The Merits of the Last Ten Days of Ramaḍān
A lecture given at Masjid al-Furqān (TROID) on the 25th day of Ramaḍān, 1436 (2015/07/12), by our noble brother, Muṣṭafá George, excerpted from the book, Gatherings from the Blessed Month of Ramaḍān, by the illustrious scholar, Shaykh Ṣāliḥ ibn Fawzān al-Fawzān.
Indeed as we all know our religion is a religion of sincerity and advice as the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ͑alayhī wa-sallam) informed us. In our effort to advise and remind one another of these days we are living in now, which are the last ten days of Ramaḍān, we would like to give a brief reminder to the believers, and the work we have selected is the wonderful work by our noble scholar Shaykh Ṣalīḥ al-Fawzān (may Allāh preserve him and give him good health). He has a book called ‘Majālis Shahr al-Ramaḍān al-Mubārak’, Gatherings of the Blessed Month of Ramaḍān.
For our gathering we will try to read from two of the reminders given by Shaykh Fawzān, first the merits of the last ten days and then the importance of ending the month with righteous actions.
This shows that the fact Allāh has allowed everyone present to reach and fast this Ramaḍān, shows that Allāh has preferred you, this is a blessing from Allāh and one that none of us has earned, it is the mere mercy of Allāh. So now we are not only talking about the fact that Allāh has allowed us to reach the month, but we are in the last ten days, and these are the best ten days of the month. Additionally, they are the nights the people are freed from the fire, and the nights in which the night of decree is sought. So the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ͑alayhī wa-sallam) in the last ten and best days of Ramaḍān used to pray and elongate the prostration and bowing. Unfortunately, today there are many who reach the last ten days with the mentality that there is not long to go, it’s almost over, as if it was a burden; but this was not the way of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ͑alayhī wa-sallam), he was diligent in doing as much as he could in these last ten days, however the whispers of the Shayṭān allows our mentality to change. This was not the way or mentality of the Prophet or the Salaf, their mentality was take advantage, because these are the best days.
We do not know if were going to see another Ramaḍān and we are all in need of the Mercy and forgiveness of Allāh as we sin day and night, and we are ungrateful. We are aware of Allāh’s blessings but not aware of those we are heedless about, what about the blessing of the soul which leaves the body and travels the earth when you sleep, who protects it from harm? This is a blessing we are negligent of.
Allāh has decreed fasting for the person because refraining from eating, drinking and sexual relations allows you to focus on your Lord; so it takes away these things, and takes away from the heart the mixture of distracting desires. Allāh has also legislated Iʿtikāf, because this removes the distraction of mixing with the people, and should make you focus only on Allāh, the remembrance of Allāh, turning to Allāh and the love of Allāh; all of this becomes the main focus. It should conquer one’s life, because all they are exposed to is the al-Ṣalāh, the Qurʾān and tranquillity, allowing the believer to focus only on Allāh. So the person remembers Allāh and thinks about what pleases Allāh and what brings him closer to Allāh, and thus becomes closer to Allāh rather than becoming closer to the people. This also reminds you of the loneliness you will face in the grave, as the grave is a place we will enter alone, without the people. Everyone was loved by the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) but even then the Prophet would not mix with the people much in the last ten days, and no one would see him. He did this so he could worship his Lord and remember his Lord and the Prophet is for us an excellent example.
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