As the holy month comes to a close, many are in the midst of ensuring that the last few days in Ramadan are put to good use. This is especially so with the present period of the month, that could hold the magical night of Laylat-al-Qadr.
With the many benefits of Laylat-al-Qadr, many Muslims strive to achieve a more closeness to Allah S.W.T., with several activities and actions. So in that spirit, here’s a list of simple ibadahs that can be done in the last days of Ramadan.
Recite the Al-Quran
There is a certain peace you feel reading the Al-Quran. With the rhythmic and melodic verses, one can find themselves swept in the euphoric moment of reading this holy book.
This is especially so during the holy month of Ramadan, where the rewards for the reciting of the Al-Quran is increased in folds. Even more, it is said that during Laylat-al-Qadr, a single recitation of the Al-Quran would be as it was read for over 83 years. That’s nearly about a lifetime of reading!
2. Commit to Prayers
Whilst in the midst of preparing for Syawal, we can always find ourselves lost and packed up with the onslaught of chores. However, this shouldn’t defer us from committing to our prayers. Allocate a certain amount of time to commit to prayers, as this whole time and celebration is all about getting closer to our Maker.
In the last few days of Ramadan, strive to find a balance and never forget to commit to our daily Solat.
3. Spend time in Reflection
“The best form of worship is to contemplate about God and His Power”-Imam Sadiq (as), Usul al-Kafi, II, 55
Ramadan is often enough a month of reflection. Spend time in the last few days of this holy month in quiet contemplation. Take a moment in between the hustle and bustle, and have a private conversation with Allah in your own manner. Look inwards and strive to ponder more on Him and His bountiful Power.
4. Coming to Terms with Destiny
“We are from Allah and towards him is our return. “– Holy Qur’an (2:156)
With our moments of contemplation and introspection, we will often be led to terms in how everything happens by His will, both the good and the bad. That He has a plan for all of us, and that He only has good things in mind for us, as we are His.
However, despite this knowledge of reassurance and certainty, often enough we forget that it is Allah we had come from, and that it is to Him we will eventually return to. Thus, we must have faith in His plans for us.
5. Seek Forgiveness
Not just a beneficial night to seek out our desires, Laylat-al-Qadr also provides us ample opportunity to seek for His forgiveness. As humans often do, we are often forgetful of our duty to Him, distracted by our chase of dunya. Though this is true, it is also important to understand that as numerous as our sins and transgressions are, none can ever equate to the mercy of God, for He is most merciful.
A simple recitation for this during Laylat-al-Qadr would be,
Allahuma Innaka ‘Afuwwun Tuhibul ‘Afwa Fa’fu ‘Anni
O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgieveness; so forgive me
– Sunan at-Tarmidhi
6. More Than A Night
Laylat-al-Qadr is a grand night, that many should take advantage of. However, this doesn’t mean that these small ibadahs can and only should be done only during the last few days of Ramadhan. In fact, it can even be done through out the month of Ramadan, or even the whole year! After all, these acts of ibadah can help in strengthening our faith and bond with of our maker, so why limit yourself to a mere few days to do them?