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Five things to do on Laylatul Qadr – Ummah.com

21 Jun

So valuable is this Night of Qadr that the
Quran devotes a special surah to
it “ Lailatul Qadr is better than a
thousand months ” [97 :3 ]
This one night surpasses the value of
30,000 nights . The most authentic
account of the occurrence of the Night
indicates that it can occur on any one of
the last ten , odd numbered nights of
Ramadan, 21, 23 , 25, 27, 29.
We should strive to stay up at least on
the odd numbered nights of the last ten
days. If we can ‘ t manage that then let
us pray at least on the 27th night. If
one prays on all of the last odd
numbered nights then there is more
chance that one may have caught this
most powerful night and the reward is of
over 83 YEARS OF WORSHIP !
Subhanallah! Most will not even live
upto that age!
It is a night that we CANNOT miss
out on so here is how we can
maximise this blessed night :
1. Recite the Qur ’an abundantly
Az -Zuhri used to say upon the
coming of Ramadan , “ It is only about
reciting the Qur ’ an and feeding the
poor. ”
Abdur- Raziq said, “ When Ramadan
came , Sufyan Ath- Thawri would give up
all acts of ( voluntary) worship and
devote himself to the recitation of the
Qur ’ an . ”
Laylatul Qadr is the night the Qur ‘an
was revealed so we should spend much
of the night reciting it for we will gain
700 hasanah or more by reciting each
letter!
2. Strive to gain forgiveness
One should strive and do their utmost
to gain the mercy of Allah especially in
the odd numbered nights of the last ten
days. If one leaves Ramadan without
gaining the mercy of Allah then surely
they are the most unfortunate ones and
are the biggest losers in this world and
the next.
The main Dua for Laylatul Qadr is the
following:
Aisha ( Ra) said: “I asked the
Messenger of Allah : ‘ O Messenger of
Allah, if I know what night is the night of
Qadr, what should I say during it ?’ He
said: ‘Say: O Allah, You are pardoning
and You love to pardon , so pardon
me .’ “
“Allahumma innaka ‘ afuwwun tuhibbul
‘afwa fa ‘fu ‘annee ” ( Ahmad , Ibn
Majah, and Tirmidhi ) .
Gaining forgiveness on laylatul Qadr
Abu Huraira narrated that the
Messenger said: “ Whoever stands (in
prayer) in Laylatul Qadr while nourishing
his faith with self-evaluation , expecting
reward from Allah, will have all of his
previous sins forgiven. ” ( Bukhari and
Muslim) .
We should sincerely repent for past and
present sins with the intention of not
repeating them again and ask of Allah
Ta’ aala to help us prevent ourselves
from doing them again and ask Allah to
perfect our characters and to help us
improve ourselves in everyway possible .
3. Do much Superogatory Prayers
( Nafil)
Rabi ‘ah ibn Malik al- Aslami reported
that the Prophet sallallahu alehi
wasallam said: “Ask ( anything ). ”
Rabi ‘ah said: “I ask of you to be your
companion in paradise .” The Prophet
said: “Or anything else?” Rabi ‘ ah said :
“That is it .” The Prophet sallallahu
alehi wasallam said to him : “Then
help me by making many prostrations
(i. e ., supererogatory
prayers). ” ( Muslim )
The Prophet peace be upon him said:
“ Whoever draws near to Allaah during it
(Ramadaan ) with a single characteristic
from the characteristics of (voluntary )
goodness, he is like whoever performs
an obligatory act in other times . And
whoever performs an obligatory act
during it , he is like whoever performed
seventy obligatory acts in other times .”
– Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah , no. 1887.
In this most blessed month of
Ramadhan all good deeds are multiplied
by 70 or more . Every Nafil one prays
one will gain the reward of a Fard Salaah
and every Fard Salah is the reward of 70
Fard salaah . Subhanallah what other
time of the year is this possible? NONE!
So let us make the best of these
precious seconds and pray as many Nafil
prayers as is possible !
Here are some Nafil prayers we can
pray on Laylatul Qadr :
1. Two Rakat after performing Wudu
( Ablution )
Abu Hurayrah ( may Allah be pleased
with him ) reported that the Prophet
( peace and blessings be upon him )
said to Bilal ( may Allah be pleased
with him ) : “ Tell me about the best of
your deeds (i. e . one which you deem
the most rewarding) since your
embracing Islam because I heard your
footsteps in front of me in Paradise. ”
Bilal ( may Allah be pleased with him )
replied : “ I do not consider any act of
mine more rewarding than that
whenever I make ablution at any time of
night or day, I perform Prayer for as
much as was destined for me to
do.” ( Reported by Al- Bukhari and
Muslim)”
2. Tahajjud
Imam Abu Sa ‘id al- Khadimi said,
“There is scholarly consensus (ijma `)
that among the best of virtuous acts is
the night vigil prayer. ” [al- Bariqa al-
Mahmudiyya Sharh al-Tariqa al-
Muhammadiyya]
The scholars derived the following in
regards to Tahajjud from the Qur ‘an
and prophetic hadiths :
1. The minimal night vigil prayer is 2
rakats. [Hindiyya , quoting Fath al-
Qadir]
2. Its optimal recommended amount is
