As we are stepping into the last quarter of the glorious month of Ramadan, Muslims are expected to tighten their belts and increase their acts of worship by reading more of the Quran, spending longer times in prayers, doing more zikr, enjoining more good and seeking Allah’s mercy and blessings.
The month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim hijra calendar. It is a month where all Muslims are expected to fast, abstain from food, drink, smoking or any form of sexual contact with their spouses from sunrise to sunset. Some of the teachings of this month are to foster self-discipline, self-control, perseverance, unity and peace among Muslims.
The month of Ramadan is also known as the month of the Holy Quran because it is the month the Holy Quran was revealed to the holy Prophet (SAW). It is also the best month of the year and also the month during the Night of Power is expected. The Night of Power is the night that is equivalent to a thousand nights of worship. It is expected in the odd days of the last ten days of Ramadan. It is a night incomparable to all the nights in the whole year.
This article acknowledges the importance of the night of power and compiles some tips you might find useful in other to fully take advantage of this bountiful night.
#1.Ensure to greet the last 10 days with pure intentions, full energy and a positive outlook, irrespective of how good or bad your Ramadan was.
#2.It is the month of Quran so try to not just read but also read to understand and ponder upon the teachings of the Quran. Listen to Tafsir of Surah Al-Qadr to know about this amazing night, to switch that mode ON and to keep it remained ON for all the nights. It could fall on any of the last 10 nights.
#3.Choose the most comfortable place for worship in your home or Masjid. Avoid leaning on pillows & cushions while reciting Qur’an or Adhkaar so as to keep your back straight.
#4.Try as much as you can to reduces worldly distractions. Switch off your mobile phones, iPads and Laptops if possible.
#5. If you’re alone, recite the Qur’an in a loud beautiful voice so that your ears & heart remain involved with the recitation and you don’t feel drowsy. If you’re not alone then you can recite in a normal volume not to disturb others
#6.Elongate your Sujood and make lots and lots of Du’aas while in it. Cry hard and ask ALLAH everything you wish for in Dunya and Akhirah.
#7. Raise your Du’aa – Remember it’s the night of decree and angels are precisely writing down whatever is going to happen in your life for the next coming year, be specific in your Du’aas and ask for each and everything you need – Hajj, Job, Career, Spouse, Children, Home, whatever. Don’t play small in your Du’aas as you’re asking the KING OF ALL KINGS!
#8. Pray 2 Raka’ah Salatul Tawbah every single night and ask for forgiveness from ALLAH – Al-Ghaffar, Al-Ghafoor, Al-Tawwab and Al-’Afuww. Repent sincerely with full hope and firm resolve of not repeating those sins again.
#9.Memorize and keep asking the Du’aa of Lailatul Qadr: Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).
#10.Ask ALLAH to grant you Lailatul Qadr and accept from you whatever ‘ibaadaat you did by His tawfeeq.