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6 Tips for Laylat Al-Qadr… Don’t Miss the Best Night

6 Tips for Laylat Al-Qadr… Don’t Miss the Best Night

Allah has favoured Friday over all other days, the month of Ramadan over all other months, and favoured Laylat Al-Qadr over all other nights.

This triggered childhood memories of Ramadan in Australia and the day leading to the most favoured night; Laylat Al Qadr, the night of the decree.

As a child I was encouraged to discuss and ask many questions and to form an opinion later. On hearing my father discuss with friends this special night I stopped him to ask what was so special about it.

Responding in as simple a way as possible he called on me to imagine for a moment that we were invited for a special dinner by the town mayor. This mayor told us in advance that he was going to reward us with wonderful gifts depending on how we presented ourselves and behaved during the dinner. Throwing the ball in my court my father asked me what I would do?

After the initial excitement, I was left to think what I would do to present myself in the best possible manner. Thoughts of what to wear, how to get there and lastly what to say once he arrived crowded my mind.

Sharing these ideas with my father he said to me imagine what would be done for this night? How would we prepare ourselves spiritually and physically for this special and valuable meet. Just like any important event we need to be ready way ahead of time.

We have to remind ourselves about Laylat Al-Qadr and understand that it is a unique opportunity to do a life times worth of activity. After all the Quran reads:

{Verily, We have sent it (Qur’an) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree).

And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr is?

The night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months} (Al-Qadr 97: 1-3)

Full of long lasting blessings, this night has many profits and those who ignore it will gain nothing except regret. Here are a few tips for Laylat Al-Qadr:

#1. Take A Vacation For Allah

How many of us articulately plan for our summer vacation? We plan what we will wear to a T. No detail is overlooked. Outfits are thought out and activities scheduled.

We take a break from our jobs for almost everything in life. Why not this time to focus on worshiping and thanking our Creator.

If this is not possible at least take a few days off if you can. This can make it easier to remain awake at night to perform extra worships. By doing this we will not worry about getting to work late the next day.
To benefit fully we need to take advantage of the night hours.

{That night the angels and the Spirit descend, by the permission of their Lord, for every ˹decreed˺ matter.It is all peace until the break of dawn} (Al-Qadr 97:4-5)

#2. To Do List

Allah wants us to strive in achieving something better in life. That is why the exact day was not disclosed. Make a to do checklist for each of the last ten nights of Ramadan. Prioritize things from your list and define how you would like to do them. Avoid wasting time in unproductive chats and begin your worships focusing on nothing else.

#3. Think Out Prayers

We know that the night of Qadr falls on the last 10 days. Make a record of prayers and supplications. They don’t have to be long. They can be for this world and the next.

Practice ahead and keep them posted everywhere so you can read them all day. I have mine on my mobile’s memo, my laptop and in the kitchen too.

It is narrated that the best duaa to be recited on this blessed day is that asking Allah’s pardon and forgiveness. Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) asked the Messenger of Allah: 

‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’

He answered:

‘Say: O Allah! You are the One who pardons greatly and loves to pardon, so pardon me.” (At-Tirmidhi)

#4. Family Time

With the pressures of work, school and daily life, sometimes Taraweeh or night prayers is not easy to perform every night during Ramadan. Make that extra effort to join others at the mosque or to pray together as a family.

Something I will never forget was the congregational prayers we did as a family. My father would always say families that pray together stay together.

While we are all separated we hope to be reunited again in the hereafter. I pray for this daily. Regardless of the hardship we should all work for this.

#5. Reflect

Reflection is one of the best acts of worship. During the night, take yourself away from the crowd, head to your own space and reflect on the countless favors that Allah blessed you with.

Think about the beautiful and wonderful creation of Allah. Meditate on the Hereafter and its scenes.

Communicate with Allah. Speak to Him, plead with Him, ask Him in your own way He is the All Knowing.

#6. Ask for Forgiveness and Show Remorse

On this special night focus on calling to Allah for forgiveness showing true remorse. Have faith that Allah will forgive you and be sincere.

Evaluate your past year and plan for the coming one. Renew your intentions and work towards our ultimate goal. Paradise.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) said in one of His hadiths:
“Whoever spend the night of Qadr in worship out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)

These reminders are for myself first and foremost.

Don’t forego this once a year chance of doubling, tripling even ten-folding your rewards. We may be here this year, who knows what the future holds. I know many who were among us last year during Ramadan and are no longer with us now. May Allah forgive them and us.

Laylat-Al Qadr: Better than A Thousand Months

Lastly never forget that good deeds performed on this single night are equal to those performed over a thousand months.

Pray for yourself, for your family, for the Ummah and I will be so bold to ask of you to pray for myself and my family too. May Allah bless you and yours during these beautiful days.

About Deana Nassar

Deana Nassar is a published writer. As a mother of four, in her home she’s the sole expert on all things related to marriage, children’s psychology, motherhood and creative survival.

She loves charity work, reading and writing poetry, and is mostly known for writing articles discussing family and social issues, faith, freedom, and purpose that comes through God. She can be reached at [email protected]

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