“Surely, we have revealed to you the Grand Night, and what will make you comprehend what the Grand Night is? The Grand Night is better than a thousand months. The Angels and the Spirit descend in it by the permission of their Lord for every affair. Peace! It is till the break of the morning.”
– The Holy Qur’an (97:5)
The Holy Night of Laylat-ul-Qadr, otherwise called the Night of Power, Night of Decree, or Night of Destiny incites a thousand months’ worth of rewards in a singular eve. If one executes any acts of goodwill on this night, they reap the rewards of having performed the good deed for a thousand months (83 years).
This is believed to be the night that Allah (SWT) revealed the Holy Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), linking the Night of Power (Laylat-ul-Qadr) and revelations to one another. As a result, it’s during this night that our destiny is said to be written for the remaining year. Consequently, everyone should make the most of this significant occasion by gaining as much reward as possible.
During Laylat-ul- Qadr (the 27th night), Hadith strength is elevated. Therefore, the Night of Power (Laylat-ul-Qadr) and revelations quotes should be taken seriously and followed closely. On the Night of Power (Laylat-ul-Qadr), Hadith can be used as a major source of guidance for all Muslims.
This evening occurs within Ramadan’s concluding 10 nights, and popular belief suggests that Laylat-ul-Qadr is the 27th night. It’s during this month that Muslims refrain from any sinful acts whilst also fasting during the daylight hours in observation of the Five Pillars of Islam.
There are plenty of things you can do on this auspicious night to maximise your blessings and reward. We have detailed some of these below:
During the month of Ramadan and over the course of the year, many of us tend to recite the Holy Qur’an without knowing what it is we are actually reading. Take some time out to translate the meaning of the Holy Qur’an on this night; it is, after all, the night the very first verses of the guidance were revealed. Ask yourself one simple question: would you read an English book from cover to cover if you did not understand what you were reading?
It is said that you may ask Allah (SWT) for whatever you wish for on this night (legitimate desires, of course) but in doing so, do not forget to make as much Dua as possible for others and seek repentance as much as possible to your Lord for your sins on this night.
The act of giving is an act that is greatly rewarded by Allah (SWT) and is encouraged during the Holy month of Ramadan. If the rewards and blessings of giving in this month are so great, can you imagine what the rewards for giving on the night of Laylatul Qadr will be like?
Whether you choose to help someone by donating your time or contributing money, giving towards Sadaqah Jariyah on behalf of a deceased loved one, or donating your Zakat, ensure you give as much as possible on this revered night. Even the smallest act of giving someone a glass of water or smiling at another being is a great act of charity in Islam.
Send your Ramadan donations with Muslim Aid this year and ensure your generosity goes towards those who need it the most.
Ramadan is intended to bring peace and unity to Islam, so ensure you spend as much time as possible praying and worshipping with your loved ones. Visit the mosque with your family and friends, have your Suhoor and Iftar with them, and pray alongside each other, too.
In this day and age, we take numerous days off from our work and commitments to attend occasions and events that hold much importance to us. This night is, by far, infinitely more important than any worldly commitment we could have, so ensure you book the day off to worship, seek repentance, and thank your Lord for the privilege itself.
If you’re wondering how to pray on Laylat-ul-Qadr, the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) used to spend the final 10 days of this Holy month in I’tikaaf at the Masjid. I’tikaaf is the act of performing continuous prayer and Dhikr (devotional prayers/remembrance of Allah (SWT)) at the Masjid for a prolonged period of time, without leaving.
If you cannot perform I’tikaaf during the last 10 nights, it is strongly recommended to spend the actual night of Laylat-ul-Qadr in ibaadah at the Masjid, reciting Dua and seeking repentance as much as you can. As mentioned above, reciting the Holy Qur’an and supplications is recommended, along with reciting tasbih prayers and the recommended Amaal for Laylat-ul-Qadr during the course of the night.
The Night of Power is a time for self-evaluation, meaning you should reflect upon yourself and question these things: as a Muslim, are you humble? Is there more you can do for your Amaal, or is there more you could do for others whilst you still have the opportunity? Are you a good person? Do you have decent characteristics? Have you got good morals and values? Do you have good Akhlaaq? Could you be a better person?
Identify all the things you feel you could change or better about yourself; accept that no one is perfect, and be your own harshest critic in order to improve.
This night can also be taken as an opportunity to plan for the upcoming year, contemplating both your short- and long-term ambitions. Vow to worship more frequently and have good intentions to attain rewards from Allah (SWT).
Brothers and sisters, remember, it’s vital that you make the most of blessings on this notable night. Consequently, you should limit your engagement in trivial acts and instead pray and reap rewards.
We thank Allah (SWT) for the beauty of this Holy night whilst praying that He accepts our good deeds on this world and hereafter.
Brothers and sisters, remember, on this auspicious night it is important that we make the most of the blessings whilst we can. Refrain from day to day activities of daily life such as watching TV and indulging in trivial worldly acts. Take just this one night, pray as much as you can, give as much as you can and reap a multitude of rewards for your Aakhirah (Hereafter).
On this beautiful night of Laylat-ul-Qadr, we thank Allah SWT for bestowing upon us the privilege of this Holy night and we pray that the Lord accepts all of our good deeds and acts, accepts all our prayers and dua and grants all of our legitimate desires - both in this world and in the Hereafter. Ameen.