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Why every Muslims Should Not Miss The Night Of Decree (Laylatul Qadr)

Islam makes certain times and places especially sacred. While a believer can certainly engage in worship such as remembering or glorifying Allah at any time (“standing, sitting or lying on their sides”), some periods of time have special and unique blessings associated with them.

The night of decree (laylat al-qadr) takes place in the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of spiritual cleansing and purification for Muslims in which every Muslim try to increase their worship, good deeds and acts of charity. The last ten days and was the night in which the Qur’an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

By far however, there is no day or night that has been emphasized more than the night known as laylat al-qadr (the Night of Decree). The Qur’an’s 97th chapter is dedicated entirely to this night. The annual observance of Laylat al-Qadr holds additional significance as a night in which angels descend to earth with a myriad of tasks, leading to a night of peace, blessings, and divine guidance (qadar) until the dawn. It is thus commemorated with solemnity, devotion, and prayer, and some observers spend the last ten days of Ramadan in a mosque in retreat (iʿtikāf).

Laylat-al-Qadr is the same length as every other night, however, during Ramadan, many Muslims prefer to sacrifice sleep on this Holy day in order to immerse themselves in prayer and worship. It is believed that giving up sleep for Allah (SWT) to pray and undertake good deeds will have all previous sins forgiven.

The precise night on which Laylatul Qadr occurs has always been unknown but what we know is that it falls within the final ten nights of Ramadan, believed by many on the odd nights. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Search for Laylatul Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

The nights hold even more significance as Allah shows great mercy to His creation. They are a chance to benefit from the immense blessings of Ramadan and seek salvation before the month comes to an end. May Almighty Allah bless and grant every Muslim Ummah the opportunity to reach the bless night of Laylatul Qadr and beyond. Ameen

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