Night of Power

Surah 97: Al qadr (The Night of Power) mentions that in this night the Quran was revealed, and relates the virtue of this night, which is equal to a thousand months in the sight of Allah. At this point it is worth noting the Quran was not revealed during the Night of Power in its entirety to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), but over the course of 23 years from Angel Jibra’il to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Ibn Abbas (raa) said: The whole Qur’an was revealed to the lower heavens from the protective slate (Lawhul Mahfuz) on the Night of Power, then from there to the earth in the course of 23 years.

It is estibleshed that previous Ummats would live for much longer spells than the Ummat of Muhammad (pbuh) and so the Night of Power is a means by which one can compete, with previous ummats, in good deeds with regards to quantity. Subhanallah, that Allah has given us the ability to amass deeds equivalent to 83 years plus, for those fortunate enough to be engaged in ibaadat during that blessed night. Then, just imagine if you were to worship Allah on the Night of Power for 15 or 20 years, you would receive reward equal to 1245 or 1660 years of worship!!

So which is the Night of Power?

Allah in His infinite wisdom has not disclosed exactly which night is the Night of Power, but Ahadith and commentators of the Quran mention it should be sought in the odd nights of the last 10 in the month of Ramadan:

Hazrath Aisha (Radhiallaahu Anha) reported that the Apostle of Allah said: "Search for the Blessed Night in the odd (nights) from the last ten (nights) of Ramadhaan." (Bukhari)

Look for the night of power among the odd numbered nights of the last ten days of Ramadhaan. (Mishkaat)

Imam Ibn Hajr, in his book, "Fathul Bari", in the commentary of the Book of Bukhari, said: “I accept the ruling that the night occurs on the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan, namely the twenty-first, twenty-third, twenty-fifth, twenty-seventh and or twenty-ninth.”

One of the beautiful wisdoms of the Night of Power being unknown to us is that we strive and increase our ibadat in the last 10 days of Ramadan seeking reward and the pleasure of Allah (swt), and for this we will receive much reward anyway, inshallah, irrespective of whether a particular night was the Night of Power or not. In this way we are encouraged to do more in the last ten nights than we might have otherwise done as well.

What to do on the night of Power

Whoever stands in prayer and worship in the night of power with Imaan and with sincere hope of gaining reward, all his previous sins are forgiven. (Muslim) Aaisha (RadhiAllaho anha) reports: "I said: ‘O Messenger of Allah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam), should I find myself the "Laylatul Qadr", what shall I pray. The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) replied: say,

أَللّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ كَرِيْمٌ  تُحِبُّ العَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنّيْ

‘Oh Allah, indeed You are most forgiving, You love to forgive, so forgive me.’ (Bukhari)

For obtaining the reward of this virtuous night, if possible, the whole night or most of the night should be spent in tilaawah (recital of Qur’aan) and reciting of Kalimah Tayyibah, Kalimah Tamjeed, Kalimah Tawheed, Istighfaar, Tawbah and performing Salaah etc. (Riyadul Jannah Magazine)

As an absolute minimum the men should perform their Isha and Fajr prayers on that night at the Masjid. Care should also be taken that remaining awake until late/ the whole night does not jeopardise the Fard Fajr prayer.

If staying in the Masjid/ staying up all night with friends, to seek the Night of Power, one should ensure that ibadat is given priority, too easy it would be to spend talking about islamically non beneficial things and in some cases one may fall into the trap of backbiting/ slandering/ speaking ill of someone which is most definitely the opposite to the goal one is trying achieve and had intention for.

The worship and the vigil of the Night of Power are a treat to the soul. The heart tends to melt into tears of heartfelt gratitude. The body is in a state of angelic ecstasy The soul strives to reach nearer to Almighty Allah. In this holy month of Ramadhaan let us strive to seek the Night of Power and its bliss. May Allah reward us with His bountiful blessings.
Aameen.

Please remember this servant of Allah in your Duas also.
Wasalam

Essential Reading:
Night of Power by Jamiatul Ulama
Night of Power by Jamiat.co.za
Night of Power Tafsir of Surah 97- Al Qadr

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2 Responses

  1. jazak’Allahu khairun!

  2. mashallah

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