Laylatul Qadr 2023: The Holiest Night of Ramadan
As we have entered into the last 10 nights of Ramadan, let’s talk about the unique blessings of the night the Holy Quran was first revealed. The night is Laylatul Qadr. It is the holiest night of Ramadan. Laylatul Qadr (ليلة القدر) is considered as one of the three most sacred nights in Islam. In the Holy Quran, Allah says: “The Night of Qadr is better than a thousand months.” -Al-Qadr; Verse 03.
Laylatul Qadr Meaning
Laylatul Qadr (ليلة القدر) is an Arabic phrase. Lailah means night and Qadr means decree, power and destiny. So Laylatul Qadr meaning is the Night of Decree, the Night of Power and the Night of Destiny.
What is the difference between Laylatul Qadr and Shab e Qadr? There is no difference between Laylatul Qadr and Shab e Qadr. In some regions, Laylatul Qadr is known as Shab e Qadr. The phrase is loaned from the Persian language.
When is Laylatul Qadr?
A frequently asked question is when is Laylatul Qadr or which night is Laylatul Qadr? Well, no one can tell surely. It is not specified that when Laylatul Qadr is. Scholars said, it is a mercy of Allah that He did not specify which night is Laylatul Qadr, but this also means that we must concentrate on our worship throughout the last 10 nights.
Let’s see what is the response of Hadith to this question. A number of Hadiths have been written in the famous books of Hadiths. We are just going to cite three of them.
Narrated by the mother of the believers Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her): “Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) used to practice I`tikaf in the last ten nights of Ramadan and used to say, Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan.” -Sahih al-Bukhari; Hadith 2020.
Narrated by Abu Salama (May Allah be pleased with him): “Once I went to Abu- Sa`id Al-Khudri and asked him, “Won’t you come with us to the date-palm trees to have a talk?” So Abu Sa`id went out and I asked him, “Tell me what you heard from the Prophet (ﷺ) about the Night of Qadr.” Abu Sa`id replied, “Once Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) performed I`tikaf (seclusion) on the first ten days of the month of Ramadan and we did the same with him. Gabriel came to him and said, ‘The night you are looking for is ahead of you.’ So the Prophet (ﷺ) performed the I`tikaf in the middle (second) ten days of the month of Ramadan and we too performed I`tikaf with him. Gabriel came to him and said, ‘The night which you are looking for is ahead of you.’ In the morning of the 20th of Ramadan, the Prophet (ﷺ) delivered a sermon saying, ‘Whoever has performed I`tikaf with me should continue it. I have been shown the Night of Qadr, but have forgotten its date, but it is in the odd nights of the last ten nights. I saw in my dream that I was prostrating in mud and water.’ In those days the roof of the mosque was made of branches of date-palm trees. At that time the sky was clear and no cloud was visible, but suddenly a cloud came and it rained. The Prophet (ﷺ) led us in the prayer and I saw the traces of mud on the forehead and on the nose of Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ). So it was the confirmation of that dream.” -Sahih al-Bukhari; Hadith 813.
It was narrated by Ubada bin As-Samit (May Allah be pleased with him): “The Prophet (ﷺ) came out to inform us about the Night of Qadr but two Muslims were quarreling with each other. So, the Prophet (ﷺ) 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 al-Bukhari; Hadith 2023.
So when is Laylatul Qadr according to these Hadiths? Yes, most probably the night of Qadr is in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan. Some scholars said, it can be any odd night of the last 10 nights. And some stated, they strongly believe Laylatul Qadr is the 27th night of Ramadan. There is a Hadith that strengthens their opinion. It was narrated by Mu’awiyah b. Abi Sufyan that “the Prophet (ﷺ) as saying: Laylatul Qadr is the twenty-seventh night (of Ramadan).” – Sunan Abi Dawud 1386. As per Al-Albani’s opinion, the grade of this Hadith is Sahih. Allah knows best.
When is Laylatul Qadr 2023?
We have discussed when is Laylatul Qadr above. You may ask when is Laylatul Qadr 2023? Well, as we mentioned before that a number of scholars stated that Laylatul Qadr is the 27th night of Ramadan. This year, Laylatul Qadr 2023 will be observed on 8th May. It is the 27th night of Ramadan.
