One question we always tend to ask ourselves towards the climax of Ramdan. What precisely are we supposed to be doing during Laylat Al Qadr? The Quran describes Laylat Al-Qadr, aka the Night of Power as: “…A night better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for each matter. Peace is till the emergence of dawn.” (Al-Qadr 97:3-5)
Any acts of ibadah (worship) we do on this particular night are higher than if we had performed them each night for one thousand months. This includes additional prayers, charity, reciting and studying Quran, and so on.
The aim is to attain forgiveness from Allah SWT on this night
Whoever stands (in prayer) in Laylat Al-Qadr whereas nourishing his FAITH with self-evaluation, anticipating reward from Allah, may have all of his PREVIOUS sins forgiven.” -the Messenger as narrated by Abu Huraira (Bukhari and Muslim).
Laylat Al-Qadr is a superb night of opportunity for a Muslim. Here’s how one can gain the barakah (blessings) of this night In’Sha’Allah.
1. Discovering the Precise Night
Very first thing to do is attempt to calculate the evening Laylat Ul Qadr falls on, particularly if you won’t be capable of taking part in all ten nights of elevated worship. Laylat Al Qadr falls on an odd evening in the last 10 nights of Ramadan; 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th. Plan to increase your supplications and additional chosen acts of worship particularly on these nights.
2. Gaining the Most Impact
If you happen to can take time away out of your common schedule and dedicate your self to those ten nights, try to do Itikaf – the sunnah practice of retreating oneself to the mosque for isolated and dedicated worship in the last 10 days of Ramadan. If you are not able to dedicate the full 10 days, then try and spend as many nights as you possibly can in itikaf, and for as many hours as you possibly can.
3. What is involved in Itikaf
– Be disciplined. Don’t waste time, focus your energy and time on fully as many acts of worship as you can throughout the day.
– Recite Quran connecting to and pondering over its words, make your private supplications and pour your heart out to Allah SWT.
– Pray Nafl salah – optional additional prayers.
– Pray tahajjud or Qiyam ul Layl daily and ensure you leave yourself enough time to eat.
– Give charity. You should utilise one of many many crowdfunding sources which might be looking for charity throughout this blessed time. Give charity to your loved ones and people round you too; put together and share suhoor and iftar with as many individuals as you possibly can.
– Try to have the type of good manners you’ll need to have all year round.
*There’s a particular duaa to be recited throughout the last ten days of Ramadan, with the hopes will be stated and answered on Laylat Al-Qadr if not any other nights
Aisha, could Allah be happy together with her, stated: “I requested the Messenger of Allah: ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I do know what night is the night of Qadr, what ought to I say throughout it?’ He stated: ‘Say: O Allah, You might be pardoning and You like to pardon, so pardon me.’”(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, & Tirmidhi).
اللهم إنّكَ عَفُوٌ، تُحِبُّ العَفْوَ، فاعْفُ عنّي
In English transliteration it is:
Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee”
4. Make A Dua List
Dua is the most powerful weapon we have been given by Allah. What are the things you most need in life? Need now and in the long run? Aim for something huge, why not? What is the situation and stat of the Ummah? Over the last ten nights of Ramadan, (particularly the odd days) pray sincerely for all the things in your mind, then do your half and take any steps you possibly can to succeed in your objectives.
5. Keep it going!
In’sha’Allah you’ll really feel a few of the elation of taking part within the last ten days, hopefully on Laylat Ul Qadr too. Give your future self a present and be even better and ready to reap the advantages of the ultimate ten days of the subsequent Ramadan. Plan huge, and find ways to make next Ramadan even better