Ibn Abbas radhiAllahu ‘anhu said (meaning of his saying not exact words) that on this night the writing is so precise i.e. the pens of the angels are so accurate that they will be writing:
– who would be going for Hajj next year,
– who would be getting a job or promotion,
– getting married or having a baby,
– and who are going to return to their Rabb.
Why make du’a when everything has been pre-written?
A common question that people ask is that why make du’a when our taqdeer is already written. They forget that our du’as can change our destiny. If we make a sincere du’a with full khushu, acknowledging that Allah answers our du’as, by Allah’s permission the angels will erase what has already been written and re-write according to the du’a that has been accepted.
One of the etiquettes of making du’a is to acknowledge that we are weak and dependent on our Rabb. We can’t breathe if He doesn’t allow us to breathe. We can’t walk if He doesn’t let us walk. We can’t listen if He doesn’t give us the ability to hear. Everything that we have is due to Him, we don’t have any greatness in it.
Du’a is the essence of worship. No ibadah is accepted if du’a is not made at the end; whether we are offering Salah, reading Quran. An important point to keep in mind is that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala doesn’t attend du’a of inattentive heart.
An Interesting Thing about Layla-tul-Qadr:
Though as Muslims, we do not believe in numerology one of the scholars gave a fascinating analysis about this Surah.
He said that the Surah has only five ayahs and this is the number of odd nights we have been asked to find Layla-tul-Qadr in i.e. the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, and 29th. Isn’t it interesting?