Today is 20th of Ramadan in Pakistan and after maghrib last ashra of Ramadan will start. These are the most valuable 10 days of this blessed month. Lailatul Qadr lies in one of the odd nights of this last ashra. Allah has given us another chance to be alive and we should avail this chance of repenting and seeking forgiveness in these nights. Only Allah knows how many of us will see the next Ramazan.
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 Ramdan. 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.” (Al-Bukhari)
Narrated by Abu Huraira (Radhiallaho anho):
“Allah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam)said, “Whoever establishes prayers during the nights of Ramadan faithfully out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not for showing off), all his past sins will be forgiven.”
If you want to know the importance of this night then Allah subhanahu says in the Glorious Quran it is better then a thousand months!!! Thousand months means more then the whole life of an average human being. Allah is Arrehman Arraheem and He gives us oppertunities to escape from hell, only if we are ready to grab them.
Allah says in the Holy Quran:
” Verily! We have sent it (this Qur’aan) down in the Night of Decree (Lailatul-Qadr). And what will make you know what the Night of Decree is? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the angels and the Rooh (i.e. Gabriel) by Allaah’s Permission with all Decrees, Peace! until the appearance of dawn.” (Al-Qadr 97: 1-5)
Lailatul Qadr is called the Night of power:
“because its power and greatness lie in the fact that it was in this very night that the Holy Qur’an was sent down”;
“…because an enormous number of angels descend in this night to earth”;
“… because the manifestation of grace, mercy and forgiveness from the Lord of the worlds in this night is incomparable with other nights by its significance”;
“… because a believer, who spends this night praying, acquires, with the mercy of God the Most High, most great and powerful forces and energy”.
The word al-qadr can be also translated as tightness, closeness. Taking into account this meaning of the word Alims said: ”In this night such a great number of angels descend to earth that there is simply no room for them all.
What should be done in this night
Best way to start this night is to bring the best out of yourself. As if you are preparing for a big day in life. Take a bath, wear nice clothes and get rid of all the world’s chores before your special meeting with the Creator is about to start. You can be promoted or may get an increment too!
Do more noble deeds, perform additional prayers, read the Holy Qur’an, pray to God the Most High for forgiveness and ask Him for blessing (Tawfik) in one’s deeds as well as for Barakah, appealing to Allah the Most High in any language in which it is most convenient for you to express your thoughts, hopes and wishes.
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)
Get ready! we may not get the next chance!
Aisha radhiallaahu anha said, “No believer makes Dua and
it is wasted. Either it is granted here in this world
or deposited for him in the Hereafter as long as he does not get
1. Perform Wudu, face Qibla, be neat and clean
2. Raise both hands up to the shoulder with palms open facing up
3. Use words of Allah and Muhammad (SAW)-
i.e. Duas found in Quran and Hadith
4. Ask by Asma alHusna- Allah’s Beautiful Names
5. Ask Allah by your good deeds
6. Be insistent-repeat (i.e. 3x’s)
7. Glorify Allah and recite Durud for the Prophet (SAW) at
both the beginning and end
8. Show humility, entreaty, desire and fear while making Dua
9. Repent and try to make amends where one has wronged
10. Confess mistakes, shortcomings, and sins
11. Keep voice between a whisper and speaking aloud
12. Show the need for Allah’s help and implore Him for release
from weakness, hardship and tribulation.
13. Seize the opportunity of time, situation and circumstance in
which prayers are answered
14. Avoid rhymed prose to keep concentration
15. Crying when making Dua
16. The Dua of Dhun-Nun (Yunus) by which he invoked Allah from
within the belly of the whale was: “LAa ilaha illa
Anta, Subhanaka innee kuntu min aDH-DHaalimeen.”
No Muslim ever makes Dua with it but Allah
answers it.” [at tirmidhi in his sunan, ahmad
and hakim reported it and hakim declared it
authentic and adh dhahabee agreed]
17. End with “Alhamdulillah rabbil alameen”