Du’a in sujood and du’a after tashahud should be prolonged in these nights. If you don’t know Arabic then any du’as you have memorised, the du’a of Laylatul Qadr, istighfar and anything else you know should be used.
The following will, insha’Allah, help someone make the absolute most of these blessed nights.
– The time for laylatul Qadr is from Maghrib until Fajr.
– Get rid of distractions during the day including phone calls, bills etc.
– Sleep after Dhuhr so you’re fresh at night.
– Ask family if they need anything before Maghrib and sort it out then so you can dedicate the night to Allah.
– Try to leave the phone off as much as possible: you’re trying to get 1,000 months worth of good deeds!
– Have a quick suhoor with dates and water and if not, then anything else will do.
– Go to the Musjid for salah, home is better for women. Do adkhar after salah fully and then pray the Sunnah.
– Come home after salaah and avoid pleasure eating. Eat less these days and you’ll see you can cry so much more in your du’a and sujood.
A number of the scholars like Anas ibn Malik would say there is a type of night prayer between Maghrib and Esha so pray at that time. Give charity at this time too whether it’s online or some other way. Give someone a reminder even via text and text relatives. These are all good deeds.
Make sure you make the intention to sit in itikaaf, as according to the majority there is no set time, then go to the Musjid and stay there from Esha till tarawih. Concentrate totally in salah and stay with the imam, whether he prays 11, 20 or whatever other amount of rakah so you get the reward for praying the whole night!
Come home and spend the rest of the night in du’a, dhikr, Qur’an and optional prayers.
Dhikr includes salat upon the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم , SubhanAllah, Alhumdulillah, Allahuakbar, istighfaar, SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi, and everything else you know.
In the time just before Fajr, do lots of istighfar and du’a.
After tarawih, some musjids offer Qiyam Ul layl; go to this if you can, especially if you don’t think you can do the same amount at home or will be lazy.
Do not take a long time with your suhoor and iftar, during these ten days sacrifice your food!
Finally, forgive anyone that has done anything bad to you in your du’a. Imagine if you were to die, what would you have wanted to achieve? Sweetness in the prayer? A legacy? Hajj? In your du’a ask for anything and everything, now is the time to ask.
Please forward as most don’t know what they are supposed to do or end up wasting time doing other things.
Laylatul Qadr is in the last 10 nights of Ramadaan and the correct view is that it changes each year and Allah Knows Best. So strive hard in each of these nights.
It starts from Maghrib until Fajr time so busy yourself with acts of worship!
It’s better than 1,000 months as in your action will be multiplied by 1,000 months reward.
Ibn Abbas (ra) said on this night, everything that is going to be decreed for the next year will be written such as rizq, lives, deaths.
The best of actions are to pray Salaah, read Qur’an and make du’a. One can also do dhikr, give sadaqa and other good actions.
There is a difference of opinion if the multiplication is for all actions or just Salaah.
- Pray tarawih with the imam and stay with him until he leaves and do not leave half way through! Make the intention that you’re standing with firm belief and expecting reward from Allah and your (minor) sins will all be forgiven! Major sins require tawbah so repent too!
- Some musjids do another qiyam shortly after tarawih, go to that too in order to maximise reward.
- Pray Fajr and Esha in the Musjid as it will be a whole night’s reward.
- Keep your family awake as the Prophet (saw) would.
- The Hadith which mentions the Prophet (saw) would tie his belt means to work hard or not having intercourse as mentioned by some scholars.
- Pay your zakat ul fitr before Eid by a day or two! Ask your local Musjid how much it is.
- Read this du’a a lot as mentioned by the Prophet (saw) to A’aisha (ra) – اللهم انك تحب العفو فافع عني
- Remember, as some of the scholars said, if a person can’t strive for 10 nights out of an entire year, then they really need to question themselves!
Additional points of benefit:
Ibn Rajab (rh) mentions some of the people of the past would have a shower after Maghrib so they are at their most beautiful for these more beautiful nights and some would wear their best clothes and look their best, buying special clothes for these nights! So make an effort for Allah, insha’Allah!
Saeed Ibn al Musayyib would say, the one who prays Maghrib and Esha in jamaat has caught Laylatul Qadr! So, strive to pray them in jamaat!
Shaykh Khalid al Sabt mentions that those who don’t find the urge to strive to do good deeds in these nights then when will they strive?
“I asked Ubayy ibn Ka`b, saying: Your brother Ibn Mas`ood says: Whoever stands in (Night) Prayer throughout the whole year will attain Laylatul-Qadr (The Night of Decree). So, he said: “May Allaah have mercy upon him! He intended that the people should not just rely (upon a single night). Indeed, he knew that it was in Ramadaan; and that it is in the last ten; and that it was the twenty seventh night.” Then he swore an oath, without exception that it was the twenty seventh night.” So, I said:” O Abul-Mundhir! Upon what basis do you say that?” He said: “Based upon the sign which Allaah’s Messenger (saw) informed us of: that it [i.e. the sun] will rise on that day having no rays.”
Imaam an-Nawawee (rh) said in his explanation of Saheeh Muslim: “…al-Qaadee `Iyaad said:
It is said that the meaning of its having no rays is that this was just a distinctive sign which Allaah -the Most High – made for it [that year]. He said: Or it is otherwise said: Rather it is on account of the great number of Angels coming and going on its night; and their descending to the earth, and their ascending, with that which they descended with. So, their wings and their subtle/ethereal bodies screen the light of the sun and its rays, and Allaah knows best.”
Imaam Aboo Daawood (rh) reported the hadeeth (The Book of the Prayer: Chapter 319: What occurs regarding the Night of Decree), (no. 1378), with the wording:
“…On the morning following that night the sun enters the morning like a brass dish, having no rays, until it has risen higher.”
[Declared “hasan saheeh” by Shaikh al-Albaanee -rahimahullaah.]
Imaam Ibn Khuzaymah (rh) reported in his Saheeh (no. 2192): “Bundaar narrated to us: Aboo `Aamir narrated to me: Zam`ah narrated to us: from Salamah – he is Ibn Wahraam-: from `Ikrimah: from Ibn `Abbaas: from the Prophet (saw) that he said regarding the Night of Decree:
“It is a pleasant night, being neither hot nor cold. The sun enters the morning of its day being red and weak.”
Some narrations mention that Laylatul Qadr is like pure and glowing as if there was a bright Moon as mentioned by Ibn Katheer (rh) as mentioned in his tafseer and Allah Knows best.
What do we say about which night Laylatul Qadr is?
Laylatul Qadr can be in any of the last 10 nights of Ramadan. Even more specific than that, it can be in the odd numbered nights.
Ubayy Ibn Ka’b (ra) from the Sahaabah swore by Allah that it’s on the 27th night and this is in the saheeh. This is why people emphasis this night.
Can there be a variable? Is it based on the lunar calendar?
The Islamic month (lunar calendar) is 29 or 30 days. After the 30th day it is automatically the next month.
So, when it says the “odd nights” that’s put into context by sheikh ul Islam (rh). His view to combine between why the Sahaabah mentioned so many different nights is that:
It changes every year
In addition –
We don’t know if the month will be 29/30 days! So, in reality it’s any of the last ten nights.
Ibn Hajr (rh) mentions a large amount of views in fath ul Bari on when it could be and sheikh ul Islam’s view seems strong.
Allah Knows Best