Since we have fast approached the last 10 days of Ramadaan, it’s time to buckle down to some serious ‘ibaadah. As we all know, one of these last few nights consists of the majestic night- The Night of Power, the night in which our worship is better than 1000 months, the eminent night in which the Qur’an was revealed and the night in which our Qadr is announced to the angels. On this night, countless absolutely countless angels descend with Allah’s Mercy.
Allah, to portray the importance and magnificence of this night, revealed a whole Surah in the Qur’an regarding it and it is our job to search for this night and to seek the blessings and reward it consists of. For those of us who feel like we are having a race against time trying to attain the highest levels of jannah, this is the night to stock up on our deeds which will be worth more than 83 years! No other year, month or time has been emphasized the way this night has been. So then, if this night has so many virtues, why don’t we know when it is? It is simple; so we don’t become complacent. Can you imagine if you knew when Laylatul Qadr was? We would sleep all month and then exhaust ourselves on that night! That is not the purpose of Ramadan; Ramadan is about striving and going way up and above the call of duty to seek Allah’s forgiveness. That’s what Rasoolullah did….that’s what we should do.
During these nights Rasoolullah (saw) recommended A’isha (radiAllahu ‘anhuma) to read Allahumma innaka ‘af uwwun tuhibbula ‘afwaa fa’foo ‘annee (Oh Allah, You are the Pardoning, you love to pardon so pardon me). Rasoolullah (saw) 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) This is our ultimate goal- to have all our sins forgiven and erased completely! And considering the amount of mercy and blessing this night entails, it is the best time to make sincere du’a, not just for forgiveness, but for guidance, Taqwa, du’a for our parents, the Muslim ummah etc. Allah has favoured this ummah with this immensely blessed night therefore we should take utmost advantage of it by standing in prayer throughout the night, showing our gratitude for the Qur’an by reading and understanding it, dhikr and any other form of ‘ibaadah. This is our chance to try and raise our ranks in jannah; grab the opportunity, seize the moment!