What is the Significance of Laylat al-Qadr in Islam?
Contrary to what you might expect, Laylat al-Qadr is more of an observation than a celebration. Rather than fireworks and festivities, the auspicious Night of Power is reserved for deep reflection, prayer and good deeds. It is on this night that Muslims are closest to Allah (SWT), so it is treated as an opportunity to truly focus on understanding the Holy Qur’an’s teachings and immerse oneself in prayer.
Muslims seek to increase their good deeds, including giving charity (zakat and sadaqah), on the Night of Power because the blessings from these acts are many times greater than normal. However, because it is not known for certain which of the last ten nights is Laylat al-Qadr, many Muslims now choose to give zakat or sadaqah in every night of the last ten to ensure they do not miss this special opportunity.
How is Laylat-ul-Qadr Marked?
The Night of Power is not so much a celebration as it is a significant date in the Islamic calendar. It is believed that the 27th night of Ramadan is when the Holy Qur’an was shown to the Prophet (PBUH). Traditionally, Muslims use the month of Ramadan to become closer to Allah (SWT) and their faith by reciting the Qur’an.
As well as this, many of Islamic faith choose to give their charity on Laylat al-Qadr to benefit from the increased rewards and blessings. Due to the ambiguity as to when the Night of Power falls, many choose to spread their donation across the last 10 nights of Ramadan.
Zakat al-Fitr (Fitrana) must be made during the month of Ramadan, before the Eid prayers begin, but many Muslims prefer to give their fitrana in the last 10 nights in the hope that it is donated in Laylat al-Qadr.