Rasool Allah Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam and the Last Third of Ramadhan
Rasool Allah Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam used to worship extensively during the whole month of Ramadhan, but he would divert his attention away from all other things and focus solely on worship in the last ten days of Ramadhan. It is reported in a Hadith that Rasool Allah Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam would worship much more in the last ten days of Ramadhan compared to the other days of Ramadhan.
Hazrat ‘Aisha Siddiqua Radiallaho Ta’ala ‘Anha narrates that, “When the last ten days of Ramadhan would arrive, Rasool Allah Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam would tighten his lower garment and would worship the whole night, and he would also wake up his family members to worship.” (Bukhari, Muslim, Mishkat)
Scholars have stated many meanings and explanations of the words ‘would tighten his lower garment’ that were said by Hazrat ‘Aisha Siddiqua Radiallaho Ta’ala ‘Anha in the above Hadith. One meaning is that he would worship with great effort, would stay up all night, and would not care about resting or sleeping. Another meaning that has been stated is that he would stay away from co-habiting with his wives in the last ten days of Ramadhan because the whole night would be spent in worship and he would also be performing seclusion (I’tikaaf).
The above Hadith also mentions the words ‘wake up his family members.’ This means that Rasool Allah Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam would worship himself in the last ten days of Ramadhan and he would also wake up his family members to worship. This tells us that we should not only worship ourselves in the last ten days of Ramadhan, rather we should wake our family members for worship also.
Our state nowadays is such that we wait for the 27th night of Ramadhan and after the 27th, it is as though the month of Ramadhan has passed. The number of people in the Mosques performing Namaz and Taraweeh decreases and there is no room to move in the market places. Remember! We should all attempt to copy the Sunnah of Rasool Allah Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam that is mentioned in the above Hadith so that we can benefit properly from the month of Ramadhan.
I am not saying that you should not buy anything for your children and family members in Ramadhan; rather the point is that you should not waste all your time in that. You should spend your time in worship and devotion and attempt to spend as much time as possible in worship in the last ten days of Ramadhan. You should also remember that you should not worship alone whilst your children play or sleep. Rather you should wake them up and persuade them to worship, recite the Qur’an, repent and perform voluntary prayers and worships. Insha Allah this training will be beneficial for our children and ourselves, and if our children stay firm on this, Insha Allah we will receive the benefit of this even after we die.