Observing the Night of Power
While Ramadan is a blessed month, the Night of Power is one of the Holiest and should be observed by all able Muslims. It is referenced in the Holy Qur'an as a night for which received blessings from acts of worship cannot be equalled, even if one should perform acts of worship for 1,000 months, equivalent to around 83 years.
‘And what will to thee what the Night of Power is?
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah’s permission, on every errand:
Peace!...This until the rise of dawn!’
- Surah 97.1 – 97.5 (Al-Qadr)
Because of the extreme significance of the Night of Power, many Muslims choose to donate their Zakat at this time of year and spend the last ten days of Ramadan in devoted prayer. If you are planning to spend the final ten days in worship, remember to plan ahead to ensure you are prepared:
- Plan your worship in hourly portions with regular breaks
- Prepare a checklist of all the specific duas you wish to make
- If you can, book time off where necessary
It is said that our destiny for the year ahead is decided on the Night of Power, so it’s important to take this opportunity for plenty of self-reflection, seeking repentance and making your wishes known to Allah (SWT).
Some individuals choose to perform I’tikaaf, an act of continuous prayer and devotion at the Masjid (Mosque), during the final days of the Holy month. Those who cannot perform I’tikaaf should perform ibaadah (worship) on the Night of Power in their local Masjid, reciting the Holy Qur’an and offering tasbih prayers. It is important to spend time studying and understanding the teachings and blessings of the Holy Qur’an and what they mean to you during this time.
If there are events held local to you as part of your community or in your local Masjid, this is an excellent opportunity for you and your loved ones to attend and join with your brothers and sisters in worship.