Virtues of Laylatul Qadr
Sheikh Muhammad Zakariyya
Ubaadah bin Saamit (Radhiallaho anhu) reports that he asked the Prophet (Sallallaahu
alaihi wasallam) about "Laylatul Qadr". He replied: "It is in Ramadan, during
the last ten days, on the unevenly numbered nights, either the 21st 23rd,
25th, 27th, 29th or the last night of Ramadan. Whosoever stands in "Ibaadah"
on this night, with sincere faith and with genuine hopes of gaining reward,
his previous sins will be forgiven. Among the signs of this night is that it
is a serene, quiet, shining night, neither hot, nor cold but temperate as if a
moon is shining clear, and no meteors are shot at the "Shayateen" on that
night; it lasts until the break of the dawn. Another sign is that at morn, the
Sun rises without any radiant beams of light, appearing rather like the moon
in its fullness. On that day, Allah prohibits the "Shayateen" from rising up
with the Sun."
Part of what has been mentioned in this Hadith has already been dealt with.
Some signs are here mentioned about the actual night. These signs are clear
and need no further elucidation. Apart from these, there are other signs too,
as mentioned in the Ahadith or in the experiences of those who had the good
fortune to experience "Laylatul Qadr."
The sign that is, however; most specific in the Hadith is the rising of the
sun, 'without any radiant beams of light.'
Other signs are not always there. One Sahaabi, Ab'da bin Abi Lubaaba (Radhi
Allaho anhu) says: "On the evening of the 27th, I tasted the water of the sea
and it was sweet." Ayub bin Khalid said: 'I once had to bathe myself with sea
water, and on tasting it, found, it sweet. This was on the 23rd night." Some
of the "Mashaaikh" (religious divines) wrote that, on the evening of "Laylatul
Qadr", everything prostrates itself before Allah, so much so that trees fall
flat on the ground, then return to their normal position; these are however
spiritual phenomena not visible to the ordinary person.
Aaisha (RadhiAllaho anha) reports: "I said: 'O Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu
alaihi wasallam), should I find myself the "Laylatul Qadr", hat shall I pray.
The Prophet (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) replied: ''say, Allaahumma innaka
afuwwun tohibbu al'afwa fa'fu anna "O Allah, Thou art the One who grants
pardon for sins. Thou lovest to pardon, so O pardon me."''
This is indeed such an all-inclusive prayer, wherein one begs that Allah in
His infinite Grace should forgive his sins. If that has been obtained, the
path to the Hereafter is secure. What more would one require? Imaam Sufyaan
Thowry used to say that to keep oneself busy on this night with 'Du'aa'
(invocations to Allah) is better than any other form of worship (Ibaadah).
Ibne Rajab says that one should not only remain busy with 'Du'aa', but should
also take part in all other form of 'Ibaadah', e.g. recitation of the Holy
Qur'an, 'Salaat', contemplation, etc. This latter opinion is most correct and
nearer to what Rasulullah (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) had said, as already
mentioned in the previous Ahaadith.
Source: Virtues of Ramadan