Laylatul Qadr – the night better than a thousand months
The significance of Laylat-ul-Qadr is immense in Islam. It is the most blessed night of the year and the one who misses it has missed an opportunity for tremendous blessings. The night is so precious that a true believer would never waste it on worldly activities. It is to be spent worshipping, praising, and asking for forgiveness from Allah (SWT).
The night begins right after the Maghrib prayer and from that point onwards, those who seek repentance for their sins ensure that not a single minute is lost without worship. A believer who is keen to increase the good deeds on his balance will spend the night in obedience and praying for the heavens above. The night is facilitation for one to purify themselves of the sins and seek refuge with the lord of mankind (SWT).
Surah-Alaq, which was revealed on this Holy night, begins by asking the believers to read in the name of Allah (SWT), the Holy Quran. The said Surah is the perfect description of how to spend this Holy night in order to receive great blessing.
According to Ash-Shafi’i (d. 204 H), some of the pious predecessors preferred to spend the night in prayer, some in Dua, others in recitation of the Holy Quran and all of them were rewarded by Allah (SWT).
Moreover, the intention to catch the night has valuable importance. Once you decide to spend the night worshipping Allah (SWT) and asking for forgiveness, then, even if attached to some worldly responsibilities which you aren’t able to attend, you’re still rewarded for them.
It is superlative to perform I’tikaf, that is to seclude yourself in a mosque for the span of the last ten days of Ramadan. But one can make the best of this night despite being unable to sit in I’tikaf.
The Holy Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever attends Isha prayer in congregation, then he has the reward as if he had stood half of the night. And whoever prays Isha and Fajr in the congregation, then he has the reward as if he had spent the entire night standing in prayer.”
It is narrated by Imam Malik that he once heard that Said ib al-Musayyab (d.94 H) used to say, “Whoever is present at Isha on Laylat-ul-Qadr has taken his portion from it.”
If you still have the ability and time to do more than praying Isha, then you may offer extra nafl in order to be additionally rewarded in the hereafter.
The Holy Prophet (SAW) said, “Whoever stands in prayer during Laylat-ul-Qadr with faith and hope in the reward of Allah, all of his previous sins will be forgiven.”
Laylat-ul-Qadr is a highly esteemed night for Muslims all around the world. It is the Night of Destiny, for none of us can be certain whether they will be alive for the next one or not. Therefore, we Muslims must remember Allah (SWT) in our prayers and seek his forgiveness to devoting this night toAllah (SWT), as he is the most merciful and most forgiving.