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Lailatul Qadar: The Night of Power

Imagine this. What if your boss told you that if you worked on one specific day, the company would give you 81 years worth of pay? What if you could earn the same amount of money for 81 years of work with just one night of labor? Would you agree to this bargain?

Allah, praised and glorified, has promised His believers an even better deal. Muslims can attain the same amount of blessings and rewards in one night of worship, as they would if they worshipped 1000 regular months. That’s over 81 years. That’s the blessing of Lailatul Qadar.

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Lailatul Qadar, translated as the Night of Power, is the greatest night of the year. During this period, Muslims should spend their nights in worship and seek forgiveness, reward, and blessings of Allah.

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What Should We Do During Laylatul Qadr?

Here are some recommended things that we should do during laylatul qadr.

  • Qiyamul Layl: Translated roughly as “Standing for Prayer at Night.” During any other time of the year outside of Ramadan, this prayer is the same as Tahajjud. However, during Ramadan, the Taraweeh prayer replaces Tahajjud, and Qiyamul Layl is a separate prayer Muslims can make at night. It is highly recommended that we make this prayer during Lailatul Qadar.
  • Dua: Roughly translated as “supplication”, this is an informal prayer in which the Muslim asks Allah for anything he or she may need or want. There is no specific method of making dua, but it is preferred that the Muslim requests blessings upon Prophet Mohammad (peace be up on him), prays for his/her parents, and asks Allah for forgiveness. Allah loves it when His slaves ask Him for things, so asking during lailatul qadr is especially beneficial.
  • Leaving the mundane: Muslims should decrease their involvement in wordly actions during lailatul qadar. While it’s okay to eat, drink and sleep during the Night of Power, they should refrain from sexual relations and frivolous activities like watching TV or common gossip.

What Does The Quran Say About Laylatul Qadar?

Lailatul Qadar is only directly referenced in one chapter of the Quran. This is chapter 97 which goes by the name Al-Qadr, meaning “The Power.” Though this is a short chapter, it is very profound when we consider the meaning behind the words.

Verily We have sent it down in The Night of Power (Lailatul Qadar)

And what will explain Lailatul Qadar to you?

Lailatul Qadar is better than a thousand months
Therein descend the Angels and the Spirit with the permission of their Lord, with every matter.
Peace therein, until the coming of dawn.

Now, let’s look at this chapter in depth. The following information is based on Ibn Kathir’s explanation of the Quran.

“Verily We have sent it down in the Night of Power.”

“It” in this verse refers to the Quran. Allah tells us that the Quran was sent down during Lailatul Qadar. And we know from previous verses in the Quran, that the Quran was sent down during the month of Ramadan.

Chapter 44, verse 1-4  state: Ha-Mim. By the manifest Book that makes things clear. We sent it down on a blessed night. Verily, We are ever warning. Therein (that night) is decreed every matter with wisdom.

So from this verse, we know that the Quran was sent not just during the month of Ramadan, but specifically during lailatul qadr.

“And what will explain Lailatul Qadar to you? Lailatul Qadar is better than a thousand months.”

Allah explains the Night of Power as only He can. He tells us that Lailatul Qadar is better than a thousand months during which there is no Night of Power. Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) stated that whoever is deprived of good on Laylatul Qadr is truly deprived. Our prophet has also stated that whoever stands (prays) during laylatul qadr expecting the reward of Allah, will be forgiven their previous sins.

“Therein descend the Angels and the Spirit with the permission of their Lord, with every matter.”

Because of the magnificent blessings of this night, the angels descend from Heaven. They come down in great numbers with the blessings and mercy of Allah. They visit the believers worshiping Allah whether they are reciting Quran, making dhikr (remembrance) or performing prayer.

“The Spirit” in this verse refers to the angel Jibreel (Gabriel). We can see how important lailatul qadar is if the highest ranking angel of all is descending upon the earth. Angel Jibreel is the one who visited Prophet Muhammad with the first verses of the Quran.

The phrase “with every matter” means that during this night, the matters of life and death, the provisions of every human, is decided during this night. (See the verses from Chapter 44 above.) Truly, what a blessed night to seek the mercy of Allah!

