#2. To Do List
Allah the Almighty wants us to strive in achieving something better for this life and the next. That is why the exact night of Qadr 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 worship, focusing on nothing else that does not otherwise require your direct or immediate attention.
#3. Supplications: Plan Ahead
We know that the night of Qadr falls within the last 10-days of Ramadan. 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.
But remember, the best-of-the-best of all supplications one can make on this special night was narrated by `A’isha:
‘I asked the Messenger of Allah, ‘O Messenger of Allah if I know what night the night of Qadr is, what should I say during it?’ He said, “Say:
اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
Allahumma innaka `afuwwun, tuhibbul-`afwa, fa`fu `anni
O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me.“
(At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasa’i and Ibn Majah)
#4. Family Time
With the pressures of work, school and daily life, sometimes Taraweeh, or night prayers, are not easy to perform every night of Ramadan, but strive to do your best to make the extra effort in joining others at the mosque, or pray together as a family.
Something I will never forget was the congregational prayers we did as a family. My father would always reinforce the saying, “families that pray together stay together.”
While my family is now all separated in life’s journey, we hope to be reunited again in the hereafter. I pray for this daily. Regardless of the hardships in this dunya, we should all strive for the hereafter.
Reflection is one of the best acts of worship. During the night, take yourself away from the crowd, seek your own quiet space and reflect on the countless favors that Allah the Almighty has blessed you with.
Think about the beautiful and wonderful creation of Allah the Almighty and meditate on what you might imagine – and could scarcely dream of finding – in the Hereafter.
Communicate with Allah the Almighty. 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 the Almighty for forgiveness, showing true remorse. Have faith that Allah the Almighty will forgive you, and be sincere.
Evaluate your past year and plan for the days ahead that, by the Mercy of Allah the Almighty, you may be granted. Renew your intentions and work towards the ultimate goal: Paradise.
Abu Hurairah reported that the Messenger of Allah said:
“Whoever spend the night of Qadr in worship out of sincere faith and seeking reward, then his previous sins are forgiven“. (Bukhari)
These reminders are, first and foremost, for me.
Don’t forego this once-a-year chance of doubling, tripling, or even ten-fold, multiplying your rewards. We may be here this year, but who knows what the future holds; I personally know of many who were previously among us in Ramadan, who are no longer with us. May Allah the Almighty forgive them and us.
Laylat Al-Qadr: Better Than A Thousand Months
Lastly, never forget that the good deeds performed on this single night are equal to those performed over a thousand months.
Pray for yourself, your family, for the Ummah; and might I be so brave as to ask your remembrance of myself and my family in your supplications, too?
May Allah the Almighty bless you and yours during these beautiful remaining Ramadan days and nights.