The blessed month of Ramadaan has arrived and threatens to depart as fast as it came. As each valuable day melts away, the Ummah is left wondering what ‘after Ramadaan’ would be like. There is nothing that can usher in the verve and spirituality that Ramdaan injects into the Ummah. The global revival of the Ummah is testimony to this. Before Ramadaan actually departs it promises to leave its mark. The last ten days of Ramadaan are known to be days of emancipation of souls from the fire of Hell, a dire need of every soul. The Night of Qadr provides an incredible opportunity of reward superior to a lifetime of worship. All this and more is on offer in the coming days and nights of Ramadaan.
Due to the immense benefits of these auspicious days, Rasulullah (Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), his companions, and the pious use to dedicate the last ten 10 days of Ramadaan to I’tikaaf and seclusion. Rasulullâh (Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) observed I'tikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadan every year and at times the entire month was spent in I'tikaaf. Rasulullâh r said: "Whosoever performs I'tikaaf for a day, thereby seeking the pleasure of Allah, Allah will open three trenches between him and the fire of hell, the width of each being the distance between the heaven and earth." (Tabrani). In another Hadith Rasulullâh (Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said: "The person performing I'tikaaf remains free from sins, and he is indeed given the same reward as those who do righteous deeds (despite not having done those deeds as a result of being secluded in the Masjid)." (Ibn Majah).
May Allah grant the entire Ummah safety from Hell and bless us with the beautiful rewards of Laylatul Qadr. May Allah Ta’ala eliminate the difficulties of all Muslims suffering throughout the globe and bless the Ummah with safety and happiness.
Darul Ihsan Centre