Laylatul-Qadr – The Night of Power

844821_explosion_of__a_star.jpgAssalamu-Alaykum (Peace be Upon you)

Well as we are well into the last Ash’ra (last 10 days) of Ramadhaan, people will inevitably start having the usual conversations about Laylatul-Qadr (The Night of Power)…..

When is it?

Is it on the odd nights or on the even nights?

Is it the night of the 27th?

As my knowledgeable readers will be aware, there is a plethora of Hadith (Traditions of the Prophet (PBUH)) regarding this subject, and I do not intend to go into them in detail at all!

Yes, there are Hadith which point towards the fact that it is on the odd nights and and on the even nights, and yes, some of the Fuqaha (Islamic Jurists) of the past did go by the fact that it was on the 27th night!

The fact is that only Allah Himself knows when it is, and in His Hikmah (Wisdom) He has hidden the true date of it so that we may strive that little bit more in our search for it in the last 10 days.

And this is precisely the reason why our Prophet (PBUH) used to go into I’tikaaf (seclusion) in the Masjid (Mosque) in the last 10 nights. If a person does go into I’tikaaf, then he or she will be able concentrate on worshipping Allah and making Dua (supplication) and earn a huge amount of reward. It is a Sunnah (practice) of the Prophet (PBUH) and the complete reward is that of 2 accepted Hajj and Umrah (Pilgrimage).

And as we all know, whoever finds Laylatul-Qadr will have found a night which is better than a thousand months which means that his or her Ibaadah (worship) will get so much more Ajr (reward) and will get so close to Allah.

On this blessed night, Jibra’eel (AS) (Gabriel), the leader of the Malaa’ikah (Angels) himself comes down to Earth with the Malaa’ikah, with their sole task for that night being to make Dua of forgiveness and send blessings upon any Muslim worshipping Allah, until the time of Subha-Sadiq (Astronomical Twilight). It is also narrated in some Hadith that the Malaa’ikah write down everything that is to happen in a person’s life for the next year on this night – may Allah make it one of Aafiyah (ease), Khair (good) and Barakah (abundance, blessings, there is no exact English translation of this word) – Ameen.

Furthermore, it is stated in another Hadith that whosoever worships Allah on Laylatul-Qadr with Iman (Faith, sincerity) and Ihtisab (having firm conviction that Allah will give a reward), then all the past sins of that person will be forgiven!

And of course, according to some narrations, the Qur’an was transferred to Earth into the Lawhe-Mahfooz (the Heavenly Tablet) on this night as well.

All in all, this is indeed an extra special night for the Believer, and we should try as much as we can to increase in our devotions to Allah throughout the last Ash’ra so that we may earn His forgiveness and be privy to receiving His special Mercy. And remember, as it is the last Ash’ra, in this10 days, Almighty Allah promises salvation from the fire of Hell, so please, do as much as you can…

So what should one do during Laylatul-Qadr?

Well, any form of Ibaad’ah really. Whether it is Tahajjud salaat (optional night prayer), Dhikr (remembrance of Allah), or recitation of the Qur’an, it’s all good in the eyes of Allah, but if there is any one thing that we as Muslims should be doing more on this night, it is Dua – we should make as much Dua as possible.

For ourselves, for our family, for our friends, for all the Muslims, for all the non-Muslims – we should be making Dua that Allah showers the whole of the Ummah (community of Mankind) with peace and tranquillity and that Allah gives us all Hidayah (guidance).

And Allah knows best

Ma’as-salaam

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2 Responses to “Laylatul-Qadr – The Night of Power”

  1. That was really beautifully written. Like it was said in a bayaan i went to on jummah, saying we should spend the last days of ramzaan reciting lots of quran, standing in prayer, and making zikr. May Allah forgive us and save us from hell fire. Ameen.

  2. “Night of Power more superior than a thousand months”

    Which equates to 83.33 yars!

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