Aishah, may Allah be pleased with her, reported:
Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights more than any other time. (Narrated by Muslim)
You should exert yourself during the whole last ten nights, may Allah obliges you to be honored with the Night of al-Qadr.
To attain the honor of the Night of al-Qadr we call you to keep the following advices and feel them deep in your heart:
•1- be aware of your heart and check your intention :
Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: "Deeds (their correctness and rewards) depend upon intentions, and every person gets but what he has intended." (Agreed upon)
Ibn Al-Mubarak said : "May a small deed be magnified by the sincere intention; and may a great deed be diminished by the insincere intention"
if you don't correct you intention you will not get rewarded for your deed even if it is a great one, while you can magnify your humble deed by the sincere intention.
•2- the harder you exert yourself the higher your degree will be :
Allah's Messenger said: "Allah provisions his slave as much as he can afford" (Sahih Al-Jami - 1952)
So don not leave a door of good deeds unless you knock on it, do your best of good works to seek Allah's favor in this great night, and Allah will support you as much as you exert your self.
•3- Give a variety to your worship to avoid the boredom :
It is better to vary the forms of your worship to feel it by your heart and to avoid the boredom that you feel if you do one kind of worship for a long time.
4- Complete devotion:
It means you dedicate yourself completely and devoutly to Allah, it's the highest worship by which you can seek Allah's favor in this great night. Allah says: "Remember the **** of your Lord and dedicate yourself devoutly to Him. (He is) Lord of the East and the West: there is no god but He: take Him therefore for (thy) Disposer of Affairs." (Al-Muzzammil 8-9)
Empty you heart from everything except Allah.
To achieve that, do the following:
- Turn off your phone, forget your worries and cares, as they have a lord to arrange.
- Do much of Dhikr (Allah's glorification): Abudullah Bin Bisr reported: a man said to Allah's messenger (may peace and blessings be upon him): There are many commands on me of Islam. Tell me of such a thing which I may hold on to steadfast. Allah's messenger said, "Always keep your tongue wet by Allah's glorification" (Narrated by ibn Majah - graded sahih by al-Albani)
- Keep silent and count your words in during a day and a night, and if you are not in I'tikaf (seclusion) then you should pattern after the moral of the person who is in I'tikaf (seclusion).
Allah's messenger said: "He who remains silent is saved"
(at-Tirmidhi - graded Saheeh by al-Albani)
5- Be Patient and Forebearing
Allah says: "Lord of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, so worship Him (Alone) and be constant and patient in His worship. Do you know of any who is similar to Him? (You do not know anyone who is a ****sake for Him or who resembles Him). (Maryam 65)
If you truly love your Lord, you should exhaust yourself in worshiping Him; it is an indication of the true lover.
One of the good ancestors (Salaf) said: he who wants himself guided to the good deeds spontaneously will wait for a long time, but it will better for him to compel himself to that forcibly.
5- This is the competition time, don't accept to be a loser or with a low rank, arm your self with the challenge spirit, the real race is this, not the race of money or authorities.
Comply with the slogan of Abu Muslim al-Khawlani who said: "Do the companions of Muhammad (may peace and blessings be upon him) think that they can have him all to themselves? No, By Allah we swear that we will compete with them so that they know that they left true men behind them"
Wahib ibn al-Ward said: "If you are able to be the first to Allah, then do not hesitate"
One of the good ancestors (Salaf) said: "whenever I have been told about a worship of someone, I do a similar or better one"
Someone said: "when a man is told that there is somewhere a man who do better worship than him, then it's not so much for him to die in grief"
Seek help from Allah and ask Him to provide you the power to do the good deeds, you will not be able to do that without the power of Allah so, say much of "There is neither any power nor strength except from Allah" ( Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa billaah).
Abundantly remember the destroyer of pleasures, to cut the ropes of the present life which block your way to Allah, the present life is just a path to the hereafter.
6- Do have a favorable judgment in Allah, if you do that you will do good deeds, don't let the devil to block your way by making you mistrust Allah.
7- Take care of your deeds, repair them .. and make them better quantitatively and qualitatively
Allah's messenger (may peace be upon him) said to Aaisha (may Allah be please with her): "your reward from Allah will be as much as your exhaustion" (Narrated by al-Hakim - Graded Sahih by al-Albani)
Wahib ibn al-Ward said:" Don't pay attention to the abundance of your deed, but to improving it, the slave may disobey Allah During his Prayer or fasting, so include quantity and quality together to score a great success."
8- don't feel satisfied of yourself or your deeds, the origin of sins is the self-satisfaction, don't be ******* of your deed but follow its fault, and ask forgiveness from your Lord for this fault to be accepted.
Allah says: " And those who give that which they give with hearts afraid because they are about to return unto their Lord" (al-Mu'minun 60)
9- Do have some worship in secret, that can't be seen except by Allah, it leads to sincerity
Allah's messenger (may peace be upon him): "The voluntary prayer of a man (in a place) where no person can see him is equal to twenty-five times his prayer where people can see him." (Sahih al-Jami' , 3821)
We ask Allah to aid us to obey Him and to make our deeds good and accepted
(The last ten nights and the Night of al-Qadr) by Sheikh Hani Hilmi