- Ramadan for the year 1442AH, will be 20 after sunset today, Sunday, May 2 when Muslims in Nigeria break their fasting
- The number of days Muslims fast in the holy month of Ramadan is mostly 29 and sometimes 30 based on when a new moon for the month of Sha’waal is sighted.
A little reminder to all is that Ramadan is the ninth month, while Sha’waal is the 10th month of the Islamic calendar demoted with ‘AH’ which stands for ‘After Hijrah.’
Why are fasting Muslims often focused on the last 10 nights of every Ramadan? The direct answer to this question is that one of the last 10 nights of Ramadan has a unique night called ‘Laylatul Qadr’ which translates to ‘Night of Majesty.’
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Laylatul Qadr, according to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon his noble soul) falls in the odd nights of the last 10 nights of Ramadan. That is, Laylatul Qadr could fall on nights 21 or 23 or 25 or 27 or 29 as Allaah wants it with His infinite Wisdom.
In addition, Muslims can also observe I’tikaaf in any Masjid (Mosque) during the last 10 nights of Ramadan. I’tikaaf has to with seclusion in the Mosque, and fully worshipping Allaah.
To know one or two things about Laylatul Qadr, explanations are given in Suuratul Qadr, Aayaat 1-5 (that is chapter 97 of the Glorious Qur’an, from verses 1-5.) The Glorious Qur’an is in hundreds of translated languages, in which English is among. Therefore, if a person can not read Arabic Qur’an, he can get an English copy to read.
Still on why Laylatul Qadr is significant. Worshipping Allaah in Laylatul Qadr is like worshipping Allaah for more than 1,000 months, which is almost 83 years and 4 months. No fasting Muslim would want to joke with Laylatul Qadr, as there is no guarantee from anyone that next year Ramadan Laylatul Qadr is sure. Our lives are in the hands of our Creator, Allaah.
In conclusion, if a Muslim will not be able to go to the Masjid and Masaajid for I’tikaaf, he should observe Tahajjud consecutively in the last 10 nights of Ramadan in his house with his family, in order to benefit from the mercies of Allaah and the good destiny that Allaah gives whom He wishes.