Ramadan Letter Part 2
All praise is due to Allah, and may endless blessings be upon His Beloved Messenger Muhammad, his Kin, and his Companions
Once again, these are excerpts taken from the book "Kanz Al-Najah wa As-Suroor" (The Treasures of Success and Happiness) regarding the benefits and special qualities of each month. Now that have reached the last 10 days of Ramadan, this letter will focus on the benefits of these blessed days.
Allah showers His mercy upon the Muslims especially during these last ten nights. In them, dua is answered particularly quickly, and especially after one finishes a complete reading of the Qur’an (the best time to complete the last surahs in the Qur’an is either right after Fajr or right after Maghrib, and since the nights are so significant, it would be better in to finish it right after Maghrib during the last 10). Also, Allah forgives many, many people and frees them from the Hellfire – so it is recommended to repeatedly ask Allah for forgiveness with a heart that is present and focused on Him, Exalted is He!
Probably the greatest blessing within these last 10 nights is that Laylat Al-Qadr is hidden somewhere within its odd nights.
We have revealed this during the night of the Decree. And what will convey to you what the night of the Decree is? The night of the Decree is better than a thousand months: the angels and the spirit descend therein, by permission of their Lord, on every matter. It is peace: this till the rise of dawn} (Chapter 97)
It is related by Imam Ahmad that the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, "Laylat Al-Qadr is within the ten remaining days. Whosoever stays up [in prayer/worship]… Allah, most Exalted, will forgive all his [or her] past and future sins. And it is on an odd night, the 9th, or the 7th, or the 5th, or the 3rd, or the last night." [Sound Hadith].
It is particularly important throughout these nights to attempt to pray both ‘Isha and Fajr in congregation. On the authority of Anas, may Allah be pelased with him, the Prophet, peace be upon him, said, "Whosoever prays during Laylat Al-Qadr [both] ‘Isha and Fajr in congregation (jama’a) then they have taken from Laylat Al-Qadr the greatest portion."
Dua For the Last 10 Nights:
Al-Sayyida A’isha, may Allah be pleased with her, asked the Prophet, peace be upon him, "O Messenger of Allah, if it is Laylat Al-Qadr, then what [prayer] should I pray with?"
He replied with the well-known dua:
"Allahuma, innaka ‘Afuwun, tuhib al ‘afu, fa’afu ‘anna"
"O Allah, indeed You are Forgiving; You love to forgive, so forgive us."
Some scholars have recommended that one adds at the end of the previous dua another dua of the Prophet’s, peace be upon him:
"Allahuma inni asa’aluka al ‘afu, wa al-’afiya, wa al-mu’afat al-da’ima fi al-deen, wa al-dunya, wa al-akhira."
"O Allah, I ask You for forgiveness, good health, and constant well-being in my religion, worldly affairs, and afterlife."
May Allah put tremendous blessing in these last days for you all, your families, and the rest of the Muslims. Please remember the whole Ummah in your duas. May Allah reward you all immensely.
NOTE: In order to be concise, the exact strength of certain hadiths have not been mentioned. It is agreed upon by the vast majority of scholars to use weaker hadiths to encourage people to do extra acts of worship and goodness.
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