Islamic Wisdom: The Spiritual Significance of Laylat al-Qadr

Laylat al-Qadr, or the Night of Power, commemorates one of the most significant events in the history of Islam. It is the night when Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) received the first revelation from Allah.

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Most people are aware of the big islamic festivals in the Islamic world, such as Ramadan, Eids and Muhurram but Less well known are the five holy nights on the Muslim calendar. Every religion has some specific occasions, which have special value and importance in the lives of its followers, like Christians celebrate Christmas and observe Easter.Recognizing and taking part in these events enhance one`s knowledge and implication of its religious ideologies and conviction.

The Islamic Calendar also contains numerous days of great importance representing the deep lying allusions attached to their occurrences in the earlier history of our religion. Most of these happenings are mentioned in the Holy Quran and Allah SWT Himself has explained their worth.

The fact of the matter is that the Holy Days and Nights are not discussed very often in world But there are evenings that should matter and have their own spiritual signifiance in Islam. There should not be ordinary nights that pass in an ordinary way. There are five Holy Nights in islam. These holy days and nights are marked by prayer, Zikr and fasting. Special Foods are often prepared in the homes and greetings are passed around neighbours and families.

The nights on which these holy nights fall are calculated according to the revolution of the moon around the earth so the dates of the nights differ every year.

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Today i am going to write about one of these five Holy nights in islam which is Laylat-al-Qadr is otherwise known as the Night of Power. This is a night of great commemoration and devotion to Allah (SWT) and places higher than that of 1,000 months.

Let’s start today learning jounry from this short intro note. I know most readers are cursious to know more about it.

Laylat-al-Qadr:

Laylat al-Qadr, Arabic for “night of decree” or “night of power”, is believed to fall within the last ten days of Ramadan. For Muslims, this is the holiest night of the entire year, who believe it is when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammed PBUH.

“We have indeed revealed this in the ‘Night of Power’. And what will explain to you what the night of power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down The Angels and the Spirit by Allah’s permission, on every errand. “Peace!…This until the rise of Morn!”

( Quran Surah Al-Qadr)

Exact date of Laylat al-Qadr is unspecified, but is believed to have occurred on one of the last 10 days of Ramadan.

it is commonly thought of as the Holy month’s 27th day.This is a night of great commemoration and devotion to Allah (SWT) and places higher than that of 1,000 months.

The sacredness of Laylat al-Qadr is mentioned in the Quran, where it states that Laylat al-Qadr is better than a thousand months. Worshippers also believe that praying with sincerity will allow their previous sins to be forgiven.

Islamic scholars differ on the exact meaning of Laylat al-Qadr, as the word can be interpreted in different ways. Some scholars believe that Qadr means “destiny” or “decree”, as it is the night in which every person’s destiny was determined.

Laylat al-Qadr is also sometimes known as “the night of power”, as some scholars believe it mirrors the greatness and importance of the initial night on which the Quran was revealed, and that any acts of worship performed on this night carries greater reward than on any other day.

Some interpretations also state that Laylat al-Qadr also translates to “the night of constriction”, because the angels descend to the earth and carry the praise of worshippers to God.

The Importance of Laylat-al-Qadr:

The precise night on which Laylat al-Qadr falls is not known to Muslims, however; according to Islamic beliefs, it will fall on one of the odd nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan. This means it will be on the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th day of the month.

Many Islamic scholars believe that the fact that the exact day of Laylat al-Qadr is not specified holds significance, as it means that worshippers will strive in performing acts of worship throughout the 10-day period.

Although the exact date of Laylat al-Qadr is not known, some Muslims believe it often falls on the 27th night of Ramadan.

Difference between Islamic Sects:

Sunni Islam

Sunni Muslims believe God alone answers humanity’s supplications and that Muslims should actively seek God’s forgiveness and engage in acts of worship.

Laylat al-Qadr is found to be on the last 5 odd nights of Ramadan (21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th).

Many cultures celebrate it on the 27th, but certain scholars state if a Friday night coincides with an odd-numbered night, it is likely to be the one.

