Importance of Lailatul Qadr (The Night of Decree)

Times and places gain value with the important events they hold.

Allah (s.w.t) tells us the importance of this night in the Holy Qur’an, in Suratul Kadr; “Indeed, We sent the Quran down during the Night of Qadr. And what can make you know what is the Night of Qadr? The Night of Qadr is better than a thousand months! The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Rabb for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.” With mercy overweighing rage, Allah (s.w.t) has provided us, Ummah Muhammed with a magnificent night; Lailatul Qadr.

Those who value this night and worship Allah will be rewarded with great blessings. The way to fully understand and value this night becomes possible via understanding the messages of the Holy Qur’an, which itself, had begun descending to the world on this evening. Lailatul Qadr gains value with the Holy Qur’an, hence the best way to fulfil would be by orientating ourselves towards the Qur’an itself. This is because the Holy Qur’an targets happiness in this world and the next.

It enlightens our spiritual sides and filters out all of the things that darken our souls. It guides us to our ethical values, and to a peaceful inner world. The Night of Qadr is a night that is more advantageous than one thousand months, therefore it is an excellent opportunity for any Muslim who wishes to gain the will of Allah, to purify from their sins, and start afresh sin-free life from scratch.

Firstly, we must be regretful for the sins we have committed and vow never to go back to them again. We should turn back to our origin, and question the days spent in negligence, hold ourselves accountable for our actions, increase our good and pious deeds, and work hard to cleanse our hearts from sins and evil. We should pray for ourselves, our family and for mankind. Lailatul Qadr has been kept hidden within Ramadan. Some significantly important indications show that it is most likely to fall on the 27th night of Ramadhan.

We can benefit from this Holy night if we know the importance of it. Our elders say; “Treat every person you see, as if he is Hidir, treat every night you come across as if it is Qadr” Rasulullah (s.a.w), regarding this Holy night, says in a hadeeth; “Whoever values and worships Allah on Lailatul Qadr, hoping rewards from Allah, that person’s previous sins shall all be forgiven.” And when Aisha (r.a.) asked our Prophet; “Ya Rasulullah! How shall I pray to Allah if I know when Lailatul Qadr is? Rasulallah (s.a.w) advised her to read; (Allahumme inneke Afuwwun Kareemun Tuhibbool Aff wa Fa’fu annii) Meaning; “ Dear Allah, you forgive, you like to forgive, forgive me”.

This advice is applicable to all Muslims, until the day of judgement.