More than half of this blessed month has gone by and I hope you are not drained of all energy. No! It’s still not yet time to relax. Instead roll up your sleeves and hit harder in the next ten days. We cannot take full benefit of something if we have no idea of it’s importance. So, I thought of writing something that can serve as a booster dose for all of us. ان شاء الله
Beginning with what is laylathul qadr, ‘Layl’ in Arabic is night and ‘qadr’ is decree- it is the night of decree. This was the night in which the Qur’an was revealed. This night happens in one of the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan, like the 21st, 23rd, 25th,27th or the 29th. We are not given knowledge of which day exactly it falls, so we expect it on all the last ten days, to make sure we catch it. The worth of the night is that if you happen to stay up and catch that particular night ,the reward of it is equivalent to engaging in worship for a span of 1000 months consecutively i.e, 83 years and 4 months. Is it even possible to do worship for such a duration during our lifetime? No. So, This is a huge gift from Allah azza wa jal which we CANNOT afford to miss out.
There’s a chapter in the Quran that is named after this night, called The chapter of Qadr. Allah azza wa jal says in it,
1. Verily! We have sent it (this Qur’an) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree)
2. And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is?
3. The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months).
4. Therein descend the angels and the Ruh [Jibrael (Gabriel)] by Allah’s Permission with all Decrees,
5. Peace! (All that night, there is Peace and Goodness from Allah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn.
A little bit more about this night. Aisha (R) reported: With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work harder) and used to pray the whole night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers. [Bukhari]. One of the signs of Laylat al-Qadr is that the sun rises on the following morning with no visible rays. This is a night Allah has honoured and thus, we must honour it by engaging in a lot of worship and devotion. It is would be a great loss and a sin to not do so.
It’s okay if you couldn’t accomplish all that you wanted to in the first part of Ramadan. It happens to the best of us. I hope the following comments by scholars would do the job of motivation!
Ibn al-Jawzi said: “When the race horse knows that it is nearing the end of the track it exerts all of its effort to win the race. Do not allow the race horse to be more clever than you. For verily, deeds are judged by their conclusions. So if you didn’t do well with welcoming Ramadan then perhaps you will do better bidding it farewell.”
Ibn Taymiyyah said: “The lesson lies in perfection of the conclusion of a thing, not in the shortcomings of the beginning of it.”
Hasan al-Basri said: “Improve your performance in what is left (of time) and you will be forgiven for that which has already passed. So take special care of the time you have left because you do not know when your soul will be turned over to Allah’s Mercy.”
To-do’s for the next 10 days!
1. Recite as much Quran as possible. This was the night Allah decided to sent down the Qur’an- recite it, walk through its meaning and revive it.
2. This is the dua’ we should be making most often in these nights.
اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
Aisha (R) reported: I asked: “O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?” He
replied, “You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me)”. [ Tirmidhi]
The word ‘afu’ does not exactly mean forgiveness. It means something close to pardon- that is not only to forgive but to overlook and erase that sin from the records- like the one who never did that sin. WOW! What better thing could we ask on such a night.
3. Remain in I’tikaf! Just take a break off from all that extra things you’re doing and use that time to remain in the place most beloved to Allah-the mosques. Stay there as much as possible and engage in worship. This helps you hook off all distractions and focus better.
4. Dua book! Don’t sit down to make dua and find yourself scratching your head not remembering what to ask Allah for. Make yourself a list of things to pray for if you don’t have one already! Also, don’t get selfish in your prayers ,remember all near and dear ones around the world in your prayers(Also, include me)!
5. Find for yourself a spot away from distractions and hustle- be it in a masjid or your home. Make it comfortable for your worship with a good smelling prayer mat. Fill a waterbottle and some snacks at this spot. Don’t let laziness and sleep overtake you. Take a power nap in between if you feel you need one.
6. Stand up for prayer during the depths of the night! Abu Hurayrah (R) relates that the Prophet said: “Whoever stands (in the voluntary night prayer of) Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. And whoever spends the night of Lailat Al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Nasa’i]. It’s okay to sacrifice some of your sleep on these nights- we have the other 355 days left! Sleep but also save up some time for the night prayers.
So, to miss out on this great opportunity, we should strive in worship during all of the last ten nights, praying, reading Qur’aan, making du’aa’ and other kinds of good deeds to catch this night. Every deed on that night is like doing it for 83 years and more-don’t forget!
Implement whatever tips and tricks that work best for you to the best of your abilities. Also, share the message!
May Allah azza wa jal make us of those who are able to catch this blessed night and may He cause us to enter the highest levels of Jannah!