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The Night of Power – Laylat-ul-Qadr

The holy month of Ramadan is a time for reflection, prayer and absolving oneself of sin. While the focus of Ramadan is on fasting during the hours of sunrise and sunset, it is also about deepening personal connections with Allah (SWT) through prayer and worship. The entire month is an especially prominent time for Muslims, however, there is one night that holds extra meaning, and that night is Laylat-al-Qadr. To read more about the 27th nights, click here. 

What is Laylat-al-Qadr?

The Night of Power – also referred to as Laylat-al-Qadr – is considered to be the Holiest night in the Islamic calendar. This was the night when the first verses of the Holy Qur’an were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), by Angel Jibrail. This night falls within the last 10 days of Ramadan, and although the exact date is unknown, it is widely believed to be the 27th day of the Holy month.

This is a night of great remembrance and worship to Allah (SWT) and ranks higher than that of 1,000 months.

"We have indeed revealed this in the 'Night of Power'. And what will explain to you what the night of power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down The Angels and the Spirit by Allah's permission, on every errand. "Peace!...This until the rise of Morn!"

-Surah Al-Qadr

On this night, a single good deed brings the blessings of 1,000 months. Just some of the good deeds that we can carry out on the Holiest of nights include dedicating the day to worship to increase your taqwa, reciting the Holy Qur’an to familiarise yourself with its teachings and giving to those most in need, thus fulfilling one of the Five Pillars of Islam. In fact, giving charity on Laylat-al-Qadr means that rewards for such a deed will come back manifold.

When is The Night of Power?

Laylat-al-Qadr falls in the final 10 days of Ramadan. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) advised Muslims to "Look for it in the odd nights of the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan." (Bukhari).  However, it is typically believed to fall on the 27th night.

When is Laylat-al-Qadr 2021?

The Night of Power 2021 is expected to fall on Sunday 9th May this year, although this is subject to official sighting of the moon.

How Long is Laylat-al-Qadr?

Laylat-al-Qadr is the same length as every other night, however, during Ramadan, many Muslims prefer to sacrifice sleep on this Holy day in order to immerse themselves in prayer and worship. It is believed that giving up sleep for Allah (SWT) to pray and undertake good deeds will have all previous sins forgiven.

How is Laylat-al-Qadr Celebrated and Observed?

The Night of Power is a time for prayer and reflection; a time for good deeds and forgiveness - Laylat-al-Qadr will see your prayers answered by Allah (SWT).

The Holy month of Ramadan encourages us to reflect, and it is this night where the significance is heightened. There is truly no better way to be thankful for all the good that Allah (SWT) brings than by reciting the Holy Qur’an – dedicating the entirety of the day to your faith.

You should also be encouraged to study the Holy Qur'an on Laylat-al-Qadr. It is one thing to recite its message and teachings, but another to fully understand its meaning. By improving your understanding of the Qur’an and its message on the day when it was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), you will receive back the blessings of a thousand months.

As well as praying for our loved ones, we pray for those less fortunate than us and, as part of our faith, do what we can to help. Giving zakat is a big part of this and for many, the Night of Power is seen as the perfect moment to make this donation. You can pay your zakat through our donations page today here.

Laylat-al-Qadr Donations with Muslim Aid

The last ten nights of Ramadan are believed to be the most important of the holy month, as this is when the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) received the first verses of the Qur’an. This is remembered today through zakat donations being spread across the final ten nights, including Laylat-al-Qadr donations for additional rewards in the Hereafter.

If you are interested in setting up your donation to be spread across the Last Ten Nights, ensuring your rewards, then we are here to help.

This year, our automated donation platform, Nights of Power allows you to split your Zakat and Sadaqah across the last ten nights – so you never miss giving on Laylat ul Qadr again.


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