Do you know the significance and importance of Laylatul-Qadr or Shab-e-Qadr?
Well, we believe, every Muslim must know about it before Ramadan 2020 knocks our door. Laylatul-Qadr or the Night of Power occurs in the holy month of Ramadan.
The night is loaded with bounty of rewards and is so powerful. It is superior to thousands of nights. It’s a month of Ramadan and Muslims are gifted with a night that is better than thousands of nights.
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Laylatul Qadr (Shab-e-Qadr) is the most prized night in the Islamic calendar. The significance and value of the night has been narrated as “better and greater than a thousand nights” in the holy Quran (see Sura Qadr). It appears in the holy month of Ramadan in the last ten nights of the month. The night is called by several names depending on the value of the night. Let’s learn all of them.
Meaning of Laylatul Qadr
Laylatul Qadr meaning will fascinate you once you learn them. It is one of the frequently asked questions for Muslims from different age groups. Laylatul Qadr is a compound word that consists of two words – Layl and Qadr, both root in Arabic. The word Lyle means night while the word Qadr means fate in English. But the word Qadr has several contextual meanings. The followings are the mentionable ones.
- The Night of Power
- The Night of Destiny
- The Sacred Night
- The Night of Quran
- The Blessed Night
- The Night of Worth
- The Night of Declaration
Some Explanations of Laylatul Qadr
Why the night is called the night of power has a wonderful explanation from the scholars. According to few Islamic scholars, Allah (SWT) dictates in the holy Quran: إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ [Source: (An Nur: 45)] that means “Surely, Allah is over everything skillful”. This shows the strength of Allah. Here the Word Qadir (قَدِيرٌ) alludes to Almighty. Qadr is established from a similar word. From this source, a group of the Islamic scholars opine, the word Qadr implies Power. So, Laylatul Qadr means The Night of Power.
In the Holy Quran, there are some verses where the word Qadr alludes to declaration. A definitive destiny of every single living soul is Death. Allah (SWT) says in Surah Al-Waqi’s 60th vesre (نَحْنُ قَدَّرْنَا بَيْنَكُمُ الْمَوْتَ) that alludes: “We have announced passing among you”. in the verse, the word (قَدَّرْنَا ) Qadirun alludes to have proclaimed. So, Laylatul Qadr is the Night of Declaration according to some scholars.
In another place in Quran, Allah the Exalted declares (إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةٍ مُبَارَكَةٍ) where He reveals that the holy book Quran has uncovered in Laylatul Qadr first. In the third verse of Surah Ad-Dukhan Allah (SWT) says, “In reality, We sent it down during a favored night”. Here, the night is termed as “blessed” one. That is why, another group of Islamic scholars name the night as the night of blessed night.
The Islamic scholars discovered another identity of the night from Sura Al Qadr. The sura itself is loaded with the word Qadr. In the Sura, where Allah (SWT) says, “And what can make you realize what is the Night of Decree?” This Ayah alludes to the majesty of the night. Some Islamic researcher gives a conclusion that the verses are an exclamatory sentence which depicts the excellence and enormity of the night.
Laylatul Qadr Prayer
Muslims tend to pass the night through several activities to earn rewards and mercy of Allah (STW) as much as the can. Reciting the holy Quran, donating cash money in the charity and to the poor or performing prayers are some of the things Muslims do over the night. But the thing we should keep in our mind that there is no specific prayer for Laylatul Qadr. You can perform Nafl prayer as much as you can on the night.
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Hadith on Laylatul Qadr
Narrated Ibn Umar “It seems that all your dreams agree that (the Night of Qadr) is in the last seven nights, and whoever wants to search for it (i.e. the Night of Qadr) should search in the last seven (nights of Ramadan).” [Sahih Bukhari. Chapter 32, Night Prayer in Ramadan]
Ubada bin As-Samit narrated that the Prophet came out to inform us about the Night of Qadr but two Muslims were quarreling with each other. So, the Prophet said, “I came out to inform you about the Night of Qadr 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 the 29th, 27th and 25th (of Ramadan). [Sahih Bukhari. Chapter 32, Night Prayer in Ramadaan (Taraweeh)]
Aisha (ra) says, that The Prophet said, “Look for (the Night of Qadr).” [Sahih Bukhari. Chapter 32, Night Prayer in Ramadaan (Taraweeh)]
Signs of Laylatul Qadr
Finding and getting blessed with the Night of Power is the common desire of all Muslims who know the significant of the night. But the night leaves us confusion with the uncertain appearance of it. fortunately, scholars discovered few clues to identify the night.
