On behalf of Shaikh Samer,
Today is Ramadan 22. How to invest the last ten days of Ramadan?
The last ten days of Ramadan have more virtues than the other days and nights of this honored month.
Some of their virtues:
The Prophet (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) used to strive in these days more than any other day. Aisha ( may Allah be pleased with her) reported that Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time.” (Reported by Muslim)
كان رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- يجتهد في العشر الأواخر، ما لا يجتهد في غيره. رواه مسلم
Aisha reported that when the last ten nights began Allah’s Messenger kept awake at night (for prayer and devotion), wakened his family, and prepared himself to observe prayer.” Reported by Al-Bukhari
«كان النبي -صلى الله عليه وسلم- إذا دخل العشر شد مئزره، وأحيا ليله، وأيقظ أهله» رواه البخاري
Aisha also narrated that the prophet in the first twenty days of Ramadan was combining between sleeping and praying at night but in the last ten days he was making every effort in worship and keeping awake at night (for prayer and devotion).
The forgoing Ahadith indicate the virtues of these ten days, as the Prophet (prayer and peace of Allah be upon him) used to exert himself in devotion during them to a greater extent than at any other time. This endeavor includes all kinds of worship such as prayer, reciting Quran, remembrance of Allah and paying charity and others.
Al-Hafez Ibn Rajab said: the Prophet (prayer and peace of Allah be upon him) distinguished the last ten days of Ramadan with some righteous deeds include the following:
1- keeping awake at night for praying, it is possible that he was keeping awake the whole or most of the night.
2- He woke his family to offer prayer during the last ten nights and not at any other nights.
3- He was isolating himself from his wives and performing I’tikaf (staying at the Masjid for devotion).
One of the virtues of these ten days is that they include laylatulqadr (the night of Decree) which is better than a thousand months. he Prophet (PBUH) said “Whoever prayed at night in laylat-ul-Qadr (the night of decree) out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.” Bukhari
«من قام ليلة القدر إيمانا واحتسابا غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه» متفق عليه
Some people make a mistake in these ten days when they gradually decrease their worship until they nearly end their endeavor in these ten days, but this completely contradicts the Prophet’s sunnah. The believer should be patient in Allah’s obedience in these little days and nights in which the winners win (the great rewards) and the losers loose (Allah’s rewards and blessings).