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Ramadhan enters holiest phase

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Believers have been urged to pray for normalcy amid the Covid-19 pandemic, as the holy month of Ramadhan entered the final phase.

This is the second year in a row when the holy month has been confined in lockdown and is being celebrated within the four walls of a house with immediate family members.

For believers, the last ten days hold special importance because it is during one of these nights that is the ‘Night of Power’, or ‘Qiyamul Lail’ is bestowed with. It is the same night the holy Quran descended to the earth for humanity.

The holy Quran says about this night as a night better than a thousand nights, and believers are well aware of the power in the Night of Majesty.

Scriptures are quoting Aisha (RA) that when the last ten days of Ramadhan began, the Prophet (peace be upon him) would stay up at night, wake his family and tie his lower garment tight. He would strive hard in worship during the last ten nights of Ramadhan as he did not do at other times. Whoever spends the night of Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward will be forgiven his previous sins. It simply indicates that believers need to, during the next ten days, make the most in ibadah, good deeds, reciting Quran, dhikr, making dua, Qiyamul-lail, among others as the benefits are in multiple.

“As we draw close to the end of the holy month, believers should have a retrospect of what he or she has been offering, and it should reflect on their deeds, prayers, supplications, and dig deeper into the blessings of the holy month,” Shaikh Ismail Menk, Mufti of Zimbabwe, said in an interview with the Observer.

People of Oman, both citizens and expatriates, continue to share great positivity that they have been able to find in the face of negativity while trusting the authorities and doing all they could to make lives easier.

“Last ten days of the holy month is a time when believers immerse themselves in prayers, supplications and dua all the more but while doing so, they should strictly make sure that they follow the Covid-19 protocols aimed at safety of the society,” said Mohammed Baqavi, an eminent scholar in Nizwa.

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