Laylat al-Qadr


By: Shaykh Mufti Muhammad Shafi


Because the lifespan of this ummah compared to the other ummahs is short, Allāh, through His grace has specified a night in which the reward for His worship is multiplied up to more than a thousand months. However Allāh has kept its exact date concealed from the people so that they will exert themselves in searching for this blessed night. This results in them acquiring even more reward. Laylat al-Qadris most likely to occur on one of the odd nights of the last 10 nights of Ramadān i.e. the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th night. It is even more likely to occur on the 27th night.


During these nights, one should exert one’s self in the ‘ibadah (worship) of Allah, tawbah(repentance) and du’ā. If one is unable to stay awake the entire night then according to one’s ability one should perform nafl salāh, recite the Qurān and make dhikr of Allah. And if this is also not possible for one, then one should at least perform the ‘Isha and Fajr salāh withjama’ah (congregation). It has been reported in a hadīth that this is equal to making ‘ibādahthe entire night (Sahih Muslim, 1489).


It is a great loss for people to spend this night in lectures and huge gatherings. Lectures could be conducted on any other night. This opportunity for ‘ibādah may never return. However, those people who intend to stay awake the entire night may attend a lecture at the beginning of the night and thereafter occupy themselves with ‘ibādah, nafl salāh, dhikr etc.


(Ahkam Ramadan)


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