Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Prophet's Sunnah During the Last Ten Days of Ramadan

Here is a Muwaththaq (Reliable) ḥadīth of how the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) conducted himself during the last ten days of the month of Ramaḍān. Inshā’Allāh, we can implement this and revive this sunnah during the last ten days of the month of Ramaḍān.

مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ عُثْمَانَ بْنِ عِيسَى عَنْ سَمَاعَةَ عَنْ أَبِي بَصِيرٍ قَالَ قَالَ أَبُو عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع كَانَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ص إِذَا دَخَلَ الْعَشْرُ الْأَوَاخِرُ شَدَّ الْمِئْزَرَ وَ اجْتَنَبَ النِّسَاءَ وَ أَحْيَا اللَّيْلَ وَ تَفَرَّغَ لِلْعِبَادَةِ

From Abī Baṣīr said, Abū `Abd Allāh (عليه السلام) said, “When the last ten (days of the Month of Ramaḍān) entered, the Messenger of Allāh (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) would tighten his waistcloth (izār), he would avoid his wives, stay awake during the night and dedicate it to worship (ibādah)”[1]

[1] al-Kulaynī, al-Kāfī, vol. 4, pg. 155, ḥadīth # 3; al-Majlisī said this ḥadīth is Muwaththaq (Reliable). (See: al-Majlisī, Mir’āt al-`Uqūl, vol. 16, pg. 378)


al-Kulaynī. al-Kāfī. Ed. `Alī Akbar al-Ghaffārī. 3rd. 8 vols. Tehran: Dār al-Kutub al-Islāmiyyah, 1388.
al-Majlisī. Mir’āt Al-`Uqūl. 26 vols. Tehran: Dār al-Kutub al-Islāmiyyah, 1410.


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