How to make most of the last days of Ramadan?

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It’s never too late to make up with what’s left. Even if you landed on the last days of Ramadan; there is still mercy for you. Allah Almighty is the most merciful towards his servants. You can do it just by following two steps.

  1. Redefine your intention
  2. Practice your Religious Obligations.

If you want to make the most of the last few days of Ramadan Kareem then it’s highly recommended to Redefine your intention to yourself. Have a firm intention for Self-Purification. Why would you need that? Because every act in Islam is checked upon its intention. There’s no substitute for a submissive self. The right intention can help you move mountains and you may be able to achieve a rank higher than your imaginations.

Duas to help you have the right intention:

  1. ‘Oh Allah, I am weak and helpless but I am yet not hopeless. Oh the most merciful, forgive me and purify me. For indeed there’s nothing impossible in your sight. These are the last days of Ramadan but the doors of your blessings are not yet closed. I am looking for your shelter; do not deprive me, shower upon your kindness and forgiveness. Indeed you are Ar Rahman: The Most Merciful.’
  2. “Oh, Allah I am sincerely submitting myself to you. I am coming your way. Forgive my wrongdoings and strengthen my belief. For indeed I’m not hopeless in your mercy”

Observe I’tikaf:

I’tikaf is the best way to form a better connection with Allah Almighty and to gain spiritual strength. During I’tikaf, you’re supposed to spend time with Allah alone by practicing isolation with the world. In i’tikaf, you worship Allah by making him the central attention of your life.

Observing i’tikaf in the last 10 days of Ramadan is preferable as it’s the sunnah of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h). However, you can still observe it during the last few days of Ramadan to make them more beneficial.

There are hadith mentioned that refer to Rasool Allah observing i’tikaf during the first, middle and last asra of Ramadan even in the first week of the shawl as well. Do not belittle what you still have. Observe i’tikaf in the last few days, and ask for forgiveness.

Perfect Your Fast:

If you want to make the last days of Ramadan more genuine and healthy then perfecting your fast is the key to it. A person leaves his cravings and chooses starvation for Allah alone. Not that, but he leaves evil thinking and behaving patterns for his creator.

During Ramadan, all other deeds will bring ten times higher rewards except fasting as Allah says “fasting is for me and I’ll give it’s the reward.”

Allah Almighty will judge your intention, look inside your heart and soul then bless you accordingly. This is the perfect opportunity to avail yourself. Try to perfect your fast by cleansing yourself.

Recite the Holy Quran:

Quranic Recitation turns into a beautiful melody while you say it by heart and soul. Look at it as a direct connection with Allah’s words. Making niyyah of Allah’s remembrance is what will help you make the most of the last days of Ramadan.

When you recite the Holy Quran on regular days, each word brings you ten times the higher reward. But during Ramadan, the height of Allah’s blessing is that your rewards are multiplied by ten to seven hundred times. Imagine the amount of mercy you still have left.

Offer Five Obligatory Prayers:

If you want to make the most of the last days of Ramadan then you shouldn’t leave any obligatory prayer. You cannot experience the excellency of Allah’s mercy until you sit in his court. Meeting Allah five times a day is an honour for a Muslim and a treat for the soul — don’t miss it anymore.

Everything else will make sense after the obligatory prayers will start making sense to you. According to Al Bukhari and Muslim, the congregation prayer brings 27 times higher reward than praying at home.

Offer Non-Obligatory Prayers:

The intention is to get much closer to Allah Almighty. Therefore, it’s better to practice voluntary prayers as well. The nafl ibadah includes Salat al Chast, Salat al Ishraaq, Salat al Tahajjud, Salat al Tasbih, Salat al Tawbah, Taraweeh etc

Rasool Allah (p.b.u.h) used to pray Taraweeh in Ramadan, which is also unknown as Qiyam al Layl (Standing of Night). It’s an Islamic meditation in which long portions of the Quran are recited and many rakats are offered.

Supplication (Dua):

Allah listens to those who call upon him. He is nearer to a person’s jugular vein. Faith is the key to win the skies and earth. Your sincere supplications can change your destiny by the will of Allah.

Therefore, ask for his forgiveness and closeness. Pray for his mercy, because when you have it, all your other matters get resolved one by one, Insha’Allah.

Remembrance (Zikar):

Zikar is a beautiful way to call upon Allah; it may be done in silence or a public gathering, in heart or aloud. There are many powerful izkaar and duas in the Quran and Hadith that you can sincerely recite. You should be aware of what your soul is enchanting.

Izkaar can be selected upon keeping in view of your current situation; this way you connect to Allah on a personal ground. Reciting the Almighty’s Asma ul husnah (Names and Attributes) is also an excellent way to observe his closeness.

Find Laylatul Qadar:

When you still have the last few days of Ramadan chances to find Laylatul qadar is always there. The night of power is better than one thousand months; which means the good deeds done in it are equivalent to (as done in) 83 years.

The angels and holy spirit descends from the skies. It was the night when the Quran was first revealed upon the Holy Prophet (P.b.u.h)

Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not to show off) then all his past sins will be forgiven. Hadith, Bukhari Vol 1, Book 2:34

Don’t Forget Two Things

  • If you’re thinking to bring more value in the last days of Ramadan, be mindful of Allah’s mercy. You’re reading and checking informational stuff because He has already blessed you. He wants you to come his way. His mercy is endless. Now it’s your turn to help yourself come out of your nafs and stay firm. You have to fight yourself, in order to reach Allah’s mercy.

“Indeed Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.”

(13:11- Al-Quran)
  • Do not perform religious actions just for the sake of paradise. Instead, try in his way to find his endless love.

According to a hadith in Al Bukhari, The Holy Prophet said: one can enter paradise only through his good deeds, not even me unless God bestows his favour and mercy. He then added: So be moderate in your religious deeds and do what is within your ability.

(Sahih al-Bukhari,7, 577)

The conclusion from this hadith can be drawn that humans should sincerely ask for Allah’s mercy without being greedy for religious rewards. When you have Allah’s mercy, you are presented in the court of Allah, and when that; you find his true love.”

Conclusion:

There are many ways in which you can make most of the last days of Ramadan such as by observing It’ikaf, reciting the Qur’an, perfecting your fast, performing compulsory and voluntary prayers, making supplications, doing zikr and finding the night of power (layla tul qadar). While all of this one must not forget the importance of the right intention. The doors of Allah’s mercy are open but one can only benefit from it if they have faith.

And those who strive in Our (way), We will certainly guide them to our paths. For verify Allah is with those who do right.

(29:69 – AlQuran)