Laylatul Qadr: What is the Night of Power?
Find out why Laylatul Qadr is the best night of the year!
For Muslims, Laylatul Qadr, or the Night of Power, is the most important night of the whole year. But why is the Night of Power important and exactly what is the Night of Power? Well, the Night of Power is the holiest night of the year because this was the night that Allah (SWT) revealed the first verse of the Holy Qur’an to the Prophet Mohammad (ﷺ).
The Archangel Jibril visited our Prophet (ﷺ) on Laylatul Qadr to deliver him the first verses of the Qur’an on Mount Hira near Mecca. This blessed night comes to us within the last 10 night of Ramadan on one of the odd nights. While the exact date is not known to us, many Muslim scholars believe Laylatul Qadr to be on the 27th night of Ramadan.
This Ramadan, we are all doing our best to devote ourselves to Allah (SWT) and receive His rewards, but why is the Night of Power important in this regard? It offers us so much more than any other night in Ramadan – any other night in the entire year actually!
Why is the Night of Power important?
In the Qur’an, Allah (SWT) tells us, “We have, indeed, revealed this message in the Night of Power. And what will explain to thee what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down the angels and the spirit by Allah’s permission, on every errand: Peace! This until the rise of Morn.” (97:5)
What is the Night of Power if not a gift from Allah Almighty (SWT)! This night is better than a thousand months, and good deeds that are carried out on this special night are generously multiple by The One.
Seek out the Night of Power in the odd nights throughout the final 10 nights of Ramadan, and dedicate yourself to Allah (SWT) through prayer and charity.
What to do on Laylatul Qadr
On Laylatul Qadr the angels descend to earth and bring peace to all believers. This is the holiest night of the year, so knowing what to do on Laylatul Qadr is important if you’d like the immeasurable rewards that Allah (SWT) has waiting.
Many Muslims spend the final 10 nights of Ramadan in prayer, reciting the Qur’an and participating in acts of charity. The Night of Power is the perfect time to seek Allah’s (SWT) forgiveness because the Prophet (ﷺ) told us, “Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's rewards (not to show off) then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari).
If you’re looking for what to do on Laylatul Qadr, then here are a few tips on what you can do to make the most of the Night of Power.
- Make Dua
The Night of Power is the most rewarding night of the year, so make special duas for yourself and for your loved ones. On this night, Allah (SWT) will forgive your sins and reward you for your devotion.
- Recite the Qur’an
Pick your favourite passage or Surah and start reciting throughout the last 10 nights of Ramadan. Do this everynight with pure intentions and you will surely catch the Night of Power and Allah’s (SWT) blessings.
- Celebrate Iftar with your family
If you haven’t already been breaking your fast with family and friends, make sure to do so during the final 10 nights of Ramadan. Enjoy this time and celebrate The Most Merciful with the people you love most in this world.
- Give in charity
The benefits of donating to charity on the Night of Power are immeasurable! This year, you can automate your donations with Penny Appeal through My Ten Nights or Ramadhan Giving. Choose to give equally across all 10 nights, more on the odd nights or even a little more on the 27th night. You’ll never miss Laylatul Qadr again!
TUESDAY 27 APR 2021