Laylatul Qadr -19th ,21st & 23rd Nights of Ramadhan month - Readings - Preperations A'amal click here
The month of Ramadhan has been singled out for special worship (`Ibadat) and exclusive favours. It is a month unlike other months. One reason for this, as defined by the Qur'an, is because the Holy Qur'an was revealed in this month. Says Allah in Sura alBaqarah: The month of Ramadhan, that in which the Qur'an was sent down; a guidance for mankind, and clear signs of guidance and distinction (2:185). In fact, according to a hadith of the 6th Imam (a), the other holy books were also revealed in this month.
Among the nights of Ramadhan is one special night, which is better than a thousand months (HQ, 97:3). Good deeds performed on that single night are equal to those performed over a thousand months. It is the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr), when the Qur'an was revealed. Some commentators believe it was the night when the Qur'an was brought down from Baytul M`amur (Heavenly abode), for Jibrael to reveal in parts to the Prophet (s). Others say it was the night when the Prophet received the entire Qur'an, but was asked to transmit it as and when the occasion demanded.
Laylatul Qadr is a celebration to commemorate the arrival of the final guidance for humans. It is a tribute to the commencement of the message revealed to mankind by their Creator, a message which shows them the way to achieve happiness in both the worlds. Just as the arrival of a child is celebrated, on its birth and then every year, as a bringer of joy and fulfillment for the family, Laylatul Qadr is celebrated as a bringer of light and guidance for mankind. Unlike the birthday which is celebrated with a feast for the senses, Laylatul Qadr includes a feast for the spirit, a feast of worship and prayers.
Some Ahadith indicate that the fate of every believer for the coming year is decreed on this night. That is why the Du`as for this night ask for special favours in the decree for the year. Believers are encouraged to stay awake the entire night, and pray for blessings and forgiveness. It is the holiest night of the year, and it would be unwise to be heedless of the tremendous benefits of this night.
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Etiquette and codes of special deeds performed by Allah's most sincere servants during the Holy Month of Ramadhan; the self-restraint and asceticism practised by them during these worships and the self-purification achieved by them....Prayer for Understanding the Nights of Qadr and Fitr
One of the most important prayers and requests which a fast observer should not forget, and from the very beginning of the Holy Month every night, day, and at every available opportunity should beseech Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), is to bestow upon him the divine grace for worshipping, servitude, and night-vigil during the nights of Qadr and Fitr. And if a fast observer beseeches Him honestly and sincerely undoubtedly He will respond to his request and would not deny him his desire for having the divine grace - the grace which is so great that deserves merit - and the one who has trust in Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), and the Holy Qur'an, in order to be sure for its attainment would be ready to spend that entire year in worshipping, night-vigil and asceticism. Did not the Holy Qur'an consider that night better than thousand months which are longer than eighty years? Would not by efforts and endeavors of one year, he accomplish the bonus and reward of eighty years?
Which is indeed a great profit, what to say to accomplish that same profit of eighty years during a period of less than a month. From this consideration, if someone does not have even so much courage to pray and request for the divine grace of comprehension of the Night of Power (Lailatul-Qadr) during the span of approximately twenty days (from the beginning of the Holy Month until the Night of Power), then he should realize that his heart is sick and his faith is unstable, and therefore it is up to him to seek the treatment for his heart's sickness and faith's instability. Whatever has been said about the Night of Power (Lailatul Qadr) is also valid for the day and night of Eid-ul-Fitr because Imam al-Sajjad has narrated that:" This night (Night of Fitr) is not less valuable than the Night of Power (Lailatul-Qadr)."
Yes! Allah's devoted servants whose desire and courage is that through their prayer, worship, and preparation reach to the point whereby their esoteric eyes become opened during these nights so that they could witness the descent of angels, (Archangel Gabriel), and destinies descend from the Celestial Kingdom towards the earth during this night. And as compared to those great ones are we who do not possess even the courage to pray and request for the divine grace of worshipping during these nights.
9.2. Beseeching Allah for Bestowing Readiness for the Night of Power (Lailatul-Qadr)
Yes! the one who believes in the religion and respects Qur'anic verses and traditions of the sinless Imams [a], it would be desirable that he should make his best efforts and endeavours for celebrating this night. The efforts which are desirable and should be undertaken are, that during the whole year before the arrival of the Night of Power, he must repeatedly beseech Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted) to bestow upon him the divine grace (towfiq) to be vigilant during this night; bless him with most esteemed and dearest deeds; consider that night superior than one thousand months for him and may accept from him; make him His most favourite and nearest one during this night; bless him with His love, learning, nearness, union, pleasure, and consent together with health, happiness, and welfare; should be pleased with him in such a manner, that after this he would never be displeased with him; should make the prophets. Imams, and especially the Imam of the Age (may Allah hasten his appearance) pleased with him; and allocate him to live in Allah nearness accompanied by the impeccable ones, bestow upon him divine favour to succeed in establishing Allah's obedience and consent, and make his ultimate end Allah's countenance and pleasure.
