1. Exert yourself in Ibadah
With the last 10 nights of Ramadan on our doorstep, the search for the Night of Power begins in earnest. Rasulullah ﷺ would exert himself in worship during these last 10 nights, as well as encourage his family to keep the night alive in the Ibadah of Allah ﷻ.
Rasulullah ﷺ specified the odd nights from the last 10 in which to search for Laylatul Qadr.
It is mentioned in the Hadith that Rasulullah ﷺ used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time. (Muslim)
In order to make the most of these last 10 nights, we should devote ourselves to the Ibadah of our Creator and maximise on the rewards which Allah ﷻ has promised.
2. Seek the Night of Power
“Seek Laylatul Qadr in the odd nights out of the last ten nights of Ramadan.” Bukhari
Within the last 10 nights of Ramadan, there is a night which the Qur’an describes to be better than a 1000 months.
“Whosoever performs Ibadah during Laylatul Qadr with Faith and being hopeful of achieving Allah's reward, will have his former sins forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim)
By exerting oneself in Ibadah on this night, it would be a sure way to attain maximum reward as well as having one’s past sins forgiven.
3. Keep the Tongue moist with Zikr
Abundantly recite: اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
‘Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni’
(O Allah, You are All-Forgiving and You love to forgive so forgive me).
It is narrated that Aisha (RA) asked Rasulullah ﷺ: ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ and he replied that you should say: ‘’Allahumma innaka ’afuwwun tuhibbul ’afwa fa’fu ‘anni’.” (Ahmad)
4. I’tikaf and Retreating to the Masjid
If one has the ability to spend the last 10 Days in Sunnah I’tikaf one will certainly attain the ‘Night of Power.’
"Whosoever for Allah's sake did even one day of i'tikaf, Allah would keep him away from Jahannam by trenches." (Tabarani)
For those who do not have the ability to perform the Sunnah I’tikaf, then an effort should be made to spend most of one’s free time in the environment of the masjid in Nafl I’tikaf.
5. Discharge of Charity
The rewards of charity are numerous and great.
By spending in the path of Allah during the last 10 nights, one can ensure the action of giving charity on Laylatul Qadr and achieve exponential rewards.
Rasulullah ﷺ was asked which fast is the most virtuous after Ramadan?
He replied: “Sha'ban in honour of Ramadan.”
He was then asked: "Which charity is best?" He ﷺ replied: "Charity in Ramadan.” (Tirmizi)
6. Discharge of Sadaqatul Fitr
This is a means of making up the deficiencies and shortcomings of one’s fast as well as a means to help those in need enjoy a more joyous Eid.
Rasulullah ﷺ enjoined that Sadaqatul Fitr should be given before the people go out to pray (Eid Salah). (Nasai)
7. Engage in excessive Dua and Seek Repentance from Allah
“Verily, the fasting person’s supplication (dua) is not rejected at the time of breaking fast.” (Ibn Majah)
Dua is the essence of worship and each individual has some need, problem or challenge.
Therefore, draw on the assistance from Allah ﷻ by means of Dua.
These are the precious moments of Ramadan and every moment is an opportunity to secure our forgiveness for all that has passed. An attitude of despondence should not be adopted, rather let us engage in abundant Istighfar with hope in the Mercy of Allah and desire to be amongst the friends of Allah.
Let us maximise the last 10 Days of Ramadan, secure our Reward and attain the ultimate goal of the pleasure of Allah.