10 Handy Tips to Gain Great Reward and Benefits from Laylatul Qadr
We are nearing the end of this year’s Holy month of Ramadan. The last ten days of this Holy month hold tremendous significance on a couple of counts. Firstly, as Hazrat Aisha (RA) reported: “With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet (PBUH) used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work harder) and used to pray the whole night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers.” (Bukhari) Another significance of these last ten days is the presence of Laylatul Qadr, also know as the Night of Power or Destiny, on which the Holy Quran was revealed. Laylatul Qadr has been described in the Holy Quran as “better than a thousand months” (Al-Quran 97:3). This night resides in the last ten days of Ramadan as an odd night. Since, there is uncertainty with regard to the exact date of occurrence of this sacred night, a believer is urged to seek for it in the last ten nights of Ramadan. The following tips can help us maximize the benefits of the Night of Power as we seek to observe it, Insha’Allah!
1 – Observe I’tikaf
It is a spiritual retreat in which those holding I’tikaf, stay in the mosque, to avoid distractions of all kinds and worship throughout the night. They indulge themselves in total devotion to their Mighty Creator (SWT) by performing dhikr, offering additional Salah, reciting Holy Quran and making supplications. Those who observe I’tikaf, do not leave the mosque, except in the event of an emergency, while their dietary needs are met either by their families or the mosque’s administration. Even if an individual is not able to able to observe this spiritual ritual for the whole ten days, I’tikaf for a shorter period of time is encouraged as well.
2 – Recite and Reflect on Holy Quran
Allah (SWT) says in the Holy Quran, “The month of Ramadan (is that) in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion.” (Al-Quran 2:185) We should also try and make an effort to read the Holy Quran with its meaning so that we are able to understand what we are reading. Moreover, we should also not forget to spare some time for reflecting on what we have read in the Holy Quran so that we are able to get a clearer and better understanding of our faith, our responsibilities and duties as Muslims.
3 – Ask for Forgiveness of Sins
We should not get obsessed with finding the signs of Laylatul Qadr as it can act as a distraction from our real motive. As a matter of fact, our focus should remain on deeds of righteousness. Hazrat Aisha (RA) asked the Holy Messenger, “O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ and he replied that you should say: ‘O Allah, you are pardoning and you love to pardon, so pardon me’.”
4 – Make Deeper Meaningful Supplications
Make an earnest effort to make your supplications deeper and meaningful by incorporating Surahs in your prayers. Try to reflect on their meaning while you recite them and concentrate on their message. We can quite comfortably get greater rewards from Allah (SWT) by increasing our remembrance and meditation of our Mighty Creator (SWT). Instead of spending our time with our handheld smartphones, we can perform dhikr and gain some precious rewards in the hereafter. According to Imam Sadiq (AS), “The best form of worship is to contemplate about Allah and His power.”
5 – Critically Review our Lives
This is a great time where can ask ourselves some scathing questions. We need to evaluate where we currently are and where we want ourselves to be after a certain amount of time. Give glory to your Creator (SWT) for all the good deeds that we have performed in our lives and seek His forgiveness for all our iniquities and transgressions. The Messenger of Allah 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)
6 – Beseech Allah (SWT) for Our Legitimate Wishes
The Night of Power provides us with a splendid opportunity to ask Allah (SWT) for the fulfillment of our lifelong ambitions, desires, wishes and goals. We can make a list for all those things we wish Allah to grant us but at the same time we should not stop making any effort while waiting for Allah’s provisions. Allah says in the Holy Quran, “And when My servants ask you, (O Muhammad), concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me (by obedience) and believe in Me that they may be (rightly) guided.” (Al-Quran 2:186)
7 – Ensuring Niyyah and Ikhlas in our Efforts
We have to make sure that our intentions are sincere and pure on the Night of Qadr. Our efforts on this sacred night must be geared towards seeking the pleasure and acceptance of Allah alone and should not be driven by any ulterior motive.
8 – Memorize a Surah Every Night
Strive to memorize a Surah by heart every night while also reflecting on its meaning and the message it conveys. We can also endeavor to teach a Surah to our relatives, friends and loved ones so that we gain more and more rewards as the Holy Prophet (PBUH) said, “The best among you (Muslims) are those who learn the Quran and teach it.” (Bukhari)
9 – Do not Let a Single Moment Go Waste
Since none of us knows which night out of the last ten days, Laylatul Qadr falls on, this teaches us to keep our guard and utilize each and every of these ten blessed nights to immerse ourselves in the worship of Allah (SWT). We cannot afford to waste even a single moment of these nights.
10 – Be Content with What Allah has in Store for Us
The fate of every believer for the coming year is decreed on the Night of Power. It is our duty, as Muslims, to keep our faith in the wisdom of Allah (SWT) and remain content with what has been decreed for us for the coming year. It is said in the Holy Quran, “But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” (Al-Quran 2:216)
To conclude, it is essential that we seek for Laylatul Qadr during the odd nights of the last ten days of the Holy Ramadan and ask for forgiveness from Allah (SWT) with truest of hearts and sincerest of intentions. May Allah (SWT) enable us to prepare and take part in observing Laylatul Qadr. Amen!