9.3. Preparation For the Night of Power (Lailatul-Qadr).The other decent efforts for this night are that before its arrival, the prudent wayfarer should arrange for its preliminaries and necessities, e.g. for worshipping in this night a suitable place, dress, and perfume should be arranged in advance for engaging in private humming communications Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), as well as for communications with his masters, i.e. sinless Imams [a] he should arrange suitable themes and contents; for paying alms during this night should allocate some money, even for the invitation of guests and for payment of alms, he should plan in advance to select the most suitable guests and the genuinely poor people who really deserve financial support.
Let us imagine that if an emperor dispatches a special courier before someone, with compassion and mercy invites him for a special feast, gives him glad-tidings that if he appears in the royal feast with decency and decorum, rewards and magnificent gifts would be bestowed upon him, and the more respectfully he would behave in the assembly, the emperor too would increase his rewards and gifts in proportion with his behaviour. Undoubtedly, after receiving such a message this person would become excited and pleased, and in order to prepare himself would not leave any stone unturned, and during this period would mobilize all his resources and efforts to procure whatever is required for being present in such an assembly, so that finally, when that moment arrives, being fully decorated in a respectable and decent manner, he could present himself over there.
The invitation of an emperor is responded in the above manner but how about the invitation of Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), who is the King of all kings - the King of the Earth and the Heavens - has invited us for His feasts; in order to invite us has dispatched his favourite angels, pious prophets and sinless Imams as his couriers. He has assigned His angels to announce his invitation kindly and compassionately to us; has given us the glad-tidings of giving us permanent abode in Paradise in return for sincere worshipping during one single night (the Night of Power); has promised such bounties, which have not been seen by any eye, have not been heard by any ear, and have not been imagined through any human being's mind, as well as has given us the glad-tiding of illumination, ecstasy, majesty, splendour, nearness, union, and countenance, for whose least comprehension and understanding, faculties of reason and thoughts find themselves astonished and helpless.
Are we among those who have prepared for this night and invitation, the way we ought to be, and must be, in order to attain the eternal blessing and salvation? Or are we among those negligent and idle ones, who do not achieve anything except loss and eternal doom? We must better know that the one who acts naively and lazily, and does not strive to take advantage of the magnificent generosities of this night, when in the Hereafter, would see that those who were zealous, committed, and vigilant during these nights what have they achieved, and what magnificence, splendour and glory have been bestowed upon them. But they would gain nothing except regret - the regret so great and painful that the Hell's blazing fire and its torturous punishments would seem smaller as compared to their regret, and then together with the losers and eternally doomed ones, would cry loudly:
"Ah! Woe upon me! In that I neglected (my duty) towards Allah."- Holy Qur'an (39:56)
But on that Day when the gates of repentance would have been closed, there would be nothing left for compensation of the damage, everyone would have seen the ultimate outcome of his deeds, and then feeling sorry and being regretful would not produce any gain. Therefore, we must take a look upon ourselves, and before falling into such regret and grief, must admonish ourselves for being so lazy, naive, and easy going. And before that we are called for accounting and are condemned into the state of wretchedness and destitution, for wasting our precious capital - the capital through which we could have accomplished most precious and greater gains we better put our self to scrutiny.
9.3.1. Selection of the Most Suitable DeedsOther desirable efforts of this night are that with the nearing of these nights, one should increase his eagerness for receiving the promised bounties and blessings; should select worships and deeds which are more in harmony with his mood from the point of view of sincerity, heart's presence, and internal purification; in this matter should seek help from Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), and the impeccable ones; and if he cannot diagnose himself what suits his mood properly, he should seek guidance from Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), through consultation (istekhara).
9.3.2. Meditation and PonderingAfter recital of invocations and supplications one should also allocate some time for self-meditation and pondering, of course, this should be done at a time when he is free from whatever disturbs his thoughts like domination of sleep, over-eating, and pains of hunger etc.
9.3.3. Not to be Negligent from AllahDuring these nights, one must strive his best to keep thinking about Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), all along the night, and should not forget Him during any part of the night even for the sake of recommended and justified deeds. Also while offering prayer and supplications he should not think about any other thing even though if they happen to be recommended things.
