The 27th of Ramadan is believed by most Muslims the world over to be the date of the Night of Power, also known as Laylatul Qadr. This is not strictly true - the exact date of the Night of Power is unknown but is believed to fall on one of the last 10 odd nights of Ramadan - 21, 23, 25, 27 or 29.
Scholars believe that it is in NOT knowing that the night has such significance. Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisi wrote:
“God has concealed this night from the ummah so that they may strive in seeking it and performing worship throughout the month in the hopes of catching it.”
However, because the exact date is never known, many align Laylatul Qadr to the 27th of Ramadan as a focus for dua, deeds, giving and rewards.
Within Islamic scripture, there are signs that you can look out for during the last 10 nights of Ramadan in an attempt to align the intensity of your Laylatul Qadr prayers with what you believe to be the actual Night of Power. You want to look out for a night that is calm and peaceful - not too hot and not too cold. The moon should be strong in the sky but without rays and not disturbed by any shooting stars.
Finally, as night gives way to the day when the sun rises, it will appear as a complete disk with no beams of light.
Whether Laylatul Qadr is on the 27th of Ramadan or another night, it is best known as the Night of Power because it commemorates the night on which Allah (SWT) first revealed the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) through the Angel Jibril (AS).
It is understood that worshipping Allah (SWT) on this day before dawn is better than more than a thousand nights of worshipping Allah (SWT). Forgiveness is a significant focus of this worship, and during the night, Muslims are urged to seek ultimate forgiveness from Allah (SWT).
The gateway to heaven is believed to be kept open on this night, making prayers even more valuable. Additionally, performing religious duties such as praying all night at the mosque is believed to earn Muslims extra rewards.
O Allah, make available for me the blessings of the night of Qadr, render my affairs easy to deal with instead of becoming difficult and cumbersome, take into consideration my apologies, and unburden my back from the heavy load of wrongdoings, O He who is compassionate while dealing with the upright.
It is not just on the 27th of Ramadan, but throughout the last 10 nights of Ramadan, Muslims are urged to spend their nights in prayer, taking strength and power from the darkness, asking for forgiveness, and cleansing themselves of past sins.
Allah, on this day, bestow on me the blessings of Laylatul Qadr, change my affairs from being difficult to be easy, accept my apologies, and decrease for me my sins and burdens, O the Compassionate with His Righteous servants.
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