In the name of Allah, the Beneficient,the Merciful
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(The Night of Power)
Laylatul Qadr is the
crowning glory of the holy month of Ramadhaan. It is
associated with the sending down of the Qur'an Majeed,
the last Book of Allah on His last Prophet Muhammad
(Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam), for the guidance of mankind.
The Qur'an Majeed describes this Night.
"We have indeed
revealed this (message) in the Night of Power: And what will
explain to you what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power
is better than a thousand months. Therein come down the Angels
and the Spirit (Jibraeel) by Allah's permission, on every
errand: Peace! This until the rise of Morn!" (597:
The Night of Power is
the night of spiritual bliss. Our Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi
Wasallam) is reported to have said concerning
month has come to you; and therein is a night which is better
than a thousand Months. Whosoever is deprived of it, is
deprived of all good; and none is deprived of its good except
a totally unfortunate person". (Ibn Majah). "Whosoever stands
up (in prayer) at the Night of Power out of faith and hopeful
of reward, all his past sins will be forgiven."
a thousand months
A thousand months are
equivalent to 83 years and 4 months. Fortunate is the person
who spends this night in prayer. The man or woman, who prays
for the whole night during this Night, will deserve blessings
and reward for the period as if he or she had been praying for
eighty three years and four months consecutively. Since the
Night of Power is better than one thousand months no one can
actually measure the extent as to how much better it
The Holy Prophet
Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: "Laylatul Qadr
has been bestowed by Allah to my Ummah (People). It was not
given to any people before this." (Dur-Mansoor).
manifest and replete the special bounties and mercies of Allah
Ta'ala are upon this Ummat is quite really beyond imagination.
It will therefore be extremely foolish to allow ourselves to
be deprived of these great blessings at the expense of sheer
laziness and a few hours of extra sleep.
Although there are
different reports in different traditions regarding the exact
night, it is almost unanimous that the blessed night occurs in
one of the last ten nights of Ramadhaan and more probably in
one of the last ten odd nights i.e. 2lst, 23rd, 25th 27th or
The popular opinion is, however, in favour
of the 27th Night of Ramadhaan but that is not absolutely
certain. The traditions indicate that it is to be sought in
one of the last ten nights and referrably in the last three
odd nights. It was therefore the practice of the Holy Prophet
(Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) and his companions to make
I'tikaaf in the Mosque for the whole time offering Divine
service during the last ten days of Ramadhaan.
Aisha (Radhiallaahu Anha) reported that the Apostle of Allah
said: "Search for the Blessed Night in the odd
(nights) from the last ten (nights) of Ramadhaan"
Hazrath Aisha has narrated another
"I asked: O Messenger of Allah! Tell me if I
were to find a Night of Power, what should I recite
therein?" Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi
Wasallam) advised her to recite:
Al-laa-hum-ma in-na-ka 'a foow-wan
tu-hib-bul-'af wa fa-fu 'an-ni.
O Allah! You are Forgiving, You love
forgiveness, so forgive me.
should therefore be given to the excessive recitation of this
dua on the blessed night. Furthermore one may engage in
lengthy rakaats of Tahajjud salaat, Tilaawat of the Qur'an¬
Dua, Zikr, etc.
The worship and the vigil of the Night
of Power are a treat to the soul. The heart tends to melt into
tears of heartfelt gratitude. The body is in a state of
angelic ecstasy The soul strives to reach nearer to Almighty
Allah. In this holy month of Ramadhaan let us strive to seek
the Night of Power and its bliss. May Allah reward us with His
bountiful blessings. Aameen.
This great Sunnah of
our beloved Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) is so replete
with spiritual benefits that a brief treatise like this can
never do justice to enumerating them. Perhaps the greatest and
the actual motivation behind it is the search for Laylatul
Qadr. In I'tikaaf, even one's sleeping is regarded as Ibaadat,
hence making it so much easier to gain the benefits of the
blessed night. Furthermore one gains the opportunity of
emulating Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) concerning whom
Hazrath Aisha (Radhiallaahu Anha) reports: "When the last
ten Nights of Ramadhaan would come, Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi
Wasallam) would spend the whole night in Ibaadat. He would
exert himself tremendously and even wake up his family
members." (Bukhari, Muslim). She even reports that he
would never exert himself in worship at any other time like he
did on this occasion (Muslim).
The example of the
one who resides in the Masjid in I'tikaaf is like a person,
who having gone to certain place for something remains there
until it is granted. Allamah Ibn Qaiyyim (R.A.) writes that
the actual aim of I'tikaaf is to divert the heart from
everything except Allah and to join it with Allah alone,
thereby forming a complete spiritual connection with Him. In
essence all love and desire becomes centred around Allah
alone, one's only true Helper and Protector.
One cannot possibly
imagine the tremendous virtue and reward promised for
I'tikaaf. Just to mention a few Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi
Wasallam) said: "Whomsoever performs I'tikaaf for a day
thereby seeking the pleasure of Allah, Allah will open three
trenches between him and the fire of Hell, the width of each
being the distance between heaven and earth." (Tabraani).
It is also reported:
"Whoever performs I'tikaaf for the
final ten days of Ramadhaan, for him is the reward of two Hajj
and two Umrahs." (Kashful Ghumma).
When Allah Ta'ala is
prepared to grant us so much in return for a little sacrifice
on our part, then it will surely be a great loss if we fail to
avail ourselves of the opportunity. May Allah Ta'ala give us
the Taufeeq to practice. Aameen
Source: Jamiatul Ulama (Kwazulu-Natal)