Holy month Ramadhan enters in final Ashra, thousands observe Aitikaf


Srinagar, April 22 (KNS): The ongoing holy month Ramadhan has entered in its final Ashra (ten days) and thousands of Muslims began to observe Aitikaf in Masjids and Shrines from Friday evening.

The month of blessings Ramadhan in the Islamic calendar is divided into three parts of ten days with each stage called an Ashra, a word meaning “ten” in Arabic. The third Ashra begins on 20th day of Ramadhan as sunsets.

“The first Ashra reflects mercy of Allah (Rehmah), second part reflects forgiveness of Allah (Maghfirah), and third part reflects safety from the hell (Nijat),” said J&K Grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam told KNS.

He said these last ten days are also known as the days of seeking refuge from hell fire. “These last ten days of Ramadan are very significant as they are when Laylat-ul-Qadr takes place. The holy night of Laylat-ul-Qadr commemorates the night when the Qur'an was first revealed. This holy night has to be sought in the last ten days of the odd nights,” he said.

As per Islamic scholars, the greatest Sunnah of last ten days of Ramadhan is the observance of Aitikaf. “The Aitikaf begins on 20th day of Ramdhan with the sunset. In Aitikaf all the time that a Muslim spends is in worship of Allah Almighty to ensure that Allah grants forgiveness and blessings to the seeker,” the Grand Mufti said.

He added that no one knows whether they will be alive for the next Ramadhan or not, “therefore, the last ten days should be spent in the best manner to bid farewell to this holy month and earn maximum blessings and mercy from Allah.”

Quoting Hadith, he said: “Ramadhan is the month, whose beginning is mercy, its middle, forgiveness and its end, emancipation from the fire of hell.”

He said indeed the month of Ramadhan is full of blessings, mercy and forgiveness. “It is the best opportunity for all the Muslims to collect more blessings of Allah and pray for their forgiveness and to be saved from the hell fire during this final Ashra of ongoing Ramadhan.”

He reiterated his appeal to Muslims for paying Sadaqat-ul- Fitr, also known as Zakat-ul-Fitr, by or before Eid prayers, the best within these ten days. The amount has been fixed at Rs 65 per person for this year.(KNS)

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