Since Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest night of the year, certainly falls within the last 10 days of Ramadan, Muslims strive to get this night’s blessings. In this night, virtuous deeds and prayers are worth more than 1000 months.
According to Al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim- one of the six major books of hadith collections of Sunni Islam- Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) stressed ““Seek out Laylat al-Qadr in the odd nights during the last ten nights of Ramadan”
I’tikaf; which means remaining in the mosque for 10 successive days, is the most distinct worship during these days in order not miss the night.
Inside mosques, believers sleep, eat, drink and never go outside the door except for necessary needs like bringing food for Iftar and Sohour.
On the other hand, women can also perform I’tikaf at home by devoting most of their time in prayer and meditation. They can only do the minimum domestic work to run their families.
Muslims main rituals through these days are fasting, obligatory and optional praying and reciting the holy Quran. They also actively engage in in the remembrance of God (dhikr), giving charity and doing charity work. They try to do good deeds with pure intention in order to ask for God’s forgiveness.
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to observed I’tikaf every year in his tent at the end of Ramadan month.