What is Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power)? – All you need to know about

Laylatul Qadr

Laylatyl Qadr falls on Ramadan, the best month of the year. It’s the most heartfelt night in Muslims’ hearts and the most awaited night when Muslims dedicate their time to Allah’s worship by doing many good deeds.

Laylatul Qadr is not like any other night in Ramadan. It has a great position in Islam. In Quran, you’ll find Surah al Qadr which Allah mentioned its greatness:

“And what will make you realize what the Night of Glory is?”

Quran (97:2).

So what is Laylatul Qadr, its overdue, its virtues? All these questions will be answered in this article.

What is Laylatul Qadr?

Laylatul Qadr called the night of power or night of decree is the holiest night of Ramadan. It falls on the odd nights of the last days.

It’s the night of accepting prayers and supplications as Allah opens his mercy doors for his worshipers who make dua to him to respond to their wishes and demands.

That’s why Muslims do their best on this night to gain Allah’s satisfaction, mercy, acceptance, and forgiveness. They try to be in reverence while asking their lord with certainty and hope.

What Time Does Laylat al-Qadr Start and End?

The time that Laylat al-Qadr start is the sunset of the odd night, and it ends at the fajr prayer of the next day.

When is Laylatul Qadr?

Every Ramadan, the night of Qadr falls on the odd nights. It should be in the last ten days of Ramadan. According to prophet Muhammed’s (PBUH) hadith:

“Seek it in the last ten days, on the odd nights”

(Bukhari and Muslim).

So, the Laylatul Qadr may fall on the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or 29th night. In Islam, this night’s overdue is unclarified. Allah concealed its time to let his worshipers pray to him all day in the last ten days, not only on this night.

Signs Of Laylatul Qadr

Signs Of Laylatul Qadr

Signs of Laylatul Qadr guide Muslims to observe this night. Here are the most prominent markers that the prophet Muhammed (PBUH) mentioned:

  • It’s a calm and pleasant night. Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said: “Lailatul-Qadr is calm and pleasant, neither hot nor cold. The sun arises on its morning being feeble and red.” [Ibn Khuzaimah].
  • The sun on this night without rays. “Ubayy, (RA), who said: that he (SAW) said: In the morning following Laylatul-Qadr the sun rises not having any rays, as if it were a brass dish until it rises.” [Muslim, Abu Dawud]
  • It’s an odd night. Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said: “Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan,’ on the night when nine or seven or five nights remain out of the last ten nights of Ramadan (i.e. 21, 23, 25, respectively).  [Sahih al-Bukhari]
  • It’s a peaceful night where worshipers feel reassurance and tranquillity {It is all peace until the break of dawn.} (Al Qadr, 97:5)

What to Do On Laylatul Qadr?

On Laylatul Qadr, you can dedicate this night to reciting the Quran, striving hard in making dua to Allah, praying tarawih prayer in the mosque, giving sadaqah to the poor and needy, and performing i’tikaf in the mosque.

Laylatul Qadr Hadith

Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported that prophet Muhammed (SAW) 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.”

[Sunan an-Nasa’i]

The prophet Muhammed (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 quarreled, its knowledge was taken away (I forgot it) and maybe it was better for you. Now look for it on the 7th, the 9th and the 5th (of the last 10 nights of the month of Ramadan).”

[Sahih Bukhari]
Best Dua for Laylatul Qadr

Best Dua for Laylatul Qadr

The best Dua for Laylatul Qadr is according to what Aisha (RA) reported:”: I said, “O Messenger of Allah if I know which night is the Night of Decree, what should I say during it?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Say: O Allah, Indeed, You are pardoning and generous. You love to forgive, so forgive me.”

Importance of Laylatul Qadr 

  • It’s a blessed night that Allah revealed the Quran (Indeed, We sent it down on a blessed night, for we always warn) (Ad-Dukhan, 44:3).
  • On the night of the decree, Allah forgives all sins of his worshipers. Prophet Muhammed said: “Whosoever performs Qiyam during Lailat-ul-Qadr, with Faith and being hopeful of Allah’s reward, will have his former sins forgiven.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
  • In Quran, Allah described the night of decree as better than a thousand months {The Night of Glory is better than a thousand months.} (Al-Qadr 97:3)
  • This night witness the descending of the angels on the earth {That night angels and the spirit descend, by the permission of their Lord, for every matter.} (Al-Qadr 97:4)
  • It’s one of the best times for accepting prayers when Allah commands his angels to write fates {On that night every matter of wisdom is ordained} (Ad-Dukhan, 44:4)

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Laylatul Qadr or the night of decree is the holiest and most awaited night of Ramadan which falls on the last ten of this month. 

Muslims spend this night making duas, reciting the Quran, praying the tarawih prayer, and performing i’tikaf.

The night of the decree falls on odd nights, which Muslims observe its time through particular signs like a sun without rays and a calm and peaceful night.

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