Ramadan: the Third Decade, from Saturday July 19th
Traditionally, the first ten days of the holy month of Ramadan is a time of mercy (Rahma), the second half of forgiveness (maghfirah) and purification in which it is good to recite many salawat, the praises of the Prophet (s.a.w.s.), and the third decade is a period of perfection dedicated to retreat, ‘the freedom from hell fire’ (‘itqun mina an-nar).
Of course the ideal in the latter period would be able to stay at home in a sort of mini-retreat (itikaaf), to speak as little as possible, refrain from unnecessary thoughts, and focus on the prayers at least five times a day. Who can not afford this ideal condition, may simply continue his everyday’s life but closing the door to chatting, especially to speak bad about the others, and to act bad. It’s always good to make clear the intention to keep oneself pure from all this before starting.
In the last decade we celebrated the night of Laylatul Qadr, the most important night of the Islamic calendar, the Night of Destiny (literally the night of honor and nobility, predestination, closeness) of spiritual bliss, the powerful all-night vigil that is worth a thousand months of prayers in which countless angels descend upon us not to leave the smallest space uncovered on earth.
(See article: LAYLATUL QADR: THE NIGHT OF POWER)