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“Lailatul Qadr is better than a thousand months” [97:3] 

This one night surpasses the value of 30,000 nights. The most authentic account of the occurrence of the Night indicates that it can occur on any one of the last ten, odd numbered nights of Ramadan, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29.

We should strive to stay up during these last few nights and take maximum benefit.

Do you have the strength to Worship Allah for 83 YEARS ?

Take Advantage by trying to do the following Insha Allah.

1. Recite the Qur’an abundantly

Imam Az-Zuhri used to say upon the coming of Ramadan, “It is only about reciting the Qur’an and feeding the poor.” 

Abdur-Raziq said, “When Ramadan came, Sufyan Ath-Thawri would give up all acts of (voluntary) worship and devote himself to the recitation of the Qur’an.” 

The Qur’an is the best Thikr.

2. Strive to gain forgiveness and ask Allah to save us from the HELL FIRE.

One should strive and do their utmost to gain the mercy of Allah especially in the odd numbered nights of the last ten days. If one leaves Ramadan without gaining the mercy of Allah then surely they are the most unfortunate ones and are the biggest losers in this world and the next.

The Dua for Laylatul Qadr is the following:

Aisha (Ra) said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah: 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?' He said: 'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.' “ 

"Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee" (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi).

Gaining forgiveness on laylatul Qadr

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).

3. Extra Prayers (Nafil)

The Prophet peace be upon him said: “Whoever draws near to Allaah during it (Ramadaan) with a single characteristic from the characteristics of (voluntary) goodness, he is like whoever performs an obligatory act in other times. And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts in other times.” – Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, no. 1887. 

In this most blessed month of Ramadhan all good deeds are multiplied by 70 or more. Every Sunnah one prays one will gain the reward of a Fard Salaah and every Fard Salah is the reward of 70 Fard salaah.

My friends, let us make the best of these precious seconds and pray as many Nafil prayers as is possible!

Here are some Nafil prayers we can pray on Laylatul Qadr:

  • Two Rakat after performing Wudu (Ablution)

Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said to Bilal (may Allah be pleased with him): “Tell me about the best of your deeds (i.e. one which you deem the most rewarding) since your embracing Islam because I heard your footsteps in front of me in Paradise.” Bilal (may Allah be pleased with him) replied: “I do not consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night or day, I perform Prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)”

  • Tahajjud

Imam Abu Sa'id al-Khadimi said,

"There is scholarly consensus (ijma`) that among the best of virtuous acts is the night vigil prayer." [al-Bariqa al-Mahmudiyya Sharh al-Tariqa al-Muhammadiyya]

The scholars derived the following in regards to Tahajjud from the Qur'an and prophetic hadiths:

  • The minimal night vigil prayer is 2 rakats. [Hindiyya, quoting Fath al-Qadir]

  • Its optimal recommended amount is 8 rakats, because this was the general practice of the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions). [Hindiyya, quoting Fath al-Qadir] Try and spend the night in lengthy rakaats.

4. Increase in Dhikr (Rememberance of Allah)

Here are some easy and very beneficial Dhikr and glorification we can do throughout the last ten odd nights:

1. Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee (Oh Allah, indeed You Pardon [sins], You love to Pardon, so Pardon me [my sins].)  

2. Subhanallah (Allah is Pure and high above)

3. Alhamdulillah (All praise be to Allah)

4. Allahu Akbar (Allah is Greatest and Most Powerful)

5. Laa ilaha ilallah (Ther is no God except Allah)

6. LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA BILLAH (There is no power [to do good] nor strength [to guard against evil] except by your [Mercy O] Allah.)

7. Asthaghfirullah (I seek Allah's forgiveness.)

8. SUB-HAN'ALLAH HIL AZEEM WA BI-HAM'DIHI, (Glorified be to Allah by his praise, the All-Mighty.)

9. Subh?na-ll?hi, wa-l-hamdu li-ll?hi, wa l? il?ha ill?-ll?hu, wa-ll?hu akbar. Wa l? hawla wa l? quwwata ill? bi-ll?hi-l-aliyyi-l-az?m

10. L? il?ha ill?-ll?hu wa?dahu l? shar?ka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-?amdu yuhyi wa yum?tu wa huwa ?ayyu-ll? yam?tu abadan abada, ??-l-jal?li wa-l-ikr?m, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa al? kulli Shay-in qad?r

Or the shortened version:

11. Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer

Very important is the Salawaat upon our master Nabi SAW in order to be closest to Nabi SAW.

5. Make much Du’a – Supplications by crying in the Court of Allah.

Acknowledge your shortcomings before Allah and try and shed tears.

We should be preoccupied in Dua, as Du’a is a shield for a believer.

Allah Almighty says in the Qur'an:

"When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me." [2:186] 

The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim) said: "Nothing is more honorable to Allah the Most High than du`a." [Sahih al-Jami` no.5268]. 

Almighty Allah also said: "The most excellent worship is du`a." [Sahih Al-Jami` no. 1133]
Insha Allah this Ramadan becomes the turning point in our lives and we ask Allah to grant us the reward of Laylatul Qadr.

Make a firm intention of obedience and devotion to the injunctions of the Qur’an and Hadeeth