1) Don’t spend your time and effort trying to figure out when Laylatul Qadr is or which night it falls on or what its signs are – rather exert your strength and effort in all of these last 10 nights as if they are the last 10 nights of your life! Exert yourself as much as possible. The more sincere and serious you are, the more sincere and serious you will feel of it.
2) If you were among those who were negligent at the start of Ramadān then you have an opportunity now that you mustn’t waste!
Ibn Taymiyyah (rh) would say: “What matters most is the perfection of the ending – not the imperfection of the start.”
So salvage as much as you can!
Some of the pious would say: “A good ending is better than the enthusiasm of the start.”
Actions are judged by their ending.
One of the wisdoms behind Allāh hiding the precise time of Laylatul Qadr is so that we strive in ALL of the last 10 nights! Otherwise Allāh would have informed us about it just as He informed us about the Day of ‘Arafah.
One of the righteous would say: “I would continue making du’ā for something in Ramdān and it would became apparent in Shawwāl”.
3) Between maghrib and Fajr, leave off the TV, mobile, social media and only use it if absolute necessary. Divide your time and diversify it with different activities:
- pray… if you get tired then
- recite Qur’an… if you get tired
- make tasbeeh…if you’re done with that
- make du’ā
- When Fajr approaches make istighfār for Allāh is indeed most forgiving.
Exhaust yourself…. exhaust yourself…
By Allāh, the real deprived person is one who wastes Laylatul Qadr…the Night of Glory… The Night of Accumulation..the Night of Success…
Indeed actions are judged by their ending… So if you didn’t have a great start perhaps you will have a beautiful farewell.