We are gracing the blessed month of Ramadan; the month where Allah has promised tremendous benefits for us to reap. And on one of the nights is the special night of Lailatul Qadr, known as the Night of Power – a night known to be calm, neither hot nor cold.
Here are 7 things that you probably never knew about Lailatul Qadr, and what you can do to make the best of this special night!
Do note that this is an opinion piece by Uztazah Dhania Raihana.
1. The reason behind Lailatul Qadr
Rasulullah (ﷺ) showed his sincere care for us in a myriad of ways. Believe it or not, he used to be saddened by the short life span of his Ummah (people) as compared to the Ummah before. Once, there was a man who committed himself to ‘ibadah (worship) at night till dawn, then fought against the enemy during the day to evening for a thousand months.
But Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) knew his Ummah would not be able to commit to many righteous deeds based on the relatively short age we have. As such, Allah the most merciful, grants us Lailatul Qadr.
2. The reward of this night
On the night of Lailatur Qadr, Allah has given tremendous benefits that are absent on other nights. The rewards of doing a deed on the night of Lailatul Qadr is better than 1000 months (83 years and 4 months). As Allah S.W.T said:
“The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.” [Surah Al-Qadr, Verse 3]
To bring it into context, in 2017, the average life expectancy in Singapore was 83.1 years. Think about it, this is an opportunity to receive a lifetime (and more) of rewards! If, by Allah’s mercy, we are given 30 Lailatul Qadr in our life, that would mean a minimum of 2500 years of rewards☺️
3. Visitors from the Heavens
On Lailatul Qadr, angels descend to the earth and they join the angels who are on the earth seeking out gatherings of remembrance. They give greetings to the believers, pray and remember Allah with them and say “Amin” to their supplications. As Allah SWT said:
“Therein descend the angels and the ruh (Jibrail) by Allah’s permission.” [Surah Al-Qadr, Verse 4]
As such, one of the signs of Lailatul-Qadr is 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🤗
4. Forgiveness – all night long
Abu Hurairah r.a. relates that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“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]
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? 🙂
5. Increase supplications
It was narrated from ‘Aishah r.a.h that she said: “O Messenger of Allah, what do you think I should say in my supplication, if I come upon Lailatul-Qadr?” He said: “Say: ‘Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me).'” [Ibn Majah]
Together with a combination from the hadith below, is a zikir that is commonly recited especially in Singapore and the Nusantara region during the month of Ramadan.
Narrated through Salman Al-Farisi that Rasulullah (ﷺ) said : 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.
In extracting benefit from both these narrations, Muslims would recite the zikir, in the following method, 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 is His secret
Is it the night of 25th Ramadan? 27th ? 29th? There are differing opinions as to when Lailatul Qadr is. Most scholars predicted it will fall on the odd nights of the last 10 nights of Ramadan, based on the hadith by ‘Aishah r.a.h: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said,
“Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.” [Bukhari]
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)☺️
Even our best example, Rasulullah (ﷺ) worked very hard on the last 10 days of Ramadan. As seen from the hadith by Aishah r.a.h:
“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.
7. Chasing the night Or chasing the owner of the night?
At the end of the day, we have to understand that Allah SWT is the owner of the night, Master of the Universe, and affords to give anything to anyone. As we motivate ourselves to seek Lailatul Qadr, we must also be aware that Allah SWT can give rewards beyond the 1000 months anytime that He wants. At the end of the day, what matters most is for us to seek His pleasure (Mardhaatillah) in all our actions.
We hope that Allah would accept our deeds in this blessed month, and allow us to meet the special night of Lailatul Qadr. May we be among those whose do’a is accepted, our sins forgiven, and our taqwa increased. Most importantly, may we be able to be istiqamah and become better versions of ourselves this Ramadan and beyond. Amin!