The blessed month of Ramadan 2020 is about to dispense and entered in the third Ashra. Moreover, its consecrations will bless us throughout the year, so we all should try to make it best by offering maximum worship of Allah Almighty. Ramadan 2020 Enters into the third Ashra: Sacred Days of Aitkaf and Lailatul Qadr.
The last ten days of the Holy Month of Ramadan are important to keep us safe from the hellfire. As we know death is vacillating and who knows if we would be able to relish the glorious month again or not, SO MAKE THE BEST OF IT!
Third Ashra of Ramadan is Superior of Last two Ashras for Many Reasons
The last Ashra of Ramadan starts from 21st and ends on the 29th or 30th of Ramadan. Moreover, the third Ashra of Ramadan is highly significant in the first two Ashras of Ramadan. It is imperative as it emancipates from hellfire, and also the Holy Quran is revealed on His last messenger Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in the third Ashra of Ramadan. Allah Almighty asked Muslims to hunt the night in which He sent the Quran. Though, Lailatul Qadr and Itikaf are sturdily associated with the last Ashra of Ramadan.
A Hadith about the Routine of the Holy Prophet (SAW)
“Allah’s Messenger used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time” (Muslim).
Ramadan 2020 Enters into the third Ashra: Sacred Days of Aitkaf and Lailatul Qadr
Let grab maximum blessings and multiplied the rewards in the limited remaining time of this virtuous month.
1) Recite Quran
A perfect combination of Ramadan is fasting and Quran recitation. Muslims should recite Quran in abundance in the last 10 days of Ramadan, to ask mercy to keep us away from the scorching fire of hell. The recitation of the Quran brings great rewards and blessings for every single word. Hadith related to fasting and Quran recitation is,
“Fasting will say, ‘O Lord, I deprived him of his food and his desires during the day, so let me intercede for him.”
And the Quran will say,
‘I deprived him of his sleep at night so let me intercede for him.’ Then they will intercede”
2) Observe Itikaf
Itikaf is the greatest Sunnah to observe in the last 10 days of Ramadan. Itikaf is performed for,
- Ask forgiveness from Allah in seclusion, only minimal human interaction is allowed.
- Muslims urge to ask blessings and mercy from Allah.
- Arrangement of 10 days far away from worldly intrusions.
But, due to the global pandemic observation of Itikaf in mosques is difficult to perform also in Pakistan. Though, the government of Pakistan is on the way to ease lockdown conditions, as congregational prayers abide by a few instructions are already granted. At-home Itikaf will be observed, as Allah knows intentions.
3) Do Excessive Dhikr
Whatever comes to your mind, any Surah, any Ayah, Durood, and Dua keep on reciting it repeatedly. Ramadan is to remember Allah and purify the soul so that one could come close to Him.
4) Find Lailatul Qadr
It is the most blessed night of the year the Night of supremacy or decree falls in the third Ashra of Ramadan. This night is kept hidden in the odd nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan. The virtues and rewards of this night are better than a thousand nights. Consequently, in the last ten days or third Ashra of Ramadan, a Muslim needs to spend the odd nights in excessive prayer and worship. Finding Lailatul Qadr is the prime objective of the last Ashra of Ramadan.
The Prophet (SAW) said,
“All past sins are forgiven to those who spend the night in the vigil of Destiny with devout faith and hope of reward” (Muslim)
5) Seek Protection from Hellfire
Last Ashra is of “protection from hellfire” exclusively. So, keep on reciting dua for third Ashra of Ramadan is, Translation, “O Allah! Save me from the Hell-Fire.”
We Muslims besides Itikaf and recitation of Quran should perform special Nawafils, Salahtul Tasbeeh in these last days for begging refuge from hellfire. May Allah give us the strength to make most of the third Ashra of Ramadan! Ameen.