The last â€˜ashra of Ramadan is the â€˜ashra of salvation from Hell-fire. It is in this â€˜ashra that Laylat al-Qadr occurs as well. Allah SWT has said regarding this night, â€œThe night of Qadr is better than a thousand nights.â€ [Qurâ€™an, Surah Al Qadr]
â€˜Aaâ€™ishah (r.a.) has said that, â€œWhen the last ten days of Ramadaan came, the Prophet (s.a.w.w.) would stay up at night and would wake his family up, and would abstain from marital relations.â€ [Bukhaari, Muslim]
During these last ten days Rasool Allah (s.a.w.w.) used to observe Iâ€™tikaaf. He did observe it, initially, in the first â€˜ashra and then the second â€˜ashra but finally when he (s.a.w.w.) was told that Laylat al-Qadr falls in the last â€˜ashra, then onwards he observed it in the last â€˜ashra.
During Iâ€™tikaaf one should devote themselves completely to the remembrance of Allah SWT. Men should observe it in the Masjid while women may observe it in the Masjid or a room in their house which is specifically used for â€˜Ibaadah. For necessary requirements one may leave the masjid/place of Iâ€™tikaaf and return upon fulfillment of the need.
â€˜Aaâ€™ishah (r.a.) said: â€œHe (Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.w.)) would not enter his house for anything except for a need when he was observing i’tikaaf.â€ [Al-Bukhaari, Muslim]
The person must refrain from all worldly matters and marital relations. â€˜Ibaadah must be done along with maintaining ourselves.
â€˜Aaâ€™ishah (r.a.) said: â€œThe Prophet (s.a.w.w.) used to lean his head towards me when he was observing iâ€™tikaaf in the mosque, and I would comb his hair, when I was menstruating and I would wash it.â€ [al-Bukhaari, Muslim]
The Night of Decree (Laylat al-Qadr) is a night of great blessings.
It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (s.a.w.w.) said: â€œWhoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.â€
One should refrain from all bidah (special celebrations held for this night). Anything that has not been proven from Qurâ€™an or Sunnah should be avoided. The Prophet (s.a.w.w.) has just told and taught us to do â€˜Ibaadah on this night. One of the best duâ€™aas that may be recited on Laylat al-Qadr is that which the Prophet (s.a.w.w.) taught to â€˜Aaâ€™ishah (r.a), which is: â€œAllaahumma innaka â€˜afuwwun tuhibb al-â€˜afwa faâ€™affu â€˜anni (O Allah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).â€ [Tirmidhi]
We should aim to do as the Prophet (s.a.w.w.) did and reap the benefits of the Sunnah. The Mssengerâ€™s (s.a.w.w.) way is the best way as it is the way of Mustaqeem.
Inshaâ€™Allah, if the above was not achieved this year we should aim to achieve it next Ramadaan. It is such a pleasure to see young sisters observing Iâ€™tikaaf at the Masaajid. May Allah SWT reward them for their efforts, ameen!
May Allah SWT accept our Ramadaan, ameen!