We have come to the last ten nights of Ramadhaan. It has gone too quick! Now we should not waste any time in exerting in the worship of Allah.
Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi was Sallam) used to single these nights out for worship and the performance of good deeds. He would exert himself in worship during these ten nights more than any other nights of the year. `Aa’ishah (radiyallahu anhaa) tells us: “During the last ten nights of Ramadhaan, Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi was Sallam) would tighten his waist belt and spend the night in worship. He would also wake up his family.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (1920)]. When `Aa’ishah (radiyallahu anhaa) tells us that Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi was Sallam) would “tighten his waistbelt”, she is speaking figuratively. The phrase means to set about to devote oneself fully and wholeheartedly to the task at hand.
`Aa’ishah (radiyallahu anhaa) also says: “I had never known Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi was Sallam) to read the entire Qur’aan in a single night, or to spend the whole night in prayer up until the morning, or to spend a whole month in fasting – except in Ramadhaan.” [Sunan al-Nasâ’î (1641) and Sunan Ibn Mâjah (1348)]
Wake up your family members for the worship of Allah. Let us not feel sorry for our baaligh children by pulling the covers over them and saying “Poor thing, you sleep, you have to go to school”. Make that effort even for the last seven if you can’t manage. Ibn `Umar (radiyallahu anhu) relates that Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi was Sallam) said: “Look for it (Laylatul Qadr) in the last ten nights. If one of you falls weak or unable to do so, then he should at least try on the seven remaining nights.” [Sahîh Muslim (1165)] Ask your needs of Him for surely Allah is As Samee’ (The All Hearing) who answers to the call of his slave. Umm Salamah (radiyallahu anhaa) relates that Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi was Sallam) woke her up one night and said: “Glory be to Allah. What has been sent down of trials during this night? What has been sent down of treasures, so that the denizens of the bedchambers will be awakened? O Lord! To be clothed in this world by naked in the Hereafter.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (1074)]
One of the greatest distinctions of these ten special nights is that one of them is Laylatul al Qadr – the Night of Decree. This is the greatest night of the year – better than a thousand months as mentioned in Suratul Qadr. Devotion and worshipping Allah on such a night is as if a person worshipped Allah for eighty four years in succession. This is one of the immense bounties that Allah has bestowed upon us.
The Night of Power or Decree is most likely one of the last seven odd nights, but we have been advised by Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) to seek it among the last ten odd numbered nights. Allah says: ” Surely We revealed it on a blessed night. Surely We ever wish to warn (against evil) – On this night, every wise matter is made distinct.” [Sûrah al-Dukhân (3-4)] Ibn `Abbas (radiyallahu anhu) relates that: “Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) was the most generous of all people in doing good, and he was at his most generous during the month of Ramadhaan. Jibreel used to meet with him every year throughout the month of Ramadhaan, so Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) could recite the Qur’aan to him. Whenever Jibreel met with him, he became more generous than a beneficial breeze.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (1902) and Sahîh Muslim (2308)]
So let us exert in these last ten nights. I know that it is not an easy task for most. Living in a non-Muslim country where the atmosphere is not as heightened as it is in Muslim countries, we have to work normal hours, we don’t get holidays on Fridays, etc. it is a matter of breaking through that sleep. Mothers I know how you feel… Braving the cold during Tahajjud, then suhur for the family, then Salaatul Fajr, then some Qur’aan and zhikr, then getting the kids ready for school, then you getting ready for work…. all for Allah ‘Azza wa Jall. You wonder how you’ve come this far but remember when you strive to achieve Allah eases the road for you. As one of my favourite saying goes “Man Jadda wajada”. He who strives, achieves. It cannot be easy for how can we then gain nearness to Allah? Where is the sacrifice? Afterall it is but ONE month out of twelve.