Thursday 21 April 2022

The Barakah of Lailat-ul-Qadr - The Night of Decree

We have share a number of posts on how to add to Barakah during the month of Ramdan. Now that we reached the last third of the month and coming to an end of the blessed month, it is time to bag as much Barakah in these last ten days, for who knows whether we will see the month next year or not. 

The last third (that is the last ten days) of the month of Ramdan are the days to seek refuge from the hellfire. 

It is the period wherein a night comes which is promised by Allah to be better than one thousands months. This night is called Lailat-ul-Qadr ( لیلة القدر  ), The Night of Decree  - the night full of blessings and rewards. The mention of this night is made in the 97th surah of the Qur'an: Surah Al Qadr:
“Verily! We have sent it (this Quran) down in the night of Al-Qadr. And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr is? The night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months Therein descend the angels and the Ruh (Gabriel) by Allah’s Permission with all Decrees. Peace! until the appearance of dawn. (Quran 97:1-5)

Scroll down for a video on explanation of Surah tul Qadr

No one knows when this night will be for its exact date is uncertain but it sure is among the odd-numbered nights of the last ten days of Ramadan. So that means any night of 21,23, 25, 27 and 29 Ramdan will have this night.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had stressed the importance of this night in many of his advice to his companions and said: "Anyone who finds this night in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan is sure to have been blessed and forgiven of his sins provided he prays as hard as he could to ask forgiveness of his sins."

As per various sources, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would not only himself remain awake the entire odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan but would also urge his family to do so lest they miss the chances of being forgiven of their sins.

An Imam of Haram Makkah gives some very practical advice  Ideas for the last ten days of Ramadan   (1). Give one Riyal in charity every night of last ten days of Ramadan, so if it falls on Lailatul Qadar it's as if you gave charity everyday for 84 years.  (2). Pray two ra'kaat every night, so if it falls on Lailatul Qadar it's as if u prayed everyday for 84 years.  (3). Read Surah ikhlaas three times a night, so if it falls on Lailatul Qadar it's as if u read the whole Quran everyday for 84 years.  He then says spread this as you may find it on your account of good deeds  Allah make us of the victorious. In sha Allah Ameen. 

So each Muslim must endeavour to pray as much as one can and ask for forgiveness of one's sins during the odd nights of last ten days of the Ramadan. May be he is lucky to be praying when The Night of Decree or the Laylat Al Qadr falls. It may be mentioned that the exact day of the night is not mentioned in the Holy Qur'an. Thus the worshipers should not let go of this life time opportunity by praying constantly in the odd days. Who knows one may not live to find this night the next year or not !!

It is sunnah to spend some time in seclusion (itikaf) for a spiritual retreat in the mosque during the last third of Ramadan. ‘Aishah (RA) narrated that “The Prophet (PBUH) used to do a retreat in the mosque during the last ten nights of Ramadan until he died. His wives continued to observe this practice after his death.’ (Al-Bukhari and Muslim). Read more about Itikaf here.

You may like to listen to explanation of Surah tul Qadr and importance of this blessed night in the month of Ramdan by eminent Muslim scholar Nouman Ali Khan:
May Allah help us to understand the simple and most practical religion of all - Islam and allow us to take advantage of the month of Ramadan and concessions given to us in fasting when traveling or being sick. Aameen.

To know more about fasting and importance of month of Ramadan, please consult our reference page: Ramadan - A month of fasting and Blessings. You may also refer to our Reference Pages for knowing more about Islam and Qur'ān.

May Allah show us the right path so that we do not go astray due to what man has interpreted verses of religious scriptures to suit their own religions and faith. Aameen.

Photo | Reference: Surah ii Al Baqarah
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