Q. How should we observe Layla-tal-Qadr? Is it by praying, or by reading Qur’an and the Prophet’s Seerah, listening to lectures and lessons and by celebrating it in the mosque?
Praise be to Allah
The Messenger of Allah (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to strive hard in worship during the last ten days of Ramadan as he never did at any other time, praying, reading Qur’an and making du’a’. Al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated from ‘Aa’ishah (radhiAllahu ‘anha) that when the last ten days of Ramadan came, the Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would stay up at night and would wake his family up, and would abstain from marital relations. Ahmad and Muslim narrated that he used to strive hard in worship during the last ten days of Ramadan as he never did at any other time.
The Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) enjoined staying up and praying on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward. It was narrated from Abu Huraira (radhiAllahu ‘anhu) that the Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” Agreed upon. This hadeeth indicates that it is prescribed to observe Laylat al-Qadr by spending the night in prayer.
One of the best du’a’s that may be recited on Laylat al-Qadr is that which the Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) taught to ‘Aa’ishah (radhiAllahu ‘anha). At-Tirmidhi narrated, and classed the report as Saheeh, that ‘Aa’ishah said, “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know which night is Laylat al-Qadr, what should I say on that night?’ He said, ‘Say:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عُفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni
“O Allah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me.”
[READ MORE: Du’as for Layla-tal-Qadr taught by the Prophet]
With regard to specifying which night of Ramadan is Laylat al-Qadr, this needs specific evidence, but the odd-numbered nights during the last ten nights are more likely than others, and the night of the twenty-seventh is the most likely to be Laylat al-Qadr because that is mentioned in the ahadith.
With regard to innovations, they are not permissible during Ramadan or at other times. It was proven that the Messenger of Allah (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Whoever innovates anything in this matter of ours that is not part of it will have it rejected.” According to another report, “Whoever does any action that is not part of this matter of ours will have it rejected.”
We know of no basis for the celebrations that are held during some nights of Ramadan. The best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and the worst of matters are those which are innovated (bid’ah).
And Allah is the Source of strength. May Allah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.
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