Laylatul Qadr is an extremely virtuous night. It is the night in which the Qur’an, a Book of guidance for all mankind was revealed.
“The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.” [Al-Qadr : 3]
It is a night full of peace and tranquility until dawn. There is an entire chapter of the Qur’an (Surah al-Qadr) that was revealed about the excellence and virtue of this night.
Believers in search for this night spend the last ten odd nights of Ramadan immersed in worship. Angel Jibreel ‘alayhi salaam accompanied by uncountable other angels descends upon earth during this night bringing along Allah’s mercy and benevolence.
Abu Huraira radhiAllahu ‘anhu narrated that the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “And verily, the angels who are on the earth during that night are more than the number of pebbles.” [Musnad Ahmad]
Every good deed done during this night is better than a thousand months’ worth of good deeds. Anas radhiAllahu ‘anhu narrates that upon the arrival of the month of Ramadan, the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “The person who remains deprived of the blessings of this night will remain deprived of all goodness. No one is deprived of this night except the most wretched ones.” [Sunan Ibn Majah] (May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala not make us of the wretched, aameen.)
Seek Laylatul Qadr in the Odd Nights of the Last Ten Days of Ramadan
Ibn ‘Umar radhiAllahu ‘anhu narrated that the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Seek it (Laylatul Qadr) in the last (ten nights). If one among you shows slackness and weakness (in the earlier part of Ramadan), it should not be allowed to prevail upon him in the last week.” [Muslim]
Standing in Prayer during the Night of Laylatul Qadr is a means of Expiation of Previous Sins
Abu Huraira radhiAllahu ‘anhu narrated that the Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “Whoever establishes prayers during the night of Al-Qadr with sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not for showing off), all his past sins will be forgiven.” [Bukhari]
When worshiping collectively refrain from making loud noises and commotion, arguments, idle talk, etc. and focus entirely on your worship. ‘Ubadah ibn Al-Samit narrated: Allah’s Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam went out to inform the people about the (date of the) night of Qadr. There happened a quarrel between two Muslim men. The Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallamsaid, “I came out to inform you about the Night of Qadr but as so-and-so and so-and-so quarreled, the news about it has been taken away; and hopefully it will be better for you.” [Bukhari]
Signs of Laylatul Qadr
The Prophet salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “On the morning following Laylatul Qadr the sun does not have any rays, as if it were a brass dish until it rises up.” [Abu Dawoud: 1378]
Abu Huraira radhiAllahu ‘anhu reported: We were talking about Laylatul Qadr in the presence of the Messenger of Allah salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and he said, “Who among you remembers (the Nights of Qadr), when the moon arose and it was like the edge of a big plate. [Muslim: 2779]
Ibn ‘Abbas radhiAllahu ‘anhu narrated that Allah’s Messenger salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said, “The night of Qadr is pleasant, neither hot nor cold, the sun rises on its morning with faint redness.” [Ibn Khuzaimah: 2192]
Zirr reported: I heard from Ubayy ibn Ka’ab radhiAllahu ‘anhu a statement made by ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’oud radhiAllahu ‘anhu in which he said: Whoever stands up (in prayer) for the year will find the night of Qadr. Ubayy radhiAllahu ‘anhu said: By Allah, the One except Whom there is no God that (Laylatul Qadr) is in Ramadan. He swore without reservation. “By Allah, I know the night; it is the night on which the Messenger of Allah salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam commanded us to pray. It preceded the morning of 27th and its indication was that the sun rose with whitening on that day having no rays.” [Muslim]
Things to do:
– Yearn and strive to attain Laylatul Qadr and strive to seek it
– Make preparations for worship, particularly for qiyaam during this night
– Make a proper schedule for the night, allocating time to voluntary prayers, recitation of the Qur’an, supplications and have your children and family members join you in worship
– Menstruating women can do dhikr/tasbeeh, spend their time listening to the recitation of the Qur’an and making supplications
– Make the following supplication abundantly: ‘Aishah radhiAllahu ‘anha said: I asked the Messenger of Allah salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam: O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it? He said say: “O Allah, You are the One Pardoning, You love to pardon, so pardon me.” [at-Tirmidhi: 3513]