Laylat-ul-Qadar is described as the night of power – the night of forgiveness, which is to atone the sins on which a single deed done is better than the deeds done in one thousand month such as reciting Quran about which the Holy book says:
“The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, (i.e. 83 years and 4 months).” [ Quran 97:3]
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to do worship on this night with more devotion than rest of the months as Allah’s Messenger used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time.
“Hazrat Ayesha (RA) narrated that: Look for Laylatul Qadr on an odd-numbered night during the last ten nights of Ramada.” [Bukhari]
All the aforementioned Hadith are enough that this night is of paramount importance and a Muslim should not miss to seek Allah’s mercy and to seek forgiveness on this night as the Prophet said:
“The Prophet said: “Whoever prays during the night of Qadar with faith and hoping for its reward will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” [Bukhari]
The question looms that what a Muslim should do particularly on this night hence this article is composed to let the Muslims know what are the rituals every Muslim should opt and do to seek the mercy and to utilize this night in a proper manner.
- Observe Itekhaf:
We take break from almost everything in our life to enjoy the actual essence of life apart from hectic routine. This Ramadan take a break for Allah by observing itekkhaf to do maximum supplication in order to focus on worship and do ibadah. If this is not possible then at least take a two days or days off to concentrate on your ibadah and this will make it easier to stay awake, do Tahajud, nawafils and recitation with ease.
It was the practice of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to observe itekhaf in the last days of Ramadan and all Muslims should follow his Sunnah.
“Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) performed itikaf on the last ten days of Ramadan until he passed away. After his death, his wives continued performing itikaf.” [Bukhari]
- Do Tasbeeh of This Dua:
When this special night approached companions asked the Prophet that what Amaal or acts they should perform on this night. The prophet said to do tasbeeh of this special Dua, which is:
“Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, 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: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’ [Tirmidhi]
- Quran Recitation:
This is the night, which is said to be the night when Quran was sent from Loh e Mehfooz on Earth hence the most recommended deed is to recite Quran as much as you can by understanding the message written within.
“Verily, We have sent it (this Quran) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree).” [97:1]
Make list of short Surahs that you can memorize and recite on that night. Try to complete the entire Quran if you can so that the reward you get in return is a maximum one.
- Reflect the Meanings of Quran:
Quran is a complete guidance and reveals everything that one wants to know about. Open the book and see what is not there from a minor matter to a major one, it imparts guidance and asks us to follow its footsteps because on the event of Last Hajj (Jummat ul Widah) Prophet clearly said that Sunnah and this book of Quran is the source of absolution for you in this world and hereafter.
“I am leaving two things among you, the book of Allah and my ahle-bayt (descendents) , whosoever will hold on to these both will not go astray.” [Sahih Bukhri]
- Make Up for Your sins:
All the previous sins will be wipped out for the one who will ask forgiveness and the one who will evaluate his faith in Lailat ul Qadar as Hadith narrates:
“Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger said: Whoever stands (in prayer) in Laylatul Qadr while nourishing his faith with self-evaluation, expecting reward from Allah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” [Bukhari and Muslim]
- Make a Personal Dua List:
Dua is the main crux of worship and Allah blessed the ones who ask from Him. During Ramzan when all the deeds are rewarded 70 times make sure to ask for everything that you can. If you forget what to ask from Allah then make a list of personal duas to ask from Him in this imperative and Holy month of Ramadan. Do Astaghfar as much as you can especially ask Allah to forgive all those sins due to which are hindrance in the path of your Dua’s acceptance.
“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.” [Quran 2:186]
- Offer Taraweeh:
Taraweeh is one of the aspects of Ramadan to commemorate this Holy month of Ramadan. It is a voluntary prayer and was one of the regular deeds of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to offer it daily after Isha prayers. It is one of the recommended deeds of Ramadan and the number of Rakah to be offered is different in different Hadith but mostly we have heard and read of 20 Rakahs.
“The Prophet (PBUH) would pray 20 Rakats and then Witr in the month of Ramadan.” [Baihaqi]
- To Do List For Next Power Of Night:
Yes to err is human and we being a human can forget what to offer, what to seek and what to ask from the Mighty Lord. If you have forgotten anything on this Power of night then plan it for the next night because it is not only one night but it is to be sought on all odd nights in the last Ashra (last ten days) of Ramadan.
The month of Ramadan has been singled out for worship out of which there is a divine night, which is equal to the nights of months in grandeur and acts. This night is a celebration to commemorate the arrival of the eternal guidance for humans. Organize your special nights and grasp virtues as much as you can.