It is the way of Allah (SWT) to create and then choose some of creation in preference over others. Time and place – being creations of Allah (SWT). Of all the galaxies of the universe, Allah (SWT) chose the Milky Way to host human life, furnished with a number of planets and, He chose earth as the cradle of man. As for the geographical location on earth, He chose Mecca as His home and o be the holiest place.
Similarly, from all the 12 months of the year that Allah (SWT) decreed, Ramadan was chosen for sending His Last and ending Revelation, the Quran. Then from all the blessed days and nights of Ramadan, He chose Laylat Ul-Qadr, The Night of Empowering Decree, as the most blessed night. A night that equals to thousand months – the night that holds the moment of receiving Quran.
Allah (SWT) chose the community of Muhammad (PBUH) over the previous ones for giving The Night of Empowering Decree, Laylat ul Qadr in which the deeds are multiplied a thousand times.
Allah has said about Laylat Ul-Qadr in the Quran:
“Indeed, [it is] We [who] have sent this [Quran] down [from on high] on the Night of Empowering Decree. And do you realize what is the Night of Empowering Decree? The Night of Empowering Decree is better than a thousand months! Therein do the angels and the Spirit [Gabriel] descend, by the permission of their Lord, with every [divine] commandment. Peace it is till the rise of dawn!”
Meaning of Laylat Ul- Qadr and Why Was it Named So?
The word ‘Qadr’ is an Arabic word that has a handful of related meanings, such as “decree”, “greatness”, “proportions”, etc. Thus, the meaning of Laylat ul Qadr would also be the same. There were two reasons why this night was called ‘Laylat Ul Qadr’:
- It’s a night with greatness
- It is in this night when the all the decrees of the coming year are sent down, such as who will live and who will die, the provisions of each person, and things to take place on the earth for the same year, and all else.
In the creation and experience of Laylat Ul Qadr, there is great wisdom, some of it known to us. The bigger and greater truth is that Allah (SWT) is completely involved in and in control of our affairs on Earth.
Thus, the one who worships on Laylat Ul Qadr receives a magnified proportion of reward. You can use SalamPlanet for continuing to bless your Ramadan with knowledge and content from all-in-one app.
The Signs of Laylat Ul Qadr
Laylat Al-Qadr is not an established night, it is not calendared nor its occurrence is precisely known by people. But the signs of Laylat Ul Qadr are mentioned and the timeframe of occurrence as well.
There are two kinds of signs of Laylat Ul Qadr that helps in identification of this night. Those that occur on the night itself, and ones that immediately follow it. Following five signs have been the most reliable sources:
- The night is infused with a strong glow.
- A sense of serenity and calmness in the heart that is stronger than usual.
- The winds are calm that night. There are no storms or strong winds on Laylat Al-Qadr.
- A person tastes a sweetness in his or her worship that night greater than one’s sense of it in worship on other nights.
- As for the morning after Laylat Al-Qadr, the sun rises without rays, in a haze, looking extremely clear, as reported in a hadith narrated by Muslim.
The Virtues of Laylat Ul-Qadr
- It was the night in which the revelation of the Quran began (inna anzalnahu / Indeed, it is We who have sent it down).
- It is a blessed night (laylatin mubarakatin).
- In it, the affairs of the world for the coming year are sent down to earth (fiha yufraq kullu amr).
- The reward of worship in Laylat Al-Qadr is greatly magnified (Laylatul Qadri khayrun min alfi shahr / The Night of Empowering Decree is better than a thousand months).
- The angels come down that night with blessings, mercy, and forgiveness.
- It is a night of peace, free in itself of harm and evil. In it are performed many good deeds. In it is much saving from punishment and Satan is more restricted and trapped than any other night (salamun hiya / Peace it is).
- In it is forgiveness for sins for the one who makes much ritual prayer (salah) in it, while doing it in hope of reward from Allah (SWT). The Prophet (PBUH), said: “One who stands much (in salah, ritual prayer) in Laylat Ul-Qadr waiting for reward from God will be forgiven all his past sins” (Bukhari and Muslim).