In the Islamic year, 1443, which in the Gregorian calendar is 2022, these nights fall on 22 April 2022, 24 April 2022, 26 April 2022, 28 April 2022, or 30 April 2022.

Shia Islam

Shia Muslims believe that Laylatul Qadr occurs in the last 10 days of Ramadan but mostly on 19, 21, and 23 Ramadan — with the 23 being the most important.

According to Shia beliefs, 19 Ramadan coincides with the night Ali ibn Abi Talib, the fourth Rashidun Caliph and first Shia Imam, was attacked in the Great Mosque of Kufa and died later of his wounds on 21 Ramadan.

Shia Muslims believe Ali had insight and intimacy with God and have concluded Laylatul Qadr therefore falls after his death on 23 Ramadan.

The Historical & Spiritual Significance of the Laylat-al-Qadr:

According to Islamic beliefs, the Prophet Muhammad used to retreat to Jabal an-Nur, a mountain outside of Mecca, for a month or so every year. There, he would meditate in isolation in the cave of Hira. During one such retreat the Prophet had a profound spiritual experience when the Angel Gabriel inspired him to:

“Recite in the Name of thy Lord Who created, created man of a blood clot. Recite! Thy Lord is most noble, Who taught by the Pen, taught man that which he knew not.” (Surah al Alaq, ayat 1–5)

During this night, Angel Jibril revealed the Holy Qur’an’s first verses to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The Prophet continued to receive revelations over a twenty-three year period. These provided guidance to the Prophet and the believers, and often responded to the challenges faced by the emerging Muslim community. Islamically, God’s first word to the Prophet Muhammad was the imperative: “Read”.

Muslims believe the Quran is the direct word of God, which was later transcribed by the Prophet Muhammad’s companions and followers. The Quran is considered divine guidance for humanity and moral, social and spiritual values.

The Qur’an is thus closely linked to the historical circumstances of the Prophet Muhammad’s life and the experiences of the Muslim ummah of that period. Throughout history, the revelation of the Qur’an has offered inspiration to Muslims in every time and place.

Every year, Muslims observe this event as a reminder for their own spiritual search. The night also carries significant importance as Muslims believe that the Prophet Muhammad said that on Laylat al-Qadr, there are more angels that come to the earth than rocks that are on it.

In Surah al Qadr, ayats 3 to 5, Allah says:

“The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein, by the leave of their Lord, with every command; peace it is until the break of dawn.”

Some believe that Laylat al-Qadr carries with it feelings of calm and peace, as a result of concepts such as light and blessings which are associated with the angels which descend to earth. It is believed that through supplications and prayer, Muslims can change their fate, meaning many will spend their evenings in supplication.

The Light of Quran & Hadith About Laylatul Qadr:

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “I came out to inform you about (the date of) the night of Al-Qadr, but as so and so and so and so quarrelled, its knowledge was taken away (I forgot it) and maybe it was better for you. Now look for it in the 7th, the 9th and the 5th (of the last 10 nights of the month of Ramadan).” Hadith No: 236, Sahih Bukhari

“The Night of Decree 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.” [Qur’an: 97:3–5]

Abu Hurayrah raḍyAllahu ‘anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) relates that the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “Whoever stands (in the voluntary night prayer of) Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. And whoever spends the night of Lailat Al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Sunan an-Nasa’i]

Ibn Abbas reported that The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said regarding the Night of Decree, “It is a calm night, neither hot nor cold, and the sun arises on it red and feeble.” [Ṣaḥiiḥ Ibn Khuzaymah 2049]

Narrated by Abu Huraira, Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not to show off) then all his past sins will be forgiven.”[Sahih Bukhari. Chapter 2, Belief]

Laylatul Qadr is a special night when Muslims immerse themselves in prayers and engage in holy deeds to earn blessings from the reverent Allah. Do the good deeds and celebrate Laylatul Qadr 2022 with complete devotion. The “Night of Revelation” is significant for muslims as on this day the religion of Islam got documented with the revealing of the holy book of Quran. Hence, reciting the Quran is among the many good deeds that one can perform on the “Night of Decree”.

