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Laylat ul Qadr: The Blessed Night

Laylatul Qadr makes the last 10 days of Ramadan even more special than it is. The last 10 days are special because it is when the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would exert himself even more than usual. The exact night is not actually known, so it could be any of the last 10 nights. Therefore, we should all increase in obedience and acts of worship such as prayer, making dhikr (e.g. Subhan'Allah, Alhamdulillah, La ilaha il Allahu, Allahu akbar etc.), night prayer and reciting the Qur'an.

Meaning of Laylatul Qadr:

-The meaning of “Qadr” is veneration or honour, i.e. it is a night that is venerated because of it’s special characteristics, and because the person who stays up during it is a person of honour.

-Also it was said that “Qadr” means constriction, in the sense that the knowledge of precisely when the night is, is hidden.

-And it was said that “Qadr” means Qadar i.e. the destiny of all creatures is written on Laylat ul Qadr and it is this night that the information of what is going to occur in the coming year is transferred from the preserved tablet (al-Lawh al-Mahfooz) to the sky of the world. Ibn ‘Abbaas (radi'Allahu anhu) said: “You may see a man furnishing his hoe or ploughing his field, and he is one of those who is going to die,” i.e., it has been decreed on this night that he would be one of those who will die in the coming year.

“We descended the Qur'an in a blessed night, Indeed we are warning mankind. Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments.” (Qur'an: 44:3-4)

And Allah called it Laylat ul Qadr because of it’s great value and high status with Allah. And Allah knows best.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Any Muslim who stands in Prayer during Laylat ul Qadr out of faith and sincerity, his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)

Anas (radi'Allahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said at the beginning of one Ramadan:

“This month which we have entered contains one night which is more beneficial than a thousand months. Any person who abstained from this night has rejected the good receivable during it and any person who has rejected the good receivable during it is undoubtedly a rejected perseon.” (Sunan ibn Maja)

Allah mentions in the Qur'an that this night is better than a thousand months (Chapter 97). A thousand months is equivalent to 83 years and 4 months of continuous worship, but Allah says this night is better than that-so the reward can never truly be measured.

This night is exclusive to the Ummah of Rasulullah (peace be upon him). The virtues and blessings of this night are innumerable, and it would therefore be extremely foolish to allow ourselves to be deprived of these blessings due to laziness or a few extra hours of sleep.

May Allah make us of those who are forgiven due to our worship in this night! May Allah make us all sincere servants of Allah! May Allah allow us to witness and reap benefits from this night!

Aisha said: “O Messenger of Allah! What if I knew which night Lailat al-Qadr was, what should I say in it?”

He ﷺ said, “Say Allahumma innaka ‘affuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee.

“O Allah You are The One Who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me.”

(Tirmidhi & Ibn Maja)

Every difficulty becomes ease when you learn to behold the ease in the difficulty. Or, better, behold the Bestower in both difficulty and ease. Allah Most High says, “Truly, with any difficulty comes ease. Truly, with any difficulty comes ease.” [Qur'an, 94.5-6] how?

The sunna of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) can be summarized in two principles:

[1] Complete trust in Allah; and

[2] Taking the most effective of means, with confidence in Allah, in the best of ways.

Regarding the trust in Allah, the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Were you to rely on Allah as He deserves to be relied upon, He would provide for you as He provides for birds. They leave home hungry in the early morning, and return home full in the evening.” [Ahmad, Tirmidhi, Nasa'i, and Ibn Maja, on the authority of Umar (Allah be well pleased with him)] 
Note, of course, the effort these birds put in (leaving home early, returning late).

—  Shaykh Faraz Rabbani