When does a person begin his Itikaf:
- The majority of the scholars view that a person should enter the masjid before sunset on the 21st night.
When does the person doing Itikaf leave the Masjid:
- He leaves after Maghrib on the last night of the last ten days.
How long can a person stay in the Masjid for Itikaf:
The least amount of time a person can stay in the Masjid is a complete day or complete night. Umar (may Allah be please with him) said,” During the times of ignorance I made a solemn pledge to do Itikaf for a night in the masjid.” The Prophet (*peace and blessings be upon him) said,” Fulfill your pledge.”
The most amount of time a person can perform Itikaf is unlimited.