ALLAH SWT has favored us with the month of Ramazan. The bounties of a person’s good deeds are doubled or increased according to ALLAH’s will. But ALLAH SWT being The Most Generous did not stop with this. HE presented a special gift in this holy month. He blessed Muslims a night better than thousand months. It is the Laylatul Qadr or the night of power. This is the night in which the holy Quran was revealed.
ALLAH the Almighty says, “Truly we sent it (Quran) down on the Night of Power. And what will convey to you what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. In it the angels and the Spirit descend by their Lord’s authority with every ordinance. It is Peace – until the coming of the dawn.” (Suratul Qadr 97)
The Occurrence of Laylatul Qadr:
Laylatul Qadr is a night from the last ten nights of Ramazan. ALLAH (SWT) had informed the prophet PBUH about this and specified too. But HE made the prophet PBUH to forget that for a great reason. ALLAH SWT wanted us to be more eager and motivated in seeking the rewards of the special night.
It is related from ‘A’isha RA that the Messenger of ALLAH SWT said, “Look for the Night of Power on the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.” [Bukhari 1913]
There is also a hadith narrated by ‘Ubada ibn as-Samit RA that the Messenger of ALLAH PBUH came out to tell us about the Night of Power. There were two Muslim men quarrelling with one another. He said, ‘I came out to tell you about the Night of Power and these two here were quarrelling and because of that, knowledge of it has been taken away. It may be that that is better for you. Search for it on the twenty-seventh, twenty-ninth and twenty-fifth of the month.” (Bukhari: Hadith 1919)
Many scholars from all the school of thoughts (mazhabs) are of the opinion that it falls on the twenty seventh night of Ramazan based on number of ahadith. But, it is recommended to seek for it on all the odd nights starting from the last tenth of Ramazan. We simply cannot afford to overlook this auspicious night because the one who misses it has indeed missed a great amount of good.
It should be noted that a person who observes I’tikaf has the highest opportunity of receiving this night. ALLAH’s Messenger PBUH used to exert more (in worship) on the last ten than on other nights. The eagerness of Prophet Muhammad PBUH towards the night can be witnessed from this hadith. It is related that ‘A’isha RA said, “When the last ten days started, the Prophet PBUH used to restrain himself and prayed during the night and woke up his family.” [Bukhari 1920]
Narrated Abu Huraira RA that prophet PBUH said: “Anyone who spends the Night of Power in prayer motivated by belief and in anticipation of the reward, his past wrong actions will be forgiven.” [Bukhari: 1910] What more does a Muslim crave for than forgiveness?
It is recommended to make extensive supplication on this night. `A’ishah (RA) reported that she asked ALLAH’s Messenger (SAW), “O Messenger of ALLAH! If I knew which night is Laylat ul-Qadr, what should I say during it?” And he instructed her to say: “ALLAHumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee” [O ALLAH! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me] (At-Tirmizi: Hadith 3513. Verified to be authentic by Al-Albani)
Last but not the least, Prophet Muhammad PBUH said: “If any Muslim comes out of Ramazan without gaining forgiveness and goodness, he is a real loser” (Al–Tabarani). It is matter of grave concern if we fail in utilizing this opportunity to seek ALLAH’s forgiveness and blessing. May ALLAH help us to understand the value and benefit from this night so that we are among the fortunate ones who have been blessed and forgiven. Aameen.