Laylatul Qadr – Night of Power
The last few nights of Ramadan (in which Laylatul Qadr – the Night of Power – can be found) are upon us. We’re blessed with the opportunity to earn even more bountiful rewards for our good deeds.
As Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.”
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What is Laylatul Qadr?
Laylatul Qadr, or the Night of Power/Decree as it is otherwise referred to, is one of the most important and sacred nights in the Islamic calendar.
While the month of Ramadan is most widely known as the month that the Qur’an was first revealed to humankind, the Night of Power describes the exact night that the Qur’an was revealed.
When is Laylatul Qadr?
It is a commonly held belief that Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) occurs on the 27th Ramadan. However, scholars of Hadith recommend focusing on the last 10 nights of Ramadan, especially the odd nights, as it is most likely to have occurred in one of these nights based on the following Hadith:
It was advised by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) to “Look for it in the odd nights of the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan.” (Bukhari)
Humankind will never know the exact date of Laylatul Qadr however, and it is most likely one of the odd nights in the last ten nights of Ramadan – Allah knows best.
What to do on Laylatul Qadr
Muslims are encouraged to worship intently throughout Ramadan in order to catch the blessings of the Night of Power. On this night, the reward for worship is better than 1000 months! Therefore, muslims can earn phenomenal reward and acceptance of their repentance through sincere worship and reflection.
In the Qur’an, an entire Surah is dedicated to the Night of Power/Decree (Laylatul Qadr), and in it, Allah (SWT) reveals its purpose, reward and signs:
“Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.” [Qur’an 97:1-5]
Here are five key acts of worship to focus on in your effort to catch Laylatul Qadr:
1. Salah and voluntary Salah.
2. Du’a, for yourself, loved ones, those who are oppressed, mankind and Allah (SWT’s) creatures.
3. Tawbah (repentance) for major and minor sins.
4. Acts of Sadaqah and Sadaqah Jariyah.
5. Upright conduct and character towards others.
Due to the sanctity of this night, your deeds are multiplied. Therefore, praying just two rakat could equal 83 years of Salah!
May Allah accept our efforts, Ameen.
Why is Laylatul Qadr called the Night of Power?
Laylatul Qadr or the Night of Power is described as such to illustrate the significance of what the night entails for human kind.
Allah says about the purpose of this night:
”Ha, Meem. By the clear Book, Indeed, We sent it down during a blessed night. Indeed, We were to warn [mankind]. On that night every precise matter – Every matter [proceeding] from Us. Indeed, We were to send (a messenger).” [Qur’an 44:1-5]
Signs of Laylatul Qadr
Only Allah has knowledge of Laylatul Qadr. However, to determine its presence we are directed towards some signs.
Two of the most authentic signs of Laylatul Qadr are:
- The sun rises early in the morning without rays. Ubayy, (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
“The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “On the morning following Laylatul-Qadr, the sun rises without any rays, as if it were a brass dish, until it rises up.” (Muslim)
- It is a pleasant and calm. Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allah be pleased with him), said:
“Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him), said: “Laylatul-Qadr is calm and pleasant, neither hot nor cold, the sun rises on its morning being feeble and red.” (Ibn Khuzaimah)
Try your best to catch Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) by focusing on Ibadah (worship) this Ramadan more than ever before! Therefore, by consistently making Du’a to catch it, it may be that Allah allows you to witness this precious and powerful night and earn its rewards!