Islamic Wisdom: The Spiritual Significance of Laylat al-Qadr

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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 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.

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”.

“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]

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]

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

Reference;

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