By Ishola Balogun
Allah created times, and He chose and elevated specific times, certain months, days, or hours in status and virtues. Undoubtedly, the month of Ramadan is one of these blessed times and the best month of the year. From among Ramadan, Allah further raised the status of a night over that of one thousand months, and that is laylat’l-qadr.
Hadith: “During the last ten nights of Ramadan, the Prophet (s.a.w) would tighten his waist belt and spend the night in worship. He would also wake up his family.” (ba%+% al-Bukhri)
Aishah (r.a) said: “When the last ten days (of Ramadaan) would come, the Prophet (s.a.w) would spend his night in worship, wake his family (at night), exert himself and tighten his waistcloth.”
This time, let us strive to exert ourselves, wake up at nights for tahjud. If you have not been doing it, then do it now because the opportunity for a re-birth beckons. No doubt, tahjud is difficult especially for those who have to go to work, do some strenuous job and yet adapt to the tiring and hellish traffic in Lagos. But there is nothing comparable with the benefits and rewards in this glorious time. The danger is that once it is missed, you can’t get it back until another Ramadan. May Allah continue to save our lives. It should be noted that Ramadan is not only about fasting during the day but also about night struggle. The struggle of the soul within the day by fasting and the struggle at night by doing tahjud. Both complement and combine to get great reward in this world and in the hereafter.
Again, we don’t have to allow fatigue to set in after a whole lot of activities- recitation of the Quran, the several lectures, the Tarawih, the Tahjud and others, but these are yet not enough and of course cannot be compared to the ibadah done within in this blessed Night of Majesty.
Observe Nawafil at night, make sure you pray with you family, this is a sunnah. A Muslim is concerned for the members of his household and desires that they take advantage of blessed occasions and seasons, and thus a husband should help his family find the time to dedicate for worship and encourage that during these days. Develop further your level of taqwa and if possible, plan for I’tikf. You may start the planning now. I’tikf is also recommended for women, as the Prophet’s wives practiced it during the Prophet’s time and even after his death.
Therefore, in the next few days, we must persevere in our ibadah for this glorious night. We can achieve this by proper planing, through I’tikf and dedicating the whole period of the last ten days to worship so that we don’t miss the opportunity.