Friday, July 18, 2014
Question: If I want to awaken the last ten nights of Ramadhan when should I begin?
Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez ibn Baaz رحمه الله answers: “You should begin after the ‘Ishaa prayer. The Messenger of Allaahصلى الله عليه وسلم used to awaken the last ten nights of Ramadhan, ‘Aaisha رضي الله عنها said:
“When the last ten nights of Ramadhan would begin, the Messenger of Allaahصلى الله عليه وسلم would stay awake at night for prayer and devotion, awaken his family and prepare himself to be more diligent in worship.”
This is what is best if one is capable of doing so. However if one sleeps some of the night to strengthen himself then that is fine. As for one who Allaah granted him the power and ability to remain awake during them, then this is the sunnah and something that draws near to Allaah. (Awakening the nights) is by prayer, recitation of the Qur’aan, supplication, seeking forgiveness, etc.”
[The reader of the question says] “Can you kindly mention the dates so that perhaps she can intend to do them?