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Laylatul Qadar (The Night of Power)

One of the most meritorious aspects of the month of Ramadhaan is that it contains Laylatul Qadr, the most blessed night of the year. It is the night which Allah Ta’ala chose to reveal the Holy Qur’aan. The Holy Qur’an has mentioned that this night is better than one thousand months. It means that the worship performed in this night brings more reward than the worship performed in one thousand months.

Rasulullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam] has mentioned that in this night, Allah Ta’ala directs His special mercy towards the people of the earth, accepts the duas made by His slaves and forgives a large number of people who repent and make dua.


When is Laylatul Qadr?

Laylatul Qadr falls in one of the last five odd nights of Ramadhaan i.e. 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th. One should spend all the five nights in worship and ibaadah, so that he may find Laylatul Qadr with certainty.


What should I do on Laylatul Qadr?

No special form of worship is prescribed for Laylatul Qadr. The night must be spent by offering as much nafl ibaadat as one can offer, in recitation of the Holy Qur’an, zikr, tasbeeh, duas and in giving sadaqah (charity).

This is the night meant for developing a connection with Allah Ta’ala, for offering acts of worship in solitude and seclusion, for having constant and exclusive contact with Allah Ta’ala who is the Lord of the universe, for minimizing the diversity of thoughts and actions and for devoting oneself to Allah Ta’ala with his heart and soul.


The Dua of Laylatul Qadr

Sayyidah ‘Aishah (Radi Allahu Anha) once asked Rasullullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam] as to what dua she should recite on Laylatul Qadr. Rasullullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam] taught her the following dua:


اَللّٰهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنَّا

O Allah, You are surely most forgiving and You like forgiving so, (please) forgive me.


Ibaadah on Laylatul Qadr

The best way to benefit from the blessings of this night is to keep awake for the whole night and spend it in worship and ibaadat. But people who cannot do so for any reason should spare at least a considerable part of the night for acts of worship. At least 8 rak’at should be performed after midnight as tahajjud, some part of the Holy Qur’an should be recited and this dua taught to us by Rasullullah [Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam] should be read in abundance. Any zikr or tasbeeh should be recited in abundance, specially the zikr of the third kalimah as there is abundant virtue in reciting this tasbeeh.

Even when one is not in the state of wudhu, the zikr and tasbeeh may be recited. Similarly, the zikr may also be performed during other states, when walking or in bed. However one must be careful not to make any form of zikr in the toilet or bathroom.

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