Night 21 – Laylatul Qadr – Taraweeh – Noon Academy Masjid – 12 Rutherford Road South – Brampton, Ontario

Returned home a short while ago after praying Isha plus 8 Rakats of Taraweeh, inside Noon Academy‘s Masjid in Brampton…

Tag-Team-Taraweeh style on this first night of the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan 1444/2023.

I prayed behind the first Qari for a pair of two Rakats, then Shaykh Waleed Almakee lead the next pair of two Rakats, bringing it to eight.

As before, after four Rakats, the Taraweeh worshippers collectively recite Surah Al Ikhlas three times, before begining the next pair of pairs of Rakats.

Before Taraweeh began, and after Isha was prayed, Shaykh AlMakee shared some words of reminding about how to spend the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan.

He began by reminding us of who the “Loser” is, that is the one who witnesses Ramadan but does do anything about it or during it.

The Shaykh used the metaphor of a horserace and what winning horses do as they near the end of the race, approaching the finish line.

The horse may have kept some energy in reserve, but then uses everything, puts it all out there to win the race in the end.

The Last Ten Nights of Ramadan are like the end of the race.

And we should hold nothing back, to win Ramadan.

So what exactly do we do to be of the Winners?

The phrase he used,

“…Do ALL the Ibadahs…”

Resonated with me in its simplicity,

and its completeness, its thoroughness.

Paying Sadaqah every night, during all Last Ten Nights in Ramadan.

Sadaqah here :;

Dhikr, Praying.

We know what to do, and how best to spend our time in worship.

Perhaps we will do something that is Pleasing to Our Lord, and all our sins will be forgiven.

It was getting hot inside the Masjid, though I hadn’t yet felt it.

The door by the brothers’ side was opened to let in some night air.

The night air on Night 21 of Ramadan 2023 is 19 Degrees Celsius.

In Sahih Al-Jami’,

The Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:

“ليلةُ القدْرِ ليلةٌ سمِحَةٌ ، طَلِقَةٌ ، لا حارَّةٌ ولا بارِدَةٌ”

“The night of Qadr is a calm, serene and peaceful night.

“It is not hot nor is it cold…”

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