In Ramadan, the reward for every good deed done is multiplied by 70. The blessings and rewards of this month are immense. The last ten days and nights hold even more significance as they are full of even greater reward and blessings. In the last ten nights, we are offered such a great opportunity for forgiveness and reward. It is important we make the most of the blessings of Ramadan, as we do not know if we will be blessed to experience another Ramadan.
What is Laylatul Qadr?
Laylatul Qadr - the Night of Decree or the Night of Power - is one of the most important nights in the Islamic calendar. It was the night in which the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and this was within the last ten nights of Ramadan.
On this night, we also believed hat Allah shows great mercy to His creation and it is the night in which our fates are decreed.
Allah says in the Qur’an, “The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months,” (Qur’an, 97:3). This means that any good deed performed on the night is rewarded as though it has been done consistently for 1,000 months!
If you donate just £10 on Laylatul Qadr, you will be rewarded as though you have donated £300,000!
Seeking Laylatul Qadr
We do not know the exact date of Laylatul Qadr, although it is believed to occur on an odd night in the last ten days of Ramadan (e.g. the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27 or 29th night). The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Seek it in the last ten days, on the odd nights,” (Bukhari).
Nobody knows exactly when Laylatul Qadr falls each year, and it was for this reason that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) would exert himself in extra worship each night during the last ten nights in order to ensure he would not miss it.
Lady A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “The Prophet (pbuh) would exert his best (in worship) during the last ten days (of Ramadan) more than at other times.” [Muslim]
Additional prayer and recitation of the holy Qur’an
Sincerely praying for forgiveness, reciting the holy Qur’an, sending salawat (blessings upon the Prophet) and offering optional (nafl) prayers are examples of beneficial acts of worship on these nights.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) would stand in prayer during the last ten nights of Ramadan, praying for forgiveness. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Whoever prays on Laylatul Qadr out of faith and sincerity, shall have all their past sins forgiven,” (Hadith, Bukhari and Muslim).
Make the best duaa
While Laylatul Qadr is a hugely spiritually significant time for Muslims, it also signifies the end of Ramadan. In these final few days, it is important to make the most of the blessings of Ramadan and make as much dua as we can.
When Lady Aisha (may Allah be well pleased with her) asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) “O Messenger of Allah, if it is Laylatul Qadr, then what should I supplicate with?” he replied with the famous dua: “Allahumma, innaka Afuwwun Karimun, tuḥibbu al-afwa fa‘afu anna” – “O Allah, indeed You are Pardoning and Generous; You love to pardon, so pardon us.”
Many Muslims choose to spend the last ten days of Ramadan in seclusion (i’tikaf), where one solely focuses on worshipping Allah and refrains from involvement in worldly affairs. It is a time to reflect, increase worship and to increase one’s religious knowledge, seeking closeness to Allah.
I’tikaf traditionally takes place in mosques, but this may not be possible this year due to the continued restrictions caused by Covid-19. This year, you can set up a place of seclusion in your home for dedicated worship.
Don’t miss Laylatul Qadr by automating your donations
The last ten days of Ramadan are an opportunity to gain multiple rewards by giving Sadaqah or your Zakat to those in need.
The rewards of giving Sadaqah or Zakat during Ramadan are multiplied by 70 and the reward for any righteous act during Laylatul Qadr is equivalent to having performed the same act every day for over 83 years!
Al Mustafa Welfare can help ensure you never miss the reward of giving sadaqah or Zakat during Laylatul Qadr by automating your donations.
With My Ten Nights, you can give an amount of your choice, spread out over the last ten nights. Your donationwill be made during the night, allowing you to focus on other acts of worship. You can spread your donations equally over the ten nighs, or arrange it so there are greater donations being made on the odd nights. You can even request more donations to be made on the 27th night.
The Prophet (pbuh) said “Sadaqah extinguishes sin as water extinguishes fire,” (Hadith, Tirmidhi). He also said that Allah offers relief on the Day of Judgement for those who give sadaqa: “The believer’s shade on the Day of Resurrection will be their charity,” (Hadith, Tirmidhi).
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