The last ten days of Ramadan should be a period to perfect one’s abstinence from the worldly life by avoiding anything that may weaken it. It’s a time to help others, settle disputes, worship Allah, and to ask for forgiveness. It’s a time to raise your consciousness level, to search for the meaning and purpose of your life, and to struggle for an eternal heaven. And if one is sincere about it, he can get his reward in the form of removal of all previous sins, as the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) declared the last Ashra of Ramadan as a period of Salvation/Najat.
“The month of Ramadan is the one in which the Quran was sent down, a guidance for mankind, clear proofs for the guidance, the Criterion; so whoever amongst you witnesses this month, let him fast it.” (Surah al-Baqarah 2:185)
The Prophet, peace be upon him, “would strive (to do acts of worship) during the last ten days of Ramadan more than he would at any other time.” (Muslim)
List of Things to do for maximizing the Blessings of the 3rd Ashra in Your Favor:
1. Perform Ittekaf, which means to retreat in a mosque for continuous Ibadat by cutting off yourselves from all the worldly activities.
2. Attend the Tarawih prayer more than you’ve done in the first 20 days as it’s a good way of staying in touch with the verses of Holy Quran.
3. Wake up for Tahajjud regularly as it helps building a deep relation with the Almighty.
4. Look for the night of blessings, i.e. Laylatul Qadar and pray throughout the night. The significance is that the Quran was revealed on that night, and any deeds done are multiplied by one thousand times.
5. Keep your intentions pure. Inhale the positive energy, and exhale the negative one.
6. Schedule & monitor daily worship to make sure that you don’t lag behind.
7. Avoid materialistic distractions such as T.V., etc., as Ramadan means complete abstinence from such worldly lures so that you can focus on the message of Allah.
8. Don’t eat extravagantly, be moderate and humble with your diet. Extravagancy is an act of Satan.
9. But hydrate well so that you can be fresh and conscious during Ibadat.
10. Recite the Qur’an abundantly to know what Allah wants from you.
11. Implement the Sunnah of Prophet in your daily life because his actions are a guidance for us.
12. Pray voluntarily (nawafil) to strengthen your bonding with the Almighty.
13. Do excessive Dhikr (Remembrance) of Allah.
14. Make Dua for Repentance and Salvation, that’s what the 3rd and the last Ashra of Ramadan is all about.
15. Behave in an exemplary way. Don’t harm anyone with your hands or tongue.
16. Treat your parents nicely. Serve them as much as you can.
17. Be generous. Serve the poor and the needy. Pay Zakat, Sadaqat, and don’t forget the Zakat al-Fitr.
18. Strengthen your relations with your neighbors and family members, it’s as important as Haqooq Ullah.
19. Serve the needy with food during Suhoor and Iftar.
20. Join community welfare programs and also encourage others.Publisher: Fadiyah Sameh