Laylat-ul-Qadar is one of the most sacred nights in the months of Ramadan. Though every moment in Ramadan is extremely valuable yet Laylat-ul-Qadar has a distinct value during the entire month of Ramadan. Ramadan is said to be the month of Quran but this night is especially associated with the revelation of Quran.
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Importance of Laylat-ul-Qadar:
Laylat-ul-Qadar is the night of utmost blessings in the blessed month of Ramadan. It is the night which is better than one thousand ordinary nights, according to Quran e Kareem. This night is meant for prayers and supplications. The believers around the globe celebrate this night with prayers, supplications, and giving alms to the needy.
What is Laylat-ul-Qadar:
Lyla means “Night” in Arabic and Qadr means “Decree or fate”. So literal meanings of Laylat-ul-Qadar is the night of Decree or Night of Power.
Why is This Night Significant for the Entire Muslim World?
This night is specified with the revelation of Quran to Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him through Jibrael AS. Some scholars say that at this night the whole scripture of the Quran was sent down from Arsh to Loh e Mahfooz. But the other ones are of the opinion that this was the night when Jibrael AS brought the first revelation, Sura tul Alaq, to the Prophet Muhammad SAW in the cave of Hira.
Quranic Chapter about Laylat-ul-Qadar:
Sura tul Qadar narrates every-thing about Laylat-ul-Qadar.
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
We have sent it (the Qur‘an) down in the Night of Qadar.
And what may let you know what the Night of Qadar is?
The Night of Qadar is much better than one thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend in it, with the leave of your Lord, along with every command. Peace it is till the debut of dawn.
When does Laylat-ul-Qadar occur?
Layla-tul-Qadar occurs in the last Ashra (10 days) of Ramadan. It is an obvious fact. But what is its exact date? It is not told by Allah SWT or by the prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him. We are commanded to seek this night on the odd nights of the last Ashra of Ramadan. It might be 21st night, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th night.
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Why is it important to seek Laylat-ul-Qadar in the last 10 days of Ramadan?
Laylat-ul-Qadar is the night of blessing and Allah’s forgiveness. If Allah Almighty would have told us the exact date of Laylat-ul-Qadar, we would have worshipped only on that night. But we are told that we have to seek Laylat-ul-Qadar from the last Ashra.
It is very obvious that the believers have to stay awake till late at night for duas and supplications throughout the last 10 days of Ramadan. So the believers can take benefit of the blessed nights of the Ramadan by worshiping Allah Almighty and giving alms generously.
How is Laylat-ul-Qadar celebrated?
Laylat-ul-Qadar is the night of blessings. It is celebrated all over the world by the believers. There are certain religious rituals that are performed by the believers.
- Muslim spend this night in reciting and reading Quran e Kareem. This night is especially associated with the revelation of the Quran, so the recitation and understanding Quran is an important religious ritual associated with this night.
- Muslims spend this night in worshiping Allah SWT by praying and asking duas and supplications from Allah SWT.
- Giving alms to needy is a highly rewarding virtue during the month of Ramadan, but its reward is multiplied many times in Laylat-ul-Qadar, so many believers choose to spend money generously on this night to get Allah’s blessings.
- Taraweeh (nightly prayer of Ramadan) is a Sunnah throughout the month of Ramadan. So Taraweeh is offered on Laylat-ul-Qadar.
- Muslims offer devotional prayers on Layla-tul-Qadr. This again is a favorite virtue of Allah SWT during Ramadan.
Spiritual Significance of Laylat-ul-Qadar:
Layla-tul-Qadr is a very significant night as far as Islamic traditions are concerned. It is a spiritually significant night for the believers.
As this night is spiritually more rewarding than one thousand ordinary nights. One good deed performed on this night is rewarded thousands time more than the virtues performed on any other day, according to Quran e Kareem.
How to seek Laylat-ul-Qadar in Ramadan:
As it is stated earlier that Layla-tul-Qadr is hidden in one of the 5 odd nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan. How a believer can seek this night is as simple as it can be.
Muslims should wake up till late at night for prayers, supplications, duas and devotional prayers in every odd night. A Muslim should give alms, as much as he can afford, in every odd night of the last 10 days of Ramadan. This is the only way to seek Allah’s forgiveness and to seek Layla-tul-Qadr.
Laylat-ul-Qadar is one of the most significant nights, according to Islamic traditions. This night is celebrated with religious zeal around the globe. The believers worship Allah SWT the whole night to please Allah SWT and to beg for His mercy and forgiveness. Join QuranHost to get a complete information about the, month of Ramadan in general and about Islam in particular. We at our institute have set up many comprehensive courses for the in-depth study of Islam.