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

Today, Wednesday, is the 20th of Ramadan. More than two-third of the blessed month has passed.

Although the immense blessings of Ramadan are well known, the last ten days and nights of Ramadan are even more important and even more blessed than the rest of Ramadan.

The remaining days and nights are full of God’s mercies and blessings.

Now that you know why it’s so important, here are 5 things you can do to maximise the benefits of these blessed 10 days.

1. Perform I'tikaf

I’tikaf means seclusion and staying in the mosque with the intention of becoming closer to God.

This enables you to detach yourselves from the materialistic world and dedicate all your time to get closer to God.

Itikaf can only be observed in a mosque and not in a prayer room in a house as it is not considered a mosque.

2. Attend Tarawih more than you have all month

If you haven’t been able to attend Tarawih (night) prayers most of the first 20 days of Ramadan due to work or other commitments, make a special effort to go in these last 10 days.

3. Seek for Laylatul Qadr (Night of Majesty)

Muslims are encouraged to seek the night of Laylatul Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.

What makes Laylatul Qadr  special is that it is the night when the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

This night also has an entire chapter dedicated to it in the Quran. The surah states Laylat Al Qadr is better than 1,000 months, which means the good deeds performed on this night are multiplied by 30,000 or it is as if such work had been performed over 82 years.

On this night, angels descend to earth to register people's deeds. It is reported that Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said: "Whoever stays up [in prayer and remembrance of Allah] on the Night of Qadr, fully believing [in Allah's promise of reward] and hoping to seek reward, he shall be forgiven for his past sins."

4. Recite the Qur’an abundantly

What better time to recite the Qur’an than in one of the very nights it was revealed – The Night of Majesty

Therefore Muslims should increase their recitation even more during the last ten days and nights. The pious predecessors used to increase the amount of Qur’an they recited during the last ten days and nights.

Along with recitation Muslims should also read and learn the meanings of the Qur’an. They should contemplate and ponder over the verses and implement what they read and learn into their daily lives.

5. Pay Zakat al-Fitr

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

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