Aufaid Ahmad Wani
The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be on him) told us to search for Shab-e-Qadr in the odd numbered nights in the last ten days of Ramzan. So, the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th night of Ramadan could be Shab-e-Qadr. On this night, angels descend on earth and stay till dawn (97:1-5). Islamic scholars differ regarding the meaning of ‘Laylatul-Qadr’, as the word ‘Qadr’ can hold a variety of meanings, each with its own theological significance. Some scholars define ‘Qadr’ in the context of this holy night as ‘destiny/decree’ (qadar). To them, this is the night on which the destiny of each person is decided. In support of this, Abdullah ibn Abbas said: “It is written in Umm al-Kitab (the heavenly copy of the Qur’an) that during Laylatul-Qadr is decided what shall come to pass in the following year; even the pilgrimage shall be decided. Other scholars define the meaning of ‘Qadr’ as ‘power,’ indicating the greatness and might of the night. In this interpretation of ‘Qadr’ as ‘power’, the righteous deeds performed during this night are far more powerful than they would be on any other night.
Dear readers, please take advantage of this night, from sunset till sunrise. Offer nawafil (prayers), recite Quran, repent (Istaghfar), and recite many many Salawat (Darood Sharif & Salaam) and make benediction (Dua’as).
Here are things we can do on the Night of Power:
1. Take a break from your jobs and focus on worshiping and thanking the Creator.
2. Do Itikaf. It was a practice of the Prophet to spend the last ten days and nights of Ramadan in the masjid for Itikaf.
3. Make this particular Dua: “O Allah, You are the forgiver, you love to forgive, so forgive me.”
4. Recite the Quran. Perhaps you can choose Surahs or passages from the Quran which you have heard in Tarawih.
5. Study the meaning of the Quran. Choose the latest Surah or Surahs you’ve heard in Tarawih and read their translation and Tafseer. Then think deeply about their meaning and how it affects you on a personal level.
6. Repent for your sins. Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger said: “Whoever stands (in prayer) in Laylatul Qadr while nourishing his faith with self-evaluation, expecting reward from Allah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” [Bukhari and Muslim).
7. Make a personal Dua list. Ask yourself what you really want from Allah. Make a list of each and everything, no matter how small or how big it is, whether it deals with this world or not. Allah loves to hear from us.
8. Finish reading a book on the Prophet. Read about the Prophet’s life, which can increase your love for him and for Islam. It may inspire you to push yourself even harder during these last ten nights. This community is built on sacrifice.
The writer is a research scholar at SBBS University, Jalandhar firstname.lastname@example.org