Muslims hold the night of Laylatul Qadr in great significance because, according to Islamic beliefs, this night is when the holy book of Quran was first revealed to the world. As legends go, it was on Laylatul Qadr when Quran was first sent down from heaven to Prophet Mohammad through angel Jibreel. Called by several other names such as ‘Night of Measures’, ‘Night of Decree’, ‘Night of Value’, and ‘Night of Power’, this event is considered very sacred in Islamic traditions. It is believed that this night brings blessings and mercy from Allah and is the occasion when past sins are forgiven.
The exact day and date of Laylatul Qadr are unknown. However, there is a general consensus that it is one of the odd-numbered nights of the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. According to a Hadith on Laylatul Qadr, Prophet Muhammad asked people to “Seek it in the last ten days, on the odd nights.” Because of this belief, the last 10 days of the auspicious month of Ramadan are considered even more sacred.
If you wish to seek the favour of the merciful Allah, here is what to do on Laylatul Qadr: offer duas or supplications, attend dua in Masjid, recite the holy Quran, perform Sadaqah or charity, have Iftar with your family, perform Itikaf and so on.
In Quran (97:5), it is also mentioned that the holy night of Laylatul Qadr is better than a thousand months, which means that worshipping Allah on this night earns you the rewards of a lifetime. In order to please God, one must immerse in prayers and recite duas to earn the favour of God. Here is the dua that one must recite,
” اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ كَرِيمٌ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّى “
According to Hadith on Laylatul Qadr, anyone who sincerely prays to Allah during the night of Laylatul Qadr is forgiven by God for his/her past sins. Laylatul Qadr is a special night when Muslims immerse themselves in prayers and engage in holy deeds to earn blessings from the reverent Allah.
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