The night of power, the night of decree

Maximising the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan


The last 10 nights of Ramadan offer a precious opportunity for spiritual elevation and closeness to Allah. Despite the challenges of managing household responsibilities and work commitments, these nights are a time to prioritise worship and seek forgiveness.

Drawing from the teachings of Islam and the practices of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), here are key strategies to make the most of this blessed time:

Understanding Laylatul Qadr:

Laylatul Qadr, the Night of Power or Decree, is a night that holds immense significance in Islam. It is the night when the Quran was first revealed and is described as better than a thousand months in terms of its blessings and rewards (Al-Qadr 97:31).

  1. When Does Laylatul Qadr Occur?
    • The odd-numbered nights are emphasised, as it is most likely that Laylatul Qadr occurs on one of these nights with a specific focus on the 27th night. Laylatul Qadr 1445 Odd Nights
  2. Why Is It Called the Night of Power?
    • The name “Laylatul Qadr” emphasizes the significance of this night.
    • Allah describes its purpose in the Qur’an, Ad-Dhukan 44:1-52.
    • It is a night of immense power and divine communication.

As Muslims, we should strive to seek out this blessed night and engage in acts of worship to earn its abundant rewards.

Following the Prophet’s Practices:

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) would exert himself in worship during the last 10 nights of Ramadan, dedicating himself to prayer, recitation of the Quran, and making dua. We can emulate his example by increasing our devotion during this time, even if it means sacrificing some sleep or rearranging our schedules. If working, you can plan for Ramadan and particularly, the last 10 nights in advance by scheduling holidays, shift swaps or working from home to maximise your energy especially for the odd nights where possible. The Prophet’s example is a beacon. May these nights be a sanctuary, where you draw closer to Allah. And know that Allah cherishes every effort you make. 

Balancing Household Duties and Worship:

It’s essential to strike a balance between fulfilling our household responsibilities and engaging in worship during the last 10 nights. Prioritise tasks, delegate when possible, and involve family members in chores to free up time for worship. Remember, your sincerity, your love, and your resilience are all precious acts of worship. May Allah accept every dish washed, every diaper changed, and every tear wiped. You are building a legacy of faith, one chore at a time. He rewards sincerity, and your home is a sanctuary where angels tread. So, keep your heart connected to Him, and may this Ramadan be filled with blessings and joy for you and your loved ones.

Making Duas:

Pour out your heart to Allah through heartfelt supplications (dua’s). Ask for His guidance, protection, and blessings for yourself, your loved ones, and the entire ummah. Remember, Allah loves to hear from His servants, so express your hopes, fears, and desires with sincerity.

There are numerous dua’s recommended for the last 10 nights of Ramadan, including:

“Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni” (“O Allah, indeed You are Pardoning, You love pardon, so pardon me”). Seeking forgiveness in the last 10 nights of Ramadan

Sunan Ibn Majah: Book 34, Hadith 24

   – “Rabbana atina fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil ‘akhirati hasanatan waqina ‘adhaban-nar” (“Our Lord! Grant us the good of this world and the Hereafter, and protect us from the torment of the Fire.”)3.

Al-Baqarah 2:201

Encourage your children to learn and recite these duas with you, instilling in them the importance of seeking Allah’s mercy and forgiveness.

Your dua is a bridge connecting you to the Infinite. Pour out your heart, for Allah loves to hear from His servants. May your whispered prayers be answered, and may your heart find solace in His remembrance.

Engage in Acts of Kindness:

Use the last 10 nights of Ramadan as an opportunity to perform acts of kindness and charity (sadaqah). It’s understandable that not everyone may have the means to donate large sums. However, even a small contribution can have a significant impact. Consider donating your time, skills, or whatever resources you can spare to help those in need.

Whether it’s cooking a meal for a neighbour or reaching out to a friend in need, every act of kindness is rewarded immensely during this blessed time. Financial constraints should never hinder acts of kindness. Even a smile, a kind word, or a helping hand holds immense value. May your efforts during these blessed nights be accepted, and may your heart overflow with compassion.

Reflect and Repent:

Take moments of solitude to reflect on your actions throughout Ramadan and seek forgiveness for any shortcomings or sins. Use this time for introspection and self-improvement, and make a sincere commitment to change for the better. May you emerge from this Ramadan with a heart softer, a spirit stronger, and a commitment to walk in the right path. Seek His mercy, for it flows like a river, quenching the thirst of souls. And remember, you can always turn to Allah and that you are loved — imperfections and all, just keep striving.

