Laylatul Qadr, also referred to as the Night of Power, is one of the most important and sacred nights in the Islamic calendar. With Ramadan upon us, we can find Laylatul Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan, where we take the opportunity to earn even more bountiful rewards for our good deeds.
Laylatul Qadr is one of the most important and sacred nights in the Islamic calendar. It is also referred to as the Night of Power or the Night of Decree.
While the month of Ramadan is most widely known as the month that the Qur’an was first revealed to humankind. The Night of Power describes the exact night that the Qur’an was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
It is a commonly held belief that Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) occurs on the 27th of Ramadan, which will fall on the evening of Monday 17th of April 2023. However, scholars of Hadith recommend focusing on the last 10 nights of Ramadan. Especially the odd nights, as it is most likely to have occurred in one of these nights based on the following Hadith:
Humankind will never know the exact date of Laylatul Qadr. However, it is most likely one of the odd nights in the last ten nights of Ramadan – Allah knows best.
Laylatul Qadr or the Night of Power, is described as such to illustrate the significance of what the night entails for humankind.
Allah says about the purpose of this night:
Ha, Meem. By the clear Book, Indeed, We sent it down during a blessed night. Indeed, We were to warn [mankind]. On that night every precise matter – Every matter [proceeding] from Us. Indeed, We were to send (a messenger)”.
Qur’an | 44:1-5
Only Allah has knowledge of Laylatul Qadr. However, to determine its presence we are directed towards some signs.
Two of the most authentic signs of Laylatul Qadr are:
“The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “On the morning following Laylatul-Qadr, the sun rises without any rays, as if it were a brass dish, until it rises up.” (Hadith | Muslim)
“Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him), said: “Laylatul-Qadr is calm and pleasant, neither hot nor cold, the sun rises on its morning being feeble and red.” (Hadith | Ibn Khuzaimah)
Try your best to catch Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) by focusing on Ibadah (worship) this Ramadan more than ever before! Therefore, by consistently making Du’a to catch it, it may be that Allah allows you to witness this precious and powerful night and earn its rewards!
Laylatul Qadr, or The Night of Power/Decree, is mentioned in the Qur’an in Surah Qadr. The whole Surah is dedicated by Allah to describing this bountiful night in these precious verses:
“Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn”.
Qur’an | 97:1-5
Dhikr (remembrance of Allah)
Give blessings on the Prophet (peace be upon him)
Nafl (voluntary prayers)
In the Islamic calendar, the start of each new calendar day begins at Maghrib prayer (just after sunset). It coincides with Tahajjud prayers, which occurs each night between Isha prayer (the evening prayer) and Fajr Prayer (the morning prayer). Allah (SWT) says that each night, He descends to the lowest heavens in the last third of the night. Waking up just 20 mins before Fajr to make Tahajjud prayers and Du’a could earn bountiful rewards!
Even though the beginning of the new day begins at Maghrib, the Night of Power begins and extends from Maghrib to Fajr time.
Muslims around the world are encouraged to observe The Night of Power by making extra Ibaadah (worship). Therefore, this could include acts such as giving Zakat (alms giving) and Sadaqah (voluntary charity), praying Nafl prayers (voluntary prayers), and making Du’a.
In some cases, communities may encourage each other to gather together at the Mosque in the last ten nights to pray or fundraise Sadaqah in the hope of catching extra rewards, However, Laylatul Qadr may be observed at home in solitude, in Itikaf (devotion to Ibaadah inside a mosque for the last ten nights) or in a visit to a mosque. However, there is no prescribed way to observe The Night of Power.
Although Laylatul Qadr is the most important night in the Islamic year (despite its exact date being unknown), it is not a celebratory night. Muslims are encouraged to seek it throughout Ramadan and specifically in the last ten nights, by being steadfast in their worship in the hope of catching it and earning exceptional reward.
The Night of Power marks the single most important event in the Islamic calendar, the revelation of the Qur’an. During the month of Ramadan in 610 CE, the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), and thus began the Prophethood of the Messenger of Allah with a message to humanity for the remainder of existence.
As a result, Muslims around the world are encouraged to seek this night out with worship throughout the month of Ramadan in the hope of catching its bountiful rewards.
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