Laylatul Qadr is considered one of the most important nights for Muslims as this is the night on which the Qur’an was revealed to the prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Laylatul Qadr means the ‘Night of Power’, and it falls on one of the last 10 odd nights of Ramadan, but this date is unknown. Good deeds done on this night are better than a thousand months. This is why it is important to make use of the last 10 days and nights of Ramadan.
Dua for Laylatul Qadr
On Laylatul Qadr, one can recite duas asking Allah (SWT) for anything you desire, but it is recommended to seek forgiveness in these last 10 days.
Aisha (RA) said, “I asked the Messenger of Allah: ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said: ‘Say: Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee’”
This translates to, ‘O Allah, You are the Most Forgiving and You love to Forgive, so forgive me.’
Other Duas to Read
Dua for good in this life and the next life -Rabbana atina fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil ‘akhirati hasanatan waqina ‘azaaban-nar.
This means, ‘Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the life to come and keep us safe from the punishment of Hellfire.’
Dua for refuge from the Fire – Allahumma Ajirni minan naar.
This means, ‘O Allah, save me from the fire (Jahannam).’
How Do You Know When Laylatul Qadr is?
We do not know what night is Laylatul Qadr, but there are signs that suggest it may have occurred. Some of which are:
- The night is peaceful and still.
- There is a possibility of rain.
- The next morning, the sun is weak with no rays – one explanation for this from Imam An-Nawawi is that there are so many angels in the sky that the sunbeams are blocked out, but Allah (SWT) knows best.
Make the Most of Laylatul Qadr
Any good deeds in Ramadan and on Laylatul Qadr hold a lot of rewards. You can make use of this time by doing the following:
- Don’t waste time watching TV. Use the time to do something more productive and beneficial to you.
- Increase Dhikr and Qur’an recitation.
- Learn more about Islam – seeking knowledge should be done at every age.
- Spend the last ten nights in I’tikaf – this is where you seclude yourself from others to focus on your relationship with Allah (SWT).
- Make dua – for forgiveness, health, guidance and whatever you desire.
- Donate to charity and help others. The Prophet, upon be peace, said: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be his charity.” (Al-Tirmidhi.)
In the last ten nights of Ramadan, it is important to give to charity. Giving to charity on the Night of Power holds immense reward. Allah (SWT) knows best.
“Do not show lethargy or negligence in giving alms and charity till your last breath.” -Muhammad, upon him be peace (Bukhari and Muslim).