Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The Night of Power (Lailatul Qadr)

The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Angels are descend from heaven to earth and become closer to believers. Laylatul Qadr is the night the Qur'an was revealed so we should read and learn more Al Qur'an. We also should spend this night in prayer, mention of name of Allah, worship, and ask forgiveness.

The prophet Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi wa salam said: "He observed prayer on Laylatul Qadr out of faith and seeks reward from Allah, all his previous sins would be forgiven." (Hadiths Muslim)

Laylatul Qadr begins immediately after the sun sets and ends at dawn, i.e. at the beginning of the time of the Morning Prayer Fajr. Let's get more close to Allah in the time of Laylatul Qadr.

If you want to read and learn al Qur'an about Laylatul Qadr, it is in Surah AL-Qadr

    Of course It is to get more blessings from Allah and ask forgiveness. Only for the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) were blessed with a night of huge reward. The reason was to enable Muslims to equal the worship of any people who lived before us. In the past it is said that people lived very long lives of hundreds of years. Today, we live shorter lives. Allah gave us Laitatul Qadr to enable us to do as much worship as a man who lived even hundreds of years longer. If you only worshipped on Lailatul Qadr ten times, you would have equaled in those ten nights 833 years of worship.

    Only Allah knows which night of Ramadan is the Night of Power. It's odd numbers after the 19th of Ramadan. In the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (may Allah greet and bless him) there is a great number of hadith which indicate probable time limits for finding this blessed night. In this night the number of Angels, who will descend to earth, will be greater than pebbles [on the whole planet]. We have to do our best.

  • What To DO?
    Some that you can do:
    • Do Itikaf
      We should try to spend the last ten days and nights of Ramadan in the masjid for Itikaf, at least one day.
    • Read and learn Al Quran.
      Laylatul Qadr is the night the Qur'an was revealed so we should spend more reading Al Quran on that night. We will gain 700 hasanah or more by reciting each letter.
    • Do more Zikr (the remembrance of Allah)
      • Subhanallah
      • Alhamdulillah
      • Allahu Akbar
      • Laa ilaha ilallah
      • La Hawla Wa La Quwwata Illa Billah
      • Asthaghfirullah
      • Sub-han'Allah hil Azeem wa bi-ham'dihi,
      • Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm
      • Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr

    • Make repentance, ask forgiveness, and dua for yourself
      "When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me."
      [Al Qur'an Surah Al Baqarah 2:186]
    • Do more Nafl prayers
      Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger said: “Whoever stands (in prayer) in Laylatul Qadr while nourishing his faith with self-evaluation, expecting reward from Allah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven.”
      Bukhari and Muslim)
    • Special Dua of Lailatul Qadr:
      "O Allah! You are the Forgiver and You like forgiving so forgive me”

    The signs are:
    • This night possesses an extraordinary shine and brightness of its own.
    • Taking into account local climate the weather in that night won’t be either cold or warm, i.e. the night temperature will be average for this climate, region and season.
    • This night will be calm, clear and dry.
    • Stars do not fall in that night.
    • The next morning after this night the sun will be bright, brilliant and incarnadine (light-red). Its shine will be tender, not blinding just like the full moon in the clear night.

In Al Qur'an, surah Al-Qadr (97: The Night of Power)
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ {1}
وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ {2}
لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ {3}
تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِم مِّن كُلِّ أَمْرٍ {4}
سَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّى مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ {5}

In The Name Of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful
(1) Surely We revealed it on the grand night.
(2) And what will make you comprehend what the grand night
(3) The grand night is better than a thousand months.
(4) The angels and Jibreel descend in it by the permission of their Lord for every affair,
(5) Peace! it is till the break of the morning.

In Hadiths: Lailatul Qadr in the Last Seven Nights of Ramadan

  • Narrated Ibn 'Umar (Radi Allah Anhu) : Some men amongst the companions of the Prophet Muhammad (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) were shown in their dreams that the night of Qadr was in the last seven nights of Ramadan. Allah's Messenger (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) said, "It seems that all your dreams agree that (the Night of Qadr) is in the last seven nights, and whoever wants to search for it should search in the last seven nights of Ramadan." [Sahih Bukhari : Volume 3, Book 32 "Taraweeh", Number 232]

  • Narrated Abu Salama (Radi Allah Anhu) : I asked Abu Sa'id (Radi Allah Anhu) about the Night of Qadr and he said, "We practised Itikaf in the middle third month of Ramadan with Prophet Muhammad (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam). In the morning of the 20th of Ramazan, the Prophet Muhammad (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) came to and addressed us and said, " I was informed of the date of the Night of Qadr but I was caused to forget it, or I forget, so search it in the last ten nights of month of Ramadan." [Sahih Bukhari : Volume 3, Book 32 "Taraweeh", Number 233]

In Hadiths: Lailatul Qadr in the Odd Nights of Last Ten Nights of Ramadan
  • Narrated 'Ibn Abbas (Radi Allah Anha): The Allah's Messenger (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) 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 the Ramadan." [Sahih Bukhari : Volume 3, Book 32 "Taraweeh", Number 238]

  • Narrated 'Ibn Abbas (Radi Allah Anha) in this quotation: Allah's Messenger (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) said: "The Night of Qadr is in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan either on the first nine or in the last (remaining) seven nights of Ramadan." [Sahih Bukhari : Volume 3, Book 32 "Taraweeh", Number 239]

  • Narrated 'Aisha (Radi Allah Anhu) : With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, Allah's Messenger (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) used to tighten his waist-belt (i.e. hard work) and used to offer Salat (Prayer) all the night, and used to keep his family awake for the Salat (prayers). [Sahih Bukhari : Volume 3, Book 32 "Taraweeh", Number 241]

  • 'A'isha (Radi Allah Anhu) Allah's Messenger (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) as saying: "Look for (and in the words of Waki, seek) Lailat-ul-Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan." [Sahih Muslim : Book 6 "Kitab Al-Sawm", Number 2632]

  • Zirr b. Habaish (Radi Allah Anhu) reported Ubayy b. Ka'b (Radi Allah Anhu) took oath (without making any exception, i. e. without saying Innsha Allah) that it was the twenty-seventh night. I said to him: Abu Mundhir, on what ground do you say that? Thereupon he said: By the indication or by the sign which the Messenger of Allah (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) gave us, and that is that on that day (the sun) would rise without having any ray in it. [Sahih Muslim : Book 6 "Kitab Al-Sawm", Number 2633]

  • Zirr b. Hubaish (Radi Allah Anhu) reported that Ubayy b. Ka'b (Radi Allah Anhu) said about Lailat-ul-Qadr: By Allah, I know well about it. Shu'ba said: To the best of my knowledge it was the twenty-seventh night for which the Messenger of Allah (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) commanded us to stand for prayer. Shu'ba doubted these words: That it was the night for which the Messenger of Allah (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) commanded us to stand for prayer. And (he further) said: This was narrated to me by a friend of mine from him (the Holy Prophet). [Sahih Muslim : Book 6 "Kitab Al-Sawm", Number 2634]

  • Abu Huraira (Radi Allah Anhu) reported: We were talking about Lailat-ul-Qadr in the presence of the Messenger of Allah (sal-allahu-alleihi-wasallam) and he said: "He who amongst you remembers (the night) when the moon arose and it was like a piece of plate (at the fag end of the month in a state of waning)." [Sahih Muslim : Book 6 "Kitab Al-Sawm", Number 2635] 

May Allah always accept all our ibadah. Aameen.

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