For example, during prayer (salat), one should not think about recommended deeds like building of mosque, cleaning of mosque, and paying alms etc., because all these are indications of negligence; even during a part of the prayer (salat), he should not think about the next portion of the prayer, e.g. in the state of standing, to think about the prostration is negligence. He must try to concentrate upon whatever act of the prayer he is performing and should not be negligent about whatever he is doing or reciting. In order to make this task easier, before performing different acts of prayer, e.g. recital or genuflexion (rukoo), first of all, he should think about them briefly and then should perform them. And in case while performing a certain act, negligence dominates over him, and if a verse or invocation is recited with negligence, he must repeat it again.
For example, when he wants to stand towards Mecca (Qiblah) for prayer (salat) first of all, he should think briefly about the wisdom of standing towards Mecca, and then should turn his face in that direction; and when he wants to stand for the prayer, first of all, he should think about the meanings of standing, i.e., his standing is for truth and his resting upon his two feet is the indication of his hope (raj'a) and fear (khouf) about the acceptance of his worship. When he wants to recite the phrase:"In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful."
First of all, he should think about its meaning in brief, and then should recite it with his tongue, and similar is the case with other acts of the prayer.
9.3.4. Resorting (Tawassul) to Ahlul-Bait [a]The one who wants to be vigilant in this manner throughout the night, must take refuge in the sinless (ma'sum) - the one to whom this night belongs - at the beginning of that night, should stretch his hands towards their generous threshold. With persistence, supplicating in a polite and soft manner, with words and content arousing their sympathies, should beseech them for bestowing upon him the grace of being vigilant during this night. Then he must surrender and hand over all his existence, reason, heart, self, virtues, deeds to them, and throughout the night, must be careful not to commit anything which is not in harmony with this surrender, because the one who succeeds in it, certainly would have achieved whatever he aspired for during this night.
9.3.5. Crying and Shedding TearsFor the prudent wayfarer who desires, that during these nights his fear, humility, tears, crying, anguish, and lamentation be increased as much as possible, one of the best method is that he should tie his hands around his neck; should pour dirt upon his head; should place his head against a wall; sometimes he should stand and sometimes he should cry; should imagine himself at the scene of Judgement Day; and the way sinners are rebuked with harshness, should rebuke himself accordingly; then he should look towards his right, imagining about the companions of the right hand (ashab al-yamin) and should think about their splendour, majesty, features, virtues, robes, and smells; then he should look towards the left, imagining about the companions of the left hand (ashab al-shumal) should regard himself among them, thinking about their torturous and painful condition with blackened faces, their swollen eyes, tied hands and feet, and burnt skins; the angels standing in readiness to execute Allah's command to throw him together with them inside Hell; then he should imagine and be scared lest Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted) orders:
"Seize ye him, bind ye him, burn ye him in the blazing fire, and make him march in a chain whereof the length is seventy cubits."- Holy Qur'an (69:30-32)
Then he should cry:"O' Thou are the most compassionate, and Thou Who are the shelter of unsheltered ones!"
And should cry: "Where is Your vast blessing? Where is Your infinite forgiveness? Where are Your love and benevolence?"
Then he should cry, should remember His patience and kindness, should think about His infinite forgiveness and generosity, and if Satan wants to make him hopeless should tell him: 'you, with all these sinning and transgressions can't be hopeless about Allah's blessing and forgiveness, which belongs especially to righteous ones and you are not among them.' He shouldn't pay attention to his words, don't let his whispers effect his heart, turn his face from him, take refuge in Allah, (the Glorious, the Exalted), and should pay more attention to his prayer, hopes and needs, and in a hopeful manner should speak to Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted): it is far away from Your benevolence and magnanimity to turn Your face away from someone needy like me, and not to forgive a destitute and helpless one like me who has stretched his needy hands towards Your threshold, has resorted to Your most favourite ones, with tearful eyes, and heart and body trembling with fear.
Then becoming further hopeful, he should submit his wants before Him, and whatever spiritual exalted position and sublime ranks, like enlightenment, love, union, faith, and piety could enter in his mind, he must beg from Him. And should repeat the following text as much as possible:
"O'! Thou Who is capable of doing whatever he pleases, and except Thee there is none, who could do whatever he desires. O'! Thou are the One Whose great generosities and large bounties are not expansive at all. O'! Thou Whose donations do not decrease anything (from His treasures), and Whose not giving away does not increase anything."
Then he should insists more about the same meanings and plead by saying:
"O' my Lord! if I do not deserve to request whatever I have requested from You, but Your generosity and benevolence is such and deserve to bestow upon me the grant of my needs. O' my Lord! Your recognition, which You Yourself have taught me encourages me, that I should desire my great needs from You, because, whatever You bestow upon Your servants and provide for them is not because they are worthy of them, and if there is such worthiness, even that worthiness is bestowed upon them by You, therefore, benevolence and welfare could not belong to anyone except You, and if such is the case, O' Lord! That worthiness and decency, which You bestowed upon Your righteous servants, bestow upon me too, so that I could also achieve this worthiness, whereby my prayers could receive Your acceptance and my desires get fulfilled.
O' Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted)! You are the one that whatever You do, no one can question You, and there is no one who could dare to raise a finger of criticism. Or could challenge You in Your Power and Reign, You are such that neither Your generosity have any limit and boundary, nor Your blessing have any end, therefore, O' Lord bestow upon me worthiness in accordance of Your Power, and make me rich with Your generosity. O' Thou are the most generous one among the generous ones! O' Allah (the Glorious the Exalted)! If You want to punish me, instead, punish one of those who don't believe in Your divinity and keep enmity towards Your friends. Come on and punish him, but as far as I am concerned, can I find anyone else except You to pardon me? O' Lord! Would You deprive me from Your generosity ? Or there is no need for You to punish and take revenge but as far as I am concerned, I do need a lot of Your forgiveness and generosity.
O' my Lord! Your enemy as well as my enemy, Satan desires that I become deprived from Your supplication and prayer and, thus, become pessimistic and hopeless from Your blessing and generosities, but I, because of Your grace have turned off my face from him, and trampled over whatever he desired. Therefore, help and support me over him, because in spite of his whispering I didn't become hopeless and never turned off my face from You.
O' Lord! With my little comprehension about Your blessing and forgiveness as well as Your being needless and omnipotent, I don't believe that You will deprive from Your forgiveness and pardon, anyone of Your servants even the pagans except the enemies of your favourite ones who have oppressed your saints and tortured them but as regards to the punishment of others, if it was not the surrender and obedience to Your book and Your prophet's words, I wouldn't have believed; that regarding the punishment of unbelievers, you have stated in your book that they will be punished; from the point of view of my reason - the reason which you have bestowed upon me - in case you decided to punish them to fulfil Your warning against them, You are not helpless to do so.
But if You don't act in accordance with Your warning, by not punishing them, then even in that case, there would not be the least interference in Your Exalted essence and perfection. O' Lord! I presume so about the unbelievers, then how come shouldn't be hopeful about the believers who have taken refuge in Thee, have put their trust in Your generosity, and desire Your union, even though they might have sinned and acted disobediently?
O' my Lord! My Master! Sinning is from the servant and forgiveness is from the Master, especially, if the Master happens to be Exalted and beneficent like Thee. O' my Lord! This is what I presume about Your generosity and kindness towards Your servants, during other months, days, and nights, and therefore, I am hopeful. But during the Holy Month of Ramadhan on the Night of Power, which You have created for the sake Your special generosities and blessings; have bestowed a special favour upon Your servants; have given glad-tidings of Your forgiveness and mercy to the sinners; have opened the gates of Your benevolence and magnanimity towards all; have spread the tablecloth of your forgiveness and blessing for all; can I say except that - You will reward everyone with pardon, forgiveness, love and blessing; would grant their wants; would accept their prayers; would reward their evils with goods, and their sins with good deeds; and would let Your greatness and magnanimity to surpass their limits - what else can I presume?
This is my optimistic presumption towards You, and that is my favourable opinion about Your kindness and magnanimity; You Yourself are knowledgeable, that Your great Prophet has given what glad-tidings for those, who have favourable opinion about you."
9.4.3. A ReminderYes! Congratulations and thousands of congratulations for the one who was able to have the divine grace of performing correctly whatever was described. But the one who did not have the divine grace of performing all of them, lest be tricked by Satan and through acceptance of his whispers, in which he says:
"You are not the one who could perform all these tedious worships, the way they ought to be performed, therefore, it makes no sense to bother yourself, leave it and do your own things, because, their incomplete performance would not bring any reward for you."
In this manner he would quit performing whatever he could have performed, would close upon himself the path of salvation and righteousness forever, and with this negligence and cheating would entangle himself into serious disaster. Therefore, he should not pay attention to these Satanic whispers and should not show any negligence in performing whatever he could perform, even if it happens to be quite insignificant, because, deeds and worships however smaller they might be, possess illumination and reward, would enable the doer to have the divine grace for performing another deed and worship, which quite often helps the person to be able to perform complete worship.
Be aware that Satan does not have any other aim and objective except to keep you away from Lord's obedience and to cut off your bonds of servanthood. It should not be forgotten that paying attention to Satanic whispers results in heart's darkness, which in turn makes a person lazy and disappointed in performance of Allah's worship; disappointment from performance of deeds and worship results in renunciation of some of the worships; renunciation of some of the worships results gradually in renunciation of all the worships; renunciation of all the worships results in our eternal degradation and doom, except that Allah's generosity rescues us, so that we practice abstinence in following Satan, and because of abstinence from Satan's following, our heart becomes illuminated, thus having the divine grace for worship and servanthood.
