LAYLATUL QADR-ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
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LAYLATUL QADR-ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Laylatul Qadr-The Night of Power bestowed upon this Ummah wherein Ibaadah on this night is equivalent to a minimum 83 years of Ibaadah in reward. Thus this illustrious night can well be called the crowning glory of the month of Ramadaan of course exclusive to this Ummah.

In this article we explore this blessed night and provide you with details which would spur you on to make the most of this ‘opportunity’ which can never be missed!

THE ORIGIN

Regarding this night, in a Hadith reported by Anas Radiyallaahu anhu, Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam is reported to have said Laylatul Qadr was granted to my Ummah and not to any other Ummah before this.

Regarding the reason for the granting of Laylatul Qadr, various reasons are mentioned:

One reason, according to some Ahadeeth is given thus: Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam used to look at the longer lives of the earlier people and was saddened when pondering over the much shorter lives of his own Ummah. If His Ummah had wished to compete with the people before them in the doing of righteous deeds, because of their shorter lives it would be impossible for them to either emulate or surpass them. To compensate for this difference in their life span, Allah in His infinite mercy granted them with this night of great blessing.

This means that if any fortunate one of this Ummah spends 1 such night in the worship of his maker, he would have gained the reward for Ibaadah of 1000 nights (approximately 83 years and 4 months).

FACTS OF LAYLATUL QADR

 All Sins are forgiven on Worshipping during this Night

Abu Hurairah Radhiyallaahu Anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam said, Whoever stands in prayer and Ibaadah on the night of Power with sincere faith and with sincere hope of gaining reward, his previous sins are forgiven (Bukhari and Muslim)

In the above Hadith "standing" refers to Salaah as well as any other form of Ibaadah, as for example Zikr, Tilaawah etc. The phrase ...with sincere hope of gaining reward means that one should be sincerely occupied with Ibaadah solely for the pleasure of Allah and to receive reward from Him. This should not be done for others to see, or to deceive them.
It must be noted that the Hadith speaks about previous sins being forgiven. The Ulama have said that this forgiveness which is mentioned in the Hadith above and other Ahadith, refers only to minor sins. Major sins can only be forgiven, according to the Qur’aan, after sincere repentance, with the resolve to never return to such sins again. This is the reason why the Ulama are unanimous that major sins are not forgiven except by sincere repentance. Hence, whenever, forgiveness of sins mentioned in the Ahadith the Ulama specify it to be minor sins.


 When to look for Laylatul Qadr?

Aisha Radiyallaahu anha reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam said "Seek Laylatul Qadr among the odd numbered nights of the last ten days of the month of Ramadaan".
 

Note: According to the great majority of the religious scholars, the last ten nights commence on the 21st night. Such is the case whether the month of Ramadaan consists of 29 days or 30. S0, one should seek Laylatul Qadr on the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th night.


 Precise Knowledge of Laylatul Qadr was taken away

'Ubaadah Ibn Saamit Radiyallaahu Anhu said "Once Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam came out to inform us of the (correct date of) Laylatul Qadr. Unfortunately, a quarrel took place between two Muslims, whereupon He Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam said 'I came out to inform you as to when Laylatul Qadr occurs, but because two people quarreled with each other, the knowledge of the correct date was taken away. Perhaps that is better for you. So, seek it among the ninth, seventh and fifth nights.'"
Note: Three important points are referred to in this Hadith. Firstly it tells us of a quarrel, as a result of which the knowledge of the precise night of Laylatul Qadr was lost to us. Arguments and quarrels are always the cause of loss of blessings. This we should always bear in mind.

Once Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam enquired of the Sahabah: "Shall I inform you of an action that is better than Salaah, fasting and charity?" The Sahabah replied: "Certainly." Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam then said" "Maintain peaceful and good relations amongst yourselves, for verily quarrels among yourselves destroy (shave off) faith," i.e. just as a razor shaves off the hair, so does quarrelling affect the Deen.


Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam said that he who severs relations with a brother Muslim for more than three days and dies in this state, will go straight to Jahannam. In another Hadith, it is stated that on every Monday and Thursday, the actions of human beings are brought before Allah Taala. Then through His mercy (as a result of certain good deeds), forgiveness is granted, except to the idolaters and those who set up equals to Allah Taala, However, regarding those two people between whom a quarrel has taken place, friendship having been cut off, it shall be said, "Leave their affair in suspense until such time as they become reconciled."
Another Hadith states that, when actions are produced before Allah Taala every Monday and Thursday, repentance is accepted from those who repent and forgiveness is granted to those who seek pardon. As for those who had arguments (with each other) they are left as they were.



Signs of Laylatul Qadr

Ubadah Ibn Saamit Radiyallaahu Anhu reports that he asked Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam about Laylatul Qadr, He Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam replied "It is in Ramadaan, during the last ten days on the unevenly numbered nights, either 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or the last night of Ramadaan. Whosoever stands in worship of Allah Taala on this night with sincere faith and with genuine hopes of gaining reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. Among the signs of this night is that it is a serene, quiet, shining night, neither hot, nor cold but temperate as if a moon is shining clear and no meteors are shot at the Shayateen on this night. It lasts until the break of the dawn. Another sign is that at morn, the sun rises without any radiant beams of light, appearing rather like the moon in its fullness. On this day, Allah Taala prohibits the Shayateen from rising up with the sun."


 Dua of Laylatul Qadr

Aisha Radiyallaahu Anhu reports "I said 'O Rasul of Allah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam, should I find myself the Laylatul Qadr, what shall I ask of Allah Taala? Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallam replied, 'Say, "O Allah, You are the One who grants pardon for sins, You love to pardon, so pardon me.""

TRANSLITERATION OF THE DUA: Allaahum maa Innaka afu wun tu hibbul afwa fa fu an nee

We are currently an Ummah with a dark past and a bleak future. The night of power has the power to change this to a forgotten dark past and a bright future!

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