Recommended Deeds for Laylatul Qadr
What to do at the night of Qadr? How to spend it? We have already discussed the significance and virtue of Laylatul Qadr as well as how the Prophet (ﷺ) and his companions spent the night. We should make sure that we follow their footsteps and don’t do anything Bidah (newly invented deeds). To make things more clearer for you, I am going to give you a plan with a list of deeds you can do at the night of Qadr.
- Take preparation for the night. Finish all the task before sunset. Be completely free for utilizing every single minute of the night of power. Though it’s not Sunnah, the social media addicted generation should turn off their smartphones and take preparation ahead if they really want to spend the night most effectively.
- Perform the Salah of Isha with the congregation in the mosque.
- Don’t leave the mosque just after finishing Isha. Perform Taraweeh and Witr in the mosque with the congregation. This is the way you can achieve the reward of standing the whole night of Qadr.
- Avoid hanging out with friends. Don’t log into social media. As Laylatul Qadr is equivalent to thousand months, every minute of the night should be spent wisely.
- Make Dau and beg Allah for forgiveness in the time between Sehri and Fajr.
- Read the Dua the Prophet (ﷺ) suggested the mother of the believers A’isha (May Allah be pleased with her) when she asked him what she should say in her supplication if she comes upon Laylatul Qadr. The Laylatul Qadr Dua is “Allāhumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuḥibbul ‘afwa, fa‘fu ‘annī”. The meaning of the Laylatul Qadr Dua is “O Allah, indeed you are the One who pardons, indeed you love to pardon. So please pardon me.”
- Give as much Sadaqah as you can.
- Recite the Quran as much as possible.
- Remember Allah. Keep your tongue busy with His remembrance (Zikr).
- Sent Durood and blessing upon the Prophet (ﷺ).
- Perform Nafl Salah with longer Sujood.
- Finally, perform the Fajr Salah with the congregation in the mosque. As you will perform both of Isha and Fajr with Imam in the mosque, you can hope that you will achieve the reward of standing the whole night of Qadr. Subhanallah.
May Allah grant us the ability to make sure that the night of Qadr is well-spent and we are forgiven.
Laylatul Qadr Surah: Surah Al-Qadr Tafseer – Laylatul Qadr by Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan
“Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree.
And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree?
The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.
The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter.
Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.”
Surah Al-Qadr is entirely dedicated to Laylatul Qadr, the night in which the Holy Quran was first revealed. In this video, Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan discusses the noblest night of the blessed month of Ramadan.
He talks about the first revelation of the Quran, the virtue of the night, how to spend it, how Laylatul Qadr is a celebration of the Quran revelation and why we should take advantage of as the blessed month of Ramadan to get closer to Quran, Allah, and Jannah.
Lessons We Learned from This Laylatul Qadr Video
- It is a mercy of Allah that He did not specify which night is Laylatul Qadr, but this also means that we must concentrate on our worship throughout the last 10 nights.
- The grandness of Laylatul Qadr can set the course for the rest of our lives and if we take advantage of it, we will find peace itself.
- The best thing we can do to seek Laylatul Qadr is to pray with the unwavering conviction in Allah’s mercy and generosity.
- When we come before Allah with humility and shame in this confessional prayer, we are guaranteed forgiveness.
Laylatul Qadr Dua
Lots of people ask us what is the Laylatul Qadr Dua? According to Hadith when A’isha (May Allah be pleased with her) about the Laylatul Qadr Dua, He (ﷺ) said to say “Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni”.
Here is the Hadith the Laylatul Qadr Dua. It was narrated from ‘A’isha that she said:
“O Messenger of Allah, what do you think I should say in my supplication if I come upon Laylatul-Qadr? He said: Say: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me).” -Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith 3850.
Laylatul Qadr Hadith
There are a number of Saheeh Hadiths on the subject of Laylatul Qadr. We should know and follow them to spend the night in the best possible way. Here are ten Lailatul Qadr Hadiths.
