The five pillars of Islam are oneness of Allah (swt), prayer, zakat and Hajj, as well as fasting in the month of Ramadan. It is a month of great virtues and blessings. In this month, special blessings of Allah Almighty are drawn to the believers. The great virtues and blessings of Ramadan are mentioned in various hadiths. According to the hadiths, Ramadan has three “Ashras” and each Ashara contains its own characteristics, blessings and very special color. It is narrated from Hazrat Salman Farsi that the Prophet (saw) said, “The first ten days of Ramadan are for mercy, the second ten days for forgiveness and the last ashra for freedom from hell.

Last Ashra of Ramadan 2021

The whole month of Ramadan has a special benefits and blessings for whole muslim world as compare to other months. But the virtues of the last ten days of Ramadan are even greater. In the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet (saw) used to be more absorbed in worship and obedience, night vigil and remembrance. It is mentioned in the hadiths that Umm Al-Mumineen Hazrat Ayesha (ra) says that the Holy Prophet (saw) used to thrive as much in the last ten days as he did not in other days. (Sahih Muslim) Sunan Ibn Majah, Sahih Ibn Khazeema and Musnad Ahmad also narrate hadiths of the same meaning which show that in the last ten days of Ramadan, the routine of the Prophet (saw) was more than in other days.
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Prophet’s (saw) Routine in Last Ashra

There are many other hadiths explaining details of the Prophet's (saw) routine. As Hazrat Ayesha (ra) says in this hadith that when the last ten days began, the Prophet (ra) would stay up all night also urge family members to stay awake and do maximum prayers during these 10 days. (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith: 1884, Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2008) In the narration of Shaab-ul-Iman Bayhaqi, it is added that they did not go to bed before the end of the month. (Hadith: 3471) The Prophet (saw) used to get up at night to worship, but in Ramadan He (saw) would get ready for worship and spend the whole night in worship. This article is even clearer from another narration of Hazrat Ayesha (ra), who states, “I do not remember the Prophet (saw) ever reciting the entire Qur'an in one night except Ramadan or Have been praying till morning, or have fasted a whole month other than Ramadan. (Sunan An-Nisa'i, Hadith: 1336)

Stay Up All night During Last Ashra

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The second special practice mentioned in the hadith is to wake up family at night for worship. It is clear from the hadeeths that the Prophet (saw) used to wake up His (saw) family all year round, so it is special to wake up in Ramadan. The fact that the Prophet (saw) used to wake up his family more during the last ten days of Ramadan than during the rest of the year.

Itikaaf

Itikaaf is an important feature of the last ten days of Ramadan. The Prophet (saw) used to observe itikaaf in the last ten days of Ramadan. It is narrated on the authority of Ibn 'Umar (ra) that he used to observe itikaaf for the last ten days of Ramadan. (Bukhari, Hadith: 1885) It is narrated in Sahih Bukhari and Muslim that Hazrat Ayesha (ra) narrates that the Prophet (saw) used to observe itikaaf for the last ten days of Ramadan until Allah Almighty called him to Himself.
Then, after Prophet (saw), his (saw) wives also performed itikaaf. (Bukhari, Hadith: 1886) According to the narration of Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (ra) that the Holy Prophet (saw) used to observe itikaaf for ten days in Ramadan every year, and in the year he passed away he observed twenty days. (Bukhari, Hadith: 1903).
It is known from the hadiths that the Holy Prophet (swa) used to sit in itikaaf for the last ten days, especially to seek Laylat al-Qadr and to get its blessings. According to the narration of Hazrat Ayesha (RA), the Holy Prophet (saw) used to observe itikaaf in the last ten days and said that in the last ten days of Ramadan, seek Laylatul Qadr.

Give Charity

Let there be a charity that you give to in Allah’s cause every day in those last 10 days of ramadan. The reward for charity and all other good deeds is multiplied manifolds in Ramadan. This is one of the blessings of this auspicious month. The Prophet (saw) is reported to have said,
“Give out charity, for it guarantees your salvation from Hellfire” (At-Tabarani).
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Laylat al-Qadr

The most important virtue and characteristic of the last ten days of Ramadan is a night which stated in Holy Quran is better than a thousand months. This is the night when Quran was blessed to mankind. Allah (swt) revealed the whole Surah in virtue and said: “We have sent down the Holy Qur'an on the Night of Power. Do you know what night of power is? This is a night which is better than a thousand months. During this night the angels and the Spirit (Jibreel) descend by the command of their Lord for every task. This night is complete peace and lasts till dawn” (Surat al-Qadr 97: 1-5).
Therefore, the reward of worshiping during Shab-e-Qadr is more than the worship of one thousand months. Laylat al-Qadr means the night of value and reverence also whoever wakes up and worships that night will be glorified. Allah (swt) named this night Laylat al-Qadr because of the glory and status of this night, because this night has great value and status with Allah (swt). The virtue of Laylat al-Qadr is proved by numerous verses and hadiths. In the hadith of Sahih, Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (ra) narrates that the Holy Prophet (saw) says, “whoever worships during Laylat al-Qadr with the intention of faith and reward, all his past sins are forgiven.

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