It is hard to believe that Ramadan is heading down the final homestretch.

The last ten days of Ramadan are very special days in the life of every Muslim. These days are the most blessed.

Here are ten important things to do to get the most of this period.

1. Doing I’tikaf

I`tikaf is the seclusion and staying in the mosque with the intention of becoming closer to God by doing constant remembrance, glorification and worship.

2. Make this special Prayer (Dua)

The wife of the Prophet, Aisha said: I asked the prophet: 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of majestic (Qadr), what should I say during it?' He said: 'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.'

The transliteration of this Dua is "Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee"

3. Make a personal Dua list

Ask yourself what you really want from God. Make a list of each and everything, no matter how small or how big it is, whether it deals with this world or not. God loves to hear from us. Once this list is ready, you can do three things:
• Ask God to give you those things
• Think about what actions you have taken to get those things
• Develop a work plan to get those things in future.

4. Seek out Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power)

This one night surpasses the value of 30,000 nights. The most authentic account of the occurrence of the Night indicates that it can occur on any one of the last ten, odd numbered nights of Ramadan, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29. It may also occur on any of the even nights.

Therefore, one should strive to stay up and worship on all of the last 10 nights of Ramadan.

5. Patience is the key

The last 10 days might be tiring.  This is the time to bear all that hardship and keep firm.

When Ramadan started, we were all filled with incomparable enthusiasm. However, as the days pass us by and our eagerness dies down, we lose our drive to accomplish the many goals we have set for ourselves. When the last ten days do approach, it is a great time to remind ourselves of its blessings and to revive our Ramadan intentions.

6. Pay Zakat

Many Muslims plan to pay this obligatory pillar of Islam yearly at some point in Ramadan, to benefit from the greater spiritual reward attached to charity during the month. If you haven’t already, do so this month, keeping in mind needy relatives, neighbors, as well as current hot spots of suffering.

7. Pay Zakat al-Fitr

Zakat al-Fitr allows needy families to enjoy the Eid holiday. Pay this to your local mosques or an organization of your choice well before Eid-ul-Fitr in these last 10 days of Ramadan.

8. Read Chapter 102 of the Quran (Surat Al-Ikhlas)  three times nightly

Reading Surat Al-Ikhlas is like reading one third of the Quran.

Reading three times on Laylatul Qadr would be like reading the Quran daily for 83 years.

9. Avoid distractions

Try as much as you can to reduces worldly distractions.

10.  Prepare for Eid

It’s exciting to look forward to Eid but prepare for it before. Have everyone try on their clothes at least two nights before Eid to inspect them for tears, stains or anything unpleasant. This gives you time to get an alternative incase of a problem.