Ramadan: Down to the Wire

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what proceeds;

Sheikh ‘Abdur Razaaq ibn ‘Abdul Muhsin al-‘Abbaad, may Allaah preserve them both, mentions in his lecture ‘The last ten nights of Ramadan’:

“Indeed the blessed month of Ramadan is a month that all of it is blessed and mercy, it’s days and nights. It’s last ten nights however, have a special virtue over the rest of it by many tremendous qualities and bounties. This is why the Messenger, may peace and blessings be upon him, and his companions after him, may Allaah be pleased with them, used to have great honor and respect for these last ten nights and strive in them more than any other. It has been collected in the Musnad of Imaam Ahmad and Saheeh Muslim on the authority of ‘Aaisha, may Allaah be pleased with her, that she said:

“The messenger of Allaah used to strive in the last ten nights of Ramadan more than he would strive in any other.”

Imaam Bukhaari and Muslim both collected on the authority of ‘Aaisha, may Allaah be pleased with her, said:

“When the last ten entered the Prophet, may peace and blessings be upon him, used to tighten up his izaar, awaken his night and wake up his family.”

1] “Tighten up his izaar means that he would strive very diligently in worship and keep away from (his) women, i.e. no sexual relations. Therefore he wouldn’t take any enjoyment in those nights except in the conversation with his Lord and drawing nearer to Him. So that which Allaah allowed for him from intercourse during the nights of Ramadan he would be busied with worship and obedience desiring to obtain the reward of these last ten and success in reaching the Night of Power.

2] “Awaken his night” means that he would remain woke busied with obedience, that is how he would awaken it. He would keep himself woke by drawing near to Allaah, humility and servitude to Him. Because sleep is the brother of death and neither the souls, bodies, time or lives are given life except by the obedience of Allaah, this is the true life indeed. Allaah says:

“Is he who was dead and then We gave him life and placed for him a light walking thereby amongst the people like the one who is steeped in darkness never coming out of it.” [6:122]

3] “And he would wake up his family” means he would get them up for prayer and to worship Allaah during these last ten nights. This is from his complete diligence and concern for his family upholding the responsibility that Allaah entrusted him with. Likewise it is from directing towards the good and the one who directs someone to a good is like the doer of that good. In this is an instruction to the fathers and mothers to be concerned about their families and the upbringing of their children especially during this noble month.”



About Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
American student studying in the Islaamic University of Medinah from Chester,PA.

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