This Ramadan is very different as we are facing the deadly Covid-19 pandemic and following social isolation rules. It seems disheartening but it is an ideal time for reflection. It is time to make a deep connection with Allah (SWT) through our prayers. Now only a few days are left and soon there will be the most pious and blessed night of Shab-e-Qadr, also known as Laylatul Qadr. This night is for repentance of sins and there is no other night that is as holy.
In the Quran, Allah (SWT) says: “Verily, We have sent it (this Quran) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree).” (97:1).
From this ayat of Quran it is clear that the biggest virtue of Laylatul Qadr is that on this night Allah (SWT) bestowed Quran upon humanity. Allah (SWT) bestowed His biggest gift upon Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on this blessed night. The best way to celebrate this blessed night would be to recite and understand the holy Quran.
In another ayat of Quran, Allah (SWT) says: “The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months).” (97:3)
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) spoke about this night in one of his Hadiths in the following way: “Whoever offers Salah on the night of Qadr with sincere faith and hope for a reward from Allah (SWT), all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)
This Hadith glorifies the great virtues of Laylatul Qadr. It tells us that this night is the best for a person to seek forgiveness for sins. It is mandatory to worship with sincere heart and seek forgiveness from Allah.
As we are going through tough times, all the mosques are closed, but the doors of blessings from Allah (SWT) are open for all of us. We have to worship and seek forgiveness from the Almighty at our homes by reciting and comprehending the Quran. In addition to reciting Quran, we should also reflect on the words of Quran as it can unfold the lessons of the Almighty for the whole humanity. By understanding the meaning we will also grasp the true purpose and reason why the particular verses were revealed and what message and preaching they entail.
Dua/Prayer for Laylatul Qadr
The special Dua to make during the Laylatul Qadr, Aaishah (RA) reported that she asked Allah’s Messenger (PBUH): “O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night is Laylatul-Qadr, what should I say during it?” The Noble Prophet advised her to recite: “Allahummainaka afuwwuntuh-ibbul afwafa fu annee”
(O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness, so forgive me). (Tirmidhi)
It is mandatory for us to seek forgiveness from Allah with the truest intention and Inshaallah we will be among the blessed ones during this pandemic.