The last ten nights of Ramadan are here, so we need to act now if we want to seek out Laylatul-Qadr – one single night that is better than a thousand months!
Your Previous Sins are Forgiven
There are many virtues of Laylatul-Qadr, not only is this single night better than a thousand months of worship but it is also a night when sins are forgiven.
The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) said: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Agreed upon]
Staying up at Night
When the last ten nights came the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) would stay up at night and increase his worship.
A’isha said: The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) would pray and sleep during the twenty days [of Ramadan], then during the ten [last nights] he would stay awake and tighten his belt. [Ahmad]
Dua of Laylatul-Qadr
A’isha said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلّم), if I know which night is Laylatul-Qadr, what should I say on that night?’ He said, Say:
اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni
O Allah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me
Other recommended acts include; making lots of dua to Allah, making dhikr, reciting Qur’an, waking up others.
- Make the intention to stay awake during the last ten nights. Not just the 27th night as is common, but at the very least all the odd numbered nights.
- Implement the various sunnan of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلّم) – wake someone up, recite the Qur’an, pray qiyam.
- Learn the above dua and recite it as much as you can during the last ten nights. Don’t forget to also make other duas for yourself and others.