Best Advice to Make the Most out of Laylatul Qadr

Allah has blessed these nights with perhaps the greatest blessing of time that we have been given as Muslims: That is Laylatul Qadr.

There is no time frame that is more blessed than the one night of Laylatul Qadr. That’s the pinnacle, the queen of all time frames in the whole year. There is no night is more blessed and Holy than that night of Power.

Allah has mentioned multiple verses about Laylatul Qadr, of them is the beginning of chapter 44: 1-6.

There are two paragraphs in the Quran about Laylatul Qadr: the beginning of chapter Ad-Dukhan and the entire chapter Al-Qadr.

In the beginning of chapter Ad-Dukhan, Allah gives an oath by the magnificent Quran:

Ha, Meem. By the clear Book, Indeed, We sent it down during a blessed night. Indeed, We were to warn [mankind].

On that night is made distinct every precise matter –

[Every] matter [proceeding] from Us. Indeed, We were to send [a messenger]

As mercy from your Lord. Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Knowing. (44: 1-6)

Engage in Worship

Allah decides all matters in the night of Power. Scholars say that the decision is not made on Laylatul Qadr, but the decisions are announced on Laylatul Qadr for the upcoming year. It’s announced to the highest group of angels.

On Laylatul Qadr, the announcements are made, the responsibilities are tasked out to the angels for the upcoming year. Ibn Abbas said that:

“On Laylatul Qadr, it is possible that a person is preparing his bed and he doesn’t even know that the announcement has come that he shall die that year.”

On that day, Allah’s decision will be announced that so and so will die and he is oblivious because he’s not worshipping Allah on that day.

So the point is because it’s the time of announcement, we should engage in the worship of Allah.

A Bonus

Allah has blessed our Ummah with Laylatul Qadr, no previous ummah has been given Laylatul Qadr. It’s mentioned in a hadith that is not fully authentic, but the concept is valid.

Some of the companions said:

“Oh messenger of Allah, the Quran tells us of stories of previous generations that lived for so long for 950 years, how can we compete with them when we only have 60-70 years?”

Allah blessed the ummah with Laylatul Qadr that the worship on this night will give you more than the worship of a full lifetime.

We all know that a thousand months is more than 83 years, and who amongst us worships 83 years? Even if we live 83 years, one half is in sleeping and earning money, another third is in wasting time with this and that… We actually worship less that 5% of our time.

But if we worship on Laylatul Qadr, we get a bonus that is simply unimaginably: 83 solid years in our lifetime of worship will happen, if we worship Allah on that one night.

Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree.

And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree?

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. (Quran 97)

Allah mentions the word “Qadr” three times. When Allah repeats a word, it signifies its importance and blessings. Whenever the phrase “wa ma adraka” (And what can make you know) occurs, it signifies how great is it and how can you possibly understand how great is it.

This means it’s beyond even the blessing is so big, Allah is asking, you want appreciate it.

About Dr. Yasir Qadhi
Yasir Qadhi was born in Houston, Texas and completed his primary and secondary education in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston, after which he was accepted as a student at the Islamic University of Madinah. After completing a diploma in Arabic, he graduated with a B.A. from the College of Hadith and Islamic Sciences. Thereafter, he completed a M.A. in Islamic Theology from the College of Dawah, after which he returned to America and completed his doctorate, in Religious Studies, from Yale University.

Currently he is the Dean of al-Maghrib Institute, the Resident Scholar of the Memphis Islamic Center, and a professor at Rhodes College, in Memphis, TN.