“Peace therein, until the coming of dawn.”

Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) has stated:

“Verily, the month of Ramadan has come to you all. It is a blessed month, which Allah has obligated you all to fast. During it the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are shackled.”

With the gates of Hell closed and the devils locked up, lailatul qadar is full of peace for the Muslims until the dawn. The angels give the worshippers tidings of peace until the dawn. All of it is good and there is no evil until the coming of dawn.

When Is Lailatul Qadar?

The question everyone has is: “When is the Night of Power? Which night is lailatul qadar?”

We already know from the Quranic verses above, that lailatul qadar occurs during the month of Ramadan. A narrative from Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her), the prophet’s wife, states: “when the last ten days of Ramadan began, the Prophet (peace be upon him) would stay up at night, wake his family and tie his lower garment tight.”

So now we know that Lailatul Qadar is during the last ten nights of Ramadan.

There is a statement from Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that reveals more evidence. He stated:

“Verily I saw Lailatul Qadr, and I was caused to forget it, and indeed it is during the last ten (nights). It is during an odd night and I saw myself as if I were prostrating in mud and water.”

This shows that the Night of Power occurs during the odd numbered nights during the last ten days of Ramadan.

It was recorded that after he made this statement, Prophet Muhammad led his companions in prayer. While they were praying, it began to rain, and after Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) came up from prostration, his forehead was covered in mud and water. One narration states this occurred on the twenty-first nght.

However, another narration states that lailatul qadar may occur during another night.

“Seek it in the last ten (nights) of Ramadan. In the ninth it still remains, in the seventh it still remains, in the fifth it still remains.”

Yet another narration from the companion Ubay Ibn Ka’b states otherwise. When informed that another Ibn Mas’ud (another companion of our prophet) said whoever stands for prayer during the entire year will catch lailatul qadar, Ubay responded: “May Allah have mercy upon him. Indeed he knows that it is during the month of Ramadan and that it is the twenty-seventh night.”

And then the companion Abu Hurayrah reported that Prophet Muhammad stated:

“Verily, it is during the twenty-seventh or the twenty-ninth night. And verily, the angels who are on the earth during that night are more numerous than the number of pebbles.”

And Ubaidah Ibn Samit reported that Prophet Muhammad said:

“Seek it in Ramadan in the last ten nights. For verily, it is during the odd nights, the twenty-first, or the twenty-third, or the twenty-fifth, or the twenty-seventh, or the twenty-ninth, or during the last night.”

So, we can see that while there is ample evidence that Lailatul Qadar occurs during the odd numbered nights of the last ten days of Ramadan, there’s no absolute evidence of the exact night. What is for the Muslim then, is to spend each of the last ten nights involved in worship, hoping to catch the Night of Power.

Several scholars believe that the Night of Power moves about during the last ten nights from year to year, and is not necessarily the same night every year. There appears to be sound evidence for this theory. This gives us even more reason to seek lailatul qadar during each of the last ten nights, instead of just focusing on one particular day.

This night is also a good time to increase our understanding of Islam. This is a good time to learn Quran or memorize a new dua. Even if you only know the basics of Islamic beliefs, you should take advantage of Lailatul Qadar.

And Allah knows best.


See Also:

What is Ramadan?

The Five Pillars Of Islam

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18 Responses to Lailatul Qadar: The Night of Power

  1. wow…. subhaanallaah…. Laa Ilaaha Illallaah…..

  2. Quran says:

    jazak Allah for sharing such a detailed information about the night of power. may Allah give us the courage to learn Quran and to worship Allah in this special night. ameen.

  3. muhammad hafiz says:

    Allahu waahidul kahar ;Allahumma salli ala Muhammad wasallim.

  4. In this night (27th of Ramadan), the Holy Quran was sent down from LOH-E-MEHFOOZ (the Preserved Tablet) to the earth. Messenger of ALLAH (Blessings of Allah and peace be on him) told us to search for Shab-e-Qadr in the odd numbered nights, in the last ten days of Ramzan. So, the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th night of Ramadan could be Shab-e-Qadr.

