It comes too fast everytime, the last 10 blessed days of Ramadan, have we done enough? Could we do more? The Month of Mercy is soon no more. We have to do more, we must do more... Allahuakbar how Allah gives us that chance to gain extra reward and do that 'more' in the last 10 blessed days of Ramadan - Laylatul Qadr is what we yearn for.
Allah ﷻ subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) says in the Qur’an: 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. [Qur’an: 97:3-5]
Aisha raḍyAllāhu ‘anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) reported: With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work harder) and used to pray the whole night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers. [Bukhari]
Abu Hurayrah raḍyAllāhu ‘anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) relates that the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Whoever stands (in the voluntary night prayer of) Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. And whoever spends the night of Lailat Al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Sunan an-Nasa’i]
Here are some tips and resources for you and your family to help you make the most of the last ten days of Ramadan inn sha Allah.
Tip 1: Make an area of solace for yourself and your children. This could be an 'Itikaf Shelter' in the children's bedroom and a 'Quran Corner' in the quietest corner of the home for the adults.
Tip 2: Plan a loose timetable especially for older children to follow independently so that leaves you more time to focus on your own ibadah inn sha Allah.
Tip 3: Prepare a book/activity box to keep in the children's 'itikaf area' full of Islamic resources. Alhamdulilah there are so many Islamic resources to purchase or download for free (including right here) to keep them going!
Tip 4: Pre-plan or pre-make simple meals/iftar - have snack boxes prepared for very young children to tame that constant ask for nibbles.
Tip 5: Allow your children to stay up for some of the night and be involved in a form of ibadah. Let them witness what you do.
Tip 6: Teach your children about the beautiful bounties found in the last 10 days of Ramadan and the rewards in searching for Laylatul Qadr.
I have produced a FREE 'My Ilm Box' activity pack to help you do this.
- Surah Al Qadr activity - here children can fill in the gaps when reading the translation of Surah Al Qadr helping them understand exactly what the night of decree is inn sha Allah.
- 'My Laylatul Qadr Plan' allowing children to list all the things they could do to gain Allah's reward.
- 'Laylatul Qadr' Night Sky Craft Activity helping children learn the dua said when searching for the special night.
- Colour in Eid Mubarak poster with dua.
Click HERE for your free 'What is Laylatul Qadr' activity pack.
See below for a completed example of the Night Sky Craft - group effort from my own Umm Fruits. Please do comment and share how you and your family make the most of the final 10 blessed days of Ramadan. May Allah elevate our efforts and shower us all with barakah during the remaining days of this Month of Mercy Allahuma Aameen.