Yes, the prudent believer, lest underestimate his good deed, no matter how insignificant it may be, or may consider even a tiny portion of it as insignificant and worthless, and with such presumption renounces it; that such behaviour would not accomplish anything except loss and damage. (Similarly considering his good deeds as big and with such presumption getting himself involved in self-conceit).
Also, lest he renounces a good deed because he is not able to perform it, instead, he should perform it, as much as possible; of course, after performance of a deed be it small or big, he should regard it as insignificant while comparing it with Allah's Exaltedness. Because, the All deed and worship, regarded as insignificant by the servant are considered as much bigger by Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), who very often looks at it positively, and accepts it from his servant, and what is important and useful for the servant is that Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), accepts deed, and not its being small or big, because He does accept quite insignificant deeds, rewards handsomely, and this acceptance and rewards mean infinite gains for the doer. On the contrary, plenty of deeds which aren't accepted by Him don't mean anything for the servant. Didn't Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), accept a little worship and repentance from Prophet Adam [a] but reject plenty of worship from Satan, and order him to leave the Celestial kingdom forever?
Therefore, from this consideration lest, one may regard his deed and worship as big and looks at it with appreciation and astonishment, even though if he has performed worship equivalent to the worship performed through all humans and angels; because considering one's own worshipping as great does not have any gain except its being ruined, and worst then that, it changes deed's illumination into darkness. Similarly lest he regards a little deed and worship as worthless and may renounce it, because, so often Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), accepts a small deed, and with his acceptance makes it a lot.
9.4.4. Comments About the Prayers of OthersWhatever has been described so far to strive hard to have more sincerity and truth and to consider deeds and worships as small and insignificant was about the deeds and worships which some one performs for himself; and all this emphasis is because of the reason, that no one should like and accept about himself anything, except, the deeds and worships which are performed with sincerity, and should not account for whatever is not done with truth and sincerity, rather should see it as sinning and transgression. But lest he regards and presumes so about the deeds and worships of others, because underestimating others deeds not only doesn't produce any gain - the gain which is obtained for underestimating one's own deeds - rather is detrimental, because it produces the background whereby others become discouraged and disgusted with respect to their deeds and worship, thus the doors of goodness and prosperity becoming closed upon them.
Therefore, from this consideration to treat others deeds and worships in this manner is not allowed, instead, for appraisal of others deeds their very apparent value should be considered as genuine. Or even higher than this, Allah's Generosity and Magnanimity should be considered as criteria, and should be presumed so, that very often Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), because, of his Generosity and Magnanimity might accept their deeds, even if they are not accompanied with truth and sincerity. Also, we should consider the possibility that perhaps Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), because of His kindness and love towards the servants, might accept and grant their prayers, even if they are recited from the tip of their tongue, and not from the depth of their souls. Therefore, from this consideration lest we disappoint and discourage Allah's servant from His blessing and forgiveness.
And thus with such undesirable conduct make him discouraged and with respect to his deeds and worships, ultimately resulting in his quitting worship and servitude. Even if his deeds and worships are not sincere, and are mixed with some undesirable things, it is not too far that this very apparent and superficial deeds and worship - if are not renounced suddenly - performed by a servant would become the basis for breezing the cold breeze of Allah's grace over him, thus, blowing the spirit of reality in the spiritless skeleton of his worships; the illumination of reality radiating upon his soul in such a manner that he would suddenly became transformed, gaining access to the real worship and the reality of worship, from that superficial worship, and attaining righteousness, salvation, and eternal prosperity. I even believe that if an intoxicated sodomite in state of intoxication, would cry O' Allah! and besought Him for help, He would reply him.
9.4.7. How to Farewell the Night of Power (Lailatul-Qadr)As was described for the other important and esteemed nights, the Night of Power (Lailatul-Qadr) should also be farewelled exactly in the similar manner, i.e. at the end of the night, one should resort (tawassul) to the Impeccable ones (the M'asumin [a]) - to whom that night belongs - should submit his deeds and worships to those exalted ones, with a heart broken, with grief and shedding tears, should request them to make those deeds as righteous, and should intercede with Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted), for their acceptance, and thus making them as fruitful.
Is there a need to prepare for Lailatul Qadr?
important that we first understand the significance of LAYLATUL
QADR in order that we know what sort of ‘ingredients’ are
required for our preparation to reach the Ultimate Goal which is
earning the pleasure of Allah (swt)
What is Laylatul Qadr therefore?
is inviting all the believers for a Divine feast; the invitation
which has been brought by the messengers. Allah (swt) is the host,
his most favorite angels are the servants and the believers are the
guests. The table is spread with Divine blessings containing all
sorts of rewards and favors. Though the eyes cannot see them nor the
ears hear them not the human hearts imagine them, yet the bounties
are all kept in readiness to be awarded to the guests in accordance
to her actions.
