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

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

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

As a child I was encouraged to discuss, ask many questions, and to form an opinion later. On hearing my father speaking with friends about Laylat Al-Qadr, I stopped him to ask what was so special about it.

He replied as simply as possible, calling on me to imagine for a moment, that we were invited for a special dinner by the town mayor.

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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: what would you do?

Absorbing the initial excitement of my father’s tale, I paused to reflect as to how, indeed, I would present myself.

My imagination flooded with thoughts of what to wear, how to get there, and what I would say when the mayor arrived.

Sharing these ideas with my father, he then asked me to imagine the preparations that might be made for the mayor’s arrival. As with any important event, preparation is crucial; how would we prepare ourselves spiritually and physically for this special and valuable meeting?

Likewise, we should take this opportunity to remind ourselves about Laylat Al-Qadr.

Best of Nights

It is distinctly known as the best of nights, because what has been reported concerning its virtues has not been reported concerning other nights.

This is by the mercy of Allah the Almighty, and His kindness for the entire ummah, as He singled it out for this great night.

Thus, it is a unique opportunity to achieve in one night the value of a lifetime of worship, as is demonstrated in the Qur’an:

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

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

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 97:1-5)

Full of long lasting blessings, this night is also fraught with loss and regret for those who choose to ignore it, so let us be encouraged and hopeful in preparing for and seeking this special night with a few tips about Laylat Al-Qadr.

#1. Take A Vacation For the Sake of Allah the Almighty

How many of us painstakingly plan for our summer vacation? We plan what to wear, overlooking no detail; outfits are thought-out and activities scheduled.

We take a break from our jobs for most anything else we really want to do in this life, should we not also give equal – or greater – attention to the details of recognizing and honoring the quest for Laylat Al-Qadr; the most special and valuable time of our worship in Ramadan?

Should we not be grateful for the opportunity to thank our Creator and seek His forgiveness?

If a full-fledged vacation is not possible, perhaps a day or two off work could be arranged, in order to make it easier to remain awake at night to perform extra worship.

{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)

On the Authority of Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him), Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

“Allah says, ‘I am as My slave thinks I am, and I am with him when he mentions Me:

If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself;

if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assembly better than it;

if he draws to Me a hand-span length, I draw near to him a forearm’s length.

and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him in a hurry.” (Ibn Majah: 3822)

How can you not make time for the one who created time?

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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]