



  اللْهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُعَنِّي


Performing Iti'kaf


Many Muslims choose to spend the last ten days of Ramadan in seclusion (i’tikaf), where they solely focus on worshipping Allah and refrain from involvement in worldly affairs. It is a time to reflect, increase worship, and seek closeness to Allah.


While the sunnah is to remain in i’tikaf for ten days, it can be done for as little as one day and one night. I’tikaf is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with Allah in solitude and implement good religious practices that can be carried on throughout the year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many mosques are closed this Ramadan. However, it is still possible to designate a secluded space within your home, free from noise and distractions, to perform i’tikaf if possible.


Giving sadaqa during the last ten nights


The last ten days of Ramadan are an excellent opportunity to gain multiple rewards by giving sadaqa to those in need for the sake of seeking the pleasure of Allah. The rewards of giving sadaqa during Ramadan are multiplied by 70, and the reward for any righteous act during Laylatul Qadr is equivalent to having performed the same act for over 83 years! Alkhidmat Foundation Pakistan can help you ensure you never miss the reward of giving sadaqa during Laylatul Qadr by providing a secure platform to donate to those in need.


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