During Ramadan, Muslims get even more involved and devoted to performing religious activities. This usually includes a longer time for prayers, reading the Quran more frequently than usual, engaging in charitable work, and staying longer in mosques. But the last 10 nights of the glorious Islamic celebration, one of which is called Laylatul Qadr, deserves to be celebrated more fiercely than the rest.
What Is Laylatul Qadr?
Laylatul Qadr, also known as the Night of Power or the Night of Decree, equates to a thousand nights of bounty, worship, forgiveness, and Allah’s mercy. The night is believed to fall on any of the odd nights during the last 10 nights of Ramadan and Muslims believe that if you want to enjoy the blessings of this night to the fullest, you must engage in more worship. That means ridding yourself of distraction and devoting as much time to prayer.
How to Prepare for Laylatul Qadr Ramadan
There are a few things that can help you get ready for all 10 nights to ensure complete devotion during what could be a night of Laylatul Qadr. Here are some simple tips to consider:
Say the Laylatul Qadr dua.
Supplicate during the Night of Decree by reciting this powerful prayer: “Oh Allah! You are most forgiving, and You love to forgive, so forgive me.”
Observe I’tikaf (staying in the mosque) for as many nights as possible.
If you don’t want to miss celebrating the blessed night, it’s best to practice I’tikaf for the entire 10 nights. But if your circumstances do not allow this, try to do it as many nights as you can. Express your intention to remain in Nawafil I’tikaf every time you go to the masjid to reap your rewards.
Engage in charitable acts.
A good deed, especially on the last 10 nights of the blessed month of Ramadan, will be rewarded. Look for charity campaigns close to your heart. It could be as simple as donating to Muslim NGOs, feeding those in need, or helping a neighbour. Doing charity during Laylatul Qadr is like doing it for more than 83 years, so you can expect a generous reward in return.
Limit your food consumption but stay hydrated.
You need to prepare your body for worship until Fajr (sunrise prayer), so you need to be able to sustain it. It helps if you eat smaller portion sizes but regularly. And make sure you’re constantly drinking water to stay hydrated or you won’t last the night.
Be on your best behaviour.
Put your best foot forward by refraining from swearing, arguing, gossiping, slandering other people, and backbiting. Be the best version of yourself and strive to do so for the entire year, showing kindness to everyone and acknowledging kindness from others. Allah does not like the use of foul language.
Don’t waste time.
Ramadan is a time of worship and this naturally excludes trivial activities or indulgence. You have the rest of the year to watch TV, browse on social media, or play games. Instead, do your best to get blessed and feel blessed during what could be the holy night.
Be open to growth.
Resolve to be the best that you can be. Change the course of your life and your actions. Commit to these changes and to Allah and see how everything falls into place.
A Basic Plan of Action for Laylatul Qadr
You can go about the last 10 nights of Ramadan and catch the blessed night by modelling your evening routine after this. Make sure you get all your other tasks out of the way so you can be ready to go by 9PM.
9:00 pm – 10:00 pm (can
Break your fast by drinking water, eating dates, and pray Maghrib. Then, pray the two raka’ahs of Sunnah. Say as many Nawafil prayers as you can and do so in two-raka’ah sets.
Every time you do a fardh prayer, it makes you gain the reward of doing 70 obligatory prayers. Every time you say a voluntary prayer, you reap the reward of doing a fard prayer.
10:00 pm – 10:15 pm
Boost your energy for devotion and worship by carefully watching what you eat. Eat as little as you can and avoid fried, heavy foods. The lighter your food consumption is, the more energy you will have to pray and the more reward you will reap.
10:15 pm – 10:30 pm
Prepare for Isha’ and Taraweeh by doing wudu or ghusl. It is recommended that you pray 2 raka’ahs Tahiyyatul wudu. Look your best wearing appropriate clothes and attar and using a miswaak. Present your neat self after combing your hear and grooming your beard, among others.
If you feel like you look good, it increases your productivity during worship. During these blessed nights, you need to be as productive as you can be.
If you haven’t remained in I’tikaf, head to the masjid while imagining every step and the reward each step gets. Internalize and feel it as though you have been doing it for more than 83 years.
10:30 pm – 12:00 am
It’s time to pray Isha’ and Taraweeh, as well as 2 raka’ahs of Tahiyyatul masjid when you reach the masjid. Pray four raka’ahs of Sunnah before going straight to the four fard of Isha.’ This is often forgotten, so include this in your worship plan for Laylatul Qadr Ramadan.
Pray as if you have done so for more than 83 years because praying Taraweeh during Laylatul Qadr equates to that. Every letter uttered by the imam and every prostration made will be rewarded as though you’re doing it for over 83 years.
12:00 am – 12:30 am
After praying Taraweeh, make ghusl or wudu if you want to, then physically prepare for hours of worship. Hydrate yourself, eat some.
You could worship at home or the masjid. Just make sure not to procrastinate or waste your time on idle talk. Find an area where you can focus on worship and worship alone.
12:30 am – 1:30 am
Start with the Qur’an recitation and reflect on each of the words of Allah.
Remember why you are celebrating Laylatul Qadr Ramadan. It is because it was during this blessed night that the Qur’an was revealed, so make sure to recite it every single night during the last 10 nights of Ramadan. With every letter uttered, you will be rewarded as though you have recited each for more than 83 years.
1:30 am – 2:00 am
Begin the nafl salaah, recite the Laylatul Qadr Dua as much as you can manage, or continue reciting the Qur’an. Repent for your sins and ask Allah for forgiveness.
2:30 am – 2:45 am
It is time to pray 8 raka’ahs of tahajjud. Do it with long sajdas as well as surahs, which you should recite as much as you can. Make it a point to understand what the surahs mean to help you achieve khushu.
Pray the tahajjud to feel as close as you can to Allah. You can do it after Isha’ while it is approaching Fajr. This is also the time to recite what you have memorized from the Qur’an, while begging Allah for forgiveness.
2:45 am – 3:00 am
You need to make time for the dua, which should run for about half an hour, so it’s best if you consume suhoor around this time. Timing your dua right is good. Know that the dua done before Fajr is considered as the best one.
To avoid wasting time, have your suhoor ready earlier in the day. Put it in the refrigerator so you will only spend the nights on worship alone.
3:00 am – Fajr
Spend the last 30 minutes before Fajr on dua. Glorify Allah and beg Him for forgiveness for your family and yourself. Ask Him for what you need. To make your dua count, prepare a list of everything that you want to include. It could be for your parents, your family, the Ummah, and yourself.
Make the most of the last 10 nights of the holy month of Ramadan. Establishing a routine like this will help you focus on worship and get as many blessings and rewards as you can.
How do you plan on going about Laylatul Qadr?