By Johnny R. Lee, Ph.D.
Muslims around the world seek and observe Laylatul Qadr (the night of power) during the last ten days of the blessed month of Ramadan. The Night of Power is when the angel Jibril first appeared to the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) on the day the first revelation of the noble Qur’an was sent down.
The first verses of the noble Qur’an to be revealed to our noble Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) were the words, “Read! In the name of your Lord.” This happened on a quiet evening during Ramadan when the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) was just 40 years old.
That revelation to the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) was the beginning of his Prophethood. From that point on he became the Messenger of Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’alla) tasked with leading the last Ummah (Muslim nation).
It is advised during the last ten days of Ramadan for Muslims to seek the ‘Night of Power’, especially on the odd nights (that is the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th days of Ramadan).
It is reported that the noble Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said; “Whoever stays up in prayer and remembrance of Allah ‘SwT’ on the night of the Laylatul Qadr , believing fully in the promise of Allah ‘SwT’ of reward and hoping to seek reward, he shall be forgiven for his past sins.”
The noble Qur’an describes this blessed night in a chapter named for it; Al-Qadr (The Night of Power).
Muslims around the world pass the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan with a very strong devotion, reciting special supplications (Dua), going to the mosque to read the Noble Qur’an (I’tikaf), as well as reflecting on the meaning of Allah’s message sent to us.
Ramadan is a time of intense spirituality. Throughout the month, the gates of Paradise are opened, believers are surrounded by angels, and the blessings and mercy of Allah are abundant. Muslims around the globe look forward to these last ten blessed days as the highlight of the holy month.
Although no one really knows exactly when the night Laylatul Qadr will fall, our Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) indicated that the blessed night will fall during the last ten days of the month of Ramadan, on one of the odd nights. It is believed by many Muslims to be the 27th in particular, there is however no evidence for that.
In hopes to get the rewards of a night that is more than a thousand months, Muslims double their worship and good deeds so as to be certain that whatever night it falls upon, they reap the benefits of worshiping on Laylatul Qadr.
(This article was adopted from MuslimInc., a new Muslim Media Platform with address: @14th Floor, Boulevard Tower, Downtown Dubai, UAE.)