Within Ramadan, that special month of worship, Blessings, and Mercy of Allah, there is Lailat-ul-Qadr; the Night of Decree, power, and ordination. This night is so special that there is a chapter in the Quran that describes its glory and magnificence, Al-Qadr- 97.
what is the night of decree?
This night was honored by the commencement of the Quran’s revelation on it. “Indeed, ˹It is˺ We ˹Who˺ sent this ˹Quran˺ down on the Night of Glory.” (Quran.com/97/1)
” إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ “
Worship on Lailat-ul-Qadr is better than that worship on a thousand months period. “The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.” (quran.com/97/3)
” لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ “
Lailat-ul-Qadr during which the Heavens, skies and the entire world is in a state of festivity and it is peaceful till dawn time “The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. It is all peace until the break of dawn.” (quran.com/97/4-5)
” تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِم مِّن كُلِّ أَمْرٍ – سَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّىٰ مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ “
The Messenger of Allah PBUH said, “Seek Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree) on the odd nights out of the last ten nights of Ramadan.” (Al- Bukhari)
قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: “تحروا ليلة القدر في الوتر من العشر الأواخر من رمضان”
This means it is night number 21,23,25,27 or 29 of Ramadan. The worship acts and obedience acts that a Muslim may offer range from attending Ishaa prayer in Jama’ah (congregation), to spending the entire night in Qiyam prayer.
Imam Malik related that he had heard that Said ibn al-Musayyab used to say, “Whoever is present at Isha on Lailat-ul-Qadr has taken his portion (rewards) from it.”
Muhammad PBUH gave the glad tidings saying, “Whosoever performs Qiyam during Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), with Faith and being hopeful of Allah’s reward, will have his former sins forgiven.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: “من قام ليلة القدر إيمانا واحتسابًا غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه”
And Aishah RAA reported: I asked: “O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?” He (ﷺ) replied, “You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me).” (At-Tirmidhi)
قالت السيدة عائشة رضي الله عنها: قلت: يا رسول الله أرأيت إن علمت أي ليلة القدر ما أقول فيها؟ قال: “قولي: اللهم إنك عفو تحب العفو فاعفُ عني”
It is recommended to spend the last ten nights of Ramadan in worship in faith and hope, to gain rewards of Allah for those who do so sincerely and faithfully. This worship may be Salah (obligatory Ishaa and Qiyam), Quran recitation, Charity (Sadaqah), It’aam (food offering to the poor), Du’aa (supplicating to Allah), and whatever good deeds a Muslim may be able to offer.
As mentioned previously, the worship is not limited to prayers and Quran recitation; there is so much more in Islam; one of the most important acts of obedience is Silatul-Rahim صلة الرحم.
Silatul-Rahim صلة الرحم ,
It is maintaining kinship with relatives is a very highly rewarded obedience that Allah and His Messenger encourage Muslims to do.
‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr Al-‘as (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The person who perfectly maintains the ties of kinship is not the one who does it because he gets recompensed by his relatives (for being kind and good to them), but the one who truly maintains the bonds of kinship is the one who persists in doing so even though the latter has severed the ties of kinship with him”. [Al-Bukhari]
وعنه النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: ”ليس الواصل بالمكافئ ولكن الواصل الذي إذا قَطَعت رحمُه وصلها”
It is the best time to be where Allah would be pleased to see you doing what would please Him of you. May Allah guides us all to Lailat-ul-Qadr, helps us do what pleases Him, and accepts all our good deeds.
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