The last ten days of Ramadan are very special. These are the grand finale of Ramadan, and a redeeming chance for those who did not get to complete everything they intended to do earlier on.
How exactly should one try to get the most out of the last 10 days and nights of Ramadan? This article will answer the question.
A Roadmap For The Last Ten Days of Ramadan
There are many ways one can increase the amount of good deeds in the last ten days, and one such way is to exert oneself as hard as possible, because one does not know if he or she will live to see the next Ramadan. Not only that, but the blessings of the month of Ramadan are nearing an end. Hz Aisha (RA) narrated: 
With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet (PBUH) used to tighten his waist belt (that is, work harder), used to pray the whole night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers.
Therefore, it is important to strive to emulate Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in order to get the most out of the last ten days of Ramadan.
I’tikaf in the masjid is one of the deeds that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to perform in the last ten nights of Ramadan. Aisha (RA) narrated: 
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to perform I’tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan until Allah the Mighty and Majestic took him.
What exactly is I’tikaf?
I’tikaf means to stay in the masjid full-time, and not leave at all except for emergencies, for the last ten nights of Ramadan, and refrain from doing anything but praying, Dhikr, recitation of the Quran, etc. Staying for a shorter period of time is encouraged as well. However, indulging in anything other than worship of Allah nullifies I’tikaf.
Prayers and Seeking Forgiveness
Seeking forgiveness is encouraged during the last ten days of Ramadan. Since Ramadan is the time when prayers have a higher chance of being accepted, making Dua for oneself as well as the Ummah at large is a great thing to do.
Laylat al-Qadr, or the Night of Decree, is one of the most special nights of not just Ramadan, but the entire year. Prophet Muhammad said: 
Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s Rewards (not to show off), then all his past sins will be forgiven.
For praying, it is advisable to prepare a list of Dua well in advance, and try to memorize them. If you are looking for Dua, you’re in luck — you can make use of our free eBook “25 Blessed Dua From The Holy Quran” that offers you 25 Quranic Dua in Arabic with English translation. Here is one such Dua, from the eBook itself:
You can also consider taking up one Surah per day and reflecting on it. Read the translation and Tafsir of the Quran, recite it and try to memorize as much portion of the Quran as possible.
Lastly, try to set goals for Ramadan and evaluate yourself regularly to see if you have achieved your goals. Having a list on paper is helpful too.
May Allah help us all witness Laylat al-Qadr and accept our prayers!
- Sahih Bukhari Book 32 Hadith 11
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