Final 10

Is anybody else as amazed as I am that Ramadaan has gone by so darned fast?! I don’t know why I am amazed–it seems like I have the same sentiment every year, and so should be over the surprising way that time slips through our fingers. Yet, here we are, already into the last third of Ramadaan. It is the 21st night for me, and really, I should be doing some ibaada, as opposed to blogging…but here I am.

Why am I here? To mark this moment. (And I either mark moments, or forget them completely.) This was a strange day. A typically beautiful California day, with lovely blue skies, and being October, the sky was decorated with these big, beautiful, puffy clouds. And with the sun shining on our hot pink bouganvillea flowers while we are getting things prepared for the masjid for the night of Khatm al Qur’an, it just seemed like an oddly serene day. You know the type–through the bustle and noise of life, there is that thread of quietness that lulls your senses into calmness, and virtually nothing can anger you. After iftaar, while reading maghrib, the rumble of thunder sounded, followed by a few flashes of lightning! And the next thing we knew, the heavens poured loudly forth with rain, rain, rain! And for some reason, we all think that this is probably the Layl al -Qadr. Well, Allah only knows.

But this is what happened tonight. So, the menfolk have decided to spend the night in the masjid to pray, and I should take the opportunity of a quiet house (Allah knows how much noise those guys make!) to pray as well. Inshallah.

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  1. Muslim Wife says:

    It’s truely sad when you actually realize this will all be over in a few short days : ( Sigh. I don’t know to take it, personally: have I lost the barakah in my time and efforts, that it seems Ramadan just wizzed by? Or is it a sign of iman that our hearts are so connected to this blessed month that we don’t want to see it go? Being the eternal pessimist, I go with choice no.1, but I hope for choice no.2.

    Ya Allah, accept from us our deeds and efforts, and forgive us for our transgressions,ameen!

  2. Ameen to your duaa, sis! I know exactly what you are saying! Its so true, there is absolutely no barakah in my time! It seems like the longer I stay up each night, the less I accomplish. Which is probably why Rasullullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam advised us to seek an early bedtime. And also must be why Nabi Kareem said that even though those at the latter end of time will do only a small portion of the amount of ibaadah that the Ashaab Kareem radiallahu anhuma used to do, yet they will obtain same amount of hasanah…which is really uplifting to the spirit. May Allah accept this minor amount that I have managed, may He be pleased with it, and forgive my many transgressions, ameen!

    Hugs to you! 🙂

  3. MujahiD says:

    In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

    Abu Hurairah (radyAllaahu ‘anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever performs the night prayer on the night of Al-Qadr with Eemaan (firm belief) and seeking reward will have all his past sins forgiven.” [Al-Bukhaaree (4/2550 and Muslim (759)]

    This hadeeth is evidence for the virtue of the night of Al-Qadr as well as performing qiyaam (night prayer) during it. And it indicates that it is a grand night, which Allaah has honored and made better than a thousand months, with regard to its blessing and the blessings found in the righteous deeds that are performed in it. Thus it is better than the worship of a thousand months and that is equivalent to eighty-three years and four months. Due to this, whoever performs qiyaam (night prayer) with true faith and while seeking reward in it, will be forgiven his past sins. There were certain verses revealed concerning this virtue
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    “We sent it (the Qur’aan) down on a blessed night. Verily We are Ever-Warning. Therein (on that night) is decreed every matter of ordainment.” [Surat-ud-Dukhaan: 3-4]
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    “Verily, We have sent it (the Qur’aan) down in the night of Al-Qadr. And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr is? The night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the angels and the Rooh (Jibreel) by their Lord’s permission with all decrees. (All that night) there is peace, until the appearance of dawn.” [Surat-ul-Qadr: 1-5]
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    Ibn Katheer (rahimahullaah) said concerning Allaah’s saying: “Therein descend the angels and the Rooh”: “This means that the descending of the angels increases during this night due to the vast amount of its blessings. And the angels descend along with the descent of blessing and mercy, just as they descend during the time when the Qur’aan is recited and encompass the gatherings in which Allaah is remembered and spread their wings for the true seeker of knowledge, out of respect for him.” [Tafseer Ibn Katheer: (8/465)]
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    This night occurs only in Ramadaan, since Allaah revealed the Qur’aan in it. He informs us that its revelation occurred during the month of Ramadaan in His saying: “Verily, We have sent it (the Qur’aan) down in the night of Al-Qadr.” [Surat-ul-Qadr: 1]