8 rakats, because this was the general
practice of the Messenger of Allah
(blessings and peace be upon him , his
family, and companions ). [ Hindiyya,
quoting Fath al- Qadir]
3. Lengthier recitation is superior to a
larger number of rakats prayed. [Durr
al-Mukhtar , Radd al-Muhtar ]
4. It is recommended to start the night
vigil with two short rakats , because of
the hadith of Abu Hurayra that the
Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him
and give him peace) said, “It you get up
for night prayer , start with two short
rakats. ” [Muslim , Ahmad, Abu Dawud]
Ibn Mas `ud ( Allah be pleased with
him) was asked , “I cannot pray at
night. ” He said, “Your sins have
prevented you .”
3. Salaatul Tasbih
This is a very rewarding prayer that we
should pray on each of the odd
numbered nights.
Ibn al Mubarak says : “ The tasbih
prayer is a greatly desired act and it is
desirable that one should punctually
observe it and never neglect it .
How to perform this Salaah
‘Ikrimah reports from Ibn ‘Abbas
that the Messenger of Allah said to
‘Abbas ibn ‘Abdal – Mutalib: “ O ‘ Abbas,
O Uncle , shall I not give you , shall I not
present to you , shall I not donate to
you, shall I not tell you ten things
which , if you do, Allah will forgive your
first and last sins , past and present sins ,
intentional and unintentional sins ,
private and public sins ? The ten actions
are: pray four rak ’ at, reciting in every
rak’ ah al- Fatihah and a surah. And when
you finish the Qur ’ anic recitation of the
first rak’ ah , say , while standing,
‘ Subhanallah, al- hamdulillah, wa la ilaha
illallah , wa Allahu Akbar ‘ [‘ Glory be to
Allah. All praise is due to Allah. There is
no God except Allah. Allah is the
greatest .’] Fifteen times . Then make
ruku’ , and while you are in ruku’ , say
the same ten times; then stand, and say
the same ten times. Then go down and
make sajdah , and while you’ re in sajdah ,
say the same ten times. Then sit after
the sajdah , and say the same ten times.
Then make sajdah , and say the same
ten times . Then sit after the second
sajdah , and say the same another ten
times. That is seventy-five [ repetitions
of the phrases ] in each rak’ ah . Do that
in each of the four rak’ at. If you can
pray it once a day, do so . If you cannot ,
then once every Friday . If you cannot do
that, then once a year . And if you
cannot do that then once in your life . “
4. Increase in Dhikr ( Rememberance
of Allah)
We should glorify Allah night and day,
especially in the last odd nights.
Here are some easy and very
beneficial Dhikr and glorification we
can do throughout the last ten odd
nights:
1. Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul
‘afwa fa ‘fu ‘annee
2. Subhanallah
3. Alhamdulillah
4. Allahu Akbar
5. Laa ilaha ilallah
6. LA HAWLA WA LA QUWWATA ILLA
BILLAH
7. Asthaghfirullah
8. SUB -HAN’ ALLAH HIL AZEEM WA BI –
HAM’DIHI ,
9. Subhāna- llāhi, wa -l -hamdu li -llāhi , wa
lā ilāha illā – llāhu , wa – llāhu akbar. Wa lā
hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi -llāhi -l- aliyyi-
l-azīm
10. Lā ilāha illā – llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka
lahu lahu- l- mulku wa lahu -l -ḥamdu yuhyi
wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu -llā yamūtu
abadan abada, ḏū -l -jalāli wa -l- ikrām ,
biyadihi -l- khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay –
in qadīr
Or the shortened version :
11. Laa ilaaha illal – laahu wahdahu laa
shareeka lahu , lahul – mulku wa lahul –
hamdu wa huwa ‘ alaa kulli shay -in
qadeer
One can also recite the durood that one
recites in one ‘s Salaah or a Sallallahu
Alayhi Wasallim
5. Make much dua
We should be very busy in Dua as much
as we can especially in the last 10 odd
numbered.
Allah Almighty says in the Qur’an :
“When my servants ask you concerning
me, (tell them ) I am indeed close ( to
them ). I listen to the prayer of every
suppliant when he calls on me .” [ 2 :186 ]
The place of duaa is so high to Allah,
that the Prophet( Sallallahu Alayhi
Wasallim) had said: “Nothing is more
honourable to Allah the Most High than
du` a. ” [Sahih al-Jami ` no .5268 ].
Almighty Allah also said: “The most
excellent worship is du` a .” [ Sahih Al –
Jami ` no. 1133]
Therefore let us devote much of the
night of Qadr in dua asking of Allah for
his mercy and forgiveness for all of our
past sins and making firm intentions to
Allah that we will change for the better
and strive to become closer to him as
well as make our deen a FULL part of
our lives and not just a little part of our
life as Allah says :
Allah tells us In the Qur ‘an to enter
fully into our deen and not partly:
O believers enter into Islam completely
and do not follow the footsteps of
Shaitan , surely he is your clear – cut
enemy.. .. ( Surah Al -Baqara , Ayah
208 -210 )
So then will we not make Islam a FULL
part of our lives? This is our best
opportunity and if we don ‘t take it and
death comes to us then surely we will
regret it for ETERNITY !
And Allah knows best in all matters

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