Imagine you are sitting in your cubicle at work, nearing the end of your monotonous shift at your 9 to 5 job. You are thinking of how you will soon join thousands of other commuters during rush hour on the packed freeway. Suddenly, your boss comes up to you and makes you an offer: a really big upcoming contract. He would need you to work through the night for the next 2 weeks, but if you accept to do this work, you’ll receive a 1 million dollar bonus. What would your decision be?
For the vast majority of us, the answer is a no-brainer. We would happily accept the 1 million dollar bonus, even if it meant that we’d get 2 weeks of inadequate sleep. That 1 million dollars would set our life straight in every way possible, so how could we pass up that offer?
What if I were to tell you that in the next 10 nights lies a reward more fulfilling than even a billion dollars? Somewhere hidden in these next 10 nights lies Laylatul Qadr, the Night of Ordainment, the night in which the Angel Gabriel first revealed the Qu’ran to the Prophet Muhammad (Sallalahu Alaihi Wasalam) in the cave of Hira. The significance of this night is explained by the Lord of the Worlds Himself, in the second verse of the 97th chapter of the Qu’ran, as something unimaginable. Allah (Subḥānahu wa ta’alā ) Himself saying that the night is beyond our comprehension is the most powerful testimony that can exist.
Furthermore, to contextualize this, in the next verse, Allah (SWT) says that this night is better than a thousand months. We often hear that actions done on Laylatul Qadr are treated as if they were done for 83 straight years, but this is actually false. Allah (SWT) says that the night is better than a thousand months, not equal to a thousand months. How much better? Only Allah (SWT) knows.
Taking advantage of this night and spending it in the remembrance of Allah is an utmost priority for us. Therefore, to ensure maximum efficiency, here’s a Laylatul Qadr to-do list for the last 10 nights of Ramadan.
- Pray Isha and Fajr in the Masjid, so you get the reward for praying the whole night.
- Focus in your Taraweeh.
- Make du’a. Allah reveals his qadr, or Decree, to the Angels on this night, so this is among the most powerful times to make du’as.
- Pray the night prayer in the last third of the night. In the last third of the night, Allah descends to the lowest heaven to listen to the calls of his servants.
- Read Qu’ran. Every letter of the Qu’ran you read grants you 10 good deeds. Now imagine that reward on Laylatul Qadr.
- Remember Allah with Zikr. Break out that designer tasbeeh of yours and go hard with your SubhanAllahs, Alhamdulillahs, and Allah-u-Akbars.
It may get tough during these 10 nights, especially for those of us who work during the day, but stick to it. On the day of Eid-ul-Fitr, you can make up for all that sleep Insha’Allah, and you can do so with the satisfaction of knowing that you caught the blessings of Laylatul Qadr.
By Taufeeq Ahamed