We all want to make the most of the last 10 days and nights of Ramadan. After all, it is during these nights when Laylatul Qadr takes place. Are there any specific acts of worship we should be doing during the last 10 days of Ramadan?
The Prophet (SAW) used to double his effort during these 10 days, in any way possible...
Shaykh Waleed Basyouni gives some examples
This question is in regards to the last 10 days of Ramadan and what the Muslim should do during these 10 days, and if there is any specific ibadah recommended for us to do during the last 10 days of Ramadan.
There's no doubt that the best days of Ramadan are the last 10 days of Ramadan. The Prophet sal صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ used to double his effort in the worship of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'aala during these 10 days. And he will do so much during these 10 days, what he wouldn't do during the other days, the 20 days of Ramadan.
If the Prophet صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ , and we know how much he's committed to the ibadah, he will even raise the bar when it comes to the last 10 days of Ramadan, and he would put more effort into it. So, we should all care for that.
It is not only that he cared for it for himself. He used to wake up his family and say wake up for the Salaah, wake up and pray in the night. That's what the Prophet صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ used to do.
That's why the ulama like Sufyan al-Thawri said I love when the last 10 days of Ramadan start, that the person puts so much effort during these days and wakes up his family, his wife, his children to the Salaah if they can.
Also, it is recommended according to what Ibn Jarir said, that it was a common practice among the early Muslim generation that each and every night in Ramadan, they used to take a shower, put perfume before they come to the Taraweeh prayer.
Anas used to say to do that. And Ibrahim An-Naka'i, every night he took a shower and he prepared himself for that night. And all this because they're expecting it to be the night of Laylatul Qadr which is known to all of you as one of the greatest nights in the year.
Also, one of the things that is recommended during these 10 days is to do itikaaf. And Zuhri said and he is a great scholar among the Tabieen said I'm surprised by Muslims who abandoned itikaaf and it used to be the sunnah, the way of the Prophet صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ when he came to Madinah until he died. But today not many people are doing it.
And Nabi صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ used to make itikaf in the first 10 days then in the middle 10 days and at the end of his life, he committed only to the last 10 days. He started with the first 10 days and the middle 10 days because he was looking for Laylatul Qadr. And when he was told it is in the last 10 days of Ramadan he committed himself to these nights and used to make itikaaf during the last 10 nights of Ramadan صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ .
His wives also did itikaaf with him صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ which gives you the permissibility of women as well to do itikaaf in the masjid.
Do you need to make it the whole 10 days? No, a lot of us work and have jobs so if you can do it Saturday and Friday or only the weekend, it will be great, even if it is one or two days.
Some ulema even said that itikaaf can be even a few hours, even though I do believe that itikaaf should be at least a full day, 24 hours or around that time, most of the day, most of the night, that you stay in the masjid in seclusion and focus on the worship of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'aala. And you can do it in any masjid as long as this masjid establish the salaah and there is jumua'ah prayer of your itikaf includes Friday.
And during the itikaf, you should be involved with nothing, most of your time should be dedicated to ibadah, to things you will be rewarded for. These are some of the things I highly recommend you to do during the last 10 days of Ramadan.
Make a lot of sadaqa, a lot of duaa, a lot of donations, a lot of learning knowledge.
May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'aala accept from all of us and help us to do our best during the nights of Ramadan.