In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power:
And what will explain to thee what the Night of Power is?
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by God's permission,
on every errand: Peace!...This until the rise of morn!
Surah Al-Qadr is the 97th surah and consists of five verses. However,
these short verses carry great meaning and guidance.
They tell us all we need to know about the essence and spirit of Laylatul Qadr.
"Seek it in Ramadan in the last ten nights. For verily, it is during the odd nights,
the twenty-first, or the twenty-third, or the twenty-fifth, or the twenty-seventh,
or the twenty-ninth, or during the last night."
-Sahih Hadith Ahmad 5:318
“Whoever stays up (in prayer and remembrance of Allah) on the Night of Qadr fully believing (in Allah’s promise of reward for that night) and hoping to seek reward (from Allah alone and not from people), he shall be forgiven for his past sins.” Sahih Hadith Bukhari / Muslim
We should strive to find this night, and then pass it in worship and obedience. If this is done for the sake of Allah, with sincerity, then all past sins will be forgiven. However, if a person misses out on worship during Laylatul Qadr they truly are a deprived person.
“The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.” 97:3 The Holy Quran
"Allah's Messenger, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, looked back at the previous communities and saw that his community lived for a much shorter period in comparison to them. He was concerned about how his community would be able to gain as many rewards as those of the previous communities. So when Allah the Exalted saw the concerns in the heart of His Beloved, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, then he, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, was given Laylatul-Qadr, which is more virtuous than a thousand months."
(Imam Malik, Muatta)
Here are a few suggestions to help you through Laylatul Qadr:
a night awake in worship, book the following day off.
• Take regular breaks during the night to avoid getting over-exhausted.
Try switching between different forms of worship instead.
• Perform Itikaaf (seclusion in a mosque for worship) –
If possible, take a vacation for the last 10 days of Ramadhan.
If you cannot stay at your local mosque ask family or friends to help out
during your Itikaaf at home. If you cannot spend all 10 days in Itikaaf,
then do as many days as you can - even if it is only one day.
• Increase the recitation of the Qur'an, and reflect on the meaning of the verses, \especially the verses used in Salah. This will help you concentrate.
• Increase Salah (prayer).
• Find out if there are any events organised, and take your family along.
but is far better than social gatherings and meaningless talk that we stay awake for.
and Hadith, which can be used instead.
Other useful reading might include books of tafsir (Qura’n commentary),
books on the lives of the Prophets (upon whom be peace), and books of fiqh
(Islamic jurisprudence) as well as Du’a books.
This is a good opportunity not only to pray for ourselves but also for our fellow brothers
and sisters, for if we can not do anything else then our prayers will help.
“Take advantage of five before five: You’re youth before your old age,
your health before your sickness, your wealth before your poverty,
your free time before you become occupied, and your life before your death.”
and enable us to meet every challenge, and overcome every difficulty
in our lives. May Allah allow us to serve Him with sincerity in our work,
study, professional, business, family and social lives.
When the time comes for us finally to return to Him,
may Allah admit us to the companionship of those whom He loves.