From the unique virtues of the last ten days of Ramadan is that Laylat al- Qadr is among them. Allaah says:
"Haa-Meem. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur'aan and none but Allaah (Alone) knows their meanings.) By the manifest Book (this Qur'aan) that makes things clear. We sent it (this Qur'aan) down on a blessed night (i.e. the Night of Al-Qadr) in the month of Ramadan. Verily, We are ever warning [mankind that Our Torment will reach those who disbelieve in Our Oneness of Lordship and in Our Oneness of worship}. Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments. As a Command (or this Qur'aan or the Decree of every matter) from Us. Verily, We are ever sending (the Messengers). (As) a mercy from your Lord. Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower." (Q44[Dukhaan]: 6)
Allaah sent down the Qur'aan on this night which the Lord of the Worlds has described as blessed. It was reported from a group of the Salaf including Ibn 'Abbaas, Qutaadah,
Sa'eed ibn Jubayr .Ikrimah, Mujaahid and others - that the night on which the Qur'aan was sent down was Laylat al-Qadr.
An Aid to your future
The phrase "therein (that night) is decreed every matter of, ordainments" means, on that night the destiny of all creatures for the coming year is decreed. On that night it is written who will live, who will die, who will be saved, who will be doomed, who will be destined for Paradise, who will be destined for Hell. who will be granted honour, who will be humiliated, where drought and famine will occur, and everything else that Allaah wills in that year. So many Significant events that determine the course of one's future is decreed on this night.
It will be foolhardy to be in a state of slumber while the fate of our future is being sealed. The practice of the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) is to engage in worship and supplication when significant actions and decisions are being taken regarding his affairs.
For instance, he would fast on Mondays and Thursdays and when he was asked the reason for this, he said:
"A man's deeds are reported on Mondays and Thursdays and! prefer that I should be observing the fast when my deeds are reported. " (Tirmidhi)
So aid your future with worship.
Can one single out certain days?
Generally, one should increase his devotion throughout the last ten days of Ramadan for the Prophet (salallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
"Seek Laylat al-Qadr in the last ten days of Ramadan. " (Muslim).
However, it is permissible to distinguish certain days out of the ten for ibaadah, particularly the odd nights of the last ten nights because of the hadeeth of 'Aa'ishah (RA) who said that the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
"Seek Laylat al-Qadr in the odd-numbered nights of the last ten nights." (Bukhaari)
Any Significance to the 27th night?
A number of the solat use to attach great importance to the 27th night of Ramadan. This is based on the hadeeth of Ibn 'Umar and Mu'aawiyah, that the Prophet (salallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
"Laylat al-Qadr is the night of the twenty-seventh." (Ahmad, Abu Dawood)
The view that it is the night of the twenty-seventh is the opinion of many of the Sahaabah and scholars. Indeed. Ubayy ibn Ka'b(RA) used to assert. without saying "inshaa Allaah" that it was the night of the twenty-seventh. Zurr ibn Hubaysh said: I said: What makes you say that. O Abu'I-Mundhir? He said: by the signs of which the Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu alayhi wa sallam) told us:
that the sun rises that morning with no visible rays. (Muslim).
Another of the ways in which the conclusion was reached that it is the night of the twenty-seventh is by noting that the word fihaa (therein) in the aayah:
"Therein descend the angels and the Rooh [Jibreel]" (Q97[al-Qadr]:4)
is the twenty seventh word of Soorat al-Qadr [in the original Arabic). There is no shar'i evidence (daleel) to support this manner of analysis, and there is no need for such calculations.
However some of the scholars thought that it is more likely that Laylat al-Qadr moves and does not come on a specific night each year. An-Nawawi (RA) said:
"This is the apparent meaning because of the conflict between the saheeh ahaadeeth on this matter, and there is no way to reconcile the ahaadeeth apart from saying that Laylat al-Qadr moves." (al-Majmoo', 6/450).
Allaah has concealed this night so that His slaves will strive to seek it, and will strive hard in worship. So the believer should strive hard during the days and nights of these ten days, seeking Laylat al-Qadr and following the example of our Prophet (salallaahu alayhi wa sallam).
Acts of Ibaadah during the Night of Qadr
Praying Qiyaam: It is recommended to make a long Qiyaam prayer during the nights on which Laylat ul-Qadr could fall. The Prophet (salallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
"Whoever stands (in qiyaam) in Laylat ul-Qadr out of faith and expectation (of Allaah's reward), will have all of his previous sins forgiven," (Bukhari, Muslim)
Should one pray it with the Imaam or individually?: Abu Dawud mentioned: "I heard Ahmad being asked, 'Do you like for a man to pray with the people or by himself during Ramadan?' He replied, 'Pray with the people' I also heard him say,'I would prefer for one to pray (qiyaam) with the imaam and to pray witr with him as well, for the Prophet (salallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
"When a man prays with the imam until he concludes. it is recorded that he prayed the rest of that night, "[Masaa'il]
It is also recommended to make extensive supplication on this night. A'ishah (RA) reported that she asked Allaah's Messenger (salallaahu alayhi wa sallam), "O Messenger of Allaah! If I knew which night is Laylat ul-Qadr, what should I say during it?" And he instructed her to say:
"Allaahumma innaka ' afuwwun tuhibbul ' afwa fa' fu "annee - O Allaah! You are forgiving. and you love forgiveness. So forgive me," (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmidhi)
Abandoning Worldly Pleasures:
It is further recommended to spend more time in worship during the nights on which Laylat ul-Qadr is likely to be, This calls for abandoning many worldly pleasures in order to secure the time and thoughts solely for worshipping Allaah. A'ishah (RA) reported:
"When the (last) ten started, the Prophet (salallaahu alayhi wa sallam) would gird his loins, spend the whole night awake (in prayer), and wake up his family." (Bukhari and Muslim)
It is said that her phrase "gird his loins" is a metaphor for keeping away from women and abstaining from sexual relations.
The signs by which Laylat al-Qadr is known
The first sign: It was reported in Saheeh Muslim from the hadeeth of Ubayy ibn Ka'b (RA) that the Prophet (salalaahu alayhi wa sallam) announced that one of its signs was that when the sun rose on the following morning, it had no (visible) rays. (Muslim).
The second sign: It was reported from the hadeeth of Ibn 'Abbaas (RA) that the Prophet (salallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
"Laylat al-Qadr is a pleasant night, neither hot nor cold, and the following day the sun rises red and weak." (Ibn Khuzaymah; Tayaalisi)
The third sign: It was reported from the hadeeth of Waathilah ibn al-Asqa' (RA) that the Prophet (salallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:
"Laylat al-Qadr is a bright night, neither hot nor cold. in which no meteors are seen." (Tabaraani, Musnad Ahmad).
These three saheeh ahaadeeth explain the signs which indicate Laylat al-Qadr. It is not essential for the one who "catches" Laylat al-Qadr to know that he has"caught" it.
The point is to strive hard and to be sincere in worship, whether or not one knows that one has "caught" it. It may be that some of those who do not know that may be better with Allaah and higher in status than those who did know which night it was, because the former strove harder.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited