Laylatul Qadr also known as the Night of Power lies in the month of Ramadan. In the Holy Quran, the Night of Decree is described as: “The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months” (Quran, 97:3). Any action is done on this night such as reciting the Quran, remembering Allah, offering voluntary prayers is better than acting for one thousand months which do not contain the night of Qadr.
The whole month of Ramadan is full of blessings but the last ten nights of Ramadan are even more important and even more blessed than the rest of Ramadan. In these ten blessed nights, a night that Quran tells us is better than 1000 months lies which is the “Laylatul Qadr”. We should try to worship more in the odd nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan. Hazrat Aisha (RA) narrated about the last ten days of Ramadan: “With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet (PBUH) used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work harder) and used to pray the whole night, & used to keep his family awake for the prayers.” (Bukhari)
Laylatul Qadr is the best night for seeking forgiveness from Allah Almighty. The last Ashra of Ramadan is about asking refuge from the fire of Hell, thus, in third Ashra of Ramadan if one finds the Holy Night and worship in it with true heart and seeks forgiveness, then he or she surely to be forgiven by Allah Almighty for all the previous sins they have committed. If a Muslim wants an ideal time for seeking forgiveness in Ramadan, perhaps it would be the odd nights of the last Ashra of Ramadan in which there is the Laylatul Qadr the night of power.
Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
said in one of His hadiths: “Whoever establishes Salah on the night of Qadr
out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, all his previous sins
will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)
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: is “Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee”: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me’ “(Ibn Majah). We should recite this Dua as much we can in the last Ashra of Ramadan.
Recite the Holy Quran abundantly in the last 10 days of Ramadan. The recitation of the Quran brings numerous rewards and blessings for every single word. The recitation of the Quran brings reward, however, the reading of the Quran with translation helps understand the message and essence, which the verses of Quran wish to convey. So, in the last ten days, a Muslim must sit and read Quran with translation so that meanings become evident and a person finds the message of truth and guidance in Ramadan.
Use as many of Ramadan’s last
10 days to make plenty of Dua. These include not only the standard
supplications recommended for everyday use but those seeking Allah’s Mercy and
Forgiveness. Don’t forget to ask for not only the big things but even the
smaller ones in your life. Offering voluntary prayers holds great importance when
it comes to observing the last ten days of Ramadan and making the most out of
them. Muslims must try offer as many and as much voluntary prayers as possible
as each one of them brings additional reward and blessings. Therefore, a Muslim
must note down the special voluntary prayers he or she can offer and then
undertake them during the last ten days to make the most out of them.
May Almighty Allah gives us
the strength to offer prayers, reciting the Holy Quran, giving charity, and to
perform many other good deeds in the blessed month of Ramadan. Ameen!