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Checklist – The Last Ten Nights and Days of Ramadan…

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In this blessed month of Ramadan, we have now come to the grand finale
the last ten days of Ramadan that are even more blessed than the rest of Ramadan. In it is a night that Quran tells usis better than 1000 months (yes, months
not days).The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month which Allah has enjoined you to fast, duringwhich the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed, and the rebellious devilsare chained up. In it there is a night which is better than a thousand months, and whoever is
deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived.”
Narrated by al-
 Nasa‟i, 2106; Ahmad, 8769. classed as saheeh by al
-Albani inSaheeh al-Targheeb, 999.
 So, in preparation for the grand finale, here is a checklist of some of the things that we can all doto make the remaining days of Ramadan work to our advantage
1) Get in high gear for the next 10 nights and days
Time is of the essence. Every moment counts. Whatever you need to do for the next ten days tomake the most in
Ibada, good deeds, reciting Quran, dhikr, making dua,
etc., rewards aregoing to be multiplied. No one knew about the importance of these days more than the prophet(saws). Al-
Bukhari and Muslim narrated from „Aishah
(may Allah be pleased with her) thatwhen the last ten days of Ramadan began, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be uponhim) would stay up at night, wake his family and tie his lower garment tight. According toAhmad and Muslim:
 he would strive hard in worship during the last ten nights of Ramadan as he did not do at other times.
Imam Ahmad recorded that Abu Hurayrah said “When Ramadan would come, the Messenger of 
Allah would say,Verily, the month of Ramadan has come to you all. It is a blessed month, which Allah hasobligated you all to fast. During it the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are closedand the devils are shackled.
In it there is a night that is better than one thousand months.Whoever is deprived of its good, then he has truly been deprived.)
” An
 Nasa‟i recorded this
same Hadith.
If we lose this opportunity, we get our next opportunity next year
assuming we are still aroundand are in good health and shape to make use of it. Even if we are
we have the past years‟ s
on our shoulders and life‟s normal trials and tribulations to face the coming year. So, there is no
better time to ask Allah to make all that easier than NOW.
2) Get a Quran and recite as often as you can
A few lines on this post can‟t even come clo
se to explaining the benefits and virtues of Quran. Itis proven in the saheeh Sunnah that the Quran will intercede for those who read it at night, as
Ahmad (6626) narrated from „Abd
Allah ibn „Amr that the Messenger of Allah (peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him) said:Fasting and the Quran will intercede for a person on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say,
„O Lord, I deprived him of his food and his desires during the day, so let me intercede for him.‟And the Quran will say: „I deprived him of his sleep at night so let me intercede for him.‟ Thenthey will intercede.”
Narrated by Ahmad; classed as saheeh by al-Albani in Saheeh al-
Jami‟, no. 3882.
 Narrated Abu Musa: The Prophet said,
The example of a believer who recites the Qur‟an is that of a c
itron (a citrus fruit) which is
goodin taste and good in smell
. And the believer who does not recite the quran is like a date whichhas a
good taste but no smell
. And the example of an impious person who recites the Qur‟an is
that of Ar-Rihana (an aromatic plant) which
smells good but is bitter in taste.
And the exampleof an impious person who does not recite the quran is that of a colocynth which is
bitter in tasteand has no smell
.” (Book #93, Hadith # 649)
As is stated in the hadeeth narrated by „Abd
llah ibn „Amr ibn al
„Aas (may Allah be pleased
with them both), in which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:Whoever recites ten aayaat (verses) in qiyaam will not be recorded as one of the forgetful.Whoever recites a hundred aayaat (verses) in qiyaam will be recorded as one of the devout, andwhoever prays a thousand aayaat (verses) in qiyaam will be recorded as one of the muqantareen
(those who pile up good deeds).” (Reported by Abu Dawood and Ibn Hibbaan. It is a hasan
report. Saheeh al-Targheeb, 635).
3) If your sins are holding you to move forward, this is the time to get them forgiven
 First the bad news
In Musnad Ahmad it is narrated that Thawbaan said: The Messenger of Allah (SAWS) said:
A man is deprived of provision (Rizq) because of the sins that he commits.’”
(Narrated by Ibn Maajah,4022, classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Maajah).
And now for the good news
 It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace andblessings of Allah be upon him) said:
Whoever spends the night of Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of 
reward, will be forgiven his previous sins.”
4) What to say on Laylat al-Qadr

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