Things to Do on Laylat al-Qadr:

Many Muslims will spend the final ten days of Ramadan in seclusion, endeavouring to make the most out of what they believe are blessed days.

During this time, worshippers will avoid falling into sin, and be more conscious of their thoughts and actions. Many will sacrifice sleep at night, and choose instead to offer voluntary prayers.

1. Offer Duas or Supplications

During the holy night of Laylatul Qadr, Allah is merciful, and all the sincere supplications are accepted by him. On this night, one must ask Allah for mercy and the well-being of the world.

According to Hadith on Laylatul Qadr, when Aisha asked Prophet Mohammad how she should pray to Allah on Laylatul Qadr, she was told to recite this Dua for Laylatul Qadr with a sincere heart:

“O Allah, indeed you are pardoning and generous; you love to pardon, so pardon us.”

2. Attend Dua in Masjid

Most mosques try to end their recitation of the Quran on an odd night. Afterwards, they indulge in Dua. You must try to attend this Dua with your family if you wish to please Allah.

3. Recite The Holy Quran

Another thing to do on Laylatul Qadr is to recite chapters from the holy book of Quran. Muslims believe that reciting longer Surahs with the translations and contemplating their explanation cleanse your previous sins. If you remember any passages or Surahs you have heard during the month of Ramadan, then you should reflect on their meaning.

4. Perform Sadaqah or Charity

According to Islamic sources, the reward of giving Sadaqah during the month of Ramadan gets multiplied by 70 times. It is also said that the reward of a good deed during this special night is the same as performing it continuously over 83 years. So, if you want to please Allah and have your past sins forgiven, then help the needy and offer Sadaqah to someone who will genuinely benefit from it. Even offering a glass of water to someone who needs it earns immense blessings.

5. Have Iftar with Family

During the month of Ramadan, it is considered a good practice to have Iftar with your family and close friends. This also aids you in spending some quality time with your loved ones. Having iftar on the blessed night carries great virtues for the family. It brings about brotherhood and companionship among the family by means of sharing meals on the table.

6. Perform Itikaf

On this holy night, performing Itikaf (solitude) will to earn you great rewards. Many Muslims spend the last 10 days of Ramadan in Itikaf and pray to Allah. It is believed that going into solitude gives you time to reflect on your actions and offers you an opportunity to reconnect with Allah. During Itikaf, one should disconnect from the material world and focus on good deeds. It is also an ideal time for starting new religious practices that you will continue for the year.

Laylat al-Qadr Rewards:

Muslims believe that the night of Laylatul Qadr is unlike any other night. The rewards that one can earn on this night cannot be equated with the ones you will get throughout your life. When Muslim complete good deeds on Laylat al-Qadr, their fasting is increased in reward. On this night, a single act of kindness gives the blessings of 1,000 months.

Carrying out these deeds on the Holiest night and dedicating their day to worship will extend their taqwa. Be sure to recite the Holy Qur’an and engage with its teachings by assisting those most in need, thus fulfilling one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Performing a charitable deed on Laylat-al-Qadr promises many future rewards.

“Surely, we have revealed to you the Grand Night, and what will make you comprehend what the Grand Night is? The Grand Night is better than a thousand months. The Angels and the Spirit descend in it by the permission of their Lord for every affair. Peace! It is till the break of the morning.”

( The Quran 97:5)

Common Mistakes Regarding Laylat Al-Qadr:

Sometimes on an odd night of the last 10 nights of Ramadan, one may see a dream, for example, or perceive some other sign, that indicates the following night will be Laylat Al-Qadr and then strive hard on that night and not on the others.

Some may do this to the point where, even if they were in Mecca, they would leave the holy precincts because of the dream they saw, which they interpret as Laylat Al-Qadr, thinking they have achieved the rewards of that Night, after which they will believe it has passed. Yet this may not be a true dream, and even if it is, it could be interpreted wrongly.

