An Encouragement of Diligence in Righteous Deeds in the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan

I would like to apologize if there is any difficulty while reading this article. This is the very first thing I ever translated back in 2008 and because the original link no longer works I can’t go back and edit it.

In the name of Allah (The One). I send peace and blessings upon His Messenger (Al-Mustafa) and upon His Messenger’s family, companions, and those who follow him in righteousness until the Day of Judgment (Yowm Al-Qiyaamah).

Oh Muslims, verily you will be in these ten blessed up and coming days, and they are the last ten from the month of Ramadan. Allah has made it a season of freedom from the Fire. Verily the Prophet ﷺ used to specify these ten [days] with diligence in the increasing of actions and other than that, as what comes in Sahih Muslim on the authority of A’esha (radiallahu ‘anha), “Verily the Prophet ﷺ used to be diligent in the last ten (days of Ramadan) where he didn’t used to be diligent in (days) other than them.”

And in the two most authentic (books of hadeeth) [i.e. Sahih Al-Bukhaari and Sahih Muslim], on her [A’esha], she said, “The Prophet ﷺ if he entered the ten [last days of Ramadan] used to tighten up his Izar, and liven up his nights, and wake up his family.” And this is a general diligence in reading [i.e. the Qur’an and religious literature], prayer, remembrance [of Allah], sadqah, and other than that. For indeed he ﷺ used to free himself up to perform these actions. So it is necessary for you, oh following Muslims of your Prophet. So free yourselves from the actions of this world or lessen in them for the abundance of time to work righteousness in these ten blessed [days].

And from the things that are specific to these ten [days are]: diligence in standing during the night; elongating of the prayers by lengthening the standing, bowing, prostrating, and elongating the recitation; waking the family and children for them to participate with the Muslim in taking part in this ritual, in the blessings, and also cultivating them upon worship and glorification of these religious occasions.

And indeed many people are negligent with regards to their children, they leave them troubling in the streets, staying up late at night in play and foolishness, they have no respect or regard for these nights and they don’t have a place for them in themselves. And this is from bad upbringing. Verily it is for who is clearly deprived and evidently suffering to come to these nights and stop, and many people out of neglect are exposed. They don’t have concern for them and the don’t benefit from them. The night goes by, all of it or the majority of it, in that which has no benefit in it, or there is a specific benefit that they could achieve some other time. They devoid these nights of what is specific to it. So if the time of standing [in prayer] comes they are sleeping and a lot of good passes them by and perhaps they don’t know it in another year. They bare upon themselves, their families and children a heavy ministry and they don’t think of its evil punishment. Someone from them could say, “This standing is supererogatory and I suffice myself with upholding [and preserving] the obligatory [actions].” The mother of the believers (A’esha) (radiallahu ‘anha) said for examples of these [people], “I was informed of a people who say “our religion is the Obligatory [actions] and we don’t aim to increase.” and by my life Allah will not ask them except upon what he made obligatory upon them. But they are a people who make mistakes day and night. You all are not except from your Prophet, and your Prophet is not except from you. And I swear by Allah the Prophet ﷺ never left off the night prayers”

And from the things that are specific to these ten blessed [days]: In them is hope of the simultaneity of Laylatul Qadr that Allah said about it

{لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ }

Laylatul Qadr (the night of power) is better than a thousand months.

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah on the Prophet ﷺ said, “Whoever stands Laylatul Qadr, having Emaan and contentedness, Allah will forgive him of his preceding sins.”

And the Muslim doesn’t attain the night of power except by the standing of the [last] ten nights in totality because it is not restricted to a specific night from them [i.e. the last ten nights]. And this is from the wisdom of Allah, glory be to Him, so that the slave increases in his diligence, in searching for it [Laylatul Qadr], and standing all of the ten [last] nights and so he attains a lot of actions. So be diligent, may Allah have mercy on you, in these ten [days] that seal the month, and they are the nights that emancipate from the fire.

The Prophet ﷺ said about the month of Ramadan, “a month the beginning of it is mercy, the middle of it is forgiveness, and the end of it is emancipation from the fire.”

So the Muslim that reaches the season of mercy, forgiveness, and emancipation (from the fire); put forth his diligence, preserved his time, and begged for the pleasure of his Lord is fit for obtaining all of the good of this blessed month.

We Ask Allah for the success, acceptance, and forgiveness for the shortness.And all prays due to Allah the lord of the worlds, and the peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and his companions.

Taken from: Sahab.net

Written by: The Noble Scholar Dr. Saalih bin Fowzaan Al-Fowzaan

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About Abdul-Malik Merchant
A student at Umm al-Qura University, but nowhere NEAR a scholar. Just a normal dude who was blessed with a wonderful opportunity

5 Responses to An Encouragement of Diligence in Righteous Deeds in the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan

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  2. Reblogged this on Makkah2Medinah and commented:

    The last ten nights of Ramadan start on Monday InshaAllah. Lets go out with a bang!

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