Intensify ibadah to ‘win’ Ramadhan, Muslim told

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MUSLIMS must make full use of the last ten days of Ramadhan and intensify their ibadah (acts of worship and charity) in hopes of reaping the benefits of Lailatul Qadr, a dean at the Seri Begawan Religious Teachers University College (KUPU SB) said.

“We are now in the second phase of Ramadhan with the third and last phase being the last ten days of Ramadhan - the most special days of the month which starts on Saturday,” said Dr Hj Noralizam Hj Aliakbar, the dean of student affairs at KUPU SB.

“Muslims should take on the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and seize the opportunity to do good deeds as Allah SWT magnifies the value of these deeds immensely on Lailatul Qadr,” he said in a recent interview.

He said Lailatul Qadr falls on one of the odd numbered days in the final 10 days of Ramadhan and Muslims should intensify their ibadah during the period.

“According to the sunnah, the Prophet SAW would stay up at night for prayers when the last 10 days of Ramadhan came during which he strived hard in worship,” Dr Hj Noralizam said.

“Muslims can engage in more dikir, Al-Quran recitations and tahajjud (night prayers) during the period.”

Dr Hj Noralizam likened the endurance and perseverance needed for a Muslim to progress during the phases Ramadhan to the UEFA Euro 2016 football championship which has been taking place during the holy month.

“The first phase or stage of UEFA Euro 2016 you see a lot of teams competing hard with each other in order to progress to the following stage which presents even harder challenges as teams are stronger – the same goes for Ramadhan.

“At first we see Muslims flocking the mosques to join in on the tarawih prayers, but then we see them lessening as the months go on with fewer people engaging in tarawih prayers at mosques in the final phase or last ten days of Ramadhan,” he said.

In this instance, Dr Noralizam said the winners are those who endure and persevere to the very end and final ten days of Ramadhan.

“The winner of Ramadhan, like the soon-to-be winner of Euro 2016, will be the one who worked the hardest,” he said.

The Brunei Times