Is Laylat-ul-Qadr The Twenty-seventh Night Of Ramadan?

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Sheikh Nada Abu Ahmad

Of the common errors in Ramadan is that some people believe that the twenty-seventh night of Ramadan is Laylat-ul-Qadr (the Night of Decree).

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Of the common errors in Ramadan is that some people believe that the twenty-seventh night of Ramadan is Laylat-ul-Qadr (the Night of Decree) which is a misconception because Laylat-ul-Qadr moves from one odd number night to another during the last ten days of Ramadan every year.

Al Hafizh ibn Hajar (may Allah bestow mercy on his soul) said in Fathul-Bary: The most correct sayings about Laylat-ul-Qadr is that it comes in the odd number nights in the last ten days of Ramadan and it moves from one night to another every year.

Sheikh Ibn 'Uthaymain (may Allah bestow mercy on his soul) was asked the following question:

Some Muslims accustomed to describe the twenty-seventh night of Ramadan with Laylat-ul-Qadr, is there an origin to this specification? And is there a proof to that?

Yes, this specification has an origin as was reported in Sahih Muslim from the Hadith of Ubay ibn Ka'b (may Allah be pleased with him) but the more correct view among the scholars views which reached over forty is that Laylat-ul-Qadr comes in the last ten days of Ramadan especially the last seven days. So, it may be the twenty-seventh night, the twenty-fifth night, the twenty-third night, or the twenty-ninth night.

Sheikh Ali Mahfuzh (may Allah bestow mercy on his soul) said in the book of "Al Ibda' fi Madar Al Ibtida'" under the title "seasons which people ascribed to the Shari'ah while they are not part of it":

Of these seasons is Laylat-ul-Qadr in which Qiyam is desirable as all nights of the month, specially the last ten days of Ramadan. Hadiths have terminated the argument as Al Bukhari and Muslim reported in their books of authentic Hadiths: "Whoever established prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven." However, singling out that night with Qiyam and extra acts of worship without giving the same importance to other nights makes people believe that this is permissible which is not true. The Prophet (peace be upon him) exhorted people to observe Qiyam during all nights of the ten days of Ramadan. Moreover, the Prophet (peace be upon him) urged Muslims to seek Laylat-ul-Qadr in the last ten days of Ramadan. This means that observing Qiyam during that specific night in particular has no origin and it is a type of innovation in religion.

Moreover, this leads to excessive use of masjid lights during that night which has no use in the Shari'ah.

EsinIslam Ramadan Team

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