Night of Power is one of the most important nights in the Islamic calendar. Allah (SWT) has bestowed countless blessings on Muslims. Night of Power is among the numerous blessings for all Muslims. During this night, Allah Almighty forgives all our sins.
Muslims consider the Night of Power the 27th night of the holy month of Ramadan. It falls on the nights of the last decade of Ramadan. Night of Power is also known as Laylat Al-Qadr. For those who genuinely worship on this night and wait for the pleasure of Allah Almighty, there is a great reward. Some pick the last 10 days for Umrah in Ramadan because of its importance.
We find the following Hadith in a Sahih tradition:
“Whoever worships Lailat-ul-Qadr with faith and sincerity, his past sins are forgiven.”
This night is of great virtue and importance. On this blessed night, Muslims are encouraged to worship Allah (SWT) and have been blessed with this night for more than a thousand months. The significance of the Night of Power described in this article is given below.
1. Extended Prayers (Qiyam and Taraweeh)
2. Recitation and Reflection upon the Holy Quran
3. Acts of Charity and Kindness
4. Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness
5. Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah Almighty)
6. Itikaf (Spiritual Retreat)
Extended Prayers (Qiyam and Taraweeh):
Longer prayers are often associated with Shab al-Qadr, especially the congregational Taraweeh prayers on the nights of Ramadan. Long periods of standing in prayers are known as Qiyam. Many people try to read the Holy Quran this night to get the most out of it.
Recitation and Reflection upon the Holy Quran:
Laylat al-Qadr is the holiest night in the whole Islamic faith. On one specific night, on the last ten days of Ramadan, Allah (SWT) revealed the first verses of the Holy Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Consider all Allah (SWT) has given you as you recite each verse. When you repeat the Holy Quran in the Night of Power, your faith will be automatically reflected towards Allah (SWT).
Acts of Charity and Kindness:
We thank Allah (SWT) for bestowing us another month of love, forgiveness, and charity – Ramadan. Many people in Muslim society suffer greatly from food insecurity and financial distress. During Ramadan, we should do charity for those who are enduring oppression and awful violence. Remember to pay for your Zakat, Sadqah, and Ramadan food on the holy night to improve your chances of winning rewards.
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Repentance and Seeking Forgiveness:
In Islam, repentance means avoiding past sins and seeking forgiveness from Allah (SWT). There are many instructions that a Muslim is not supposed to follow, and he/she has been accused of violating them. In some circumstances, while knowing and unknowingly, he/she disobeys some divine laws promoting evil. So, Muslims should seek forgiveness during this night and ask for more blessings from Allah (SWT).
Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah Almighty):
Dhikr is the act of remembering Allah Almighty. All Muslims should do this Dhikr act to remember and honour Allah (SWT). Reciting the appropriate prayers and doing Dhikr with understanding can make a strong connection with God. During the blessed night of Laylat Al-Qadr, Muslims should have a lot of Dhikr reciting some specific Duas.
Itikaf (Spiritual Retreat):
Itikaf is a recommended act for Muslims and is a sign of devotion in Islam. According to Muslim traditions, if someone intends to start doing Itikaf, then he/she must do it for a certain period. The duration of the spiritual retreat for Muslims doing Itikaf must be finished by seeing the moon of Shawwal. Performing Itikaf in Mecca and Medina during Ramadan is an extraordinary spiritual experience. If you explore this amazing experience, know additional information about: Ultimate D.I.Y. Guide for Itikaf Registration in Medina.
By finalizing this article, the empowering night or Laylat Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months. It provides an excellent opportunity for Muslims to seek forgiveness and repentance from past sins, read the Holy Quran, and remember Allah (SWT). Remember that this specific night has no fixed date; it can be expected on the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or 29th of Ramadan. May Allah (SWT) accept your prayers whenever you get this night!