- In the Last Odd Nights
People usually like find the night of decree on the night of 27th of Ramadan just because earlier it appeared on 27th of Ramadan. It is narrated but there are some other narrations for other nights.
Islamic scholars agree on is the night would fall on odd number in the last part of Ramadan. It could be 27th of Ramadan. Though, the narration says it is found on the odd night e.g. 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th of the month of Ramadan.
- Peaceful Night
No doubt, the night (Laylatul Qadr) comes with divine peace for those who find it. only the pious and fortunate ones can feel it. furthermore, Allah the Exalted declares in the holy Quran, “Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.” This verse indicates the night must be a part of Jannah [Paradise].
Ibn Khuzaymah explained further saying “it is a night that is neither hot nor cold.”
- Possibility of Rain
The night of Power will have a good possibility of rain. According to a narration by Prophet (PBUH) himself where he narrated a dream when he came up with Laylatul-Qadr and in that dream He prostrated and when he returned, he got wet by rain.
- The Moon Looks Like a Piece of a Plate
The moon of that will carry another sign. According Hadith described in Muslim, it’ll look like a piece of a plate.
Laylatul Qadr Timetable
“When is Laylatul Qadr” is another common question among the mass. The date for Laylatul Qadr is not obvious. Some scholars explain the reason as the mercy of Allah that He wants us to get engaged in the ibadat forgetting the specific date and earn Allah’s mercy as much as we can.
The only obvious clue left for the night is that the night comes in the last ten nights of Ramadan. We should literally focus on cultivating each moment of the month equally. The thing is that, if we perform every second of the day and night, there is a scarlet hope of achieving Laylatul Qadr, the most glorious night of the month.
Laylatul Qadr 2020
However, the most possible night is believed to be 27th Ramadan. According to that19th May this year. The date can change if the beginning of the month of Ramadan get changed since Islamic calendar follows lunar system. So, the date of Laylatul Qadr 2020 would be determined by the moon.
Date of Laylatul Qadr 2020
Laylatul Qadr date depends on the Islamic calendar. It can change years to years based on the calendar. Let’s look at the calendar to learn the Laylatul Qadr date in India, Pakistan and in Bangladesh.
Laylatul Qadr in India
Laylatul Qadr in India is a big occasion for the Muslims there. They celebrate the night with a festive mode. Elders spent the night at mosques and home to quietly perform the prayer and other deeds. Children tend to visit mosques in a group with fellows and participate in the prayers with elders. They hang around with the friends. Laylatul Qadr in India will be observed on May 19 this year.
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Laylatul Qadr in Bangladesh
Laylatul Qadr in Bangladesh is also a public occasion as the country is Muslim-dominated. So, Shab-e-Qadr brings a festive mode in Bangladesh. They celebrate the night together with family and friends. Laylatul-Qadr in Bangladesh will be celebrated 19th of May this year.
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Laylatul Qadr in Pakistan
Pakistan is another Muslim-majored country in this subcontinent. Laylatul-Qadr brings the same look as it brings in Bangladesh and India. They prepare to celebrate the night of declaration in a conspicuous way. This year, Pakistan will celebrate Laylatul-Qadr May 19.
Frequently Asked Questions on Laylatul Qadr
1. What would be the consequence if I miss Laylatul Qadr?
Getting Laylatul Qadr or the night of power is a great fortune as it is better than thousands of nights. If you observe the night to satisfy Allah, it means you did the worship of Allah more than thousands of nights. So, missing the night of decree would be nothing but great misfortune.
2. Is Laylatul Qadr on the 27th of Ramadan?
There is a high possibility of occurring the Night of Destiny on the 27th of Ramadan. However, there is another narration that shows the possibility of other odd nights of the last ten days.
3. Why the last ten days are important in Ramadan?
Each and every moment of Ramadan is important. However, the last ten days are more important than the earlier twenty days. There are several reasons behind it. One significant reason is that the night of power falls in the last part of Ramadan.
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Laylatul-Qadr is better than thousands of nights that are described in the Holy Quran and in Hadith. It is found in the last ten days of the month, specifically on the odd nights of the last part of Ramadan. Several clues have been discovered by the Islamic scholars to identify the night. May Allah allow us to get the night and get blessed with the mercy of Allah (SWT). Ameen!