The Night of Power; Laylat Al-Qadr and the Significance of this most precious night in Islam

The Holy month, Ramadan is the month of discipline, worship, morality, praying, peace and pretty much every good moral that would ever come across your mind. During this month Muslims around the world spend the daylight hours in a complete fast. Muslims would spend this whole month in repentance and trying to become closer to Allah, Reading Qur’an, praying day and night asking for forgiveness and thanking God for all his blessings on us.

The last ten Days in this Holy month Muslims indulge more and more into worshipping Allah and they seek and observe one special night that comes only once in a year and this night has a very special significance to all Muslims which is the Night of Power aka Laylat Al-Qadr.

This Night; the Night of Power marks the night in which the Holy Quran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Muslims regard this night as the most important event in history, as the Qur’an says;

“Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Power. And what can make you know what is the Night of Power? The Night of Power 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.” (97:1-5)

Muslims spend the last ten nights of Ramadan in solid devotion, retreating to the mosque to read Qur’an, reciting special supplications, and reflecting on the meaning of Allah’s message to us.

Muslims often pray extra prayers on this Night, particularly the Night Prayers. They awake, pray, and hope God will give them anything they may desire on this night. Mostly, they perform tilawat (reading the Quran) trying to prove their sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not to show off) then all his past sins will be forgiven. Because of this, many Muslims will treat the last 10 days of the month of Ramadan as a particularly good time for prayer and reading the Qur’an. It is believed to be a time of intense spirituality, when the believers are surrounded by angels, the gates of heaven are open, and God’s blessings and mercy are abundant.

Therefore Allah himself puts this night better than a thousand months. So worshipping on this night is better than if you worshipped for a thousand months (that’s about 83 years, and 4 months)! SubhanAllah! Thus it would be foolish to miss this Night of Power.

The exact date of this Holy night is unknown but there are some signs; the first sign: it was reported in Saheeh Muslim from the hadeeth of Ubayy ibn Ka’b announced that one of its signs was that when the sun rose on the following morning, it had no (visible) rays(Muslim, 76). The second sign: it was reported from the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Abbaas narrated by Ibn Khuzaimah, and by al-Tayaalisi in his Musnad, with a saheeh isnaad, that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Laylat Al-Qadr is a pleasant night, neither hot nor cold, and the following day the sun rises red and weak.”(Saheeh Ibn Khuzaymah, 2912; Musnad al-Tayaalisi. The third sign: it was reported by al-Tabaraani with a hasan isnaad from the hadeeth of Waathilah ibn al-Asqa’ (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Laylat Al-Qadr is a bright night, neither hot nor cold, in which no meteors are seen.” Narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Kabeer. See Majma‘ al-Zawaa’id, 3/179; Musnad Ahmad.

We ask Allaah to accept our fasting and our prayer at night, and to help us to remember Him and to thank Him and to worship Him properly. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad!

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