Laylat ul Qadr, also known as the Night of Power or the Night of Decree is believed to be the night on which the very first verses of the Quran were revealed to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H).
In Islam, it is believed that this is one of the odd nights of the last Ashra of Ramadan. We have not been specified the exact night of Laylat ul Qadr, hence the last Ashra of Ramadan is of utmost importance.
“The Night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months”
Hence, although we are not aware of the exact night, we prefer to make lots of prayers and do Zikr in all the ten nights of the last Ashra. Here are some small activities you can do:
Often people try completing the recitation of Quran at least once through Ramadan. Besides, reciting the Quran keeps you active through your fast as well.
If you recite Quran each night of the last ashra, even for a short while, you will be rewarded as if you had been reciting the Quran for 83 years!
Giving charity to the poor is a great deed. It doesn’t have to be anything big, even 100 rupees gone in charity in each of the last nights of Ramadan is enough.
This way, it will be as if you had been giving charity each night for 83 years.
Repent of your sins:
Repent of your sins in the last nights of Ramadan. Ask for forgiveness with pure intentions, and He will forgive you, for Allah is most forgiving.
Perform the Tahajud prayer each night:
Tahajud is the prayer which offered during the middle of the night, however, is not one of the five obligatory prayers of Islam. Our Prophet prayed the Tahajjud regularly and encouraged his companions to do the same.
If you offer Tahajjud each night during the last Ashra of Ramadan, and one of those nights is Laylat ul Qadr, you will be rewarded for performing the Tahajjud prayer for 83 years.
Try sitting on Itikaf:
Our Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) used to observe the Itikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan. While you are in Itikaf, you must perform different prayers nd do Zikr all the time, and cannot exit the place of your Itikaf as well.
Itikaf of a shorter time period, like for one day or three days is also encouraged.
Do lots of Zikr:
Do lots of Zikr each night of the last ten days. You should even make it a habit of going for Tarawih in the last ashra especially.
Try to memorize a new dua or surah every night:
The duas don’t have to be very long, they can even be as long as a single line. But learn the dua by heart, and practice it every night.
Moreover, learn new surahs from the Quran so you can recite them while you are praying. Try to recite longer surahs, after knowing their meaning, while you pray so your prayers can be longer and more meaningful.
Make a list of duas:
Make a list of personal duas you want to make to your Lord, and each night after your prayers, you should sit down and as you ask for forgiveness, make sure you also make a lot of dua for yourself, and others.
Read this one specific dua on the night of power:
Once Hazrat Aisha (R.A), asked Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H) about what dua she should make if she knew it was the night of Laylat ul Qadr. Our Prophet (PBUH) mentioned this one dua:
“Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.”
Make the most out of the last Ashra of Ramadan, because this blessed month comes only once a year.