    Hazrat Aisha Radiallah Anha stated that Rasool Allah peace be upon him said, “Look for Lailat-Ul-Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadhan.” (Bukhari)

    Hazrat Aisha Radiallah Anha stated that as much Rasool Allah peace be upon him tried (Ibadat) in the last Ashra (ten days) of Ramadhan, did not try in any of the Ashra.” (Muslim)

    Hazrat Aisha Radiallah Anha stated that I asked Rasool Allah peace be upon him, “If I find Lailatul Qadar then what should I do? HE peace be upon him said, recite this Dua.”ALLAH HUMMA INNAKA A’FUVUN TOHIB BUL AFVA FA’AFU ANNI” (Tirmidhi)

    Dear visitors, please take advantage of this night, from sunset till sunrise. Offer nawafil (prayers), recite QUR’AAN, do repent (Istaghfar), and Pray for pardon, recite many many Salawat (Darood Sharif & Salaam) and make benediction (Dua’as).

    Special DU’AA of Lailatul QADR:
    “ALLAH HUMMA INNAKA A’FUVUN TOHIB BUL AFVA FA’AFU ANNI” (Tirmidhi)
    “O Allah! You are the Forgiver and You like forgiving so forgive me”

    21st Night of Ramadhan-Ul-Mubarak – 1st night of Laitlat-Ul-Qadr

    1) Pray 4 cycles of ritual prayer (raka’t) (2 cycles of 2 raka’ each).
    In each raka’, after Surah FATIHA recite Surah QADR (Inna anzalna .. )once and Surah IKHLAS (Qul-hu-wal-lah..) once. After completion recite SALAAT-O-SALAAM (Durood Sharif) seventy (70) times. Click here for Durood page.
    Benefit: Insha Allah, Angels will pray for forgivenss for that person.

    2) Offer 2 cycles of ritual prayer (raka’t)
    In each raka’, after Surah FATIHA, recite Surah QADR once and Surah IKHLAS three times. After completion of this salah, recite any Astaghfar seventy times.
    Astaghfar: “Allah Hummagh Fir Li Wa Tub A’laiyya Inna Ka Innta Tawwabur Raheem” OR “Astaghfirullah Rabbi Min Kulli Zambiyon Wa Atoobu ilaiyh”
    Benefit: Effective for forgivness of sins.

    3) In this night (21st), recite Surah QADR 21 times.

    23rd Night of Ramadhan-Ul-Mubarak – 2nd night of Laitlat-Ul-Qadr

    1) Offer 4 cycles of ritual prayer (raka’t) (2 sets of 2 raka’ each)
    In each raka’, after Surah FATIHA, recite Surah QADR once and Surah IKHLAS three times.
    Benefit: Effective for forgivness of sins.

    2) Offer 8 cycles of ritual prayer (raka’) (4 sets of 2 raka’ each)
    In each raka’, after Surah FATIHA, recite Surah QADR and Surah IKHLAS once. After completion of this salah (namaaz) recite the third kalima (Kalima Tamjeed) 70 times. After that, plead to Allah Almighty for forgiveness of sins.
    Kalima Tamjeed: “Subhan Allahi Wal Hamdu Lillahi Wa La ilaaha illal laho Walla Hu Akbar.Wala Haowla Wala Quwwata illa Billa Hil Aliyil Azeem”. Click here for Arabic text of Kalima Tamjeed.
    Benefit: Allah Willing (Insha’Allah), Allah will forgive whoever performs this prayer

    3) In the 23rd night recite Surah YAASEEN once and Surah RAHMAAN once.