Lailatul-Qadr is a blessed night because the Almighty brings down
during it goodness, bliss, and forgiveness for His
servants. It is a feast which has come with a message that shows one
the way to achieve happiness in both the worlds. Laylatul Qadr is a
feast for the spirit, a feast of worship and prayers.
God, I seek proximity to You; He (Allah) said: Proximity to Me is
for him who stays awake on Laylatul Qadr
Do we than still need to PREPARE OURSELVES FOR LAYLATUL QADR after
knowing its significance?
this ‘tension’ in honor of an invitation from the President of a
country. Lailatul Qadr is an invitation form the President of all
Presidents, The Supreme One. Do we need to make preparations for
Undoubtedly, we must start our preparations way ahead of time,
after all going by human fitra, there is more than profit that can
be got from this feast of Lailatul Qadr unless out of sheer
carelessness we end up amongst those negligent and idle ones, who do
not achieve anything except tiredness, loss and eternal doom, who
will gain nothing except regret and cry out aloud on the day of
What sort of Pre-preparations are needed before the advent of this
been advised to beseech Allah (swt) during the whole year before the
arrival of the Night of Power,
times, one feels that one cannot ‘properly’ perform a certain ibadah
and so decided to forgo it. One should not do listen to this
‘waswas’ instead, one should perform it & more, for acceptance lies
in the Hand of the Mercy of Allah (swt).
(iii) Preparing spiritually
Suggested ways to get the maximum of this blessed opportunity”
praying 2 rakat namaz of recommended prayers with 7 times
surah tawheed, make efforts to concentrate on the message of tawheed
and get the heart to believe that truly GOD ALONE is ALL
-powerful/All Merciful/Independent etc. therefore we should fear
none BUT HIM, hope from none BUT HIM, we should ask from none BUT
After the salaah when repeating ISTEGHFAR 70 times try to
first be really repentant for serious mistakes done, sincerely ask
for forgiveness either by: (a) recalling 70 different sins OR (b)
feeling remorseful for 10 sins of the 7 main organs: eyes, ears,
tongue, hands, mouth, stomach + private parts OR (c) some particular
sins that you may have committed repeatedly OR
opening the qur’an and praying for your needs with the
intercession of the qur’an, realize that while the qur’an is a cure
for spiritual illness, it only benefits the pious ones and the evil
doers are deprived of its illumination. Thus increase the chances
for qur’an intercession to work on your behalf by earnestly
following the rulings of the qur’an.
placing the qur’an on the head. Remind yourself that true
salvation can only be achieved by always keeping the rules of qur’an
ahead of us to follow. The fact that we put the Qur’an on our head
is a sign of respect and reverence. We beseech Allah by the
thaqalayn - the speaking and the silent Qur'an. - Holy Qur'an
you seek intercession of the Al mighty (bika ya al…)
and the 14 infallibles
realize that God is limitless Ounces of Mercy and the Ma’sumen pure
agencies for the distribution of divine mercy to all creations.
While performing Ziyarah
of Imam Husein (as), remind yourself that on this august night,
the souls of 124,000 Prophets (peace be upon them all) visit Imam,
who is aware of our inner spiritual reality and is hurt and repulsed
by our record of repeated evil deeds, indifference to God’s
commandments; thus, we should avoid disgracing ourselves in that
great audience of Imam. Also, associate the themes in the ZIYARAH
How to Farewell the Night of Power (Lailatul-Qadr) One should resort
(tawassul) to the M'asumin
- to whom that night belongs - should submit ones deeds & worship to
those exalted ones, with a heart broken, with grief & shedding
tears, should request them to make those deeds as righteous, and
request them to intercede with Allah (swt)
The Day of Power (Qadr)
final note, our destiny to large extent can be changed in this very
night and much depends on us, how we decide to utilize both the
night and the day of Qadr and for that matter each single moment of
this blessed month of Ramadhan.
therefore pray together that we may be granted the Tawfiq to be able
to do the A’maals of Laylatul Qadr in its correct essence, that we
may be granted the Maghferah and that we may earn the Pleasure of
Allah (swt) in such a manner that our lives take a positive turn in
a manner that we may earn the salvation for both this world and the
humble request that we remember each other in our prayers and
especially those we do not forget our Marhumeen...
