Laylatul Qadr and all it Brings
By Yusuf Azmi
Ramadan brings incredible opportunities for us all to seek. Opportunities for spiritual growth, togetherness and seeking Allah’s (swt) blessings. As we grow closer to the end of this sacred month and enter the final 10 nights of Ramadan, the days become more and more important, none more so than the night of Laylatul Qadr. The night of power is the night that we truly seek, a night where all of Ramadan’s opportunities are open to us.
The night of revelation, when Allah (swt) revealed the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhamad (pbuh), is more than a night of historical symbolism to Muslims. It carries with it a significant amount of blessings and rewards.
Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said when the month of Ramadan began, “Verily, this month has presented itself to you. There is a night within it that is better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of it has been deprived of all good. None is deprived of its good but that he is truly deprived.”
Better than what we can imagine
A night better than a thousand months, during which your prayers and duas have the power to cause Allah (swt) to alleviate your fears and realize your hopes and aspirations. If ever there was just one night to focus your attention towards Allah (swt), then it is without doubt Laylatul Qadr. However, with the true date of this sacred night not known, it grants even greater importance to making the most of the last 10 nights of Ramadan.
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Seek it in the last ten days, on the odd nights,” (Hadith, Bukhari and Muslim).
The night we seek, that seeks our attention, is one of the odd nights during the last 10 nights of Ramadan. A night for us to turn our affections towards Allah (swt), seek His forgiveness and his blessings.
It’s all there for us
The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said: “Whoever attends Isha prayer in congregation, then he has the reward as if he had stood half of the night. And whoever prays Isha and Fajr in congregation, then he has the reward as if he had spent the entire night standing in prayer.
So, while spending the night praying to Allah (swt) is ideal during this blessed night, even just praying Isha and Fajr prayers can be enough to seek out the rewards of Laylatul Qadr. Insha’Allah we can all make the most of these last 10 nights, and maximize our focus towards a night that seeks us, as much as we seek it.