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Benefits of Laylatul Qadr – The Night of Power

It was the night of Laylatul Qadr when the Holy Quran was first sent down from the heavens to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) through Angel Jibraeel (AS). However, the exact date is still unknown to us. Also known as Shabe-Qadr, the Night of Power, the Night of Measures, the Night of Value and the Night of Decree, Laylatul Qadr is considered one of the most sacred events in Islamic traditions. For those who want to learn more about the Night of Power, here is a complete guide on Laylatul Qadr

The Story of Laylatul Qadr

benefits of laylatul qadr for muslims in islamThroughout his life, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) showed sincere care for the Muslim Ummah in several ways. According to a narration by Mutawwa Malik, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was saddened to know that the lifespans of the people of his Ummah were shorter than the ones who came before them. In answer to Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) concern, Allah SWT blessed the Muslim Ummah with Laylatul Qadr to earn significant rewards.

The exact date and day of Laylatul Qadr are unknown. However, according to the hadiths of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and narrations of the scholars of Islam, Muslims are advised to search for it on the odd-numbered nights in the last ten days of Ramadan. A particular sect of the Muslim community considers the 19th, 21st and 23rd as probable dates of Laylatul Qadr, whereas the other sect believes that Shabe-Qadr took place on either the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th of Ramadan. 

Allah SWT in the Holy Quran has said: “Surely, we have revealed to you the Grand Night, and what will make you comprehend what the Grand Night is? The Grand Night is better than a thousand months. The Angels and the Spirit descend in it by the permission of their Lord for every affair. Peace! It is till the break of the morning.” (Holy Quran, Surah Al-Qadr)

Ibn Abbas reported that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) while stating the signs of Laylatul Qadr, “It is a calm night, neither hot nor cold, and the sun arises on it red and feeble.” (Ṣaḥiḥ Ibn Khuzaymah 2049)

 

When Is Laylatul Qadr 2022?

Laylatul Qadr occurs in the last ten days of Ramadan. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) asked the Muslim Ummah, “Look for Laylatul Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days during the month of Ramadan.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

However, according to the narrations from several Islamic scholars, Laylatul Qadr is expected to take place on the night of the 27th of Ramadan. Therefore, Shabe-Qadr in 2022 is likely to fall on Wednesday, the 27th of April. However, note that the date of Laylatul Qadr will vary every year, depending upon the official sighting of the moon of the holy month of Ramadan

Angels on the Night of Power

According to Islamic revelations, on the night of Laylatul Qadr, angles on the order of Allah SWT descend to earth to greet the believers and say “Ameen” to their supplications (dua). Shabe-Qadr is such a significant and divine night that Allah SWT in Surah Al-Qadr says: 

“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.” [Surah Al-Qadr, Verses 3 – 5]

One of the prominent signs of Laylatul Qadr is that the next day after the Night of Power, even though the sun will be brighter and clear, you won’t be able to see its rays. This is because the angels will be blocking the sunlight with their wings. Laylatul Qadr is said to be one of the calmest nights of the year. 

 

What to Do During the Night of Power

If you wish to seek the blessings of Allah SWT, here is what to do on the night of Laylatul Qadr:

  • Offer Supplications and Duas

Known as the Night of Decree, it is believed that our fate for the following year is decided on the night of Laylatul Qadr. Therefore, you should spend as much time as possible worshipping Allah SWT, asking for His mercy, the well-being of your loved ones and protection from the evils of this world. 

According to a narration by Aisha (RA), when she asked the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), “O Messenger of Allah if it is Laylatul Qadr, then what should I supplicate with?” In response, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) recited the following verse, “Allahumma, innaka Afuwwun Karimun, tuḥibbu al-afwa fa’afu anna” – “O Allah, indeed You are Pardoning and Generous; You love to pardon, so pardon us.”

  • Recite the Holy Quran

muslim boy reading quran during laylatul qadrDuring the year and over the course of the month of Ramadan, most of us tend to recite the Holy Quran without knowing what it actually means. Therefore, take some time out to recite the longer Surahs of the Holy Quran and their respective translations to better understand the message of Allah SWT and cleanse your previous sins. 

