Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power) is described in the Quran as, "better
than a thousand months" (97:3). Any action done on this night such as
reciting the Quran, remembering Allah, etc. is better than acting for
one thousand months which do not contain the night of Qadr.
Messenger used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights
to a greater extent than at any other time." (Muslim). Allah's peace and
blessings be upon our beloved Prophet.
Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, related that the Prophet said:
Look for Laylatul Qadr on an odd-numbered night during the last ten
nights of Ramadan (Bukhari).
The Prophet said: "Whoever prays during the night of Qadr with faith
and hoping for its reward will have all of his previous sins forgiven."
(Bukhari and Muslim recorded from Abu Huraira).
Here are some tips of things we can do on the Night of Power and the
time before and after it.
1. Take a vacation for Allah
We take a break from our jobs for almost everything in life. Why not
this time to focus on worshiping and thanking our Creator.
If this is not possible at least take a few days off if you can. This
can make it easier to stay awake at night to do extra Ibadah, not having
to worry about getting to work the next day.
It will also facilitate doing Itikaf.
2. Do Itikaf
It was a practice of the Prophet to spend the last ten days and
nights of Ramadan in the masjid for Itikaf.
Those in Itikaf stay in the masjid all this time, performing various
forms of zikr (the remembrance of Allah), like doing extra Salat,
recitation and study of the Quran. They do not go outside the masjid
except in case of emergencies, therefore, they sleep in the masjid.
Their families or the masjid administration takes care of their food
Itikaf of a shorter period of time, like one night, a day or a couple
of days is encouraged as well.
3. Make this special Dua
Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, said: I asked the Messenger of
Allah: 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr,
what should I say during it?' He said: 'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning
and You love to pardon, so pardon me.' "(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and
The transliteration of this Dua is "Allahumma innaka `afuwwun
tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee"
4. Recite the Quran
Perhaps you can choose Surahs or passages from the Quran which you
have heard in Tarawih this past Ramadan to recite.
If you attend a class where the recitation of the Quran is taught,
this is a great time to put your knowledge into practice.
5. Reflect on the meaning of the Quran
Choose the latest Surah or Surahs you've heard in Tarawih and read
their translation and Tafseer. Then think deeply about their meaning and
how it affects you on a personal level.
(If you want to study the Quran with more understanding, check out
Way to the Quran and
Access to Quranic Arabic.
6. Get your sins wiped out
Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger said: Whoever stands (in
prayer) in Laylatul Qadr while nourishing his faith with
self-evaluation, expecting reward from Allah, will have all of his
previous sins forgiven. [Bukhari and Muslim).
Don't just pray using the shorter Surahs that you know. Try to make
your prayers longer, deeper and meaningful. If you are familiar with
longer Surahs, read the translation and explanation and then pray
reciting these Surahs, carefully reflecting on the meaning while you
Even if you are only familiar with the shorter Surahs, read the
translation and explanation beforehand, and then pray reflecting on the
message of the Surahs.
This is a good way to develop the habit of concentration, even in
regular prayers, where many of us tend to be fidgety and/or easily
7. Make a personal Dua list.
Ask yourself what you really want from Allah. Make a list of each and
everything, no matter how small or how big it is, whether it deals with
this world or not. Allah loves to hear from us. Once this list is ready,
you can do three things:
• Ask Allah to give you those things
• Think about what actions you have taken to get those things
• Develop a work plan to get those things in future.
8. Evaluate yourself.
Ask yourself those questions that need to be asked. Do an evaluation
of where you are and where you are going. Let this evaluation lead you
to feel happiness for the good you have done and remorse for the bad you
have done. (see a
short and a long evaluation guide) This latter feeling should make it easier to
seek Allah's sincere forgiveness when making the Dua mentioned in tip
number one above.
9. Make long, sincere and deep Duas
One of the best times to do this is during the last part of the
Abu Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him, related that the Prophet
said: When the last one-third of the night remains, our Lord, the
Glorious One descends towards the heaven of the earth and proclaims: Who
is that who supplicates for Me, and I grant his supplication? Who is
that who begs Me for anything and I grant it to him? And who is that who
seeks My forgiveness, and I forgive him? (Bukhari, Muslim).
That means for instance, waking up one hour before Suhoor time to ask
Allah for anything and everything you want that is Halal. This can be
done using the Duas of the Sunnah, but also Dua in your own language,
with sincerity and conviction.
For some tips on making Dua please see the article Some
personal Duas you can make.
10. Memorize a different Dua every night
They don't have to be long. They can be just one line. And be sure to
know what they mean generally at least, even if you don't know the exact
translation in English.
You can put them on index cards (or and keep them with you during the
day, glancing at them during work, while driving, waiting in line, etc.)
Then practice them at night in prayer.
11. Have Iftar with the family
If you've spent Iftar time on weekdays in your cubicle at work alone
with a couple of dates, now is the last few days you'll have this
Ramadan to spend with your family. Use it wisely.
12. Take the family to Tarawih
Have your spouse and kids missed Tarawih most of Ramadan because you
weren't there to drive them to the Masjid, which is too far away to walk
to? If so, do all of yourselves a favor and bring everyone for Tarawih
in these last ten nights.
13. Attend the Dua after the completion of Quran
Almost all Masjids where the Imam aims to finish an entire reading of
the Quran in Tarawih prayers in Ramadan will be completing their
recitation in these last ten nights. They may try to end on one of the
odd nights and read the Dua at the end of a reading of the Quran. Attend
this particular night's Tarawih prayer with your family. See if you can
attend different Masjids' Tarawih prayers the night they finish reading
14. Finish reading a book on the Prophet
Read about the Prophet's life, which can increase your love for him
and Islam by seeing how much he struggled for Allah's sake. It may
inspire you to push yourself even harder during these last ten nights.
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15. Plan for the next year
Once you've done a self-evaluation, you can
on where you want to go, at least in the next 12 months. Laylatul Qadr
is a great night to be thinking about this (without taking away from
your worship), since you'll Insha Allah, be in a more contemplative
state. You may choose to dedicate one night of power for evaluation and
one night for planning for the next year.
16. To do list for the Night of Power
Make a to do checklist for each Night of Power. This should define
how you would like your night, the one better than a thousand months, to
be used. Pick things from this list and define the sequence you would
like to do things in. This will help you avoid wasting your time in
unproductive chats which common in the festive atmosphere of Masjids at
the Night of Power.