Laylat ul-Qadr, as informed by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), is one of the last odd nights of Ramadan. Therefore, people should continue their ritual prayer (salah) and extend it the most on the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, and 29th nights of Ramadan.
What to Do on Laylat Ul-Qadr Night?
Start preparing for this night from the Dawn Prayer (Al-Fajr) of the previous day. The rest is mentioned below:
1. Remembering Allah (SWT)
After Fajr, you should be vigilant about saying all of the adkhkar (remembrances of God) of the day, and should say 100 times:
“La ilaha illa’Lah. Wahdahu, la sharika lah. Lahu’l-mulk. Was lahu’l-hamd. Wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadir.”
“There is no God but Allah, His Oneness. No partner has He. For Him is all the domain. For Him is all praise. And over all things, He is powerful.”
Abu Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of God, (PBUH), said:
“Whoever says this 100 times in a day, it is written for him as the reward of freeing 10 slaves. He receives 100 [additional] good deeds, and 100 of his bad deeds are erased. Moreover, it is a protection for him from Satan on that day until he sleeps, and none shall have surpassed him that day [in good works], save one who did the like or more” (Bukhari).
2. Feed the Ones Fasting
Invite people for breaking their fast with yourself.
3. Give Charity / Sadqa
Save up, well ahead of time, so that you can give, especially to those in need, on Laylat Al-Qadr so as to maximize the reward of the good deed. For you to understand the importance of Zakat and Charity in detail, read the blog post. A single dollar/Rupee given by you can become triple of that amount and deed!
4. Keep Practicing Sunnah
Make sure to perform all the known non-obligatory prayers (sunnah salawat) and other worships that the Prophet (PBUH) did. For example, repeat after the caller to prayer (mu’adhdhin), saying the supplications (s. du‘a) between the call to prayer (adhan) and the summons to stand for prayer (iqama), and making the prophetic supplications before one breaks one’s fast and after.
In fact, Bukhari reported on the authority of Anas ibn Malik, that the companions, may God be pleased with them, used to hasten to reach the pillars of the mosque [to perform the non-obligatory prayers that the Prophet, (PBUH), did (sunnah) behind them] after the call to the Sunset Prayer, and they would be making these extra ritual prayers when the Prophet (PBUH) came out of his home to lead the obligatory (fard) prayer because there was little time between the call to prayer (adhan) and the summons to stand (iqama) in which to do so.
5. Seek Pardon from Allah (SWT)
On Laylat Ul-Qadr night, one should constantly be saying:
“O God, you are the Pardoner. You love pardoning. So, pardon me.”
Aisha reported that one should say this on Laylat Ul Qadr, the Night of Empowering Decree (Bukhari).
Take advantage of every opportunity of reward that Allah (SWT) has put in all the last 10 nights of Ramadan. Break your fast (iftar) as soon as the sun sets, with the intention of following the way (sunnah) of the Prophet (PBUH) for he said:
“There will be goodness in my community (Ummah) so long as they hasten to break their fasts [when the time comes in] and to delay the pre-fasting meal (suhur)” [that is, to eat it as late as possible, right before dawn comes in].”
In this current time, it is common for us to observe the 27th night of Ramadan as Laylat Ul-Qadr. Our imams often complete the Quran’s recitation in prayer on this night. After this night, there is often a lessening of exertion in our prayer (salah), worship, and good deeds because we believe Laylat ul-Qadr has passed. Rather, we should strive, until the very end of Ramadan, and in all its days for the reasons already stated.
Take care to maximize the benefits of Laylat Ul-Qadr because it is a great and rare blessing given to us by Allah (SWT), and we have no guarantee of life that we shall reach the next Laylat Ul Qadr. Make use of Ramadan to the fullest and avail all the benefits of this Holy month. Similarly download Salam Planet app, because this lifestyle app has more for you to socialize, eat, play, and pray!