What is Laylat al-Qadr?
“The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.” Surah al-Qadr 3-5
Laylat al-Qadr falls within the last 10 nights of Ramadan, however the exact date is concealed. The Prophet ﷺ was going to inform the Ummah of the exact day but coming across two people quarrelling – he ﷺ was made to forget. It is thought to be on an odd night and commonly thought to be the 27th Ramdan. On this night, the verses of The Qur’an were first revealed from the Angel Jibareel (Gabriel) عليه السلام to The Prophet Muhammed ﷺ.
the rewards for any good deeds we fulfil are worth 1000 months or approximately 83 years.
Why has it been concealed?
if Allah had chosen to, He could have told us of the specific time for Laylat al-Qadr, however by concealing it within the last 10 nights, Allah Most High, in His Sublime Wisdom, has suspended us in a state of increasing, anticipation and longing for the entire last 10 days of Ramadan. This coaxes worshippers into utilising the very best of the last 10 nights, increasing them in reward as opposed to if they concentrated their efforts into 1 single night and giving worshippers a spiritual boost that will inshaAllah remain thereafter Ramadan! Imagine how close to Allah you have become from 10 nights of dedication and worship, strengthening your relationship with Allah for the foreseeable future!
Furthermore, these are the days of emancipation from the hellfire, meaning that the more we yearn for Laylat al-Qadr over these 10 nights, the more we are asking Allah for forgiveness and in His Mercy, inshaAllah beings amongst those He protects from the fire.
Keep up the habit of night prayers beyond Eid and for the rest of the year seeking out the rewards in each night as we do for Laylat al-Qadr.
What should I do on The Night of Laylat al-Qadr?
- Pray the night prayer in abundance. This is a night in which we should exert ourselves for the sake of pleasing Allah Most High and gaining the maximum reward as a result. Observe Qiyaam al-Layl, Taraweeh and Tahajjud during the night hours.
- Recite the Qur’an and contemplate on the meaning. “An hour of contemplation (as a form of Dhikr) is better than a year of worship” (Al-Amudi, Ghurar Al-Hikam, No.6537). Pace yourself to perform as many prayers throughout the night as possible, by spending time in between reciting and contemplating on the Qur’an.
- Read Athkaar and Dhikr.
- Pray in plentitude for forgiveness from one’s sins and seek protection in Allah from the hellfire.
- Donate Sadaqah. Imagine receiving the rewards for 83 years of a donation you have made only once. We often consider the best investments in this life to increase our wealth, imagine the investment for our Akhira made from receiving 83 years of reward! Consider the following Hadith: Umar رحمة الله عليه has said “Indeed actions on The Day of Judgement will question each other of who is more superior. It will be said the best of them is his charity, charity will then say I am the best of them.” – Miraat al-Zaman – Ibn al-Jawzi. Don’t forget to donate your Sadaqah on the odd nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan – inshaAllah you will receive the rewards for giving for 1000 months.