The last 10 Nights of Ramadan – 10 Things you can do to seek reward and forgiveness in the last 10 nights of Ramadan and tops tips for success!
The last 10 nights of Ramadan are almost here and all praise and thanks to Allah for giving us the opportunity to seek His reward and Forgiveness in the best nights of the year.
After more than half the month fasting, we might be feeling a little tired. Maybe we haven’t done quite as much as we’d have liked to.
Whatever our Ramadan performance has been so far, this is the ultimate opportunity to draw on our reserves and up our game when it counts. It’s time to renew our intention and focus, to increase our worship, to go all out and seek the most important night of the entire year.
Somewhere hidden among the next ten nights is Laylat al Qadr, the night that is ‘better than a thousand months’ (Surat Al Qadr:3). The night that can wipe clean your past sins. SubhanAllah.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” Sahih al-Bukhari 1901
It’s time to follow the example of the Prophet (ﷺ) and exert ourselves more than any other time of the year.
‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time. Sahih Muslim 1175
The truth is, none of us know if we will ever have the opportunity to seek this reward again.
There are many who have returned to their Lord this Ramadan, and many who did not live to see the start of Ramadan, so let’s thank Allah for this opportunity and make the most of the next ten nights. Let’s celebrate them as the most blessed opportunity of the entire year!
10 Things you can do to seek reward and forgiveness in the last 10 nights of Ramadan.
- Seek forgiveness every night. Use the best du’a for the last 10 nights
‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: I asked: “O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?” He (ﷺ) replied, “You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni.
(O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me).” [At-Tirmidhi].
- Increase reading and reciting Quran.
- Increase sunnah prayers (including salat ad-Duha, two rakats after making wudu and two rakats on entering the masjid).
- Pray Qiyaam every night.
- Increase du’a (make a du’a list if you haven’t already).
- Increase charitable spending.
- Practice the very best of manners.
- Increase remembrance of Allah and keep your tongue moist with dhikr all the time.
- Practice the sunnah as much as you can.
- Wake your family up for prayer.
Narrated Aisha: With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet (ﷺ) used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work hard) and used to pray all the night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers Sahih al-Bukhari 2024
The last 10 days can be very tiring and are a true test of patience and perseverance, so I’ll leave you with just five simple tips to help you keep your strength up, help keep you focused, in shaa Allah.
Top Tips for Success in the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan
- Purify your intention and ask Allah for His Help. This is a great time to stop for a moment and renew our intention and not miss out on ajer opportunities by putting the intention of pleasing Allah behind everything we do. Also, ask Allah to help you make the most of these 10 blessed nights… truly He is able to do all things.
- Whatever can wait, let it wait. These 10 nights pass by in a flash so we want to make the most of them. Anything that is not essential (laundry, paying bills etc.), let it wait. There will be time for it after Ramadan. What can’t wait, can it be outsourced? Do whatever you need to do to free up time for worship.
- Take naps during the day. Fasting can be tiring, and staying up to pray qiyaam, even more so, so try to get some rest and take naps wherever you can. I know this may be hard, especially for mamas with little ones, but do what you can (and refer to the above… whatever can wait, let it…outsource whatever you can…)
- Don’t overeat and choose healthy energy-producing food. If you want to stay up in prayer, you need to feel light and energized, not stuffed and lethargic. Go for light, nutrient-packed meals – protein, salads, fruit, and veggies. Try to avoid those refined carbs and deep fried foods that leave you, belly bulging and eyes blinking sleepily after iftar.
- Spend less time on Social Media.. in fact, dare I say it, delete Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter from your phone for the last 10 nights. *gasp* I hear you say… lol…. Well, think about it. You can always reinstall them on Eid.
I pray Allah accepts our fasting, our ibaadah, our du’a this Ramadan and as we move into these 10 blessed nights. May they be a source of mercy, forgiveness and reward to us all. Ameen.
About the Author:
Kate is a teacher, writer and nutrition consultant in training, and the founder of Healthy Muslimah. She has a love of all things simple and natural and is trying to live a healthier, balanced and holistic life for the sake of Allah. She’s committed to trying to take the complexity out of healthy eating and helping sisters achieve greater health and wellness, one step at a time.