Umm-Al-Qura calendar

Laylat al-Qadr, also known as the Night of Power, is one of the holiest days in the Islamic faith. Explore its meaning and how it is celebrated below, as well as details on when the Night of Power is this year.

What is Laylat al-Qadr?

Falling in the final ten days of the holy month of Ramadan, Laylat al-Qadr marks the night that the Holy Qur’an was first revealed by Allah (SWT) to the Prophet (PBUH).

Delivered by the Angel Jibreel, the Holy Qur’an is the most important Islamic text, delivering the teachings of Allah (SWT) and educating on his expectations and values. Therefore, the Night of Power is a celebration of faith for Muslims around the globe – a key time during the holy month of Ramadan where worship and good deeds are amplified in value.

The increased blessings during Laylat al-Qadr are detailed in holy scripture:

"We have indeed revealed this in the 'Night of Power'. And what will explain to you what the night of power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.”

Surah al-Qadr

As illustrated, good deeds such as worship, prayer and giving charity on Laylat al-Qadr are amplified in value by a thousand times. This revelation which makes the Night of Power such an important date every Ramadan, leading many Muslims to increase their religious observance including recitation of the Holy Qur’an in this special night.

When is Laylat al-Qadr 2020?

The Night of Power occurs on an odd night of the final 10 days of Ramadan. It is widely thought that the 27th night is most likely to host the Night of Power, meaning that this year, Laylat al-Qadr is suspected to land on 19th May 2020.

"Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan."

Bukhari

Note that the exact date of Laylat al-Qadr varies each year as it is dependent on the official sighting of the moon, as per the lunar calendar. Muslims should strive to stay in tune and aware of lunar patterns, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan.

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 more than 1,000 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.

Make a Difference this Laylat al-Qadr

If you seek to make the most of this auspicious night, consider making a donation to UK Islamic Mission. Together with our generous donors, UKIM supports our impoverished and oppressed brothers and sisters around the world. By making a Laylat al-Qadr donation, you can complete your religious Zakat duties, receive amplified blessings and truly make a difference.

Use our simple Zakat calculator to help calculate your total payment or if you are already aware of what you owe, make your donation today.

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