    25th Night of Ramadhan-Ul-Mubarak – 3rd night of Laitlat-Ul-Qadr

    1) In this night offer 4 cycles of ritual prayer (raka’t) (2 sets of 2 raka’ each)
    After Surah FATIHA, recite Surah QADR one time and Surah IKHLAS five times in each raka’. After completion of this salat recite the first Kalima Tayyab 100 times.
    Kalima Tayyab: “Laa ilaaha illal Laho Mohammadur Rasoolullah”. Click here for Arabic text of Kalima Tayyab.
    Benifit: Insha Allah, Allah Tala will give him/her unlimited Sawab (good Deeds)

    2) Offer 4 cycles of ritual prayer (raka’) (2 sets of 2 raka’ each)
    In each raka’, after Surah FATIHA, recite Surah QADR three times and Surah IKHLAS three times. After completion of this salah, recite any Astaghfar 70 times.
    Astaghfar: “Allah Hummagh Fir Li Wa Tub A’laiyya Inna Ka Innta Tawwabur Raheem” OR “Astaghfirullah Rabbi Min Kulli Zambiyon Wa Atoobu ilaiyh”
    Benefit: This salat is good for the pardoning of sins.

    3.Offer two cycles of ritual prayer (raka’).
    In each raka’, after Surah FATIHA, recite Surah QADR once and Surah IKHLAS fifteen times. After Salat, recite the second Kalima (Kalima-e-Shahaadat) 70 times.
    Kalima Shaadat: “Ashadu Anlaa ilaaha illal Lahu Wa Ash Hadu Anna Mohammadan Abduhu Wa Rasoolohu”. Click here for Arabic text of Kalima Shaadat.
    Benefit: The reward of this namaaz is freedom from the punishment of the grave.

    4) Recite Surah Dukhan. Allah Willing (Insha’Allah) they will be granted freedom from the punishment of grave.

    5) Recite Surah Fath seven times. Beneficial for the fulfillment of desires and wishes.

    27th Night of Ramadhan-Ul-Mubarak – 4th night of Laitlat-Ul-Qadr

    1) In the 27th night, pray 12 cycles of ritual prayer (raka’) (3 set of 4 raka’ each)
    In each raka’, after Surah FATIHA, recite Surah QADR once and Surah IIKHLAS fifteen times. After salah recite any Astaghfar 70 times.
    Astaghfar: “Allah Hummagh Fir Li Wa Tub A’laiyya Inna Ka Innta Tawwabur Raheem” OR “Astaghfirullah Rabbi Min Kulli Zambiyon Wa Atoobu ilaiyh”
    Benefit: Inhsa Allah, Allah tala will give sawab equal to Ibadah of Ambiya Karam’s (Messengers of Allah) Ibadah.

    2) Pray two cycles of ritual prayer (raka’).
    In each raka’, after Surah FATIHA recite Surah QADR 3 times and Surah IKHLAS 27 times, and plead to Allah for the forgiveness of sins.
    Benefit: Allah Willing (Insha’Allah), the Allah Almighty will forgive all their previous sins.

    3) Pray four cycles of ritual prayer (raka’). (2 sets of 2 raka’ each).
    In each raka’, after Surah FATIHA, recite Surah TAKAASUR once and Surah IKHLAS three times.
    Benefit: Whoever offers this salah, they will be saved from hardship at the time of death, and Allah Willing (Insha’Allah), they will be freed from the punishment of the grave.

    4) Pray two cycles of ritual prayer (raka’).
    In each raka’, after Surahh FATIHA, recite Surah IKHLAS seven times and after salah recite this seventy times:
    “ASTAGHFIRUL LAA HAL AZEEMAL LAZEE LAA ILAAHA ILLA HUWAL HAIY YUL QAYYOOMU WA ATOOBU ILAIH”
    Benfit: Before the person gets up from the praying area, Allah Almighty will pardon them and their parents, and Allah Almighty will Command the angels to adorn the Paradise for them and it is said that they will not die until they see the blessings (ne’mat) of Paradise with their own eyes.

    5) Pray two cycles of ritual prayer (raka’).
    In each raka’, after Surah FATIHA, recite Surah ALAM’NASHRAH once, Surah IKHLAS three times and after salah, recite Surah QADR 27 times.
    Benefit: Effecive for unlimited Sawab of Ibadah.

