Amongst the several nights of
Ramadan, there is one special night, which is better than a thousand months. Good
deeds performed on Laylatul Qadr are equal to those performed over a thousand
months. Laylatul Qadr is the night of power, the night in which the Quran was
revealed. Some scholars believe it was the
night when the Qur'an was brought down from Baytul M`amur (Heavenly abode), for
Jibrael to reveal in parts to the Prophet (s). Others believe it was the night
when the Prophet received the entire Qur'an, but was asked to share it when certain
Laylatul Qadr is a celebration to honor
the arrival of the final guidance for humans. It is a tribute to messages
revealed to mankind by Allah (swt). The ultimate text that perfectly and
seamlessly demonstrates the way to achieve happiness in both the Dunya and the
Akhirah. Laylatul Qadr is celebrated as a bringer of light and guidance for
mankind. Laylatul Qadr includes a feast for the spirit, a feast of worship and
prayers. Most will honor The Night of Power on the 27th day of Ramadan, however no one is sure that it was on exactly on the 27th. In other words, it is important to spend all odd days of the last ten days in great worship. Any odd night may be Laylatul Qadr.
Some Hadiths indicate that the
fate of every believer for the coming year is declared on the night of power. The
Du`as for this night ask for special favours in the decree for the year.
Believers are encouraged to stay awake the entire night, and pray for blessings
and forgiveness. It has been reported that whoever keeps awake during Laylatul Qadr will have all his sins forgiven even if they number the stars in the sky, the stones in the mountains and are of the quantity of water in the seas. It is the holiest night of the year, and it would be unwise to
be heedless of the tremendous benefits of this night. “Whosoever worshiped on laylat’l-qadr, with faith and with a sincere intention, all of his previous sins are forgiven.”
Perspective of 1000 Months:
147,654 FARD salat
2,450 days of fasting in the month of Ramadan
166 days of Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha
4,333 Jum’a prayers
83 years worth of Zaka’at
5 things you can do on Laylatul Qadr:
Make this special Dua: The prophets wife, Aisha, Allah be pleased with her, said: I asked the Messenger1 of Allah: ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ the Prophet responded by saying: ‘Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’ “(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi). “Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee"26
Come up with of a personal Dua: During the night of power, it’s believed that Allah is willing to accept any prayer offered by his worshippers. So try and make a list of anything you might possibly want. Allah told his worshippers to pray to him and our prayers will be answered.
Prayer Plan: Recite two Rakats Salat, in every Rakat recite Sura-al-Hamd, and Sura Ikhlaas seven times.(for seeking protection against sinning for the seven organs ) After finishing Salat recite 70 times: I seek the forgiveness of Allah and I repent before Him. (Astaghfiru allaha wa atubu ilayhi)
Reflect on the meaning of the Quran: 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.
Pray for as long as you can stand: 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).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.
Allah’s Apostle said, “Fasting is a shield (or a screen or a shelter). So, the person observing fasting should avoid sexual relation with his wife and should not behave foolishly and impudently, and if somebody fights with him or abuses him, he should tell him twice, ‘I am fasting.” The Prophet added, “By Him in Whose Hands my soul is, the smell coming out from the mouth of a fasting person is better in the sight of Allah than the smell of musk. (Allah says about the fasting person), 'He has left his food, drink and desires for My sake. The fast is for Me. So I will reward (the fasting person) for it and the reward of good deeds is multiplied ten times.”
Lately there have been a lot of anons asking about memorizing surahs for salah (prayer). A sister (may Allah reward her) sent me these links as a recommendation of how to learn to memorize prayer and surahs.
Seeing Sana praying made me so happy but so sad that she didn’t feel comfortable telling her friends. She could have asked one of them to guard the room while she was praying to prevent anyone coming in. This shows how distant she really is from her friends. While we’ve see her acting tough when talking about religion in the past, I think Sana is actually very nervous when it comes to talking about her faith. She doesn’t want to come across as talking negatively of Islam or suggesting that it’s a burden and making things difficult for her. All the other times we’ve seen her talk about Islam she’s been shutting down misconceptions that her friends have. She’s worried that saying that she’s struggling, in need of help, or not fully in control of things that her friends will look differently at her and her religion.
The Prophet said, “Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”
I'm 15 - I was born Muslim but not in a very practicing family. I was never taught how to pray and it makes me feel terrible. how can I change this
Assalam Alaikom love,
You can change this by starting to pray!
How to Pray in Islam
There are 5 daily prayers
Fajr - at dawn
Dhuhr - at noon
Asr - at afternoon
Maghrib - at sunset
Isha - at night
The times of the prayers change every day as the timing of the sun’s ‘movement’s change. I suggest downloading an app such as this one (there are many more, just search ‘athan’ in your app store). There are also charts you can print off to use. This is an example, but you will need to find one specific to your area. Islamic Finder is a great resource for this, and you can set up an athan app on your computer with it.
