Ten-Point Plan For What To Do On The Night Of Power

We prepare ourselves so well for Laylat’l-Qadr in terms of what it means to us and when it will be, but when we get there many of us don’t know what to actually do on the night itself and achieve the success being offered!

So, we came up with a plan as gleaned from the actions of the blessed early generations:

1. Prepare a list before the evening starts listing all of the specific du‘ās you want to make. This is not necessarily a Sunnah of course – this is only because the Muslims of our generation are not so great at ritual worship and making long, detailed meaningful du‘ās by ourselves; thus we need help, direction and structure.

2. Pray ‘Ishā in Jamā‘ah – that’s half the night in prayer achieved as stated by the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in Muslim, and that’s a portion of Laylat’l-Qadr achieved as stated by some of the Salaf like Ibn al-Musayyib and al-Shāfi‘ī.

3. Pray with the Imām, don’t leave him after 4 rak‘ah or 8 rak‘ah or whatever. Finish the Tarāwīḥ prayer with him and the Witr prayer as well, even if he prays it early in the night. You have now achieved the reward of praying the full night, which if it is Laylat’l-Qadr, then you’ve in sha Allah achieved the full reward of standing the night of Laylat’l-Qadr as stated by the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

4. Avoid setting up two night prayers, calling them Tarāwīḥ and Tahajjud. Either elongate one of them to last longer in the night, or just pray one of them completely with the Imam with Witr. This is the Sunnah of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in Ramaḍān: a single congregational prayer, not two separate ones, is the action of the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

5. Make a HUGE amount of du‘ā during ALL the rest of the time available before Fajr starts.

6. If you feel the need to take little breaks in the night, only do the following in them:

a) Give plenty of Ṣadaqah, carefully and judiciously, to the highest-returning projects as possible, across as many fields and initiatives as possible, as varied as possible, as much as possible. Take advantage of the hugely multiplied rewards on offer. You can plan this in advance online to save time browsing on the night itself.

b) Read or reflect on something beneficial about Allah or read the Qur’ān itself. Focus on His Mercy. And then call upon that Mercy later in your du‘ā.

c) Keep your tongue busy with dhikr. Don’t waste a single second talking, watching or listening to anything from the dunya if possible. It’s just not worth it. It can wait one night.

7. If you want to bank on just one du‘ā to really focus on during this night then choose the best Prophetic one of:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

Allāhumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuḥibbul ‘afwa, fa‘fu ‘annī

(O Allah, indeed you are the One who pardons, indeed you love to pardon. So please pardon me.)

8. Reduce the amount of food and time you will spend on eating Suḥūr so that you can spend more time making du‘ā. This night is about standing in prayer, yes, but if you’ve done the above, then that standing is sufficient. Now make the night all about du‘ā.

9. Pray the Fajr prayer in Jamā‘ah with the Imām. You have just achieved standing the entire night in prayer as stated by the Prophet (ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) in al-Bukhāri. So that’s all of Laylat’l-Qadr in standing achieved if it was indeed that night. Doing this is like a double guarantee for the night

10. Finally, after your dhikr until Sunrise and your Shurūq prayer, get to sleep quickly so as to not to sleep too much during the day because there’s more ‘ibādah to be done on the 27th day too, to complete a successful night of al-Qadr as per the actions of the Salaf.

Photo of a ray-less Sunrise, a sign of Laylat’l-Qadr the night before

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26 Responses to Ten-Point Plan For What To Do On The Night Of Power

  1. Mehmoona Ali says:

    Jazakallkhair for this wonderful list, ISA – I will adhere to it.

  2. rafeena muthuvappa says:

    This is awesome suggestion. And thank you for clarifying about the Tarawih and Tahajjud. I was getting mixed up with that.

  3. Shah says:

    Handy list; Jazak allahu Khairun

  4. Izzah says:

    JazakAllah Khair.

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  6. Alvia Thahir says:

    Jazakaallahu Khairan. An Awesome List Ma sh Allah.

  7. maryam khan says:

    JazakAllah hul Khair brother.

  8. sarfaraaz says:

    Alhamdulillah at the end you mentioned rayless sun.. today morning here in indian occupied kashmir rayless sun rose, and its 25 odd night today bi’iznillahi taala.. I am from kashmir

  9. amna says:

    This is gonna help a lot insh3Allah..jazakAllah

  10. Tasneem Tabao says:

    Salaam! Thank you for this list, but I got a bit confused with the 4th item re the Taraweeh and Tahajjud. May you please lead me to a Hadith or verse in the Qur’an where I can read more on that matter? So I can correct myself in the remaining nights of Ramadhan. May Allah swt bless you. Shukran!

  11. Naela malik says:

    Jazak Allah for the list, no: 4 I was having a break in between, my taraweehs and then extra nawafil, only because I saw the programme of the masjid where they had an hour break in between. I shall now pray all in one go in Shaa Allah with a little break inbetween of tasbeeh. I pray…
    4 fard, 2 sunnah
    2+2+2+2 taraweehs
    2+2 nawafil followed by 1 witr.
    Is this sufficient?
    I am female and I pray at home.

  12. anisa khan says:

    All well said alhamdulliah. All knowledge rests with ALLAH. And as far as I read thr night of power is not revealed to be on the 27th. Infact Prophet Muhammad saws asked us to search it in the last ten nights.

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  14. FSN says:

    What if you have in laws that make you clean up after everyone in the household? What if you have in laws that make you spend majority of Ramadhan in the kitchen?

    • Zohal says:

      Asalamualikum sister make zikr while doing chores. Plus ,make dua that they stop doing what they are doing.its nit what Islam teaches. By the way are u afghan?

  15. JJJ says:

    Please can you clarify point 4.

    Sometimes some mosques pray in blocks e.g. some prayers at early in the night, others later (the night is long, having a single block of prayers over 6 hours is difficult).

    Does this go against point 4?

  16. Neelam says:

    Very nice list, however, please remember that the night of power is not necessarily the 27th of Ramadan. It could be the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th.

  17. Fatema says:

    This is a great list, jazakallahu khairan.
    I have a question about the “praying with imam till he finishes”. I want to read everything with the imam, but in my masjid they pray the witr like maghrib, (without tasleem after two rakaaah, or without combinig all three) which prophet sm. forbade us to do. Now either way I will disobey the prophet sm. what should i do? Please help me.

  18. lieda says:

    amazing and very useful information !

  19. I did not understand “Avoid setting up two night prayers, calling them Tarāwīḥ and Tahajjud. ”
    can anybody explains me plz.

    • Abdulmajid says:

      I think it is wrong to say “Avoid setting up two night prayers, calling them Tarāwīḥ and Tahajjud. ” Tarawih is prayed only in ramadhan and Tahajjud is prayed through out the year. So, YES you can pray them and many other prayers like Tasbeeh, Salatul Istikhara, Sunatul Haja, Sunatul Wudhu and many others. The more sujud you make the closer you get to Allah. Stop limiting people to only eight rakat a night that is your misunderstanding. Read Hujatul baligha, Shah Waliyullah clarifies this point. The rest of the article is beautiful Masha Allah. Jazaka Allahu Khairan.

  20. Daouda says:

    Praying that all seeking the pardon from Allah will find His free offer of grace and forgiveness in Isa Almasihu

  21. Maryam Sirry says:

    JazakAllah hul Khair brother

  22. Nadeem says:

    Jazak Allah khir….may Allah accept all of our dua,s on this night.

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  24. QUDUS says:

    Allahu akbar you have said it all.asallam hallekum waramotullah!!