May 24, 2017

Laylatul Qadr: The Night of Power

Published Oct 1, 2004
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Al-Qadr (Power, Fate)
In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.
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!

Allah has given us many opportunities to gain good deeds and rewards. Laylatul Qadr or the Night of Power is one such night that Allah has made for us to pray and supplicate and ask Him for whatever we wish for, especially forgiveness for our mistakes.

This blessed night, which Allah describes in the Qur’an as “the night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months,” comes in Ramadan, which itself is the most blessed month of all. Allah says that on this night Angels descend to Earth from heaven and they bring Allah’s mercy and uncountable blessings with them for those people who pray, fast, remember Allah and ask for his forgiveness.

The Qur’an also states that on this night all the evil beings, like Shaytan, cannot spread their evil. All throughout the night Allah sends His peace and blessings for all the faithful men and women, both young and old, until the dawn of the new day.

No one knows exactly when (which date) the night of Al-Qadr falls. But scholars, on the basis of many hadiths, say that Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) used to intensify his prayers and supplications in the last ten days of Ramadan.

Narrated ‘Aisha: “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.’” (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 32, Number 234)

The month of Ramadan itself is a great month. Allah revealed our Holy Book, the Qur’an, in this month. Allah has made reaping rewards even easier in this month by chaining the devils and closing the gates of Hell and opening the gates of Heaven.

We should all try to do extra good deeds in Ramadan, like giving in charity, being nice to those around us, praying a little extra and helping others because this whole month is for us to gain Allah’s pleasure.

Narrated Abu Huraira: “The Prophet said, ‘Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.’” (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 31, Number 125)

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