MNA Feature Desk: Muslims across the country will observe holy Lailatul Qadr tonight with due religious fervour and solemnity.
The holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on this night to show mankind the path of worldly and eternal emancipation.
Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) is designated in the Quran as, “better than a thousand months” (97:3) and it is very important to know the things you can do on this night in Ramadan. Any deed done on this night such as reciting the Quran, remembering Allah, etc. is better than acting for one thousand months which do not contain the night of Qadr.
Allah’s Messenger used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time. Aisha, May Allah pleased with her, related that the Prophet quoted, “Look for Laylatul Qadr on an odd-numbered night during the last ten nights of Ramadan (Bukhari).”
The Prophet said, “Whoever prays during the night of Qadr with faith and hoping for its reward will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim recorded from Abu Huraira).
Here are some tips of things we can do on the Night of Power and the time before and after it.
Take a break for Allah
We take a break from our jobs for almost everything in life. Why not this time to focus on worshiping and thanking our Creator? If this is not possible at least take a few days off if you can. This can make it easier to stay awake at night to do extra Ibadah, not having to worry about getting to work the next day. It will also facilitate doing Itikaf.
It was a practice of the Prophet to spend the last ten days and nights of Ramadan in the masjid for Itikaf. Those in Itikaf stay in the masjid all this time, performing various forms of Zikr (the remembrance of Allah), like doing extra Salat, recitation and study of the Quran.
They do not go outside the masjid except in case of emergencies; therefore, they sleep in the masjid. Their families or the masjid administration takes care of their food needs. Itikaf of a shorter period of time, like one night, a day or a couple of days is encouraged as well.
Read this special Dua
Aisha said, I asked the Messenger of Allah, “O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?”
He answered that“Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and you love to pardon, so pardon me.” The transliteration of this Dua is “Allahumma inna kaafuwwun tuhibbulaf wafafuannee”
Recite the Quran more and more
Perhaps you can choose Surahs or passages from the Quran which you have heard in Tarawih this past Ramadan to recite. If you attend a class where the recitation of the Quran is taught, this is a great time to put your knowledge into practice.
Choose the latest Surah or Surahs you’ve heard in Tarawih and read their translation and Tafseer. Then think deeply about their meaning and how it affects you on a personal level. If you want to study the Quran with more understanding, check out Way to the Quran and Access to Quranic Arabic.
Get your sins wiped out
Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger said,“Whoever stands (in prayer) in LaylatulQadr while nourishing his faith with self-evaluation, expecting reward from Allah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven.”
Don’t just pray using the shorter Surahs that you know. Try to make your prayers longer, deeper and meaningful. If you are familiar with longer Surahs, read the translation and explanation and then pray reciting these Surahs, carefully reflecting on the meaning while you pray.
Even if you are only familiar with the shorter Surahs, read the translation and explanation beforehand, and then pray reflecting on the message of the Surahs. This is a good way to develop the habit of concentration, even in regular prayers, where many of us tend to be fidgety and/or easily distracted.
Ask yourself those questions that need to be asked. Do an evaluation of where you are and where you are going. Let this evaluation lead you to feel happiness for the good you have done and remorse for the bad you have done. This latter feeling should make it easier to seek Allah’s sincere forgiveness when making the Dua mentioned in tip number one above.
Recite several Duas
One of the best times to do this is during the last part of the night. Abu Huraira related that the Prophet said,When the last one-third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One descends towards the heaven of the earth and proclaims: “Who is that who supplicates for Me, and I grant his supplication? Who is that who begs Me for anything and I grant it to him? And who is that who seeks My forgiveness, and I forgive him?” (Bukhari, Muslim).
That means for instance, waking up one hour before Suhoor time to ask Allah for anything and everything you want that is Halal. This can be done using the Duas of the Sunnah, but also Dua in your own language, with sincerity and conviction.
Read at leastone book on the Prophet
Read about the Prophet’s life, which can increase your love for him and Islam by seeing how much he struggled for Allah’s sake. It may inspire you to push yourself even harder during these last ten nights. This community is built on sacrifice.
Plan for the next year
Once you’ve done a self-evaluation, you can plan on where you want to go, at least in the next 12 months. Laylatul Qadr is a great night to be thinking about this (without taking away from your worship), since you’ll InshaAllah, be in a more contemplative state. You may choose to dedicate one night of power for evaluation and one night for planning for the next year.
Finally make a to-do checklist for each Night of Power. This should define how you would like your night, the one better than a thousand months, to be used. Pick things from this list and define the sequence you would like to do things in. This will help you avoid wasting your time in unproductive chats which common in the festive atmosphere of Masjids at the Night of Power.