Making the Best of Laylatul Qadr

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. It is a night that we CANNOT miss out on so here is how we can maximise this blessed night: 1. Recite the Qur’an abundantly Laylatul Qadr is the night the Qur'an was revealed so we should spend much of the night reciting it for we will gain 700 hasanah or more by reciting each letter. 2. Strive to gain forgiveness One should strive and do their utmost to gain the mercy of Allah (SWT) especially in the odd numbered nights of the last ten days. If one leaves Ramadan without gaining the mercy of Allah (SWT) then surely they are the most unfortunate ones and are the biggest losers in this world and the next. The main Du’a 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" (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi). We should sincerely repent for past and present sins with the intention of not repeating them again and ask of Allah (SWT) to help us prevent ourselves from doing them again. Ask Allah to perfect our characters and to help us improve ourselves in every way possible. 3. Do much Superogatory Prayers (Nafil) In this most blessed month of Ramadhan all good deeds are multiplied by 70 or more. Here are some Nafil prayers we can pray on Laylatul Qadr: a. Two Rakat after performing Wudu (Ablution) Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said to Bilal (may Allah be pleased with him): “Tell me about the best of your deeds (i.e. one which you deem the most rewarding) since your embracing Islam because I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Bilal (may Allah be pleased with him) replied: “I do not consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night or day, I perform Prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)” b. Tahajjud It is recommended to start the night vigil with two short rakats, because of the hadith of Abu Hurayra that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, "It you get up for night prayer, start with two short rakats." [Muslim, Ahmad, Abu Dawud] 4. Increase in Dhikr (Rememberance 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: a. Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee b. Subhanallah c. Alhamdulillah d. Allahu Akbar e. Laa ilaha ilallah f. La hawla walaquwwata illa billah g. Asthaghfirullah h. Sub hanna lahi wabihamdihi subbuhanna lahi lil azimi i. Subhana-llahi, wa-l-hamdu li-llahi, wa la ilaha illa-llahu, wa-llahu akbar. Wa la hawla wa la quwwata illa bi-llahi-l-aliyyi-l-azim j. La ilaha illa-llahu wa?dahu la sharika lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-?amdu yuhyi wa yumitu wa huwa ?ayyu-lla yamutu abadan abada, ?u-l-jalali wa-l-ikram, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa ala kulli Shay-in qadir 5. Make much du’a We should be very busy in du’a as much as we can especially in the last 10 odd numbered. Allah Almighty says in the Qur'an: "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." [Q2:186] Therefore let us devote much of the night of Qadr in du’a 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 deen a full part of our lives. Allah tells us In the Qur'an to enter fully into our deen and not partly: O believers enter into Islam completely and do not follow the footsteps of Shaitan, surely he is your clear-cut enemy.... (Q2v208-210) This is our best opportunity to make worship a full part of our lives. If we don't take it seriously and death comes to us then surely we will regret it for eternity. And Allah knows best in all matters.

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