    And His saying: “The month of Ramadaan in which was revealed the Qur’aan” [Surat-ul-Baqarah: 185]
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    The Night of Al-Qadr occurs in the last ten nights of Ramadaan during an odd night (i.e. 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th). However the scholars differ as to if it is fixed to one of these odd nights every year or if it changes every year to a different odd-numbered night.
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    The Night of Al-Qadr is in the last ten nights of Ramadaan, based on the saying of the Prophet: “Search for the Night of Al-Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadaan.” [Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim] And it falls in one of the odd nights more likely than on the even nights, based on the Prophet’s (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) saying: “Search for the Night of Al-Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten nights of Ramadaan.” [Al-Bukhaaree]
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  4. MujahiD says:

    And it is closer to the last seven nights, based on the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar (radyAllaahu ‘anhumaa) that: “Some men from the Companions of Allaah’s Messenger saw the Night of Al-Qadr in a dream during the last seven nights (of Ramadaan). So the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: ‘I see that all of your dreams agree that it (the Night of Al-Qadr) is in the last seven nights. So whoever wants to search for it, then let him search for it in the last seven nights.'” [Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim] And it is also based on the hadeeth in Muslim from Ibn ‘Umar that the Prophet said: “Look for it in the last ten nights. But if one of you becomes weak or is unable, then do not let the remaining (last) seven nights overcome him.”
    Allaah has hidden knowledge of its occurrence from His servants out of mercy for them so that they can increase their actions in the search for it during these honorable nights, by praying, making dhikr and supplicating. So they grow and increase in the nearness to Allaah and His reward. And He also kept it hidden from them as a test for them to distinguish who amongst them struggles and makes an effort to find it and who is lazy and negligent. This is since whoever constantly strives for something, he will exert himself in his search for it and trouble himself in finding it and achieving it
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    Aa’ishah (RAA) said: “When the last ten days (of Ramadaan) would come, the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) would spend his night in worship, wake his family (at night), exert himself and tighten his Izaar (waistcloth).” [Al-Bukhaaree (4/269) and Muslim (1174)]
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    This hadeeth is proof that the last ten days of Ramadaan have a special virtue over any other (set of days), in which one should increase in obedience and acts of worship, such as prayer, making dhikr (remembrance) and reciting the Qur’aan.

    He (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) would “wake up his family” meaning his (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) pure wives, the Mothers of the Believers, so that they may take part in the profiting of good, the dhikr (remembrance) and the acts of worship during these blessed times

    He (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) would “exert himself”, meaning he (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) would persevere and struggle in worship, adding more to his deeds than what he had done in the first twenty days (of Ramadaan). He only did this because the night of Al-Qadr occurs during one of these (last ten) days.
    Also, he (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) would observe ‘Itikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadaan and the person who is in the state of ‘Itikaaf is restricted from interacting (sexually) with women.
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    And you must be patient in your obedience to Allaah, for indeed, the tahajjud (night) prayer is difficult, but its reward is great. By Allaah, it is a great opportunity in ones life and a profitable thing to take advantage of, for the one whom Allaah grants it to. And a person does not know if perhaps he will encounter one of Allaah’s many rewards during the night prayer, thus serving as assistance for him in this world and in the Hereafter.
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    The righteous predecessors of this ummah would lengthen the prayer at night, exerting themselves. As-Saa’ib Ibn Yazeed said: “‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab ordered Ubay Bin Ka’ab and Tameem Ad-Daaree to lead the people in prayer with eleven raka’aat. The reciter would recite one hundred verses, to the point that we had to lean upon wooden staffs due to the long standing. And we would not stop until the early parts of Fajr.” [See Al-Muwatta (Eng. Dar El-Fiker): vol. 1, pg 154]

    ‘Abdullaah Ibn Abee Bakr reported: “I heard my father (i.e. Abu Bakr) say: ‘During Ramadaan, we would finish (the night prayer) late and we would hurry the servants to present the food (of suhoor) for fear that Fajr (morning) would come upon us.” [Also in the Muwatta of Imaam Maalik: vol. 1, pg. 156]

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  5. Arab Lady says:

    Yes time passes so fast and flips through our fingers…..but the question is what did we accomplish so far? In terms of our relationships with ourselves, others, and most importantly God

  6. Great topic, Arab Lady! I shall post my “accomplishments” once this month is over, inshallah.

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