Get in high gear for Lailatul-Qad
We are now in the period of Lailatul-Qadr, the Night of power and Majesty. The Night that is better than 1000 months. Whatever you need to do from now till the end of Ramadan will make the most in Ibadah especially during the nights. No one knew about the importance of these nights more than the Prophet (s.a.w). Al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated from ‘Aisha (r.a) that when the last ten days of Ramadan began, the Prophet (s.a.w) would stay up at night, wake his family and tie his lower garment tight. he would strive hard in worship during the last ten nights of Ramadan as he did not do at other times.
Whoever recites ten aayaat (verses) in qiyaam will not be recorded as one of the forgetful. Whoever recites a hundred aayaat (verses) in qiyaam will be recorded as one of the devout, and whoever prays a thousand aayaat (verses) in qiyaam will be recorded as one of the muqantareen (those who pile up good deeds).” (Reported by Abu Dawood and Ibn Hibbaan. It is a hasan report. Saheeh al-Targheeb, 635).
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Whoever spends the night of Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, will be forgiven his previous sins.”
One of the best dua’s that can be recited on Laylat al-Qadr is that which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) taught ‘A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her). It was narrated by al-Tirmidhi, who classed it as saheeh, that ‘A’ishah said: I said: “O Messenger of Allah, If I know which night is Laylat al-Qadr, what should I say?” He said: “Say: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are All-Forgiving and You love forgiveness so forgive me).”
Think of all that you need to ask Allah for and ask Him during the night. Continue this throughout the remaining nights in Ramadan. If you do and able to witness the blessed moment of Lailatul-Qadr, apart from your supplications being answered, you would get a record of worshipping Allah for 1000 months.
And finally, when you are in a state of prayers and worship, please open your heart for others as well and please do remember your brothers and sisters in your prayers. Remember what the Prophet said:
“The supplication that gets the quickest answer is the one made by one Muslim for another in his absence.” Reported by Abu Daw’ud and Tirmidhi
May we all make the most of the last ten nights and days of Ramadan…