The last 10 nights of Ramadan hold great significance as this is when the Night of Power, or Laylat al-Qadr, falls.
It is widely believed that the Night of Power falls on the 27th night of Ramadan, although some scholars claim that this could fall on the night of any of the odd numbers in the last 10 nights. For this reason, many Muslims choose to spread out their Zakat al-Fitr (Fitrana) charity donations across the last 10 nights of the month.
In 2022, Laylat al-Qadr can fall on any day between 21st April and 1st May.
Why are the last ten nights of Ramadan important?
“It is [Laylatul Qadr] the most important night of the year,” says Sheikh Al-Azhari, a respected Islamic Scholar. “One night’s worship is equivalent to 1,000 months – that’s 83.3 years. So, everyone makes an effort to look for it.”
It’s a time when Allah’s blessings, compassion and mercy is overflowing. According to hadith, whoever prays and finds the ‘blessed night’ will have their previous sins wiped clean.
It is a sunnah too. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) exerted himself more spiritually during that period, such as going into isolation in Itikaf to dedicate his time for worship.
The ‘Qadr’ in Laylat al-Qadr points to the view that it’s also the night when Allah hands out the divine decrees for each person. Angels descend on earth and even Jibril (AS) makes an appearance on this special occasion.
“It’s called ‘Qadr’ because Allah will task the angels with handing out a person’s fate for the next year,” says Sheikh Al-Azhari.
It is the Best Time to Devote Oneself to Prayer
The Prophet (peace be upon him) was known to pay special devotion to Allah (SWT) during the last 10 days of Ramadan, his most beloved wife Aisha (ra) noting,
“Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time.” [Muslim]
This is, without doubt, a special time and we should all follow our beloved Prophet’s (pbuh) example, entering these last 10 days of Ramadan with a renewed sense of commitment and fierce devotion.
We can make the most of the last 10 days of Ramadan and show our devotion by exerting ourselves to perform as many good deeds as possible; reciting the Qur’an, praying during the night, giving charity and making dua. Our supplications during the last 10 days of Ramadan are exceptionally special.
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Dua is the essence of worship.” [Tirmidhi] and in these last 10 days of Ramadan Allah (SWT) generously multiplies the blessings you receive for your worship.
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.
It is the Best Time to Donate
While the last ten days of Ramadan bring the opportunity to introspect and self-reflect, it is also a time to look at the state of the world and attempt to change things for the better; and get tenfold rewards for it! This Ramadan, UCI has been working hard to make sure we help people struggling in the holy month by providing monthly food packs, clean water, rebuilding mosques, funding eye surgeries and much more. If you have been thinking about giving Sadaqah in last 10 days of Ramadan, this is your sign to do it now.