Rabbana Taqabbul Minna……………
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We read in the Holy Qur’an verse 97:3 that Laylatul Qadr is better than one thousand months - The Question may arise that how can a night exceed one thousand months in excellence or in other words how can a specific night be better than 30,000 other nights? Is this a reality or simply a metaphorical reference in the Holy Qur’an? Fortunately, Muslims of the past had this aspect clarified from the Imams of the Ahlul Bayt (a). The Holy Prophet (s) himself, according to Sunni sources, provided interesting explanations to this phenomenon.
In order to understand this verse and its significance we need to refer to exegeses of the Holy Qur’an and Hadiths from the Holy Prophet (s) and his Ahlul Bayt (a). Haj Javad Maliki Tabrizi in his Spiritual Journey of the Mystics says: “The most important thing of this month is the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr) - the night which is superior, than a thousand months, one thousand months [of] jihad, one thousand months reign, and the
worship in it is superior than one thousand months of worship, (as has been narrated in the traditions).”
1 The following Hadiths explain what Haj Tabrizi may be referring to. Imam Ja‘far as-Sadiq (a) was asked, “how can Laylatul Qadr be better than one thousand months?” He replied: a deed performed in it is better than deeds performed in one thousand months that do not have Laylatul Qadr.
2 Imam al-Baqir (a) has a similar explanation saying: a good deed in it of saying prayers, giving Zakaat and other types of good (actions), is better than the deed (preformed) in thousand months which do not contain Night of Qadr in them; for had Allah not multiplied the deeds for believers, they would be unable to reach [salvation], but Allah (swt) multiplies for them the good deeds.
Mir Ahmed Ali in his commentary of v. 97:3 writes: “The Second Imam Hasan
says that he heard from his grandfather, the Holy Prophet once he dreamt of
getting upon his pulpit, and the Messenger Angle Gabriel informed him of the
significance of the dream saying that “Those whom thou dost see get upon thy
the Bani-Umayyah who would rule the Muslim Empire after thee for a thousand
And revealed this verse”.
4 ‘Allamah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba’ee also
mentions a similar Hadith in Tafseer al-Mizan saying that the surah was
comfort the Holy Prophet (s) who was troubled to see in his dream that Banu
would be ascending his Mimbar.
Tafseer of Ibn Katheer narrates an interesting cause of revelation for the
first three verses
of Surat al-Qadr. Once the Holy Prophet (s) mentioned that four people
Israel had worshipped Allah for 80 years, without disobeying Him for a
moment. He said
these were: Ayyub, Zakariyya, Hizqeel b. ‘Ajuz and Yusaha` b. Nun. The
the Prophet (s) were amazed at the devotion of these four people. So
Jibraeel came and
said, “O Muhammad, your ummah is amazed at the 80 years of worship without
disobedience of these people. Allah has revealed [for you something] better
than this; and
then he recited the first 3 verses of Surat al-Qadr. Jibraeel said, “this is
better than what
you and your ummah were surprised about.” The Prophet (s) and those around were happy to hear this.
In Al-Sunan al-Kubra and tafseers of Ibn Katheer and al-Qurtubi yet another
revelation has been presented for the first three verses of Surat al-Qadr.
that the Holy Prophet (s) mentioned a person amongst Banu Israel who had
armaments for one thousand months in the path of Allah (fee sabeelil-laah).
were astonished by this (devotion). So the first three verses of al-Qadr
indicating that the Night of Qadr is better than one thousand months in which that person put on armaments in the path of Allah.
7 The website www.al-islam.org states: “Verse 2 suggests that the spiritual nature of this night and its value is known to Allah only. Quoting [Surat] Sajdah: 4, 5 and Ma‘arij: 4, Abdullah Yusuf Ali says that “a thousand months” refers to “timeless time”. One moment of enlightenment under Allah's light is better than thousands of months or years of animal life, and such a moment converts the night of darkness into a period of spiritual glory”.
8 Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi in his Tafheem ul-Qur’an states: And “a thousand months” also does not imply 83 years and 4 months exactly, but a very long period of time as “a thousand” denoted among the Arabs. Therefore, the verse means that in this one night a task was accomplished for the welfare of mankind the like of which had not been accomplished even during an indefinitely long period of history.
93Syed Qutub in his commentary on the Surah writes, “This night is better than
months. The figure here and elsewhere in the Qur'an does not signify its
It simply denotes a very high number. Many thousand months and many thousand
have passed without leaving behind a fraction of the changes and results brought about in
that blessed and happy night”.
In light of the above we suggest following Dos and Don’ts for the Night of
DO everything possible to make this night a special and worthy night for you are part of Holy Prophet’s ummah and Allah has favored this nation with it.
DO NOT allow even a moment to go in waste from Dusk to Dawn for the Night is peace till the break of the Dawn.
DO spend the entire night in prayers, supplications, seeking Divine forgiveness and pardon, and reciting and understanding the Holy Qur’an.
