The last ashra of Ramazan is the time when the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet (P.BU.H). It is important to waste the last 10 nights of Ramazan and make full use of the opportunity given to increase one’s remembrance of Allah and seek refuge from the hellfire.  Here are 10 things you can do to make the most out of the last ashra of Ramazan.

#1. Take a vacation

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Take some time off from work so to make it easier to stay awake during the nights for prayers and observe fasting during the day.  It will also aid you in doing I’tikaf.

#2. Do I’tikaf

The Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) used to spend the last ashra of Ramazan in mosques performing I’tikaf.  The Prophet (P.B.U.H) is reported to have said, “He who observes the ten days Itikaf during Ramadan will obtain the reward of two Hajj and Umrah.” – Bayhaqi

#3. Recite this dua

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اللْهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي (“Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee”)

Translation: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’

#4. Teach Quran

If given the opportunity, teach how to read the Quran to your siblings, kids or anyone of the household. Also, impart in them the Islamic teachings laid out in the holy book.

The best amongst you is he who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.” (Bukhari, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi)

#5. Have iftar with family

02 Oct 2006, Baghdad, Iraq --- An Iraqi family has break fast under lantern lights after fasting from dawn to dusk during Ramadan. Iraqis are currentlymarking the holy fasting month of Ramadan amid acute electricity shortages. --- Image by © Ali Abbas/epa/Corbis

If your spent your prior iftars at your workplace or alone, you should try and have an iftar with your family. It will benefit your both mentally and spiritually.

#6. Take your loved ones to Tarawih

If you and your family live far away from the nearest local Mosque, consider driving them to the mosque for tarawih in the last ashra.

#7. Make a To-do list for Laylatul Qadr

Make a checklist of the all the things you will be doing on the night of power so to better ensure you can get the most out of it.

#8. Plant a tree

Planting a tree is a form of charity. Not only will you be helping the environment but will be also rewarded by Allah each time of his creatures uses it for shade or nest.

#9. Reflect on the teachings of Quran

Consider the Surahs that you heard during Tarawih and read their translations. Think deeply about their meaning and teachings.

#10. Help clean your neighborhood.

An Israeli Arab woman (R) instructs other women on how to compost in her yard in Um-al-Fahm, Israel, 24 November 2011. PHOTO EPA © EU/ENPI INFO CENTRE

Islam places great emphasis on cleanliness, both spiritual and physical. it is important to not just keep oneself clean but also the environment around you. Volunteer to help clean your neighborhood. You will be deeply rewarded by Allah.  The Prophet (P.B.U.H) has said,” Cleanliness is half of faith.” (Sahih Muslim)

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