salaam, i am confused, i would like to know whether i should go for jamat in the last 10 days of ramadan of whether i should do Itikaf?
Despite the great reward and benefit of going in Jamaat in last 10 days of Ramadhan, it would be more rewardable for one to sit in I'tikaaf because it is the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihe Wa Sallam. It is important to understand and follow the timing in which the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihe Wa Sallam observed a practice. It was the constant habit of the Holy Prophet Sallallahu Alaihe Wa Sallam to observe the Sunnah of I'tikaaf during the last days of Ramadhan. Therefore if one had choice to either observe I'tikaaf during the last 10 days or go out in Jamaat then one should go for I'tikaaf. There is also a possibility to combine both practices and that may be achieved by going out in Jamaat and spend the entire 10 days period in a Masjid where the Jamaat will stay.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Ikram ul Haq
Fatwa Center of America