Besides fasting and the Taraweeh prayer, the one other thing Ramadan is most known for are the Ta’aq Raat. These are the blessed nights that fall in the last ten days of Ramadan, when every good deed and act of worship committed during these night are rewarded with an exponential increase. Ramadan in its entirety is an especially prominent time in Islam, although, there is one evening that is particularly meaningful, and that evening is Laylat-al-Qadr.
Laylat-al-Qadr is otherwise known as the Night of Power and is considered to be holiest eve. During this night, Angel Jibril revealed the Holy Qur’an’s first verses to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). This night falls within Ramadan’s final 10 days, and although the exact date is unidentified, it is commonly thought of as the Holy month’s 27th day. This is a night of great importance and devotion to Allah (SWT) whereby the worship is equivalent to that of 1000 months.
It is imperative that a Muslim makes special preparations for this night and makes sure that this night is observed in the best possible manner.
Recite the Holy Qur’an:
During the month of Ramadan and over the course of the year, many of us tend to recite the Holy Qur’an without knowing what it is we are actually reading. Take some time out to translate the meaning of the Holy Qur’an on this night; it is, after all, the night when very first verses of guidance were revealed.
It is said that you may ask Allah (SWT) for whatever you wish for on this night (legitimate desires, of course) but in doing so, do not forget to make as much Dua as possible for others and seek repentance as much as possible to your Lord for your sins on this night.
Give as much Charity as possible:
The act of giving is an act that is greatly rewarded by Allah (SWT) and is encouraged during the Holy month of Ramadan. If the rewards and blessings of giving in this month are so great, can you imagine what the rewards for giving on the night of Laylatul Qadr will be like?
I’tikaaf is the act of performing continuous prayer and Dhikr (devotional prayers/remembrance of Allah (SWT)) at the Masjid for a prolonged period of time, without leaving. The Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) used to spend the final 10 days of this Holy month in I’tikaaf at the Masjid.
Reciting the Holy Qur’an and supplications is recommended, along with reciting tasbih prayers and the recommended Amaal for Laylat-ul-Qadr during the course of the night. The Night of Power is a time for self-evaluation. Identify all the things you feel you could change or better about yourself; accept that no one is perfect, and be your own harshest critic in order to improve.
On this beautiful night of Laylat-ul-Qadr, we thank Allah SWT for bestowing upon us the privilege of this Holy night and we pray that the Lord accepts all of our good deeds and acts, accepts all our prayers and dua and grants all of our legitimate desires – both in this world and in the Hereafter.