Laylat-al-Qadr also known as Shab-e-Qadr , variously rendered in English as the , Night of Power, Night of Value and Night of Measures, is in Islamic belief the night when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Holy Prophet (PBUH). It is one of the nights of the last ten days of Ramadan. Muslims believe that on this night the blessings and mercy of God are abundant, sins are forgiven.
Prayers and Worship of Laylat-al-Qadar
Lailatul Qadr is one of the most blessed nights of the Islamic calendar and perhaps there is no other night that stands equal to it in sacredness and Holiness in Islam.
In Quran, Allah Almighty says:
“Verily, We have sent it (this Quran) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree).” (97:1)
From this ayah of Quran it is more than clear that perhaps the biggest virtue associated with Laylatul Qadr is that in this night Allah Almighty bestowed Quran upon humanity, which is perhaps the biggest gift that Allah has sent upon humanity.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) also spoke about this Night in one of His hadiths in the following way:
“Whoever establishes Salah on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)
This hadith again emphasizes on the great virtues of Laylatul Qadr. This hadith tells that this Night is the best option for a person to seek forgiveness for the previous sins. All a Muslim has to do is be sincere at heart and seek forgiveness from Allah,Therefore, Laylatul Qadr can best be utilized as a means of seeking forgiveness.
Preparation of the Night;
Laylatul Qadr is the most blessed night and it can be found in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan. Due to its sanctity and sublimity, it is imperative that a Muslim makes special preparations for this night and makes sure that this night is observed in the best possible manner. The lines below give some tips for preparing for this Night.
Focus on your worship:
In the nights of Lailatul-Qadr one must pray devotedly to God because he accepts our prayers and accepts our dua and forgive our sins, so we must devote ourselves in prayers.
We must observe the Sunnah of Itikaf during the last ten days. When you are in Itikaf, it means that you have left all the distractions of the worldly life and for ten days, your only focus is prayer and recitation of Quran throughout the days and nights. Thus, when you are in such a state of mind, you pray the best without any worry or distraction.
Recite the Holy Quran:
During the Nights of Last Ashra, the recitation of Holy Quran can also serve as a great means of worship worthy of the Blessed Night. Therefore, we must recite Holy Quran with translation if we don’t understand Arabic.
Dua/ Prayer of Layla-tl-Qadar:
As Laylatul Qadr is a special occasion therefore, it is imperative that a Muslim make special Dua for the occasion. Pertaining to the special Dua which a Muslim is to make during the Laylatul Qadr, Aaishah (RA) reported that she asked Allah’s Messenger (PBUH):
“O Messenger of Allah! (sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam), If I knew which night is Laylat ul-Qadr, what should I say during it?” Noble Prophet (SallAllaahu Alayhi Wa sallam) advised her to recite:
“Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuh. Ibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee ”Translation: O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me. (Tirmidhi)
May Allah blessed and forgive us on this night and accept our prayers. Please remember me in your prayers.