Lailatul Qadr Hadith 1:
It is narrated by Abu Huraira (May Allah be pleased with him): “Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not to show off) then all his past sins will be forgiven.” -Sahih al-Bukhari; Hadith 35.
Lailatul Qadr Hadith 2:
It was narrated that Anas bin Malik (May Allah be pleased with him) said: “Ramadan began, and the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: ‘This month has come to you, and in it there is a night that is better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of it is deprived of all goodness, and no one is deprived of its goodness except one who is truly deprived.’” -Sunan Ibn Majah; Hadith 1644.
Lailatul Qadr Hadith 3:
A’isha (May Allah be pleased with her) reported that “Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time.” -Sahih Muslim; Hadith 1175.
Lailatul Qadr Hadith 4:
Urwah bin Az-Zubair narrated that A’ishah (May Allah be pleased with her) told him that: “the Messenger of Allah used to encourage the people to pray Qiyam in Ramadan, without insisting on that. He said: Whoever spends the nights of Ramadan in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, he will be forgiven his previous sins.” -Sunan an-Nasai; Hadith 2192.
Lailatul Qadr Hadith 5:
Ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with both of them) reported that “the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to observe i’tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan.” -Sahih Muslim; Hadith 1171.
Lailatul Qadr Hadith 6:
It is narrated by the mother of the believers A’isha (May Allah be pleased with her): “The Messenger of Allah would stay in I’tikaf during the last ten (nights) of Ramadan and he said: Seek the Night of Al-Qadr during the last ten (nights) of Ramadan.” -Jami at-Tirmidhi; Hadith 792.
Lailatul Qadr Hadith 7:
A’isha (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: “The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to seclude himself (in the mosque) during the last ten nights of Ramadan. He would say, Search for Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree) in the last ten nights of Ramadan.” –[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]. -Riyad as-Salihin; Book 9, Hadith 1191.
Lailatul Qadr Hadith 8:
Narrated by Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with both of them): “The Prophet (ﷺ) said, Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan, on the night when nine or seven or five nights remain out of the last ten nights of Ramadan (i.e. 21, 23, 25, respectively).” -Sahih al-Bukhari; Hadith 2021.
Lailatul Qadr Hadith 9:
Narrated by Ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with both of them): Some men amongst the companions of the Prophet (ﷺ) were shown in their dreams that the night of Qadr was in the last seven nights of Ramadan. Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “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 al-Bukhari; Hadith 2015.
Lailatul Qadr Hadith 10:
The mother of the believers A’isha (May Allah be pleased with her) narrated: “The Messenger of Allah would stay in I’tikaf during the last ten (nights) of Ramadan and he said: Seek the Night of Al-Qadr during the last ten (nights) of Ramadan.” -Jami at-Tirmidhi; Hadith 792.
Signs of Laylatul Qadr
- One of the signs of Laylatul Qadr is that the temperature of the night won’t be high or low; it will be medium. (from the narrations of Ibn Abbaas and Jaabir) -Shuab Ul Iman By Imam Bayhaqi; 5475.
- The sun of the next day will be a little bit red. (from a narration of Ibn Abbaas) -Shuab Ul Iman By Imam Bayhaqi; 5475.
- Look at the sun, the morning of that night, it does not have a beam like a volcano when it rises. (from a narration of Abu Bakr Ibn Kaab)
- It is a seventh or twenty-ninth night of Ramadan. In that night, there are more angels in the earth than the number of stones. (from a narration of Abu Hurayrah) -Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal; 10734.
Laylatul Qadr Images and Quotes
It has been proven from the Saheeh Hadiths that Laylatul Qadr (ليلة القدر) comes from the odd number of the last ten days (twenty-first, twenty-third, twenty-fifth, twenty-seventh, twenty-ninth). Perhaps they were not categorically determined so that the Muslims would strive in their prayer and worship in the last ten days wholeheartedly. Allah knows best.
Jazakum Allahu Khairan! We pray that Allah makes us ones who humbly seek Laylatul Qadr 2023 with strength, sincerity, and enthusiasm. Please share this with your friends and family.