Striving in Devotion in the Last Ten Days of Ramadan
Allah, the Almighty, in His mercy and wisdom, favored certain
hours, days, and months with His benevolence. Among these
months, Ramadan is the month of favor, the month of Al-
Qur’an. Of the days of Ramadan, the last ten days are the most
meritorious for the acts of recitation of Al-Qur’an, nightly Sun-
nah prayers, etc., which weigh heavily on the scale of deeds,
(mizaan). After all, as we will see, in this month and during
these last ten days, it is on one of the odd numbered days that
the annual return of deeds takes place, the night known as the
Night of Power.
In a hadith by Bukhari and Muslim, the Messenger’s wife re-
“When the month of Ramadan enters its last ten days,
the Messenger of Allah (saas) spends his night praying
and wakes up his family to join him, and he would
tighten his belt.”
In this hadith, we see how the Messenger’s wife, Aishah, (raa),
informed us of what took place in her house during the last ten
days of Ramadan. This was not the right time for the eyes to
get their full in sleep. The Prophet (saas) didn’t do this alone.
His whole family was involved and the hadith used the word
“tighten his belt” in its figurative sense to mean an all-out seri-
ousness of the devotion.