DO NOT let Satan and his agents mislead you in believing that you have many more days and opportunities in your life to say your prayers and supplications. Nay! Nothing can surpass the excellence of Laylatul Qadr.
DO everything possible to have a purified and sincere mindset on the Night of Qadr; the way your ghusl (ablution) for the evening will clean your physical being, let your pure,sincere and honest thoughts clean your soul.
DO NOT have hatred, rancor, and suspicions towards Muslims, especially fellow Believers. Pledge to join relations with your kith and kin and promise to improve relations with fellow Muslims.
DO share your wealth and belongings with the poor and needy amongst Muslims.
DO NOT procrastinate paying your zakat, khums and other financial obligations.
DO yourself a favor by promising to improve your akhlaaq (morals & countenance)
DO NOT continue to be enslaved by bad and undesirable habits for Laylatul Qadr possesses all the required incentives and strength to change for the better.
Wa maa tawfeeqee illaa billaahil ‘aliyyil ‘azeem
Ramadhan 20, 1430 / September 10, 2009 Durban, South Africa
1 http://www.al-islam.org/suluk/, chapter 9 on Laylatul
2Muhammad al-Rayy Shahri, Sharullah fil-kitab was-sunnah, p.403, H. 614 taken from Al-Kafi, iv, 157 and Man layahdhuruhu al-faqih, ii, 158.
3 Hadith 613, p. 604, Ibid taken from Thawab al-a`maal 92, 11; Al-Kafi iv, 157,6.
4 The Holy Qur’an- Text, Translation and Commentary by Agha Pooya and S.V. Mir Ahmed Ali, p. 1887.
6 Hadith 618, p. 405, Ibid taken from Tafsir Ibn Kathir, viii, 464.
7 Hadith 617, p. 404, Ibid taken from al-Sunan al-Kubra, iv, 505, 8522; Tafseer Ibn Katheer 8:463; Tafseer al-Qurtubi20, 131.
8 http://www.al-islam.org/quran/; commentary to verse 97:1
9 http://www.tafheem.net/main800.html commentary on 97:3 Academy for Learning Islam (A.L.I.) Publications
Praying for benefiting from the Laylatul Qadr
Remember us in duas & we pray for al momineen to be granted all what is asked in this dua
Extracts from http://www.duas.org/Ramadhanday2.htm
..And guide me to observe the Grand Night adequately,
Being on the most favorable and most pleased state that You would like to notice from any of Your intimate servants,
And then decide it to be better for me that one thousand months,
And confer upon me during this night the best conferrals that You ever confer upon anyone whom You guide to attain it and whom You honor during it,
and include me in it with those whom You release from Hell
During which the angels and the Holy Spirit are allowed to descend,
That You may bless Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad,
And You may add my name to the (list of the) happy ones,
And add my soul to the martyrs,
And elevate my good doings exaltedly
And decide my ill deeds to be forgiven,
And that You grant me conviction with which You fill in my heart,
And grant me faith free of doubt,
And grant me satisfaction with that which You decide for me,
And grant me good in this worldly life and good in the Next World
And save me from the Fire of Hell.
And if You have not decided at this night,
During which the angels and the Holy Spirit are allowed to descend,
Then (please) postpone Your decisions about me to that night,
And confer upon me during it with reference to You and showing gratitude to You,
And doing acts of obedience to You and worshipping You in the best manner;
From the great, inevitable affair at the Grand Night,
Within the decision that is neither rejected nor altered,
That You write my name with the pilgrims of Your Holy House,
Whose Hajj is admitted,
Whose efforts are praiseworthy,
Whose sins are forgiven,
And whose offenses are pardoned.
And that You may decide among the decisions that You make that You grant me long lifetime,
And expand my sustenance,
And help me fulfill my trusts and settle my debts,
Respond to me; O the Lord of the worlds.
O Allah: (please do) make for me relief and an outlet,
And provide for me from whence I expect and from whence I do not expect,
And guard me from when I take precautions and from whence I do not take precautions,
And send plentiful blessings and benedictions upon Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad.
I beseech You to, bless Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, and place my name, in this night, among the fortunate, and my soul among the martyrs, let my good deeds be (written) in the 'Illiyyin (Book of the virtuous), and my evil deeds be forgiven. (And I beseech You to ) grant me a certainty which gives joy to my heart, and a faith which drives doubt away from me, and make me pleased with what You have granted me. (And I beseech You to) Give us good in this world, and good in the Hereafter, and save us from the punishment of the burning fire. (HQ 2:201) (And I beseech You to) grant me in it (Laylatul Qadr) Your rememberance, and Your gratitude, and desire for (pleasing) You, turning (to You for repentance), and success, for all that You have granted Muhammad and his family, peace be on him and on them.