The practice of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم was to spend the last ten days and nights of Ramadan in the Masjid (mosque). The people in I’tekaf (seclusion) spend their time in various forms of Dhikr (remembrance of Allah), extra salah, recitation and study of the Quran, study of Hadith, exhorting each other to be good through obeying Allah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم . Since people in I’tekaf are not permitted to go outside the Masjid except for emergencies, they sleep in the Masjid and use available facilities of the Masjid. The food for the people in I’tekaf is provided either by their own families or people in the community. I’tekaf is concluded, generally, at the declaration of sighting of the new moon which marks the month of Ramadan. Few people who cannot partake the entire 10 days, generally go for a shorter I’tekaf duration to coincide with their weekend holiday or the odd nights.
Let us make a sincere intent to revive this Sunnah and stay in Itikaf this Ramadan, even if it is for one day.