The observation of I’tikaaf during the last ten days of Ramadhan was a practice which Rasoolullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam observed assiduously throughout his life in Madinah tul Munawwarah. The devotion that Rasoolullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam attached to this beautiful Sunnah can be understood by the fact that on one occasion when he was unable to observe I’tikaaf, due to being out on an expedition, he observed twenty days I’tikaaf the following year.
Undisturbed seclusion in the Masjid is indeed an excellent way to exclusively engage oneself in personal communication with Allah Ta’ala. Away from the comfort of the home, family members and daily work routine, I’tikaaf enhances one’s close proximity to Allah Ta’ala and secures the internal and external purification of the Mu’takif.
Note: If we cannot complete the Sunnah I’tikaaf, let us endeavour to perform Nafl I’tikaaf especially in the odd nights.