Two-thirds of Ramadan has passed and the month has now entered its final and most important phase.
We’re in the last Ashra, Nijaat, meaning 'salvation’ - the last ten days. And according to Islamic theology, the last 10 days of Ramadan are considered to be the most significant of the month - essential in our journey of pleasing Allah (SWT).
Not least, because among them is Laylatul Qadr, or Night of Power, the most auspicious night in the year, with the opportunity to multiply the benefits that make us better, more responsible, and more spiritually aware.
We know that the Night of Decree, also known as Laylatul Qadr, comes with abundant blessings and the mercy of Allah (SWT), in which sins are forgiven, and supplications accepted – and which only Allah (SWT) alone can answer, forgiving humanity and answering its prayers.
Consequently, we too, in these last ten nights, feel impelled to spend more time in prayer, knowing that Allah (SWT) is always listening, and ever-ready to bestow upon us His most prized blessings if we make a special effort during these last 10 days. These are also known as the Days of Seeking Refuge because this final stage of the month is about seeking sanctuary from the fires of Hell.
The last ten days and nights hold even more significance as Allah (SWT) shows great mercy to His creation and these days carry with them very special benefits for Muslims, all of which are essential for our journey of pleasing Allah (SWT).
“The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months” (Qur’an, 97:3)
Did you know that the rewards for giving charity 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?
Muslims everywhere step up their charity and their spiritual intensity, during these days and nights - praying, reading the Qu’ran, and hoping to reap particularly large spiritual rewards, knowing that one of these will fall and on the night of Laylat al-Qadr!
“Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward,” said The Prophet, “his previous sins will be forgiven.”
So, with that knowledge, why not strive to offer extra charity over those last ten nights?
Your charity, no matter how small, remains a blessing. You could donate money, feed the hungry, give water to the poor, commit to giving throughout the year or sponsor an orphan. No matter what it is, with a pure intention and kind heart, you’ll be able to transform lives, in the name of Allah (SWT).