The Fiqh of the last 10 days

Ramadan, as usual, has flown by. Many of us came into the month with great plans and noble targets we wanted to achieve within the month. The list is usually familiar finish  he Qur'an at least three times, offer all my prayers in congregation in the masjid throughout the month, invite at least one Muslim to iftaar every day of Ramadan. Despite all the planning however, many of us get caught up in our normal routine after getting used to the slight change in schedule the blessed month brings. At the last lap of the month, we are still struggling to finish the first cycle of the recitation of the Qur'an. Very few of our salaat seems to edge close to our target standard and the only guests at our iftaar are the usual ones - members of our household. This is not a moment for despair though, the last ten days and nights of Ramadan are still ahead for you to benefit from. It comes with great opportunities for redemption of the past lethargy.  The Prophet (salallaahu alayhi wa sallam) used to strive hard (in worship) during the last ten days of Ramadan in away that he did not strive at any other time. It is reported from the hadeeth of 'Aa'ishah (RA) that when the last ten days of Ramadan came, the Prophet (salallaahu alayhi wa sallam) would stay up at night, wake his family and gird his loins.(Bukhaari) The fact that he did this indicates the importance of making the most of this special time in the worship of his Lord. We have the best example in the Prophet (salallaahu alayhi wa sallam). We should not let these days and night slip by for we do not know, perhaps this time will never come again, for the spoiler of pleasures, (death), which must come to all men, may come visiting. We pray that Allaah preserve our lives upon goodness.  This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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