What is Laylatul Qadr?
Amongst the many blessings of Ramadan is a precious and special night known as Laylatul Qadr - The Night of Power. This great and powerful night is better than a 1000 months (83 years and 4 months).
This night brings an abundance of mercies, forgiveness, spiritual progress and elevation for a Muslim. It is a night to earn Allah Ta'ala's pleasure and the ultimate prize of Jannah.
Allah Ta'ala says: "The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.” (Quran 97:3)
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whosoever stands in ibadah – worship on this night, with sincere faith and with genuine hope of gaining reward, his previous sins will be forgiven." (Bukhari and Muslim)
When is Laylatul Qadr?
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "Seek Laylatul Qadr in Ramadan in the last ten nights. Verily, it is during the odd nights, 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th or the last night of Ramadan." (Ahmad)
This blessed night is a serene and calm night in which the dawn breaks without any radiant beams of light. It lasts until the break of the dawn.
Aaisha (RA) reports: "I said: 'O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) should I find myself the "Laylatul Qadr", what shall I pray ? Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) replied: say, “Allaahumma innaka afuwwun tuhibbul afwa fa'fu anni” "O Allah, You are most forgiving, You love forgiveness, so forigve me." (Tirmizi)
Some suggested practices for this night:
Spend as much of this night in the Masjid, in seclusion or in the programmes of the pious. Females may seclude themselves in a quiet corner in their homes.
Recite as much Qur'an as possible, particularly the prescribed surahs and verses.
Perform nafl Salah – Salatut Taubah - Tahajjud Salah - Salatut Tasbeeh etc.
Make abundant zikrullah – different forms of Zikr including durood and duas.
This night is a great opportunity for dua. Beg from Allah to fulfil your needs and the needs of the Ummah both in this world and the hereafter.
Take regular breaks during the night to avoid getting over-exhausted. Try switching between different forms of worship.