A night exists within the last ten days of Ramadan that is worth more than a thousand months; so use it to engage in worship and increase your good deeds, Friday's sermon advises worshippers.
Friday sermon: Make most of the gem of Ramadan
A night exists within the last ten days of Ramadan that is worth more than a thousand months; so use it to engage in worship and increase your good deeds, today's sermon advises worshippers.
"As we enter the last 10 days, the gem of Ramadan, we should always remember that the Prophet Mohammed used to strive hard at this time of the year, more than usual," says the sermon. "He was more persistent in waking his family to stand up for prayer on the last 10 nights of Ramadan than at other times of the year."
Among these great nights is Laylat Al Qadr (Night of Decree), on which the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.
When the Prophet learnt of the lifespan of his predecessors, he noticed that the lifespan of his Umma (community) was shorter, and feared that they would not be able to achieve as much good work as their predecessors. So Allah granted the Prophet and his Umma a night that is worth more than a thousand months.
It is not known on which of the last 10 nights of Ramadan that Laylat Al Qadr falls, but it is the night on which Gabriel and the angels descend and the night on which Allah decides the destiny of everyone. Therefore, worshippers should make as much dua'a as possible during this time in hope that Allah will respond.