By Hezne Abu Hassan
As a Muslim, we know the virtues of laylatul qadr and how this Night of Power will fall on one of the last ten nights of Ramadan. Allah tells us so in the Quran that laylatul qadr is better than a thousand months. Some actively seek laylatul qadr, amping up the ibadah level to new heights every single night. Some seek the signs as famously reported and bank on the odd nights, hoping to win the hasanat jackpot.
Any deed done on laylatul qadr is equivalent to it being done for 83 years and 4 months. Subhanallah! We are people of success and people who run towards victory, and laylatul qadr is the embodiment of success and victory. Taking cue from Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get busy.
Here’s a simple to do list for the last 10 days of Ramadan:
1) Have husnuzon
Go into this with a positive mind and have good thoughts about Allah. Every creation of Allah is special enough to witness laylatul qadr. After all, He honours us by giving us the status ‘abd. Should you bear witness to this beautiful night, then have husnuzon that Allah will grant your du’as and will forgive your sins.
Praying tarawikh, tahajjud and witr goes without saying. But should it not be possible for you, pray just 2 rakaahs and if it falls on laylatul qadr, it will be like you have prayed for 83 years.
It is a night in which the Quran was revealed. Recite His words as much as you can, read the translation and reflect on them. If it falls on laylatul qadr, it will be like you have read from His book for 83 years.
Mix up your routine. When you are tired from standing up in prayer or need to rest your eyes from reading, take a break. Renew your wudu, hydrate and maybe eat something light. Then go online and donate towards charity, even if it be just $1. If it falls on laylatul qadr, it will be like you have given in charity for 83 years.
If you don’t look like you are talking to yourself, you are doing it wrong. In all seriousness, verbalize your love for Allah through remembrance of Him. Copiously praise Him with dhikr. You may do this after praying solah or when walking around the masjid/room for a little exercise. If it falls on laylatul qadr, it will be like you have remembered and praised Him for 83 years.
Allah wants to give. So we must ask. Ask and beg for anything your heart desires. Don’t forget the ummah as well. Forgiveness, well-being, forgiveness, success, forgiveness, ease, forgiveness, rizq… What else? Oh right, forgiveness. Have full understanding that Allah is Al-Afuw. Not only will He forgive us for the sins we’ve done, He will also erase them from our records and such will be the surprise of a believer on the Day of Judgment! If it falls on laylatul qadr, it will be like you have been in supplication for His bounties for 83 years.
Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم advice to Aishah r.a on what to say on laylatul qadr:
It’s the final and most important leg of this blessed month, let us be winners in trying to reap as many benefits as we can. We may not live as long as the past messengers and our forefathers, but one night of decree spent in ibadah might just tide us over.