Laylat al-Qadr

Laylat al-Qadr, or the night of power, is the holiest night of Ramadan. Allah explains in Surah al-Qadr that Laylat al-Qadr is the night the Quran was revealed. Allah continues by stating that the Laylat al-Qadr is better than 1,000 nights; and that this night the angels descend with the permission of Allah.

"Indeed, ˹it is˺ We ˹Who˺ sent this ˹Quran˺ down on the Night of Glory. And what will make you realize what the Night of Glory is? The Night of Glory is better than a thousand months. That night the angels and the ˹holy˺ spirit (The angel Gabriel or Jibril) descend, by the permission of their Lord, for every ˹decreed˺ matter. It is all peace until the break of dawn."

Quran 97

The exact day of Laylat al-Qadr is unknown, but the prophet ﷺ did tell us that it can be found in the odd nights of the final 10 days of Ramadan.

Narrated `Aisha: Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) used to practice I`tikaf in the last ten nights of Ramadan and used to say, "Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan."

Sahih al-Bukhari 2020

Narrated `Aisha: Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan."

Sahih al-Bukhari 2017

The majority of Muslims believe it is the the 27th night (Which is the end of the 26th day).

Regardless we should strive more in the final 10 days, as we are not certain when the actual Night of Power is. The reward for the person that strives and worships Allah in Laylat al-Qadr is described in the below narration by Abu Huraira:

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven; and whoever fasts in the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

Sahih al-Bukhari 1901

The prophet ﷺ told us to recite the below supplication on Laylat al-Qadr as narrated by Aisha:

It was narrated from 'Aishah that she said: "O Messenger of Allah, what do you think I should say in my supplication, if I come upon Laylatul-Qadr?" He said: "Say: 'Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul-'afwa, fa'fu 'anni (O Allah, You are Forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me).'"

Sunan ibn Majah 3850

What can we do on Laylat al-Qadr?

On the final 10 days of Ramadan we should increase in our:

  • Quran Reading & Recitation
  • Tasbih & Dhikr
  • Sadaqah (Charity)
  • Supplications, Duas, and Salah (Prayer)

We should also try to:

  • Join the congregational Prayers
  • Pray the 5 daily Salah (Prayer) + Sunnah Salah (Prayer)
  • Pray Taraweeh in the Masjid