So valuable is this Night of Qadr that the Quran devotes a special surah to it “Lailatul Qadr is better than a thousand months”
This one night surpasses the value of 30,000 nights. The most authentic account of the occurrence of the Night indicates that it can occur on any one of the last ten, odd numbered nights of Ramadan, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29.
We should strive to stay up at least on the odd numbered nights of the last ten days. If we can’t manage that then let us pray at least on the 27th night. If one prays on all of the last odd numbered nights then there is more chance that one may have caught this most powerful night and the reward is of over 83 YEARS OF WORSHIP! Subhan Allah! Most will not even live up to that age!
It is a night that we CANNOT miss out on so here are the 5 things to do on Laylatul Qadr to maximize this blessed night:
Recite the Quran abundantly
Az-Zuhri used to say upon the coming of Ramadan, “It is only about reciting the Quran and feeding the poor.”
Abdur-Raziq said, “When Ramadan came, Sufyan Ath-Thawri would give up all acts of (voluntary) worship and devote himself to the recitation of the Quran.”
Laylatul Qadr is the night the Quran was revealed so we should spend much of the night reciting it for we will gain 700 hasanah or more by reciting each letter!
Strive to gain Forgiveness
One should strive and do their utmost to gain the mercy of Allah especially in the odd numbered nights of the last ten days. If one leaves Ramadan without gaining the mercy of Allah then surely they are the most unfortunate ones and are the biggest losers in this world and the next.
The main Dua for Laylatul Qadr is the following:
Aisha (Ra) said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah: ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said: ‘Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’ “
“Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee”.
Gaining forgiveness on Laylatul Qadr
Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger said: “Whoever stands (in prayer) in Laylatul Qadr while nourishing his faith with self-evaluation, expecting reward from Allah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim).
We should sincerely repent for past and present sins with the intention of not repeating them again and ask of ALLAH to help us prevent ourselves from doing them again and ask ALLAH to perfect our characters and to help us improve ourselves in every way possible.
Do much Superogatory Prayers (Nafil)
In this most blessed month of Ramadan all good deeds are multiplied by 70 or more. Every Nafil one prays one will gain the reward of a Farz Salah and every Farz Salah is the reward of 70 Farz Salah. Subhan Allah what other time of the year is this possible? NONE! So let us make the best of these precious seconds and pray as many Nafil prayers as is possible!
Here are some Nafil prayers we can pray on Laylatul Qadr:
- Two Rakat after performing Wudu (Ablution)
- Salatul Tasbih
Increase in Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah
We should glorify Allah night and day, especially in the last odd nights.
Here are some easy and very beneficial Dhikr and glorification we can do throughout the last ten odd nights:
- Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee
- Subhan Allah
- Allah o Akbar
- Laa ilaha ilallah
- LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH
- SUB-HAN’ALLAH HIL AZEEM WA BI-HAM’DIHI,
- Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm
- Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr
Make Much Dua
We should be very busy in Dua as much as we can especially in the last 10 odd numbered.
Allah Almighty says in the Quran: “When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me.”
The place of Dua is so high to Allah, that the Prophet (Peace be Upon HIM) had said: “Nothing is more honorable to Allah the Most High than Dua.”
Therefore let us devote much of the night of Qadr in Dua asking of Allah for his mercy and forgiveness for all of our past sins and making firm intentions to Allah that we will change for the better and strive to become closer to him as well as make our religion a FULL part of our lives and not just a little part of our life.
This is our best opportunity and if we don’t take it and death comes to us then surely we will regret it for ETERNITY!
And Allah knows best in all matters.