The virtue of the last ten days of Ramadan
The last 9-10 days and nights of Ramadan are days of special efforts and attention for the Muslims. After 20 days, this month becomes a guest in the community. Every passing moment begins to signal his departure. Therefore, this month is full of greatness and blessings. There is a never-ending sea of rewards and worships. Therefore, in this holy month, it has been commanded to spend maximum time in worship, recitation, remembrance, and repentance.
The last ten days of Ramadan can be judged by these arguments:
Thus, in the last ten days of Ramadan, the passions of the Blessed Prophet (peace be upon him) became fresher. Preparations had already begun for worships. And when these last days came, your deeds and occupation would increase significantly.
Hazrat Ayesha(A.H) has described this condition as follows:
“When the last decade started, you used to sit back and stay up all night and wake up his family. He did not work as hard as he did in the last decade.” (Muslim )
Take Special Care of Ummah Performing People
The last ten days of Ramadan was reserved for certain deeds and on other days of the month, he did not do these deeds. Therefore, in the last decade, special care was taken to keep the members of the Ummah fresh at all times.
Because one person gets tired of doing one thing constantly and loses interest in it. The same process of fasting for twenty days and breaking the fast could have led to eviction.
Therefore, the wise Prophet of the Universe (peace be upon him) separated the last decade from its present practice and issued new commands. It is as if the time has come for this taste, passion and worship.
Special deeds of the last ten days of Ramadan
In this way, many verbal and practical features of the last ten days of Ramadan have been described so that every follower of Islam may realize that he is just starting a new work. One of the distinguishing features of this last decade is I’tikaaf ( a ten days stay at the mosque for men and at home for women) and Shab-e-qadar, to be searched in odd nights of the last decade of Ramadan. And for the rich, it is obligatory to give charity and Sadqa-tul-fitr.
I’tikaf is a prominent act of the last ten days of Ramadan:
I’tikaaf is the name given to the self-restraint of Allah and the practical manifestation of disliking the world. Because human is a social animal. It is difficult to sit aside in a corner and breaking all ties and connecting with the real master while sitting in the corner. Only a few special people have this happiness. Therefore, I’tikaaf was not imposed on everyone but it was left to the common men to enjoy it. And it is up to a person to observe I’tikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadan so that they can get the practical training to love Allah Almighty. This was the holy act of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
Importance of I’tikaf:
Some of the Prophet’s (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) sayings are mentioned below for the importance of I’tikaf:
“The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) observed I’tikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadan and this was the norm till the end.”
“The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to observe I’tikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadan in order to seek Shab-e-Qadr in it.
“Whoever observes I’tikaaf for last ten days of Ramadan, it will be like two Hajj and two Umrahs.
Another attribute of the last decade is Shab-e-Qadr
Shab-e-Qadr is of special importance and attraction for action and worship. Because it gives you the opportunity to reap amazing benefits in a very short time. The Companions of Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) were curious and enthusiastic regarding this night.
Once the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) told His companions that the People of previous nations had the longest life span.
Revealed the power of Shab-e-Qadr in Surah Al-Qadr:
Some of them spent their entire lives in worship and obedience. Hearing this, the Companions said that our age is the shortest, no matter how hard we try, in practice, we cannot be equal to the lucky ones. They are even older than us.
This taste of worship and obedience of the Companions, when Allah Almighty saw, revealed the power of Shab-e-Qadr in Surah Al-Qadr:
“One night’s worship of this Night is better than a thousand months of worship.”
When the Companions heard this good news, they asked about the determination of Shab-e-Qadr, So Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said that this is one of the odd nights of the last decade.
Nights of Shab-e-Qadr:
Some people who worship only on odd nights and some only go and worship on the twenty-seventh night. However, all this is not without rewards, but Shab-e-Qadr is one of the odd nights of the last decade if one wants to get its reward. So Hazrat Abdullah bin Masood says that it is the 27th night of Ramadan but Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not inform you so that you do not sit in trust.
In Bukhari Sharif, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to tell Shab-e-qadar. At that time, two people got into a quarrel. It was inevitable on your happy nature so you went back. He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) later said, “We came out to talk about Shab-e-Qadr, but so-and-so started arguing and she was taken away. This may be better for you, so look for it on the 29th, 27th and 25th nights.
In Islam, Zakat-al-Fitr is an obligatory form of alms-giving required of every able Muslim at the end of Ramadan. The purpose of Zakat-al-Fitr is to enable poor people to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr
Characteristics of Sadaqat-al-Fitr:
One of the special acts of worship of this decade is Sadaqah-e-Fitr, which is obligatory for every Muslim in the status of about 2 kilogram wheat flour or its value per member of family (at minimum level). It should be paid before the Eid prayer so that the poor can buy their necessities and share their happiness with everyone. Charity is obligatory on all Muslim men and women, free and slaves
Wisdom of the obligation of charity:
Explaining the wisdom behind the obligatory nature of charity, the Holy Prophet said: “Fatarana promotes fasting with the nonsense and frivolous behavior of the fasting person and a source of food for the poor.”
This is accepted by anyone who offers it before the Eid prayers. But he who prays afterward receives the reward of ordinary charity, not of zakat-al-Fitr And the significance of this is that deeds of Ramadan remain suspended between the heavens and the earth until the fitrana is paid.