Connect with the Quran:

Dedicate time each day to recite and reflect upon the Quran. Set goals for completing specific chapters or portions during the last 10 nights, and strive to deepen your understanding of its meanings and teachings. Remember, Allah’s words are a conversation with you. As you recite, imagine Him speaking directly to your heart. May these nights be filled with the Quran’s light, illuminating your path toward Him.

Focus on Quality, Not Quantity:

It’s not just about performing as many acts of worship as possible but rather about the sincerity and quality of your worship. Strive to maintain focus and humility in your prayers, and immerse yourself fully in the remembrance of Allah. Quantity alone cannot measure the depth of worship; it is the heart’s sincerity that elevates our acts toward the Divine. So, immerse yourself. Let your heart be a vessel, and may every act of worship be a step toward Him.

Make Use of Technology:

In this digital age, there are numerous apps and online resources available to help you make the most of these nights. From Quranic apps with translations and tafsir to dua apps with curated supplications for various occasions, leverage technology to enhance your worship experience.

Many Islamic scholars and organisations also host virtual lectures and webinars during Ramadan (remember follow and choose scholars and organisations wisely), covering a wide range of topics related to spirituality, personal development, and Islamic knowledge. Take advantage of these resources to enrich your understanding and strengthen your faith.

Remember, technology is a tool—a means to an end. Use it with care, and let it amplify your devotion. May these resources enrich your understanding and strengthen your faith.

Qiyam al-Layl (Night Prayers):

Engage in Qiyam al-Layl during the last 10 nights, if possible, as it is a highly meritorious act of worship. While balancing household duties and work commitments, allocate time before dawn for private prayer and reflection. Encourage your family members, especially children, to participate in acts of worship and make dua together. Use this time to strengthen family bonds and involve your children in this spiritual practice, fostering a love for worship from a young age.

May your nights be fragrant with prayer, and may your family’s hearts resonate with the remembrance of Allah.

Set Realistic Goals:

Be realistic about what you can achieve during the last 10 nights, taking into account your personal circumstances and responsibilities. Set achievable goals for worship and acts of devotion, and strive to maintain consistency in your efforts.

Surround yourself with supportive friends, family members, and community members who can encourage and uplift you during these final days of Ramadan. Share your goals and aspirations with them, and hold each other accountable in striving for excellence in worship.

Even after Ramadan ends, strive to maintain the momentum of worship and spiritual growth. Implement positive habits cultivated during Ramadan into your daily routine, and continue seeking Allah’s pleasure in all that you do.

O seeker of truth, may your heart guide you to the Almighty. And know that Allah treasures every whisper and every step you take to draw closer to Him.

Let us enter the last 10 nights of Ramadan with intentionality and devotion, seeking to maximize our worship, seek forgiveness, and draw closer to our Creator. Regardless of our circumstances, there are countless ways to earn rewards and blessings during this sacred time. By prioritising quality in worship, maintaining consistency in devotion, giving within our means, seeking forgiveness, engaging in night prayers, and reflecting on the Quran, we can make the most of this sacred time. May Allah accept our efforts and grant us His mercy and blessings. Ameen.

  1. لَيْلَةُ ٱلْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌۭ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍۢ | “The Night of Glory is better than a thousand months.” Al-Qadr 97:3 ↩︎
  2. حمٓ ١ وَٱلْكِتَـٰبِ ٱلْمُبِينِ ٢ إِنَّآ أَنزَلْنَـٰهُ فِى لَيْلَةٍۢ مُّبَـٰرَكَةٍ ۚ إِنَّا كُنَّا مُنذِرِينَ ٣ فِيهَا يُفْرَقُ كُلُّ أَمْرٍ حَكِيمٍ ٤ أَمْرًۭا مِّنْ عِندِنَآ ۚ إِنَّا كُنَّا مُرْسِلِينَ ٥ | “Ha, Meem. By the clear Book, Indeed, We sent it down on a blessed night, for We always warn against evil. On that night every matter of wisdom is ordained by a command from Us, for We have always sent messengers.” Ad-Dhukan 44:1-5 ↩︎
  3. وَمِنْهُم مَّن يَقُولُ رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِنَا فِى ٱلدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةًۭ وَفِى ٱلْـَٔاخِرَةِ حَسَنَةًۭ وَقِنَا عَذَابَ ٱلنَّارِ | Yet there are others who say, “Our Lord! Grant us the good of this world and the Hereafter, and protect us from the torment of the Fire.”- Al-Baqarah 2:201 ↩︎
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