By: Masouda Qarizada
Laylat-ul-Qadr is a night which is better than a 1,000 months. Being better the night than a 1,000 months is because of its position and value and that the Holy Quran was revealed on this night.
The Laylat-ul-Qadr also known as the Night of Power, Night of Destiny, Night of Decree is a single night worth a thousand months of reward in Islam. Any good acts and deeds completed on this single night are the equivalent to if you had performed that one act for a thousand months. It is known to be the night that the revelation of the Holy Qur’an was sent down to our Prophet Muhammed PBUH as guidance for all mankind. It is said that during this night our destiny is written for the coming year – and who knows what is written for us and whether we will be blessed with another Ramadan again? Therefore, it is important to make the most of such blessed occasions and reap as much reward as we can for our Hereafter.
The Night of Power falls within the final ten nights of the Holy month of Ramadan. The month of Ramadan, amongst many great acts, consists of the act of fasting, which forms one of the five obligatory Pillars of Islam for Muslims across the world.
The night of Laylat-ul-Qadr is a night for reflection, so ensure you evaluate yourself as a person. Identify all the things you feel you could change or better about yourself; be your own worst critic as none of us are perfect and there is always room for improvement.
This is also a great time to plan your year ahead – your short-term and your long-term goals. Make a promise to spend more time in worship and stick to your plan. Allah SWT rewards us not only for our good acts but for our good intentions, too.
On this auspicious night it is important that we make the most of the blessings whilst we can. Refrain from day to day activities of daily life such as watching TV and indulging in trivial worldly acts. Take just this one night, pray as much as you can, give as much as you can and reap a multitude of rewards for your Aakhirah (Hereafter).
According to Islamic tradition, Muslims who stay up on this holy night worshipping God 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.
On this beautiful night of Laylat-ul-Qadr, we thank Allah SWT for bestowing upon us the privilege of this Holy night and we pray that the Lord accepts all of our good deeds and acts, accepts all our prayers and dua and grants all of our legitimate desires – both in this world and in Hereafter.