Ashrah e Nijaat

Ashrah e Nijaat

Maybe you are ready and revved up to really dig deep and reach out to Allah (S), to pray your most fervent prayers and join late-night qiyams and get up for tahajjud prayers. Maybe you’re just worn out and don’t even have the words in you to beseech to Allah (S). Maybe your heart is in a jumble and you’re overwhelmed by whatever your life and world is, and the constant messaging to make the last ten days meaningful is something that just isn’t landing with you.
That’s ok – sometimes it helps to divide or parse down our worship into bite-sized, digestible pieces of just a few things we are capable of doing – that we can push ourselves to do – to accept the blessings that the last ten days has to offer us.
I have read somewhere that,
'If you’re feeling overwhelmed, if you’re drowning in the abundance of reminders, lectures, books, saved posts being forwarded to you, then refer back to the basics. Wherever you are in that journey, it always leads back to the One who crafted our souls.
Abdullah ibn Busr reported: A man said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, the laws of Islam are too many for me, so tell me something I can hold onto.’
Prophet Muhammed (saw) said, ‘Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah.’
So let’s hold onto that.”
 The Quran says, "The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn."                    (97:3-5)
Here are 5 simple things which you can follow in this last ashrah of Ramadan

1. Zikr:
Grab yourself a tasbih and get to doing dhikr, wherever you have a moment to snatch. You can keep it as simple as repeating AlhamdulillahSubhanallahAstaghfirullah and Allahu Akbar

2. Dua:
Often, it is felt like your mind is a jumble, or you have so many things to do or want to pray for, that it’s just muddled up. But I know that Allah knows what is in your heart. You don't have to offer a prayer to make a dua every time, He knows you better than yourself, He is in your heart. Keep making duas, He listens to you every time whenever you call Him.

3. Stand-up in Prayer:
Maybe you can only manage two rakat. Maybe you can complete your own tarawih prayer at home. Just push yourself. Pray your fard for Isha and then keep praying extra rakat. Also, you know you’ll be up for suhoor, so just set the alarm 15 minutes earlier and pray tahajjud prayer. If you’ve not done it all yet this Ramadan, now is the time.

4. Give Charity
During Ramadan, both fasting and acy of charity are obligatory on Muslims who are able to do this. Give charity every night, as it's the easiest thing that makes your way towards Jannah

5. Make Intentions with Everything You Do:
The Messenger of Allah Hazrat Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, "The reward of deeds  depends upon the intention and every person will get the reward according to  what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for Allah and His Apostle, then his emigration was for Allah and His Apostle. And whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration was for what he emigrated for."
Every single act of worship and charity we engage in will, Insha’Allah, be rewarded immensely. That’s the beauty and power of the last ten days and nights of Ramadan. So go on and pursue Laylatul Qadr.
May these last 10 days and nights bring you closer to Allah (S).
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