What is the Laylat al-Qadr in Ramadan:
The term Laylat al-Qadr consists of two words, Go (Laylat-al) which means night, Qadr (qadar) which means Glory. This combination of two words means Night of Glory. The Laylat al-Qadr is a usually translated in English as the Night of Majesty, Night of value, Night of Decree, Night of Power and Night of destiny.
Thus, the more appropriate term is Laylat al-Qadr or Qadr Night.
Allah Subhanahu Wa ta'ala (SWT) says in Quran..
- We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power:
- And what will explain to thee what the night of power is?
- The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
- Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah´s permission, on every errand:
- Peace!…This until the rise of morn! (Surah: Al-Qadr -97:1-5 )
- By the Book that makes things clear,
- We sent it down during a Blessed Night: for We (ever) wish to warn (against Evil).
- In the (Night) is made distinct every affair of wisdom,
- By command, from Our Presence. For We (ever) send (revelations),
- As Mercy from thy Lord: for He hears and knows (all things). (Surah ad-Dukhan:(44:1-6)
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This great night is found on yearly basis in the holy month of Ramadan (i.e. the ninth month in the Islamic calendar). And according to several reports, the night of Qadr is found in odd nights (i.e. nights 21, 23, 25, 27, and 29) of the last ten days of the month of Ramadan. Some reports even restricted the search for the night of Qadr only within three nights (i.e nights 19, 21 and 23) of the month. Anyhow, what is clear is that the night is within the odd night in the last ten days of the month of Ramadan.
Meanwhile, the following are the religious significance of the night of Majesty:
- It was the night the Qur’an was revealed to the noble Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) of Allah Subhanahu Wa ta’ala (SWT) as a divine guide to the humanity.
- The night according to the Qur’an is a blessed night which is superior to a thousand months. In other words, the acts of worship done in this single night of Ramadan is superior to the worships done in a thousand months (i.e. more than 83 years).
- The night is the night of decree and destiny. It is the period when the decree or destiny of the creatures is made and finalized by Allah Subhanahu Wa ta’ala (SWT) for the year. Thus, it is an opportunity for those who keep the night to get their desires favourably fulfilled by Allah Subhanahu Wa ta’ala (SWT).
- The night according to a report, is the period when those who shall be destined for the year’s pilgrimage to Mecca shall be determined by Allah Subhanahu Wa ta’ala (SWT). Thus, it is a very great period to solicit Allah.
- The night is the night of forgiveness and superabundant blessings. In the night, twice the numbers of those servants of Allah Subhanahu Wa ta’ala (SWT) forgiven in the last twenty days will be forgiven and liberated from Hellfire.
In a nutshell, the night of Majesty (ie. Laylat al-Qadr) is indeed a unique and rare opportunity given by Allah Subhanahu Wa ta’ala (SWT) to every fast-observer in this great month. Thus, let’s take full advantage of it with supplications, invocations, prayers and other acts of worship.
Among the wisdom of Allah Subhanahu Wa ta’ala (SWT), He hid the night of qadr, so that His servants would look for it every night. So that it appears who really means and who doesn’t. Therefore, a Muslim should live the last nights with various kinds of worship to get Laylat al-Qadr.
How to Prepare for Laylat al-Qadr in Ramadan:
From yah Ayesha Radeyallāhu ′Anhā, that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was accustomed to i’tikaf on the last night of Ramadan until Allah recited him. (H. Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Turn on the night with worship and wake the family to worship:
From Ayesha Radeyallāhu ′Anhā that when he entered the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) woke his family, revived his nights, and tightened the scabbard. (H. Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Bathe, decorate, and use oil between sunset and evening:
Ibn Abi Hatim narrated from Ayesha Radeyallāhu ′Anhā, that during the month of Ramadan, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) sometimes slept and woke up in worship.
However, when entering the last 10 days, he tightened the scabbard, away from his wives, and took a shower between maghrib and evening.
Muḥammad Ibn Jarir (Shariah scholar) said,
In the past, the friends recommended taking a bath every night for the last ten nights.
Signs of Laylat al-Qadr in Ramadan:
From Ibn Abbas Radeyallāhu ′Anhum; that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said about laylat al-qadr.
“He is a beautiful, cool night, not hot, not cold, in the morning the sun rises with a bright red light.” (H. Ibn Khuzaimah; considered valid by Al-Albani)
May Allah Subhanahu Wa ta’ala (SWT) encourage to all Muslim to worship at the last 10 nights of Ramadan. And it is destined to get a reward of worship of more than 1000 months.