How should we spend the night of Laylat al-Qadr? June 5, 2018 – Posted in: Blog, Dua, Hadith & Sunnah, Islamic Practice
How should we spend the night of Laylat al-Qadr?
Praise be to Allaah.
The Messenger of Allah(ﷺ) used to strive hard in worship during the last ten nights of Ramadan as he did not do at other times, praying and reading Qur’an. Al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated from ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that when the last ten days of Ramadan began, the Prophet (ﷺ) would stay up at night, wake his family and tie his lower garment tight. According to Ahmad and Muslim: he would strive hard in worship during the last ten nights of Ramadan as he did not do at other times.
The Prophet(ﷺ) urged us to spend the night of Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward. It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet(ﷺ) said: “Whoever spends the night of Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, will be forgiven his previous sins.”
This was narrated by the group apart from Ibn Majah. This hadith indicates that it is prescribed to stay up and spend this night in prayer.
One of the best du’a’s that can be recited on Laylat al-Qadr is that which the Prophet(ﷺ) taught ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her). It was narrated by at-Tirmidhi, who classed it as sahih, that ‘Aishah reported:
I asked: “O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?”
He (ﷺ) replied, “You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me).”
With regard to singling out one night of Ramadaan and regarding that as Laylat al-Qadr, this requires evidence. But the odd-numbered nights during the last ten nights are more likely than others, and the night of the twenty-seventh is more likely to be Laylat al-Qadr, because of the ahadith which indicate that.
With regard to bid’ah (innovation), it is not permissible either in Ramadan or at other times. It was proven that, in Bukari and Muslim, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Whoever innovates anything in this matter of ours [Islam] that is not part of it will have it rejected.”
And in another version in Muslim, he (ﷺ) said: “Whoever does any action that is not part of this matter of ours will have it rejected.”
With regard to the celebrations that are held on some nights of Ramadan, we know of no basis for that. The best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad and the worst of matters are those which are innovated.
And Allah is the Source of strength. May Allah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and his family and companions.
Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 10/413.