Laylatul Qadr- the last 10 ten nights of Ramadan. This is the period we all get closer to Allah, increase our duas and hope for quick answers to our prayers, by His might. May Allah grant our requests, forgive our shortcomings and increase us in eeman.
This is the time we catch up on good deeds, on Qur’an recitations that perhaps it falls on the special night of Laylatul Qadr when our rewards will be in great multiples and it will be as if we did that deed for 83 years. The period of getting closer to our praying mats with a dua list, either written or mentally of things we want to ask Allah as we know the importance of the night the Qur’an was revealed.
Allah (SWT – glorified and exalted be He) says in the Qur’an: The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn. [Qur’an: 97:3-5]
In face, it is okay to have a very long list for Allah wants us to ask Him, Him alone. But as we fall on our faces and make our requests, we should remember to start with gratitude and seek forgiveness. We forget, in our haste to make our requests, to thank Allah for the prayers He has answered, and for some, we did not even pray for. We should remember that Allah loves the thankful servants so before we begin our list of duas, we should remember to thank Allah for our deen, eeman, family, health, life, business, spouse, children etc. Allah loves the thankful servant and He has promised to give us more when we are grateful.
Aa’ishah (radhiallahu `anha) reported that she asked Allah’s Messenger (P.B.U.H),
“O Messenger of Allah! (P.B.U.H), If I knew which night is Laylat ul-Qadr, what should I say during it?”
Noble Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) advised her to recite:
The Night of Power is a good time to seek forgiveness thus, these are the words we are encouraged to say in the last ten nights of Ramadan, to ask Allah, the Forgiver. So, as we stay awake in the nights, and even as we pray during the day, let us remember this Dua and ask Allah sincerely for the total forgiveness of our sins.
For sisters whose periods may fall during these last ten nights, remember that it doesn’t stop you from making Duas and catching up on Qur’an recitation, you can truly benefit from the last ten nights like others. As we pray for ourselves, we should also remember to pray for others, for our families -nuclear and extended, our friends and for Muslims in difficult circumstances around the world. We should remember that as we pray for others, the angels say ‘Amin’ and wish the same for us.
May Allah grant our request, increase us in eeman and ihsan, accept our deeds this Ramadan, grant us the pleasure in witnessing the night of Laylatul Qadr. We pray that Allah save us from shirk, put peace into our hearts and make our dependence be only on him. Also, may He forgive the departed souls and sends His mercy on every Muslim struggling anywhere on earth. Lastly, we pray He grant us the best of this month and various more (Amin).
About the Author
Shakirat Bello is a student of Nutrition and Dietetics with a love for food and words. She loves trying out new recipes and pouring out her heart in words, hoping to inspire a heart or two. You can contact her via Instagram @KeerahS