Muslims hold the night of Laylatul Qadr (or Lailat al-Qadr) in great significance because, according to Islamic beliefs, this night is when the holy book of Quran was first revealed to the world. As legends go, it was on Laylatul Qadr when Quran was first sent down from heaven to Prophet Mohammad through angel Jibreel. Called by several other names such as ‘Night of Measures’, ‘Night of Decree’, ‘Night of Value’, and ‘Night of Power’, this event is considered very sacred in Islamic traditions. It is believed that this night brings blessings and mercy from Allah and is the occasion when past sins are forgiven. For those who wish to know more, here is the complete Laylatul Qadr prayer guide.
What is the date of Laylatul Qadr 2022?
The exact day and date of Laylatul Qadr 2022 are unknown. However, there is a general consensus that it is one of the odd-numbered nights of the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. According to a Hadith on Laylatul Qadr, Prophet Muhammad asked people to “Seek it in the last ten days, on the odd nights.” Because of this belief, the last 10 days of the auspicious month of Ramadan are considered even more sacred.
The Sunni communities all around the world consider the last five odd nights of Ramadan, that is, 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, and 29th, to be significant and insist on the importance of the night before the 27th. While, for Shia Muslims, 19th, 21st, and 23rd are crucial, where 23rd is considered the most sacred.
Things to do on Laylatul Qadr
Muslims believe that the night of Laylatul Qadr is unlike any other night. The rewards that one can earn on this night cannot be equated with the ones you will get throughout your life. If you wish to seek the favour of the merciful Allah, here are some important things that all able Muslims must do on the Laylatul Qadr. Notably, these are an extension of Ramadan dos and don’ts.
1. Offer duas or supplications
During the holy night of Laylatul Qadr, Allah is merciful, and all the sincere supplications are accepted by him. On this night, one must ask Allah for mercy and the well-being of the world.
According to Hadith on Laylatul Qadr, when Aisha asked Prophet Mohammad how she should pray to Allah on Laylatul Qadr, she was told to recite this Dua for Laylatul Qadr with a sincere heart:
“O Allah, indeed you are pardoning and generous; you love to pardon, so pardon us.”
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2. Attend Dua in Masjid
Most mosques try to end their recitation of the Quran on an odd night. Afterwards, they indulge in Dua. You must try to attend this Dua with your family if you wish to please Allah.
3. Recite the holy Quran
Another thing to do on Laylatul Qadr is to recite chapters from the holy book of Quran. Muslims believe that reciting longer Surahs with the translations and contemplating their explanation cleanse your previous sins. If you remember any passages or Surahs you have heard during the month of Ramadan, then you should reflect on their meaning.
4. Perform Sadaqah or Charity
According to Islamic sources, the reward of giving Sadaqah during the month of Ramadan gets multiplied by 70 times. It is also said that the reward of a good deed during this special night is the same as performing it continuously over 83 years. So, if you want to please Allah and have your past sins forgiven, then help the needy and offer Sadaqah to someone who will genuinely benefit from it. Even offering a glass of water to someone who needs it earns immense blessings.
5. Have Iftar with your family
During the month of Ramadan, it is considered a good practice to have Iftar with your family and close friends. This also aids you in spending some quality time with your loved ones.
6. Perform Itikaf
On this holy night, performing Itikaf (solitude) is believed to earn you great rewards. Many Muslims spend the last 10 days of Ramadan in Itikaf and pray to Allah. It is believed that going into solitude gives you time to reflect on your actions and offers you an opportunity to reconnect with Allah. During Itikaf, one should disconnect from the material world and focus on good deeds. It is also an ideal time for starting new religious practices that you will continue for the year.
What is the dua for Laylatul Qadr?
In Quran, it is mentioned that the holy night of Laylatul Qadr is better than a thousand months, which means that worshipping Allah on this night earns you the rewards of a lifetime. In order to please God, one must immerse in prayers and recite duas to earn the favour of God.
Dua: Allahumma innaka Afuwwun [Karimun ] tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee
Translation: O Allah, indeed You are Pardoning, [Generous,] You love pardon, so pardon me
Laylatul Qadr Prayer Guide 2022
According to Hadith on Laylatul Qadr, anyone who sincerely prays to Allah during the night of Laylatul Qadr is forgiven by God for his/her past sins. There are step-by-step guides on how to pray on Laylatul Qadr that devotees can adopt. A prayer guide, also called a worship plan, specifies Surahs from the Quran pertaining to the last 10 days of Ramadan. It will elaborate on which Surah should be recited how many times on a particular day, along with a few prayers that must be said before and after the recitation.
Laylatul Qadr: Hadith And Quran Mentions
“The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.” [Qur’an: 97:3-5]
Abu Hurayrah raḍyAllahu ‘anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) relates that the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “Whoever stands (in the voluntary night prayer of) Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. And whoever spends the night of Lailat Al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Sunan an-Nasa’i]
Ibn Abbas reported that The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said regarding the Night of Decree, “It is a calm night, neither hot nor cold, and the sun arises on it red and feeble.” [Ṣaḥiiḥ Ibn Khuzaymah 2049]
Narrated by Abu Huraira, Allah’s Apostle said, “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.”[Sahih Bukhari. Chapter 2, Belief]
Laylatul Qadr is a special night when Muslims immerse themselves in prayers and engage in holy deeds to earn blessings from the reverent Allah. Do the good deeds and celebrate Laylatul Qadr with complete devotion.
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Laylatul Qadr 2022 FAQs
What is the significance of Laylatul Qadr?
Muslims hold the night of Laylatul Qadr (or Lailat al-Qadr) in great significance. According to Islamic beliefs, this night is when the holy Quran was first revealed to the world.
What are the other names of Laylatul Qadr?
Laylatul Qadr is known by several other names such as Night of Measures, Night of Decree, Night of Value, and Night of Power
What is the date of Laylatul Qadr?
The exact day and date of Laylatul Qadr are unknown. However, there is a general consensus that it is one of the odd-numbered nights of the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar.
What are the supplications of Laylatul Qadr?
According to Hadith on Laylatul Qadr, when Aisha asked Prophet Mohammad how she should pray to Allah on Laylatul Qadr, she was told to recite this Dua for Laylatul Qadr with a sincere heart: “O Allah, indeed you are pardoning and generous; you love to pardon, so pardon us.”