Saturday, September 20, 2008

Laylatul Qadr Is In The Last Ten Days of Ramadan

Laylatul Qadr, the Night Equals a Thousand, is in the last ten days in Ramadan.
All ten days are very blessed days in the year.
Only one of these days that is the most blessed day. We called it Laylatul Qadr, or the Night Equals a Thousand.

Let's teach our kids to memorize the doa when they see the Laylatul Qadr:
Allaahumma innaka 'affuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee.
The meaning is : "O Allah, you the one who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me."

Another activity for kids, you can teach them to memorize surah Al Qadr and to learn Tafsir surah Al Qadr.

Insha Allah, our kids will try to do more ibadaah in all the last ten days of Ramadan.

Some good articles to read are as following:

In Al Qur'an

  • In Surah Al Qadr 97:1-5

    " Verily! We have sent it (this Qur'aan) down in the Night of Decree (Lailatul-Qadr). And what will make you know what the Night of Decree is? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the angels and the Rooh (i.e. Gabriel) by Allaah's Permission with all Decrees, Peace! until the appearance of dawn." (Al-Qadr 97: 1-5)

  • In Surah Ad Dukhaan 44:3-6

    " We sent it (this Qur'aan) down on a blessed Night. Verily, We are ever warning (mankind of Our Torment). Therein (that Night) is decreed every matter of ordainment. Amran (i.e. a command or this Qur'aan or His Decree of every matter) from Us. Verily, We are ever sending (the Messenger). (As) a Mercy from your Lord. Verily! He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower." (Ad-Dukhaan 44: 3-6)

When is it?

It is reported from the Prophet Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam that it is within the twenty-first, twenty-third, twenty-fifth, twenty-seventh, twenty-ninth or the last night of Ramadhan

In Hadiths

  • Prophet Muhammad Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam said: "Whoever stands in (Prayer) in Lailatul-Qadr out of Eemaan and seeking reward then his previous sins are forgiven." (Bukhari)

  • It is reported from Aa'ishah, radi-Allahu anha that she said: "O Messenger of Allaah! What if I knew which night Lailatul-Qadr was, then what should I say in it?" He said: "Say: Allaahumma innaka 'affuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee." (O Allaah you are the one who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me.) (at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)

  • Aa'ishah, radi-Allahu anha who said: "The Prophet Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam used to tighten his waist-wrapper (izaar) - (meaning detached himself from his wives in order to worship, and exerted himself in seeking Lailatul-Qadr), spend the night in worship, and wake the family in the last ten nights." (Bukhari, Muslim)

  • Aa'ishah, radi-Allahu anha: "Allaah's Messenger Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam used to exert himself in the last ten nights more than he would at other times." (Muslim)

    Insha Allah, we will use extra ibadaah in this last ten Ramadan as it could be our last...

  • Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet Salallahu Alayhi Wassalam said :
    "The time between the five prayers, two consecutive Friday Prayers, and two cosecutive Ramadans are expiations for all that has happened during that period, provided that one has avoided the grave (major) sins." [Muslim]

May Allah accept our ibadaah. Ameen.