Find out how to be Productive in the final few nights this Ramadhan

Time has flown by quick as we enter the last ten nights of Ramadhan. Alhamdulillah for everything so far, and I hope this Ramadhan has been the best of best for you. As we start our treasure hunt seeking the Night of Qadr (Laylatul Qadr), let's find out what makes this night so special in the light of Quran and Sunnah.

๐Ÿ”” What Is The Intent Of Laylatul Qadr?

The intent of Layltul Qadr is not praying a lot indeed the Messenger ุตู„ู‰ ุงู„ู„ู‡ ุนู„ูŠู‡ ูˆุณู„ู… did not increase on 11 Rakah in Ramadan. The intent is for the slave of Allaah to prepare and spend this night in Dua and Dhikr (remembrance of Allaah), as mentioned in the hadeeth which is collected by Tirmidhi no 3513.

ใ€ŠFrom Ayesha who said: I said O Messenger of Allaah what if I knew what night the night of Laytal Qadr was, then what should I say on that night?' ใ€‹

He said: say

ุงูŽู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ูู…ูŽู‘ ุฅูู†ูŽู‘ูƒูŽ ุนูŽูู’ูˆูŒ ุชูŒุญูุจูŒู‘ ุงู„ุนูŽูู’ูˆูŽ ููŽุฃูŽุนู’ููŽูˆู’ ุนูŽู†ูู‘ูŠ

Allaahumma Innaka Affuwwun, tuhibbu al Affwa, Faโ€™afu โ€˜annee
(O Allaah, indeed You pardon and You love pardoning so pardon)

Indeed the Messenger did not teach her to pray a lot nor to make lots of Dua or to perform a specific ritual of worship, rather he taught her this Dua.

In al-Muwatta in the book of al-I'tikaaf, the chapter of what is mentioned about Laylatul Qadr: Ziyad related to me from Malik that he had heard that Said ibn al-Musayyab used to say, "Whoever is present at isha on Laylat al-Qadr has taken his portion from it."

โค๏ธ What Are The Virtues Of Laylatul Qadr?

Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih Al-โ€˜Uthaymeen in his book Majaalis Shahr Ramadaan

Allah says,

โ€œIndeed We have revealed it in a blessed night, indeed we were always warning. Whereupon every wise command is made clear As a command from Our presence.โ€“Lo! We are ever sending A mercy from thy Lord. Lo! He is the Hereafter, the Knower Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, if ye would be sure.โ€

Qadr can mean greatness, or it can mean decree because this is the night that Allah will decree for the upcoming year. Better than a thousand months means, in terms of its virtues and deeds, that is why whoever establishes this night with faith and seeking reward, is forgiven for all previous sins. As for the angels, they are slaves of Allah that worship day and night; they come to earth in this night with good, blessings, and mercy.

The Spirit is Gibrael (AS). That night is Peace, means that it is peace for the Muslims because there are freed from the fire in this night. Until the rising of dawn means that Laylatul-Qadr ends at Fajr, and all the acts of worship in this night should continue until Fajr, and in this noble surah, we are shown the many virtues of this night.

โณ Importance Of Layalatul Qadr

In al-Muwatta in the book of al-I'tikaaf, the chapter of what is mentioned about Laylatul Qadr:

Ziyad related to me from Malik that he had heard a man he trusted of the people of knowledge say,

"The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was shown the lifespans of the people (who had gone) before him, or what Allah willed of that, and it was as if the lives of the people of his community had become too short for them to be able to do as many good actions as others before them had been able to do with their long lives, so Allah gave him Laylat al-Qadr, which is better than a thousand months."

๐Ÿ•Œ Supplication During The Night of Decree

Hafidh Ibn Katheer says in his tafseer: It is recommended to supplicate often during all times, especially during the month of Ramadan, in the last ten nights, and during the odd nights of it even more so. It is recommended that one say the following supplication a lot:โ€œO Allah! Verily, you are the Oft-Pardoning, You love to pardon, so pardon me.โ€โ€œAllaahumma Innaka โ€˜Afuwwun Tuhibbul-โ€˜Afwa Faโ€™affoo โ€˜annee.โ€

ุงูŽู„ู„ูŽู‘ู‡ูู…ูŽู‘ ุฅูู†ูŽู‘ูƒูŽ ุนูŽูู’ูˆูŒ ุชูŒุญูุจูŒู‘ ุงู„ุนูŽูู’ูˆูŽ ููŽุฃูŽุนู’ููŽูˆู’ ุนูŽู†ูู‘ูŠ

This is due to what Imam Ahmad recorded from Aishah that she said โ€œO Messenger of Allah! If I find the Night of Al-Qadr what should I say?โ€ He (sallallaahu โ€˜alaihi ย wa sallam) replied,Say : โ€œO Allah! Verily You are the Oft-Pardoning, You love to pardon, so pardon me.โ€ [Ahmad, At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasai and Ibn Majah]

๐Ÿคฒ Duas That You Can Make During This Night

The best of Duas was made by our Prophets. So we've compiled a few for your ease.

โœ”๏ธ Checklist On How To Be Productive

  1. Make the special Dua frequently during the last ten nights.
  2. Increase the recitation of the Quran.
  3. Ponder over the Tafseer of the Quran to understand its meaning
  4. Make your prayers long and read the tafseer. Read more on Ibn al-Qayyimโ€™s Model for Contemplating the Qurโ€™an
  5. Dua is worship. So just make a lot of duas. Weep, cry, surrender your soul to Allah. Make sure you get the clean slate and yearn for it.
  6. Have a family time reading the tafseer to benefit the elders and the kids.
  7. Read a little everyday on our Prophet's Biography. A reminder always helps a believer :) Involve your kids and make it a story session for them. This will keep them busy and involved in the ibadah.

The Prophet's Way Of Reciting The Qurโ€™an

Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said: The Prophet used to pause while reciting, stopping at every ayah. So he would say

ุงู„ู’ุญูŽู…ู’ุฏู ู„ูู„ูŽู‘ู€ู‡ู ุฑูŽุจูู‘ ุงู„ู’ุนูŽุงู„ูŽู…ููŠู†ูŽ
and then pause
ุงู„ุฑูŽู‘ุญู’ู…ูŽู€ูฐู†ู ุงู„ุฑูŽู‘ุญููŠู…ู
and pause
ู…ูŽุงู„ููƒู ูŠูŽูˆู’ู…ู ุงู„ุฏูู‘ูŠู†ู

Az-Zuhri stated that the recitation of the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) was verse by verse, and this is what is best, to pause at the ends of verses, even if they are connected to what comes after them.
[Zaad al-Maโ€˜aad (1/326)]

The Prophet used to recite in a slow and measured way, such that the surah would end up lasting longer than another surah of greater length. And he could repeat a single ayah during the night prayer until morning. It is mentioned in Saheeh al-Bukhari that Qatadah said: I asked Anas about the Prophetโ€™s recitation, and he said:

He used to elongate the long vowels [mudood]. For the night prayers, sometimes Allahโ€™s Messenger would recite quietly while other times he would recite aloud, and sometimes he would lengthen the prayer while other times he would shorten it.

Whenever the Prophet would come to an ayah of fear, he would seek refuge. Whenever he would come to an ayah of mercy, he would ask for it. And whenever he would come to an ayah extolling Allahโ€™s freedom from any deficiency, he would make tasbeeh.

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