Ramadan: Laylat Al-Qadr

The last 10 days of Ramadan are very important to Muslims. It is believed that the Quran was first revelead to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) during these days of Ramadan. The specific day, Laylat Al-Qadr or Night of Destiny/Power, is unknown. Hence, Muslims double their efforts in the last 10 days.

1. Inna anzalnahu fee laylati alqadr
Surely we revealed it [the Holy Quran] on the Night of Power
2. Wama adraka ma laylatu alqadr
And what will convey to you what the Night of Power is like?
3. Laylatu alqadri khayrun min alfi shahr
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months
4. Tanazzalu almala-ikatu war roohu feeha bi-ithni rabbihim min kulli amr
The angels and the spirit descend by the permission of their Lord for every matter
5. Salamun hiya hatta matlaAAi alfajr
Peace it is, until the break of down

To Do List For The Last 10 Days:
(some parts taken from Sound Vision)

  • Lots and lots of Salah
  • Read the Quran – with the translation so that you understand what you are reading and/or tafseer
  • Take it upon yourself to understand the meaning of your prayers – many of us pray without knowing what we are saying. Use this opportunity to learn one step/day of your Salah
  • Make it a point to learn something new to share with your family everyday – it can be a Hadith or a one line Dua from the Quran. Learn this new information and share it with your family during Iftaar
  • Ask for forgiveness. It is believed that Abu Hurairah said that the Prophet said: Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat Al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, he shall be forgiven for his past sins [Bukhari and Muslim].
  • Dua: Make a list of things you want to ask from Allah and ask! Click here to check out some tips on personal duas
  • Reflect: look at the year that has gone by and evaluate yourself. Look to the future and make goals to change certain things or to implement something new

Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her) asked: “O Messenger of Allah! Tell me if I were to find a Night of Power, what should I recite therein?” Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) advised her to recite:
“Al-laa humma innaka ‘afuw-wan tohib-bul ‘afwa fa-fu ‘an-ni”
(O Allah! You are Forgiving, you love forgiveness, so forgive me).

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