Lailatul Qadr: 7 Beautiful Things You Should Know
1. The reason behind Lailatul Qadr
2. The incredible rewards of this night
To bring it into context, the average life expectancy of a person is roughly 75 - 80 years. So Lailatul Qadr is an opportunity to receive more rewards than you would earn in your entire lifetime! And given that this night happens once every Ramadan, that means you have the opportunity to multiply that even many more times over, insyaAllah ☺️
"The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months." [Surah Al-Qadr, Verse 3]
3. Visitors from the heavens
"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]As such, one of the signs of Lailatul-Qadr is said to be that on the morning after that night, the sun will be bright and clear, but the rays of the sunlight will not be as visible. This is due to the wings of the angels that are blocking the rays of sunlight? The night of Lailatul Qadr is also said to be one that's calm, neither hot nor cold.
4. Forgiveness for all past transgressions
As humans, we tend to err in small and big ways. As long as we are on this earth, we tend to commit sins (just think of what we have done with our eyes throughout the day). This special night is the night where we are given the opportunity to have all our sins forgiven. How amazing is that? ?
“Whoever stands (in the voluntary night of prayer in Ramadan) out of faith and in hopes of attaining 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]
5. The supplications you can make during this divine night
"O people! When the great, blessed month (Ramadan) comes to you, do lots of these four acts in it. Two acts with which you would please your Lord and two acts with which you cannot do without. As for the two which please your Lord, they are the testimony that there is no God but Allah and the seeking of His forgiveness. As for the two acts that you cannot do without, you should seek paradise from your Lord and seek protection from hell fire."Based on the hadith above, we can recite this zikir repeatedly throughout Ramadan: (x3)أشْهَدُ أن لا إلهَ إلا الله أسْتَغْفِرُ الله نسأَلُكَ الجنَّةَ ونَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ النَّار Transliteration: Ash-hadu an laa ilaha illaAllah, astaghfiruAllah, nas-alu-ka-al-jannata, wa na-u’zubika mi-nan-nar (x3) Meaning: I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and I seek forgiveness from Allah. We ask You for paradise and seek your protection from the hell fire. (x3) اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّا Transliteration: Allahum-ma in-naka ‘a-fuw-wun tu-hib-bul-‘af-wa fa’ fu ‘an-naa (x3) Meaning: O Allah, You are Forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me.
6. The exact date of Lailatul Qadr is His secret
There are many blessings behind the secret of not knowing when exactly the night is. Similar to the secret of when the end of time is, and when we will take our last breath. Making it a secret actually allows us to always give our all in doing good deeds (for example: seeking for forgiveness, supplicating, zikir, reading the Qur’an and standing up for prayers)☺️
"Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan." [Bukhari]
"From the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet (ﷺ) 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." [Bukhari].But while we seek this night, it is important to understand that the aim of Lailatul Qadr is not to search for the night but to work hard for it, whenever it may fall.