    6) Pray four cycles of ritual prayer (raka’). (1 set of 4 raka’).
    In each raka’, after Surah FATIHA’ recite Surah QADR three times and Surah IKHLAS fifty times and after completion of this salah (namaaz), recite this once in prostration (sajdah):
    “SUBHAAN ALLAAHI WAL HAMDU LILLAAHI WALAA ILAAHA ILLAL LAAHU WALLAA HU AKBAR”
    Benefit: After that whatever wish one may have, either worldly or religious, may be pleased. Allah Willing (Insha’Allah), their supplication will be fulfilled.

    7) In this night, recite Surah Mulk 7 times. It is good for freeing from punishment.

    29th Night of Ramadhan-Ul-Mubarak – 5th night of Laitlat-Ul-Qadr

    1) Pray four cycles of ritual prayer (raka’). (2 sets of 2 raka’ each).
    In every raka’, after Surah FATIHA recite Surah QADR once and Surahh IKHLAS three times. After salah, recite Surah ALAM’NASHRAH 70 times.
    Benefit: Efective for the completion of Imaan.

    2) Offer four cycles of ritual prayer (raka’). (2 sets of 2 raka’ each).
    In each raka’, after Surah FATIHA, recite Surah QADR once and Surah IKHLAS five times. After salah, recite SALAAT-O-SALAAM (Darood Sharif) 100 times. Click here for Durood page.
    Benefit: Effective for forgiveness of sins.

    3) Recite Surah WAAQIAH seven times. Beneficial for increase in Rizq.

    In any night of RAMAZAN-UL-MUBARAK, after taraavih recite Surah QADR seven times. Allah Willing (Insha’Allah), the one who does so, will be saved from all troubles and afflictions.

    On this great night it’s of great benefit to perform Salat-Ul-Tasbih. Click here for instructions to perform Salat-ul-Tasbih.

    Please Remember me in your paryers

    Your Brother
    Muhammad Umer Akram

  5. Isah B Mohammed says:

    Recite suratul fatiha 7times beneficial for fulfilment of desires and wishes….

  6. keemie says:

    Asalam alaikum Good information.

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  9. Jhazz Brotherston says:

    Jazakallah Khair

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  11. chon says:

    10 days of worship. 27th day or 29th day. they say lailatul qadr changes every year. this is like playing game of chances, or gambling, which i gave up as a Muslim. But now i felt like i am caught in it again, with no choice but follow. there’s no fixed night of power. it’s changing like a gambling thing. if you put your stake in no 3 and the number is 5, you lose. When you guess night of power is 27 night but it is 29. Then, sorry, come again next year. Ouch. Anyone can educate me, please?

    • Abu Ibrahim says:

      It’s not a game.

      Ony Allah knows when laylatul Qadr will happen. So you should do our best throughout the last 10 days knowing that you’ll be rewarded for all 10 days, and especially rewarded for the night of power.

      Allah has set it up this way for a reason. One reason may be so that we would take advantage of all ten days and not get fixated in one day only.

      Muslims who do get fixated in one day are following culture and traditional practices. The authentic Islamic practice is to increase worship throughout the entire last ten days.

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  13. Kazi Mahmood says:

    Asalamualaikum

    Practice makes perfect. There you have 10 nights, out of 365 nights. A little personal sacrifice on these 10 fabulous nights won’t cost a lifetime to anyone. If one prepares the self for a stint of salat, recitations, deep thoughts with zikr, or even just do the regular sunnah (nafil for some) but with added supplications – deep and meaningful supplications to Allah Subhanahu Wata’ala – for how long? Say for 5 minutes before sahur? or 1 minute or 13 minutes or half an hour? Whatever time you can spare after midnight and before the salat Fajr (Subuh for some), every night during the last 10 nights, surely Allah will bless your soul with recompense untold.

    If that too seems so difficult, then when you wake up for Sahur (Sehri), then before you start the dua (doa) after eating, add supplications to Allah for your sins to be forgiven, for your life to be better and for your health and wealth, as well as for that of your closest family, kin, friends (sahabat) but never forget to pray for the dead as this is the month when they expect dua n fatehah from their loved ones who are still alive on earth.

    Hope am not wrong in my interpretations and that if I am mistaken, someone will correct me in this august month of Ramadhan.

    WallahuAlam

    Happy Ramadhan and Happy Eid el fitr (soon)

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