BY Aiman Ali
One significant Ibadah in Ramazan is I’tikaf which is offered in the last Ashra of this holy month. This religious prayer enables the observer to seclude himself in the mosque or in isolation with the express intention (niyyah) of I’tikaf aiming to remember Almighty Allah for every second of its Ibadah.
In every moment of I’tikaf one remains in lbadah (worship), even when asleep, one is still in His service, it is a struggle to bring one close to Allah.
Allah says, “Whoever draws near to Me an arm’s length, then I draw nearer to him two arm lengths; and whoever draws nearer to Me by walking, I draw nearer to him by running.”
Along with that another significant aim of this prayer is to search the divine night of power, Laylatul Qadr that falls in the odd number days of the last Ashra.
One can observe I’tikaf successfully and is accepted to Allah if it is performed by a fasting Muslim, who is pure from heart and soul and holds a clear neyyah (intention) for I’tikaf.
Females can also perform I’tikaf in the room set for prayers inside their homes rather then mosques. The most virtuous act necessarily performed in I’tikaf is reciting the Qur’an, thereafter du’a, istighfar, and nafl salah.
I’tikaf carries endless benefits and rewards from Almighty Allah. May Allah bless us with the spirit to carry out this great prayer in the month of Ramazan.