  • Make Dua in a Masjid

Most mosques worldwide intend to complete the recitation of the Holy Quran on an odd night, most preferably the 27th of Ramadan. After the Quran has been complete, the Imam makes dua on behalf of the entire Muslim Ummah. So, if you get a chance, it is recommended to attend the dua in the mosque near your home.

  • Have Iftar with Your Family

It is advised to make sure that all family members sit together during Iftar. On the night of the blessed Laylatul Qadr, the act carries great rewards and virtues for your family, strengthening the bonds of brotherhood and companionship. 

  • Perform Charity or Sadaqah

The act of giving charity is rewarded handsomely by Allah SWT. However, according to Islamic sources, the reward for giving Sadaqah in the holy month of Ramadan (especially on the night of Laylatul Qadr) is multiplied seventy times. So, if you wish to please Allah SWT and be forgiven for your past sins, then help those in need by offering them Sadaqah (Zakat).  

I’tikaf

Seclusion (i’tikaf) is when a Muslim refrain from worldly affairs and chooses to spend the last ten days of Ramadan in isolation to focus solely on worshipping Allah SWT and asking for forgiveness. A Muslim is guided to utilise this time to reflect and increase one’s knowledge about Islam and seek closeness to Allah SWT. According to Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) Sunnah, a person should stay in i’tikaf for the last ten days of Ramadan. However, the minimum requirement is to spend one complete day and night in solitude. I’tikaf is also a great way to start practising new religious practices that you aim to continue the following year.

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not to show off), then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Sahih Bukhari. Chapter 2, Belief)

 

Interesting Facts about Laylatul Qadr

Here are some unknown facts about the Night of Power: 

Fact 1: Visitors from the Heavens

angels from heavenAccording to Islamic revelations, on the night of Laylatul Qadr, angles, on the order of Allah SWT descend to earth to greet the believers and say “Ameen” to their supplications (dua). Shabe-Qadr is such a significant and divine night that Allah SWT in Surah Al-Qadr says: 

“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.” [Surah Al-Qadr, Verses 3 – 5]

One of the prominent signs of Laylatul Qadr is that the next day after the Night of Power, even though the sun will be bright, you won’t be able to see the rays. This is because the angels will be blocking the harsh light using their wings. Laylatul Qadr is said to be one of the most serene nights in the entire year. 

Fact 2: Forgiveness of All Bad Deeds   

Humans tend to commit major and/or minor sins every day. The Night of Power is for Muslims to repent and ask for forgiveness from Allah SWT for all their past transgressions. Moreover, Muslims are also asked to give zakat to ones in need as compensation for their sins.

Abu Hurairah (RA) narrates that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), referring to Laylatul Qadr, said:

“Whoever stands (in the voluntary night of prayer in Ramadan) out of faith and hoping to attain reward will have his previous sins forgiven. And whoever spends the night of Lailatul Qadr in prayer out of faith and in hopes of attaining reward will have his previous sins forgiven.” [Sunan an-Nasa’i]

Fact 3: The Exact Date of Laylatul Qadr Is Allah’s SWT Secret

The night of Laylatul Qadr is either on the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th of Ramadan. However, no one knows the exact date. Aisha (RA) narrated that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), on being asked about the date of Laylatul Qadr, said, “Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

Like the secret of the Day of Judgment, the date of Shabe-Qadr is also kept under wraps to motivate the Muslim Ummah to perform good deeds, supplicate (make dua), ask for forgiveness, pray Salah, do zikr and recite the Holy Quran during the last ten days of Ramadan. In another instance, Aisha (RA) said, “From the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work harder) and used to pray the whole night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari]

Summary – Benefits of Laylatul Qadr

Laylatul Qadr is one of the most blessed nights in Islamic history. It was when Allah SWT revealed the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Hence, with the aim to earn tremendous rewards, Muslims engage themselves in reciting the Holy Quran, praying, giving out zakat, and doing good deeds on the Night of Power. While seeking Laylatul Qadr this year, remember that you shouldn’t worry about searching for the night but should work hard for it, as you never know when the Night of Power may fall.

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