Each prayer has a certain number of rakat, which is a particular sequence of movements. The obligatory (fardh in Arabic) number of rakat are as followed:
Fajr - 2
Dhuhr - 4
Asr - 4
Maghrib - 3
Isha - 4
Salah is easy to fit in, because there is an allocated time for it. The best time is immediately when the athan goes off, but it is ok to pray it during it’s period of time
Fajr can be prayed from the start of the sunrise until the sun has risen (your athan app or chart will tell you when sunrise is)
Dhuhr can be prayed between the start of dhuhr until right before Asr
Asr can be prayed between the start of asr until right before Maghrib
Maghrib can be prayed between the start of maghrib until right before Isha
Isha can be prayed between the start of Isha until midnight
The Movements & Rakat
Make wudu (or have it from your last prayer). I’m not going to go into details on that here, if you want message me again.
Wear appropriate clothes, if you’re a girl your awrah must be covered. Only face and hands showing - modest loose clothing
Find a clean, serene space. You may want to use a prayer rug
Make intention of your prayer in your heart (not out loud). This is called niyyah
Stand facing the qiblah (direction of the kaaba). There are compasses and apps for this
Raise both hands to your ears and say “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great)
Place your hands right under your chest, your right hand over your left hand. At this point eventually you will make dua, for now, focus on the rest
Recite another surah of your choice (Ikhlas, Nas, Falaq, Masad, Asr, are all very easy and short to begin with)
Raise your hands to your ears again and say “Allahu Akbar”
Go down into Ruku - bowing position where your hands are on your knees and your back is parallel with the ground. Say, “Subhana Rabbiyal Atheem” (Glory be to my Lord, the Almighty). Say this THREE times
While returning back to the standing position before (with your arms to your side) say, “Sami'Allahu liman hamidah" (Allah hears those who praise Him) and then “Rabbana wa lakal hamd” (Our Lord, praise be to You)
Now you will go into sujood after saying “Allahu Akbar” again. Sujood is bowing with your face on the ground. Your knees, hands, forehead, nose, and toes will be touching the ground). Say THREE times, “Subhana Rabbiyal A'la” (Glory be to my Lord, the Highest).
Next, sit on your feet with your bottom touching your heels. Place your hands on your knees
Now repeat the sujood once again (step 13)
YOU HAVE NOW COMPLETED ONE RAKAT!
Let’s pretend we are going to pray fajr, we need one more rakat, ok!
So we stand up from sujood by staying “Allahu Akbar” & bringing our hands to our ears
Now repeat steps 7-13.
AT EVERY 2ND RAKAT, we sit and say tashahhud. When you begin to say the shahada (ash hadu an la ilaha..) point and move your finger
IF we are ending the prayer (fajr is 2 rakat so we are done) we finish the tashahhudwith a dua for the prophet (peace be upon him)
ONLY say the second part of tashahhud in the second sitting of every salat, when you are ending the prayer. You will say the first half of tashahhud twice in some prayers, but every prayer will ONLY say the second half of tashahhud once. Do not say the second half by itself ever, you must always begin with the first half.
If we are praying fajr, we prayed 2 rakat, so we are done.
***TO END: Turn your head to the right and say
“Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah” (peace and the mercy of Allah be on you), then to left and repeat that.
Dhuhr, Asr, and Isha are 4 rakat prayers
Pray 2 rakats and at the second make the first half of tashahhud
Then pray 2 more rakats the SAME WAY except - only recite fatiha (not a second surah)
Then at the end of the 4th rakat, say ALL of tashahhud
End it how you would with all, by saying salam***
Maghrib is 3 rakat
Pray 2 rakat as you would and at the second make the first half of tashahhud
Then pray 1 more rakat the SAME WAY except, only recite fatiha
Then at the 3rd rakat, say ALL of tashahhud
End it with salam***
WOW THAT WAS A LOT :D
But it’s okay, reading it isn’t easy - seeing it is soooo easy
Go to your masjid. Pray with people. Mess up. Let them correct you. It’s ok to mess up, don’t feel shameful. Going to the masjid allows you to watch others pray. Follow the imam, not everyone prays correctly.
Pray alongside videos
Print out or write out the surahs & tashahhud until you have them memorized
Dedicate yourself to memorization of Fatihah, 2 other surahs (fajr & nas are good to start), the things to say in ruku & sujood, and tashahhud.
Keep in mind if your pronunciation sucks that’s ok, it still counts
Don’t miss salah. It’s very important. I could write a 200 page thesis on why salah is the most important thing ever ever ever. The only way to learn is to do it
Continue to learn, but take it slow. It’s going to take some time to perfect your salah. I’m still perfecting mine. My old old grandma is still perfecting hers. Be patient with yourself. Slow & steady wins the race
Pray with friends (or family?) if you can. Even tumblr friends and video chat at watch you pray and correct you :D
Ask questions. I’m here, and there are plenty of others here for you
Find “How to Pray” booklets/websites made for kids. It’s ok to start from scratch
Have a knowledgeable person watch you pray. Let them correct you.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT ELSE YOU NEED, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS YOU HAVE, ETC.
We all had to learn to pray once, and it’s a very important obligation. You got this :D