The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down,
a guidance for the people, and clear verses of guidance and criterion.
[Quran: Chapter 2:183]


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Laylatul Qadr: The Last Ten Nights of Ramadan

Laylatul Qadr: Making Du'a in the last 10 nights of Ramadan 

Hadith on Laylatul Qadr
Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu 'alaihi wasallam) used to observe I`tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan and say, "Seek Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree) in the odd nights out of the last ten nights of Ramadan.'' [Al-Bukhari]

This Hadith states that Laylatul Qadr can occur in any of the five odd nights - 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th - of the last ten nights of Ramadan. Its exact date has not been revealed for the reason that people keep themselves awake for prayer for a larger number of nights. Had its date been fixed, people would have kept awake for prayer only on that night.

"Whosoever stood up in front of Allah on the night of qadr with Iman and true conviction of attaining reward from Allah, in return, Allah will forgive all his previous sins." [Muslim]
"Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's rewards (not to show off) then all his past sins will be forgiven.’’[Al-Bukhari, Vol.1, Bk.2, No. 34]
Quran on Laylatul Qadr

Surah Al-Qadr
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the night of Power: (1) And what will explain to thee what the Night of Power is? (2) The Night of Power is better than a thousand Months. (3) Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah's permission, on every errand: (4) Peace!... This until the rise of Morn! (5) [Holy Quran, Surah 97]

How to Make Dua to Allah During the Last 10 Nights of Laylatul Qadr

Sheikh Yasir Qadhi gives a brilliant lecture on the benefits of making dua to Allah (especially during the last 10 days) and what is the proper etiquette of making dua.


Special Ramadan Series

Dear Reader, Assalaamu’alaikum.

Ramadan Mubarak. We wish you a blessed and productive Ramadan! Make no mistake about it - keeping the fast and increasing our acts of worship during this blessed month is not an easy task. The physical demands of balancing work or school with fasting all day, feeling fatigued and less effective than you normally are, waking up for Suhoor, praying Teraweeh and Tahajjud prayers, dealing with sleep deficits.

But the last thing we would want is to let Ramadan pass us by without doing all that we aim and desire to. Do not allow yourself to feel guilty or regretful when Ramadan passes.

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