We are again at a point in Ramadan where I’tikaaf (spiritual retreat) becomes a major subject among the fasting Muslims.
This practice of secluding oneself in a mosque for a certain number of days was prescribed by Allah (SWT) so that we can block out worldly distractions and dedicate our soul and body to Him in worship.
I’tikaaf usually commences when Ramadan fast reaches 20. So, this year’s I’tikaaf will begin by Saturday night.
Although many Muslims have forsaken this opportunity due to insufficient knowledge about its benefits, weakness of faith and economic reasons.
Nonetheless, here are 4 reasons you should compel yourself to go for I’tikaaf at any designated mosque this Ramadan.
1. This RAMADAN May Be Your Last
The Prophet (SAW) enjoins every Muslim to live every minute as if it were his/her last. If we all agree that Allah is the One Who gives life and can sniff it out any second, then we would have no qualms agreeing that being alive to witness this 1440 AH Ramadan is a blessing, the one that we can’t exactly claim we merit due to our righteousness.
While we pray and hope that He spares our lives to witness many more Ramadan, we are not sure He will.
For this reason, any wise Muslim would take advantage of this very Ramadan to rake as many ‘awoof’ rewards as possible through hard work and invest for his afterlife.
Going for I’tikaaf will make that possible. You can do lots of prayer, dhikr, fikr (reflection), Qur’an reading, eeman and soul purification.
2. I’tikaaf Helps To Authenticate Your Fast
Since you are basically in seclusion during I’tikaaf and busy yourself with worship, the possibility of committing sins is reduced while that of amassing rewards is exceedingly high. You are most likely shielded from worldly temptations, dangerous desires and anything that may render your fast useless or unacceptable.
The Prophet (SAW) said the greatest looser is the person who has devoted his life to worshipping Allah and doing great deeds only to realize on the Day of Judgment that he has no reward for it. May be due to his insincere intention or engaging in certain displeasing acts which he deemed little.
I’tikaaf allows your mind to settle, reflect on your intention while helping you shut the doors on all reward eroding things.
3. You Have Opportunities For Abundant Obligatory And Voluntary Acts Of Worship
In the Hadith Qudsi Allah (SWT) says: “My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him, and My servant continues to draw near to Me with supererogatory works so that I shall love him. When I love him I am his ears with which he hears, his eyes with which he sees, his hands with which he strikes and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him, and were he to ask Me for refuge, I would surely grant him it” [Bukhari].
I’tikaaf gives you the space for a lot of act of worship such as reading the Qur’an, remembrance of Allah, voluntary prayers, among others.
If you observe the conditions of I’tikaaf such as remaining secluded in the mosque throughout, except when there is a pressing need to step outside, not having an intimate relations with your spouse, avoiding of vain talks, backbiting and so on, In Shaa Allah, you will be able to do a lot of rewarding acts of worship.
Ask about mosques that do I’tikaaf, they are usually central mosques. Some of them even have programme schedules that will ease your stay and worship.
4. High Possibility To Encounter Laylatul-Qadr (The Night of Majesty)
Laylatul-Qadr is the most virtuous night in the whole Islamic year round.
The night is so blessed that Allah Almighty described it as the Night of Power.
He says in the Qur’an, “We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power: And what will explain to thee what the night of power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.”
Hence, any action that is done in this night, such as reciting the Qur’an, dhikr, etc. is better than acting for one thousand months which do not contain the night of qadr.
This is a night every Muslim must strive for. Being in I’tikaaf guarantees that you will encounter that night, especially when you are in the midst of other people. It’s impossible to unknowingly sleep off. The sight of others doing Tahajjud will attract, you will be more active spiritually and also competitive.
I’tikaaf can solidify your Ramadan and set you upon a path of good deeds, purification, and devotion with rewards you can never imagine possible.
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