We all know that Allah is merciful and bountiful, and He likes to forgive. Therefore, He provided us many opportunities to forgive, but one of them is most important, it is time of the night of power. The night of power is the time of decree. It is the time of destiny, it is time of revealetion of the Qur’an, Allah sent down the holy book in it. It is the single night worth a thousand month of reward in Islam as Allah said in the Holy Book: “We have indeed sent it down in the night of power. The night of power is better than a thousands months. The angels and spirits descend in it by the permission of your Lord for every affair. Peace! It is till the break of morning.”(Al-Qadr). It is the time to seek forgiveness. it is also called “Laylatul Qadr”. But the exact time of it isn’t known but it falls within the last ten days of Ramadan as the companion ‘Ubay ibn Ka’b (Radhiyallahu Anhu) said: “The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) came out to inform us about it, but two Muslims were quarreling with each other, so the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “I came out to inform you but such and such persons were quarreling, so the news about it had been taken away; yet that might be for your own good, so search for it on 29th, 27th, 25th, 23th and 21th nights of Ramadan (Ibn Majah)
The companion Anas ibn Malik (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reported: “When Ramadan approached, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “This month has come to you and in it, there is a night that is better than a thousands months, whoever is deprived of it, is deprived of its all goodness. And no one is deprived of its goodness except one who is truly deprived.” (ibn Majah). But there is question that what must to do in it?. We should know it. Let’s take a look at best things to do during this night.
1. Take a break for Allah
We often get caught up in our daily lives with things like work, family and business. But during this night, we should totally dedicate ourselves to Allah and reap the blessings.
2. Stand for Prayer
It is time of seeking forgiveness, the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “whoever stays up and prays on laylatul Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven (Muslim). Therefore, we should strive to stay up at least on numbered nights of the last 10 days. If we can’t manage that, then let’s pray at least on the 27th night, if one prays on all of the last odd numbered nights, then there is more of a chance that one may have caught this most powerfull night.
Here are some prayers.
• Two rak’ah Salaatut Tawbah
• Salaatut Tasbeeh according to one Hadith.
• Salatul wudhu (tahiyatul wudhu)
Abu Hurairah (radhiyallahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said to Bilal (Radhiyallahu Anhu): “Tell me about the best of your deeds since your embracing Islam, because I heard your footsteps in front of me in paradise. Bilal (Radhiyallahu Anhu) replied: “I don’t consider any act of mine more rewarding than that whenever I make ablution at any time of night and day, and perform prayer for as much as was destined for me to do.” (Muslim)
3. MAKE MUCH DUA’
We should be very busy in dua’ as much as we can . Allah the Almighty said in the Qur’an: “When the servants ask you concerning Me, Tell them, I am indeed close to them, I listen to every prayer when he calls on Me.” (2/186) and on another place (Hadith Qudsi), Allah said: “the most excellent worship is dua'” (Tirmidhi).
Therefore, ask Allah for every thing that they you need. Not just for yourself and family but for the people around the world who are suffering and getting hardship. But a special dua’ was informed by the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam): ‘Aisha (Radhiyallahu Anha) said: O Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)! What do you think, I should say in my supplication if I come upon Laylatul Qadr? he (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Say: “Allahumma innaka Afuwwun kareem tuhibbul Afwa fa’fu anni (O Allah! You are the Forgiver and loves to forgive, so forgive me!)
4. Recite and reflect on the Holy Qur’an
The recitation and reflection on the Qur’an during this night can also serve as a great means of worship worthy of blessed night, therefore, we should read the Qur’an, and when we get Chance, try to reflect on the Qur’an.
5. Remain in I’tikaaf
The best way of searching for the the blessed night is to remain in i’tikaaf for which both men and women can do. If it is not possible for the whole of ten days, then we should try to remain i’tikaaf for odd nights. If it is also not possible you can do niyyat of i’tikaaf when you enter the mosque.
6. DON’T WASTE TIME
We must make a firm intention that during this night, we will not take part in idle talk. There are 355 days in the year for all that, some ladies consider that this is time of shopping and waste these blessed nights. How can
they miss this night?! Who is to say that they will live to see the next Ramadan? Therefore,we should respect these nights.
7. MAKE INTENTION YOUR LIFE CHANGE
We should make necessary changes to improve ourselves as Muslims and what better time to make such changes than this night where we can change our lives forever. We must try to change and make firm commitment to Allah and may be that he will wipe off our sins until we become like new born babies INSHA ALLAH.
8. DON’T LOSE HOPE IN ALLAH۔
One of the most worst things we can do during this time is to lose hope in Allah. Remember! Allah wants to forgive you and opened the pathway to His Mercy and unlimited treasures for you. Therefore we must have firm belief that every thing we will get rewards and Allah accept every dua’.
9. Strive to gain Forgiveness
We should strive and do our utmost to gain the mercy of Allah in it. If we leave this night without gaining the mercy, then surely, we are the most unfortunate ones and are the biggest losers in this world.
10. Get your Family involved for Tahajjud and other act and deeds. Don’t forget to wake up your partner, parents and brothers to remind them to take part in these last ten days.
11. Offer Salah ‘Isha and Fajr in Congregation
Hadhrat Uthman bin ‘Affan (Radhiyallahu Anhu)reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) saying: “One who performs ‘Isha prayer in congregation is as if he has performed salah of half of the night, and one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation is as if he has performed salah of whole night.” (Muslim)
Imam Malik narrated that he had heard that Sa’id ibn Musayyib (rahimahullah) used to say: “Whoever is present at ‘Isha on laylatul Qadr, he has taken his portion from it. (Muwatta Malik)
Misconception is being spread that who will pray four Rak’at nafl in particular way in last Friday of Ramadan is equal to previous 700 salah that they were not offered. It is wrong and it is not established in the Hadith or Qur’an.
These are some of the things to do in the Night of Power.
In the end, May Allah give us Tawfiq to do so. Aameen!