The last ten days of Ramadan offer us a final push to do as much good as we can. The last ten nights of this month are extra special because within the last ten nights of Ramadan is Lailat-ul-Qadr. So no matter how well or otherwise your Ramadan went, enter the last week of this blessed month well prepared, with pure intentions and a positive outlook.
Moreover, the last week is also a good time to remind yourself of the things you need to do prior to and during the day of Eid. Here's a checklist of things we can do as we bid farewell to the blessed month of Ramadan.
Make an extra special effort in the last week of this holy month to become conscious of your bad habits and stop them even before they start. These can range from swearing, backbiting, talking about unnecessary things, etc.
Many of us plan to pay our annual zakat at some point in Ramadan in order to benefit from the greater spiritual reward attached to charity during the month. If you haven’t done so already, donate during the last week, keeping in mind those relatives and neighbours who actually need the help.
Read the Quran as often as you can. Laylat-ul-Qadr falls within the last ten days of the month of Ramadan, and the reward for praying on this one night is purportedly equivalent to that of a thousand months. So, use as many of Ramadan’s last minutes to pray as much as you can.
Try and get done with all the last minute shopping for family and friends this week. It's also wise to pick up your Eid attires from the tailor's or any ready-made clothes that you have ordered, so as to avoid problems with fittings at the eleventh hour.
If you haven’t been able to keep in touch with friends and relatives during this month, use the last week to call or shoot them a text about getting together for Eid-ul-Fitr. You might also want to start making gifts and Eid Mubarak cards by now. Another option is to give 'Eidi' to the kids in the family if you didn’t have the time to prepare some gifts.
Eid-ul-Fitr is a time of celebration and new beginnings, and preparing your home for Eid is an important task. The first thing to do is discarding useless items from every room in the house. Get rid of detergent bottles that are almost empty, broken forks and spoons, cartons you never use, broken stools, chairs and other furniture. Sweep the room thoroughly and don’t forget to do the dusting.
After you're done with the cleaning, replace the duvets, mats and other covers for your furniture. If possible, stick to a theme or a colour palette to make it look aesthetically appealing. Don’t forget to place table mats or take out new Eid-special ones.