How to spend the last night of Ramazan
Allah Subhan Allahu Ta’ala has ordered us to express happiness on Eid. As given in the Holy Quran in Surah Yunus, verse 58:
Say: ‘(All this) is due to the bounty and mercy of Allah (bestowed upon you through raising Muhammad [blessings and peace be upon him] as the exalted Messenger). So the Muslims should rejoice over it. This is far better than (all that affluence and wealth) that they amass.’
So, without wasting our time in markets and in shopping, we should prepare for Eid. Especially the last night, we should not waste and we should it in prayer, as it is Commendable (Mustahab) to spend the last night in prayer. As given in Durre Mukhtaar, Vol 1, Pg No: 507.
This last night is also called as Lailatul Jaiza (the night of reward) as on this night, the Mercy of Allah Most High is at its peak and prayers are not rejected. The pious worshippers of Allah Most High after spending the month of Ramazan in obedience of Allah’s commandments, spend the night standing before Him waiting for the benevolence of the Lord.
❀ There is a Hadith in Musannaf Abdur Razzaq, Vol 4, Pg No: 317:
Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar (May Allah be well pleased with them): There are 5 nights on which prayers are not rejected………
Among them are the night of Eid also.
❀ There is a Hadith in At Targhib Wat Tarhib, Vol 2, Pg No: 152:
Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Mua’adh bin Jabal (May Allah be well pleased with him) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: Whoever spends these 5 nights in prayer, paradise is deemed compulsory for them…..
It had been the practice of the Prophet Mohammed (صلى الله عليه وسلم ), that he would not sleep in the night preceding the day of Eid-ul-fitr. This night has been named in a Hadith as the Night of Reward (Laylatul Jaiza). Almighty bestows his rewards on those who have spent the month of Ramadan abiding by the dictates of Shari’ah, and all their prayers in this night are accepted.
The Prophet Mohammed (صلى الله عليه وسلم ), said, “There are five nights in which du’a (supplication) is not rejected and the Night Jum’ah (Thursday Tonight) is one of those Powerful nights full of blessing.
❀ Du’as are accepted by Almighty Allah on five nights:
1) The night of Jumu’ah,
2 & 3) The nights of the two ‘Eids,
4) The first night of Rajab,
5) The middle (15th) night of Sha’ban
(Lataiful Ma’arif, pg. 196)
The nights preceding both the Eid are also included here.
Thus, the last night of Ramazan i.e. the night before Eid should not be wasted and we should try to spend it in prayer as we are able to.
Get your wages the prior night Eid from Allah:
“When it is the last night (of Ramadan), they are forgiven, all of them.” So a man from the people said, “(Laylatul Qadr – Is it the Night of Power?” And the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) replied, “No, do you not see that if labourers work, when they finish their tasks, they are given their wages?”
To benefit from this opportunity, one should perform as much worship in this night as he can, and should pray for all his needs and desires. But here is a guide that you can follow.
❀ The following acts are Compulsory on the day of Eid:
- To beautify oneself (i.e. have a hair cut, cut one’s nails etc.)
- To have a bath.
- To use Miswak (apart from using it during ablution).
- To offer Salaat Ul Fajr of that day in one’s local mosque.
- To go to the Eidgah (a special place for Salaat Ul Eid) early in the morning.
- To give the Sadqa Fitr and go to the Eidgah.
- To have something sweet (like dates) before going to the Eidgah (if it is dates, then having them in an odd number).
- To offer Salaat Ul Eid in Eidgah.
- To go the Eidgah using one route and returning from another.
- To recite the Takbir ( Allahu Akbar Allahu Akbar La ilaaha Illallahu Wallahuakbar Allahu Akbar wa lillahil hamd) while going to the Eidgah.
- To recite the Takbir softly on Eid Ul Fitr.