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Let’s Not Forget Lailat-ul-Qadr
A night that has more blessings and is more sacred than a thousand months.
Lailat-ul-Qadr is the prized jewel of Ramadan. Also known as the Night of Power, this night is within the last 10 days of Ramadan. To catch the blessing of this night, Muslims increase voluntary prayers, spend the last 10 days in seclusion by staying in a mosque, and recite the Holy Qur’an meticulously in order to strengthen their Taqwa (belief) and repent for their past sins.
With so much on offer, Ramadan is certainly a gift from Allah (swt). In fact some might say it’s more than a gift, it is a bundle of opportunities; to right old wrongs; to forgive and seek forgiveness; to work towards the betterment of the Muslim Ummah; bring people together and unite as one community. Let us all make this Ramadan the best Ramadan yet by remembering the poor, not just in our prayers but also when we pledge our support to them.
It is preferred to seek this night during the last ten odd nights of Ramadan, as the Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam,, strove his best in seeking it during that time. We have already mentioned that the Prophet would stay up during the last ten nights, would wake his wives, and then would remain apart from them to worship.
Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) said: I see that your dreams agree regarding the last ten (nights of Ramadan). So seek it on an odd number (of these ten nights). [Muslim :: Book 6 : Hadith 2619]
Abu saeed al khudri reported that Prophet (s) said: And he who desires to observe i'tikaf along with me should spend the night at his place of i'tikaf. And I saw this night (Lailat-ul-Qadr) but I forgot it (the exact night) ; so seek it; In the last ten nights on odd numbers. [Muslim :: Book 6 : Hadith 2625]
Allah's Apostle said, "Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan."
[Bukhari :: Book 3 :: Volume 32 :: Hadith 234]
Ibn Umar (Allah be pleased with them) reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Seek it (Lailat-ul-Qadr) in the last (ten nights). If one among you shows slackness and weakness (in the earlier part of Ramadan), it should not be allowed to prevail upon him in the last week. [Muslim :: Book 6 : Hadith 2621]
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:
Allah's Apostle said, "The Night of Qadr is in the last ten nights of the month (Ramadan), either on the first nine or in the last (remaining) seven nights (of Ramadan)." Ibn 'Abbas added, "Search for it on the twenty-fourth (i.e. on 25th night of Ramadan)." [Bukhari :: Book 3 :: Volume 32 :: Hadith 239]
Narrated 'Ubada bin As-Samit:
The Prophet came out to inform us about the Night of Qadr but two Muslims were quarreling with each other. So, the Prophet said, "I came out to inform you about the Night of Qadr but such-and-such persons were quarreling, so the news about it had been taken away; yet that might be for your own good, so search for it on the 29th, 27th and 25th (night of Ramadan). [Bukhari :: Book 3 :: Volume 32 :: Hadith 240]
Ibn Numair reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Look for Lailat-ul-Qadr in the last ten nights of Ramadan. [Muslim :: Book 6 : Hadith 2632]
Brothers and sisters there are hadeeths in sahih muslim that few sahabas say they are sure that it's on 27th night on ramadhan, while few sahabas state it on 25th night, and few sahabas have stated it on 23rd night,and some have stated it on 21st night.
Some of the ahadeeth indicate that Lailatul-Qadr is in the last ten nights, while others indicate that it is in the odd nights of the last ten, so the first is general and the second is more particular, and the particular has to be given priority over the general. Other ahadeeth state that it is in the last seven - and these are restricted by mention of one who is too weak or unable. So there should be no confusion.
Conclusion: The Muslim should seek out Lailatui-Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten: the night of the twenty-first, the twenty-third, the twenty-fifth, the twenty-seventh and the twenty-ninth. If he is too weak or unable to seek it out in all the odd nights, then let him seek it out in the odd nights of the of seven: the night of the twenty-fifth, the twenty-seventh and the twenty-ninth.
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