by Ni'mah Ali
Just as the month of Ramadan is more special than the other months, the last ten nights of Ramadan are more special than the first 19 or 20 nights of Ramadan - reason being that in the last ten nights there is a very important night in which all Muslims await for eagerly, a night which is most blessed than any other night in all the months. That night is Laytul Qadar or in English “the night of decree.” In the Qur’an Allah says about this particular night:
Verily, We have sent it (this Quran) down in the night of Al Qadr (Decree). And what will make you know what the night of Al Qadr ( Decree) is? The night of Al Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months ( i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months). Therein descend the angels and the Ruh (Angel Gabriel) by Allah's Permission with all Decrees. (All that night), there is peace (and Goodness from Allah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn. [Quran - 97]
A thousand months! mashaaAllah, imagine the ajar (reward) we will get in that one night if we actually participate and spend that entire night worshipping Allah through salaat, reciting the Quran and doing a lot of dhikr? Subhanalaah! This is a night that comes with a lot of opportunities! It is a night where Allah can answer all of your du’as. All sincere Muslims should be looking forward to this night with excitement and joy. We not only have the opportunity to get closer to Allah in this blessed night, but we can have our dreams to come true. Allah can grant us our wishes to become better Muslims, to protect us from the shayteen forever and to strengthen our iman. This is the reason why the last ten nights are so special, and we see many Muslims fill up masjids in the last ten nights of Ramadan. Since we don’t know which of the ten nights the laytul qadar will fall on, we have to try our best to make our selfs busy with remembering Allah, praying Salaat, reciting Qur’an and making lots and lots of du’a to Allah until the end of Ramadan. No one knows for sure when laytul qadar is, but what we know from ahadith of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam is that it is in the odd numbered nights -21, 23,25,27, or 29. In a report by Al Bukhari, the Messenger of Allah; Prophet Muhammad Salalahu Alayhi Wasalam said; "Seek it (the Qadr Night) on the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan". In another hadith, he said, "Seek the night in the last ten days, and if any of you is weak, or cannot observe it, he should not miss the remaining seven days (Muslim). In fact, there are other authentic hadiths on the Qadr night, and one basic point in all of them is that, the night is found in the last ten days of Ramadan. Even though we don’t know which night is laytul qadar, there are some signs that indicate it is layatul qadar. Scholars have described what these signs are and we will need to look out for these signs to determine when this special night will be, but truly Allah only knows.
Now that we know the importance and blessedness of laytul qadar, what signs can we look out for which indicates that is indeed that special night we all cannot wait for? There are several signs: in the same night, and then the following day.
During this night, the night is pleasant, it is not hot or cold.
The night is bright,
There are no meteors seen being thrown at the shaytan
The following day, the sun rises with no visible rays
The following day the sun rises red and week
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In conclusion, dear brothers and sisters the entire month of Ramadan is a blessed one which has so much opportunity for us to get closer to Allah. The last ten days are even better, so we all should try our hardest to take full advantage of these opportunities in Ramadan. May Allah the all mighty and great, accept our du’as, our sawm, and zakat and all other good deeds we do for His sake only. May Allah give us protection from His enemy and our enemy, the accursed shaytan! and may Allah bless us and reward our efforts by giving us full mercy and admitting us to His beautiful Jannah in the akhira. Allahuma Amin!!!
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