It's the last day of Ramadan and our special guest will be leaving. Let's take some time out of our schedule today and make the most out of it. Drop your shopping bags aside, put those lavish dishes in the corner, and focus.
The final day is your last chance to catch the goodness and the blessings of Ramadan. So are you ready to be productive? Let's get started with these easy steps!
If there's one thing you can do anytime and anywhere, it's Du'a. The last day of Ramadan should be dedicated to Du'a for yourself, your family and the rest of Ummah.
Rabbi habli hukman wa alhikni bissalihiin. (26:83)
This is the Du'a of Ibrahim AS. This Du'a enjoins the fact of having authority as well as being in the company of the righteous.
Remember that your life will be as good as the people you surround yourself with. Ibrahim AS lived in a time where idol worshipping was prominent and he looked up to Allah for help and guidance. This Du'a reminds us of the importance of being firm in what we do as well as having good companions around us.
Rabbi inni lima anzalta ilayya minn khayrin faqiir. (28:24)
The Du'a Musa AS made when he had set out into the unknown. At some point in our lives, we will feel we have wronged ourselves and others and it is important in those moments to remember the stories of Musa As. How he faced trials upon trials and yet never gave up and always looked for Divine guidance. Whenever you will feel the darkness around you, just like the dark night in which Musa left Egypt after he accidentally killed a man, remember this Du’a. And the beauty of this Du’a is that, despite the committed such a big blunder, he didn’t despair in the hope of Allah. Rather, he kept on asking for guidance. So, no matter how far you are from this religion, do not give up.
Ultimately, the best Du’a on this last day remains:
Allahumma innaka ‘affuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni.
The translation of this Du’a is, O Allah You are the One to Forgive, and You love to forgive, so please forgive me.
The last days of Ramadan is the best time to ask for forgiveness, and this du’a happens to be the best du’a for forgiveness. Repeat it after every salaah, at the time of Iftaar, upon hearing Adhan.
Verily, Allah is the Forgiver and He will accept your acts of worship.
For those who are able to take a break from work or school, I’tikaf happens to be the best way not to miss Laylatul Qadr. Put your daily life on hold and focus on the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad SAW where he would take a spiritual retreat and reflect upon the greatness of Allah.
As the last day of Ramadan is finally upon us, do make the most of every second by spending time in reflecting on the verses of the Qur’an. This book was sent as a guide for the whole mankind and holds precious gems of the beauty of stories of Prophets, reminding us that trials are part of life and our final return is to Allah. Reflect upon the fact that another Ramadan has passed by and what has changed since last year and if you have been able to bring changes within you.
'Takbir' is derived as the Arabic phrase "Allahu akbar", which means "God is the greatest". Takbir itself means "Greater".
Takbir is held once Ramadan ends and the month of Shawwal begins. In essence, the purpose of takbir is to show happiness and gratefulness to Allah SWT. During Takbir, groups of Ummahs will gather together and recite readings as follows:
Indeed, takbir is a greatway to unify and strengthen ties between Ummah. Having said this, you should invite your family, friends and neighbours over to your house and recite takbir readings together. The more people, the merrier and the more rewards insya'Allah.
Truly, this is the best way to get in the spirit of Eid and share our thanks to Allah.
Happy advanced Eid Muslim brothers and sisters! :)