Once the noble Companion Abu Bakr, may God be pleased with him, interpreted a dream in the presence of the Prophet, on him be peace, and the Prophet, on him be peace, told him: “You were correct in some of it and incorrect in some of it” (Bukhari).

This proves to us, who are not nearly as aware and wise as Abu Bakr, that we could be wrong, not to mention that leaving worship in the other nights of Ramadan deprives us of good worship in them, which is still eminently worthy and heavy in the scales.

Similarly, one should not be overly concerned with confirming the signs of Laylat Al-Qadr so that they grow sure it has passed. Again, we can be wrong in our assessments and miss out on the rest of the nights of beneficial worship.

In our time, it is common for us to observe the 27th night of Ramadan as Laylat Al-Qadr. Our imams often complete the Quran’s recitation in prayer on that night. After this night, there is often a lessening of exertion in our prayer (salah), worship, and good deeds because we believe Laylat Al-Qadr has passed. We should strive, rather, until the very end of Ramadan, and in all its days for the reasons already stated.

One should take care to maximize the benefits of Laylat Al-Qadr because it is a great and rare blessing given to us by God, and we have no guarantee of life that we shall reach the next Laylat Al-Qadr. To exert oneself, then, in every night of Ramadan is the only certain way of knowing one has found it.

In Quran, it is also mentioned that the holy night of Laylatul Qadr is better than a thousand months, which means that worshipping Allah on this night earns you the rewards of a lifetime. In order to please God, one must immerse in prayers and recite duas to earn the favour of God.

Laylatul Qadr Dua:

Laylatul Qadr dua is an important supplication that holds immense potential for Allah’s chosen blessings and rewards. Here is the dua that one must recite on the Night of Power.

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ كَرِيمٌ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

Allahumma innaka Afuwwun [Karimun ] tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee

O Allah, indeed You are Pardoning, [Generous,] You love pardon, so pardon me

Tirmidhi: 3513

Final Thoughts:

These holy nights aren’t marked by public holidays in different islamic countries, but the minarets of mosques across the country are illuminated and special prayers are recited to mark the occasion. These are Holy Nights which means that they are specific dates, between sunset and sunrise, that are associated with Divine Power and sacred things.

It is recommended to fast during the day and make supererogatory prayers on these nights. Religious people have to connect ourselves with Holy things and Holy people to receive support from them. Our love for the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) brings us closer to him. The best associations are Holy associations and the worst associations are Shaytan’s associations, likewise the best support is Holy support.

The bottom-line is that we are weak and our faith is weak but if we connect ourselves to Holy people; Holy things; Holy Nights and Days then perhaps Allah Almighty will Grant us a little bit more Power to wake up in the morning or get the kids to school on time or improve our situations on the job or mend our broken relationships or refuse temptations. I am sure we all could use a little bit more of any one of those items mentioned.

Reference;

islamicfinder.org

islamonline.net

aboutislam.net

I hope you believe and grasp how faith impacts your life. Prayer, reciting Sacred text according to your religion like Quran in Islam about spiritual growth and will help you walk out your faith day by day.

It turns out that regular participation in faith-based activities is good for the body and mind, too.

May Allah bless you all

Finally, I pray to Allah to benefit those who read this article and others, grant me truthfulness in what I say and do, preserve my thoughts and my pen from deviation and guide me in all my affairs.

And all praise and thanks are due to Allah, without Whose help and guidance nothing can be accomplished. May Allah bless you with happiness, success, guidance, health, and knowledge. May Almighty Allah give us the strength to follow the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) and make us part of the group who is among the most righteous! Ameen.

Be patient with yourself. And Keep learning!!

Always start your day by renewing your intention that everything you do for yourself and your community, whether it be your acts of worship or daily chores. It all has to be merely for the sake of Allah (SWT) and also, I ask Allah (SWT) to make my work dedicated only to him and forgiveness from Allah (SWT), if I have got anything wrong. It is He who is the Hearing, the knowing.

I will be calmer, I will spread love as long as I can, I will live a spiritual life, I will do what I please no matter what and I will prove my theories.

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