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Laylat al-Qadr; the night when Holy Quran revealed on Mohammad (PBUH)

Laylat al-Qadr is considered the holiest night of the year for Muslims. It is known as the “Night of Power,” and commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammad, beginning with the exhortation, “Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created all that exists,” in Surat Al-Alaq.
Some commentators believe it was the night when the Qur’an was brought down from Baytul M‘amur (Heavenly abode), for Gabriel to reveal in parts to the Prophet (PBUH). Others say it was the night when the Prophet received the entire Qur’an, but was asked to transmit it as and when the occasion demanded. The night is a very important occasion in the history of Islam and in our personnel lives. Allah says in the Surah Al-Qadr of Quran:
“We have indeed revealed this (message) in the Night of Power. And what will explain to them what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down the angels and the spirit by God’s permission, on every errand: Peace! This until the rise of Morn.” (Surah Qadr:1-5).
According to Islamic tradition, Muslims who stay awake on this holy night worshipping the Almighty Allah will have all their sins forgiven. Furthermore, they will be granted as many good deeds as though they had worshipped continuously for one thousand months.
Those who can afford to devote their time in the remembrance of Allah the Almighty stay in the mosque for the final ten days of Ramadan. They observe a fast during the day and occupy themselves with the remembrance of Allah the Almighty, performing voluntarily prayers and reading the Holy Quran, day and night, apart from the obligatory prayers which they perform with the congregation.
A prayer during this night is superior to the prayer of a thousand months. This night is one the biggest grants of Almighty Allah to Muslims. The destiny for the year is decided on this night. The exact date of this night in unknown, but occurs on one of the last ten odd nights of Ramadan (21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or 29th).
Some Ahadith indicate that the fate of every believer for the coming year is decreed on this night. That is why the Du‘as for this night ask for special favors in the decree for the year. Believers are encouraged to stay awake the entire night, and pray for blessings and forgiveness. It is the holiest night of the year, and it would be unwise to be heedless of the tremendous benefits of this night.
Masouda Qarizada

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