I’tikaaf

SalamuaLaykum.

As we all know, the ‘last ten days of ramadan’ is here!, the most important part of which is a night, the Laylatul Qadr, a night greater than a thousand months !We, as Muslims are encouraged to seek this night by staying in seclusion.. This seclusion is I’tikaaf. This write-up is aimed at providing the basic things to know of I’tikaaf in order to get the full benefit of it. May Allah help us!

I’tikaaf

I’tikaaf literally means to stick to something and block out every other thing. In this context, it means seclusion, intending intimacy with Allah.
It is Mustahab(desired) but becomes Waajib(compulsory) on anyone who made a vow to perform it.
It can be performed at any time of the year but is of much importance in Ramadan because of the seek for the Laylatul Qadr.

Conditions for I’tikaaf

  • It has to be in a mosque, all kinds of mosque is acceptable.
  • It may or may not be accompanied by fasting.
  • The least period for it is a night but is best done for the whole of the last ten days.
  • The best time to enter it is after solatul subh(say, on the 21st day of ramadan) and the prophet would leave it after subh on eid day.

what nullifies I’tikaaf

Sexual intercourse (…but do not associate with your wives while you are in retreat in the mosques.. Q.2:187)

Desirable acts

  • All the acts of worship are encouraged at this time- voluntary prayers, Qur’an recitation, repentance.
  • Give charity, increase in good deeds.
  • The prophet especially taught us to say-Allahuma innaka afuwwun tuhibbul afwa fafuanni.

Don’t forget

This is the time to ask Allah for all the things you want. Don’t be too shy or reluctant  to ask and don’t you think your sins can prevent you from asking. Remember, he knows you in and out and he is the oft forgiving, most merciful!

WHat Allah says

3- the night of power is better than a thousand months

SuratulQadr(97):1-5

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