The Hidden Night Of Power.
Its excellence is great, since in this night the Qur’an was sent down, which leads one who clings to it, to the path of honour and nobility, and raises him to the summit of distinction and everlasting life.
As regards its excellence it is more than sufficient to mention that Lailat ul-Qadr is better than a thousand months, Allah Thee Almighty says:
إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِوَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِلَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ
تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِمْ مِنْ كُلِّ أَمْرٍسَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّىٰ مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ
“Verily! We have sent it (this Qur’an) down in the Night of Decree (Lailat ul-Qadr). And what will make you know what the Night of Decree is? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the angels and the Rooh (i.e. Gabriel) by Allah’s Permission with all Decrees, Peace! Until the appearance of dawn.” (Surah Al-Qadr 97: 1-5)
In it every decreed matter for the year is conveyed, Allah says:
إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةٍ مُبَارَكَةٍ ۚ إِنَّا كُنَّا مُنْذِرِينَفِيهَا يُفْرَقُ كُلُّ أَمْرٍ حَكِيمٍ
أَمْرًا مِنْ عِنْدِنَا ۚ إِنَّا كُنَّا مُرْسِلِينَرَحْمَةً مِنْ رَبِّكَ ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ
“We sent it (this Qur’an) down on a blessed Night. Verily, We are ever warning (mankind of Our Torment). Therein (that Night) is decreed every matter of ordainment. Amran (i.e. a command or this Qur’an or His Decree of every matter) from Us. Verily, We are ever sending (the Messenger). (As) a Mercy from your Lord. Verily! He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.” (Surah Dukhan 44: 3-6)
It is reported from the Prophet SAW that it is within the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th or the last night of Ramadhan.
It occurs in the odd nights of the last ten nights of Ramadhaan. Ayesha (RA) said: “Allah Messenger (SAW used) to practice I’tikaf in the last ten nights and say: ‘Seek out Lailat ul-Qadr in the (odd nights) of the last ten days of Ramadhan.” (Bukhari, Muslim) However if the servant is too weak or unable, then he should at least not let the last seven days pass him by, due to what is reported from ‘Ibn ‘Umar, who said: Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “Seek it in the last ten, and if one of you is too weak or unable then let him not allow that to make him miss the final seven.” (Bukhari, Muslim) This explains Rasulullah (SAW) saying: “I see that your dreams are in agreement (that it is in the last seven) so he who wishes to seek it out then let him seek it in the last seven.” (Bukhari) It is also known from the Sunnah, that knowledge of the exact night upon which Lailat ul-Qadr falls was taken up because the people argued, ‘Ubadah ibn as-Samit (RA) said: Rasulullah (SAW) came out intending to tell us about Lailat ul-Qadr, however two men were arguing and he said: “I came out to inform you about Lailat ul-Qadr but so and so, and, so and so were arguing, so it was raised up, and perhaps that is better for you, so seek it on the (twenty) ninth and (twenty) seventh and the (twenty) fifth.” (Bukhari)
Allah knows best.
One who misses this blessed night then he has missed much good for no one misses it except one from whom it is withheld. Therefore it is recommended that the Muslim who is eager to be obedient to Allah should stand in Prayer during this night and hope for the great reward, since if he does this, Allah will forgive his previous sins. Rasulullah (SAW) said: “Whoever stands in (Prayer) in Lailat ul-Qadr out of Imaan and seeking reward then his previous sins are forgiven.” (Bukhari) It is recommended to supplicate a great deal in it, it is reported from Ayesha (RA) that she said: “O Messenger of Allah! What if I knew which night Lailat ul-Qadr was, and then what should I say in it?” He said: “Say: Allaahumma innaka ‘affuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee.” (O Allah you are the one who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me.) (At-Tirmidhi) We should know the importance of this night, we should stand in Prayer in the last ten nights, in worship, increasing in actions of obedience and worship in it. Ayesha (RA) said: “Rasulullah (SAW) used to tighten his waist-wrapper (izhaar) – (meaning detached himself from his wives in order to worship, and exerted himself in seeking Lailat ul-Qadr), spend the night in worship, and wake the family in the last ten nights.” (Bukhari, Muslim) Ayesha (RA): “Allah’s Messenger (SAW) used to exert himself in the last ten nights more than he would at other times.” (Muslim) Rasulullah (SAW) described the morning after Lailat ul-Qadr, so that the Muslim may know which day it is. Ubayy (RA) said: that Rasulullah (SAW) said: “On the morning following Lailat ul-Qadr the sun rises not having any rays, as if it were a brass dish, until it rises up.” (Muslim, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah) Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) said: Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: “Lailat ul-Qadr is calm and pleasant, neither hot nor cold, the sun arises on its morning being feeble and red.”
Let us seek abundance rewards from our Creator by performing extra actions in these last few days of the noble month of Ramadhan as it could be our last…