Lailat ul Qadr (The Night of Power / Decree / Destiny)
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
“In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.”
إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِوَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ
تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِمْ مِنْ كُلِّ أَمْرٍسَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّىٰ مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ
“We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power: And what will explain to thee what the night of power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah’s permission, on every errand: Peace!…This until the rise of morn!” (Surah Qadr 97:1-5)
Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Seek Lailat ul Qadr in the odd-numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan.”
What is Lailat ul Qadr? Lail means “night” “Qadr” is a Proper Noun, so Lailat ul Qadr is Night of Qadr. Qur’an tells us “Lailat ul Qadr is better than a thousand months.” Better than 1000 months. Better than 30,000 days? Better than 83 years? Notice the word “better” It is better than 83 years, not equivalent. How much better, only Allah knows.
What makes Lailat ul Qadr so special? Allah says:
شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنْزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ ۚ فَمَنْ شَهِدَ مِنْكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ ۖ وَمَنْ كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۗ يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ
“Ramadhaan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful..” (Surah Al Baqarah 2:185)
In Lailat ul Qadr, the Almighty Creator Allah revealed His final message Qur’an, to the Best of all Creations Rasulullah (SAW), for the Best Ummah’s, and the Message was revealed in the Best Month Ramadan, in the Best nights of all nights Lailat ul Qadr. Think about this comparison, in Lailat ul Qadr when everything is at its best, the Divine Mercy of Rabbil A’lameen is also at its best, and in all honesty it is this very perfection and eagerness of Divine Mercy which makes this night better than 3 thousand nights.
The sincere believer who worries day and night about his sins awaits patiently Lailat ul Qadr. During it he hopes to be forgiven by Allah for his past sins, because the Prophet promised that whoever stood in prayer on the night of Al-Qadr, in faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, he will have all of his previous sins forgiven. To achieve this, the believer remembers Rasulullah (SAW) advice in different sayings wherein he used words like “seek”, “pursue”, “search” and “look hard” for Lailat ul Qadr.
There is a difference of opinion as to when actually the Lailat ul Qadr occurs. But there is no doubt that it is one of the odd numbered nights in the last 10 days of Ramadan. It is best to do Ibaadat in all the nights to strive hard and to be sincere in worship. Spend more time in worship during the nights on which Lailat ul Qadr is likely to fall. This calls for abandoning many worldly pleasures in order to secure the time and thoughts solely for worshipping Allah. Ayesha (RA) reported: “When the last ten nights started, Rasulullah (SAW) would tighten his izhaar (i.e. he stayed away from his wives in order to have more time for worship), spend the whole night awake (in prayer), and wake up his family” (Bukhari, Muslim).
Ayesha (RA) said: “Allah’s Messenger (SAW) used to exert more (in worship) on the last ten than on other nights” (Muslim).
Some of the signs by which Lailat ul Qadr is known is that on the following morning the sun rises red and weak with no visible rays. Lailat ul Qadr is a pleasant night, neither hot nor cold. Another hadith states that, “Lailat ul Qadr is a bright night, neither hot nor cold, in which no meteors are seen.” Lailat ul Qadr is the most blessed night. Peace descends in Lailat ul Qadr until dawn. It may be that you may leave the Masjid after Fajr one day without realizing that you have been forgiven by Allah the Most Merciful. A person who misses it has indeed missed a great amount of good. A believer should search for it by spending the nights in worship and obedience. For those who catch the opportunity, their gift is that their past sins are wiped away.
The Dua For the Night of Qadr (Power)
اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
“O Allah, you are the Most Forgiving, and One who loves forgiving, therefore forgive me”. (Tirmidhi)
“Who knows if this will be our LAST Ramadhaan? Angel of death does not call before it comes to us. If this Ramadan does not bring us closer or makes us aware of Allah…then it is as if we finished the count of days and did not fulfill the purpose of Ramadhaan.”
“Ya Ar Hamar Rahimeen, Ya Ar Hamar Rahimeen , Ya Ar Hamar Rahimeen , O’Allah give us the ability to benefit from the Sacred and Blessed month, change for the better to please you, and to improve our character. O’Allah accept our Ibadah, our duas and accept the Ummah in your shade of Mercy and forgiveness, forgive us for transgressing the rights You have over us, give us the ability to fulfill them, forgive us Allah for we are sinful, and You are our Lord, Master, The Most Merciful and Forgiving. Forgive this sinful soul who pleads to You, O’ my Allah accept this broken sincere dua. Aameen Thuma Ameen”