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Itikaaf in Ramadan is the Sunnah of Muakkadah Kifaya

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A fard in Ramadan—fasting for a month; Two Wajibs—paying Sadaqatul Fitr and offering Eid prayers; Five Sunnahs – eating Sahri, breaking Iftar, offering 20 Rakat Taraweeh prayers, reciting the Holy Qur’an and performing Itikaf for the last decade.

Hazrat Umm Salma (R.A.) narrated, 'Rasulullah (S.A.W.) never abandoned three acts in his life – the Tahajjud prayer, fasting on the 13th, 14th and 15th of every lunar month in 'Ayame Bid' and I'tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan.' (James Sagir and Sahih Bukhari: 1975)

Hazrat Ayesha Siddiqa (R.A.) narrates, 'The Prophet (S.A.W.) performed I'tikaf during the last decades of the month of Ramadan. Even after his death, his wives used to perform Itikaaf (at home).' (Bukhari Sharif and Muslim Sharif; Alfiyat al-Hadith: 546, page: 129)

'I'tikaf' means—to stay, to bind, to remain bound or to keep bound. In terms of I'tikaf, it means to confine oneself to a certain place for a certain time for the purpose of I'tikaf for the purpose of worship.

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