Laylat al-Qadr may fall in any of the last ten nights of Ramadan. It is the most blessed night, and in the words of the Qur’an, it is more superior than a thousand months.
Moreover, the Prophet said, “Whoever spends the night of Qadr in prayer with faith and seeking the rewards from Allah, all of their sins will be forgiven.” (Ibn Hibban)
Aishah, the beloved wife of the Prophet, peace be upon him said, “When the last ten nights of Ramadan approached the Prophet, peace be upon him, would tighten his belt to perform extra acts of worship and also awaken his family to do the same.” (Ibn Hibban)
He also advised us to seek the night of Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan.
Now coming to specific duties that we can perform while seeking the night of Qadr, let me list the following:
Offering extra voluntary prayers is one of the great deeds to consider:
You may pray as many numbers of rak` ah in two’s and two’s but you should pray witr at the end; if you did pray witr earlier, you don’t need to repeat it.
There is no specific number of rak’ ahs of prayer to attain the blessings of the night of Qadr.
Therefore, you are free to choose to pray as many rak`ahs; however, ideally, it would be best to pray eight rak`ahs on top of taraweeh.
If you are a busy person, you may pray what you can afford to Allah.
Allah is All-Merciful; He rewards each person according to his energy, stamina, and specific circumstances. So, never despair of the mercy of Allah and pray as best as you can, while topping it up with dhikr istighfar and supplications, and offer charities or even other virtuous deeds you can afford.
Here is a special du’a that the Prophet, peace be upon him, told his wife Aishah:
Allaahumma innaka afuwwun tuhibbu al-‘afwa fa’fu annee (O Allah, You are the Forgiving and You love to forgive, so forgive me.”
Almighty Allah knows best.
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