Lailatul Qadr: Night of Power, Night of

Lailatul Qadr: Night of Power, Night of

Destiny or Night of Majesty

On the

Night

of

Power pray to God with all your heart and

He will definitely answer all your prayers.

The Quran says : "Surely We revealed it (the

Holy Quran) on the grand night. And what

will make you comprehend what the grand

night. The grand night is better than a

thousand months. The angels and Gibreel

descend in it by the permission of their Lord

for every affair, Peace! It is till the break of

the morning." (97:1-5)

The Night of Power is full of blessings

because the Eminent Quran descended in it.

The Quran is peace by itself. It distinguishes

between the good and evil and shows the

path of eternal Peace and Bliss to all

Mankind forever. This being so, the Night in

which this Divine Book was sent down is

worthy of great esteem. During this night,

as explained in the verse quoted above, the

Angels and the Heavenly spirit (Hazrat

Gibreel Alai-his-Salam) descend. Their

nearness to earth gives a spiritual luster to

the hearts and souls of the believers. The

Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) and the 12 Imams

(A.S.) passed this night in prayer and

worship of God.

Those who pass his night in Prayer,

experience an unimaginable bliss, a deep

feeling of great pleasure as a result of

immense heavenly blessings in this night.

Recite the Holy Quran, seek Allah's

forgiveness and pray for the good of this

world as well as the hereafter.

The A'maal of Shabe Qadr (19th, 21st & 23rd

of Ramadan)

Shab-e-Qadr is the night, which is the best

night among the nights of the whole year.

The "A'maal" (religious performances) of this

night are better than the A'maal of 1000

nights. In this night the divine Annual

Decree is passed. The Angels and Roohul

Ameen (A highly dignified Angel) descend

on this earth, in that night. These call on the

Imam of the time, and what is ordained(by

Allah) for everybody is presented beforethe

Imam.

The A'maal of Shab-e-Qadr are of two kinds.

Some are common to all three nights others

are particular for one of those three nights.

The common A'maals are: -

01. To take a bath. Allama Majlisi says, "It is

better to take a bath before sunset so that

the night prayers may be performed after

bath".

02. To offer

two Raqats

of Namaz, in every Raqat offer Surat-al-

Hamd, and Surat-al-Tauhid/ Sure Ikhlaas

(Kulhowallah) seven times, and after

finishing the prayer 70 times recite:

"Astaghfirullaaha Wa atoobu ilayh" i.e., "I

seek forgiveness of Allah and I turn

(repentant) to Him".

03. The Holy Quran should be

opened and placed in front,

then one should recite,

"Alaahumma inni asaloka be kitaabekal

munzale Wa maa feeh, wa feehismokal

akbaro wa asmaakal husnaa, wa maa

yokhaafo Wa yurjaa an taj-alani min

otaqaaeka minan-Naar", i.e., "O Allah treat

me as one of those who are free from Hell,

in the name of this Holy Book sent by Thee,

whatever there be in the Book. Including

Ism-e-A'azam and Asmaa-e-Husnaa and the

things to be dreaded, the things that may

be expected and desired, like blessings of

Jannat. Do forgive through the grace of this

book". (SALAWAT-After this he may beg

from Allah whatever he wants).

04. He should place the Holy Quran on his

head and say, "Allaahumma be haqqe

haazal Quran we be haqqe man arsaltahoo

beh, Wa be haqqe kulle momenin

madahtahoo feeh, we be haqqeka alaihim

fa-laa ahada a'arafo be haqqeka mink", i.e.,

"O Allah! I appeal to Thee in the name of this

Quran and the Rooh that was sent along

with it, and in the name of the Momin

(believer) whose praise is contained in this

Book and Tine obligation that is on them.

No one else recognizes the right and truth

more than Thee". (SALAWAT-After this he

should repeat 10 times each): -

BEKA YA ALLAH'HO

(S.W.T.)

BE MOHAMMADIN

(S.A.W.)

BE ALIYYIN (A.S.)

BE FATEMATA (A.S.)

BIL HASANE (A.S.)

BIL HUSAINE (A.S.)

BE ALIY IBNIL HUSAIN (A.S.)

BE MOHAMMED IBN ALIYYIN (A.S.)

BE JA'FAR IBN MOHAMMEDIN (A.S.)

BE MOOSA IBN JA'FAR (A.S.)

BE ALI IBN MOOSA (A.S.)

BE MOHAMMED IBN ALIYYIN (A.S.)

BE ALI IBN MOHAMMED (A.S.)

BIL HASAN IBN ALIYYIN (A.S.)

BIL HOJJATIL QAEM (A.S.)

Then he should invoke to Allah whatever he

likes.

05. To recite the Ziarat of Imam Hussain

(A.S.). According to Hadis, during Shab-e-

Qadr an angel proclaims from the Arsh

(Throne) on the Seventh sky, "Allah the

Benevolent forgives him, whosoever

performs the Ziarat of the grave of Imam-e-

Hussain (A.S.)."

06. One should keep himself awake

throughout these three nights. The vigil

during these nights carries great Sawab

(heavenly reward).

07. To offer 100 Raq'ats of Namaz. It has

been highly recommended. It is better to

recite (after Surat-al-Hamd) 10 times the

Surat-al-Tauhid/ Sure Ikhlaas (Kulhowallah).

08. Recite: "Astagferullaah Rabbi Wa atoobo

elaihe" 100 times (i.e., "I seek forgiveness of

Allah and I turn (repentant) to Him").

09. Recite: "Allaahummal'an Qatalatal

Ameeril Momeneen" 100 times (i.e., "O Allah!

condemn those who killed Ameerul

Moimeneen Ali ibne Abi Talib").

Du'a for the 19th night: -

O One Who was before everything and then

brought everything into existence. He will

remain while all else will be destroyed. O

the One sole and solitary excepting Whom

there is none else in the high heavens or

low earths or above and below them, or in

between them who is worth worshipping.

Only Thou art the deity and none else

deserves to be worshipped. Thou only

deserves the praise which cannot be

encompassed but by Thee. Therefore

bestow Peace and Blessings on Muhammad

(S.A.W.) and Aal-e-Muhammad (A.S.) such as

no body else has the power to encompass.

10. Recite the following Suras from the Holy

Quran:

ANKABUT (the Spider) 29th Sura.

RUM (The Roman Empire) 30th Sura.

DUKHAN (Smoke or Mist) 44th Sura.

11. This du'a is to be recited: -

I have passed the evening as a very humble

servant of Thee. I have no control over the

gains and losses for my person. I cannot

remove any evil from myself. I depose

against my conscience. I admit my weakness

and inability of managing my affairs. Bestow

Tine blessings on Mohammad (S.A.W.) and

his Aal (A.S.). Whatever Thou hast given me

or promised, fulfill that. Verily! I am Tine

humble, weak and destitute servant. O

Allah! Let me not forget the blessings that

Thou hast bestowed on me, and let me not

be forgetful about Tine kindness. Do not

deny me Tine acceptance though it may be

delayed, may it pertain to sorrow or

happiness, and may it be connected with

peace and tranquility or hardship and

vicissitudes or pertaining to blessings. Thou

hearse and accepts invocations in every

condition.

The Prophet (S.A.W.) when asked what

should one invoke Allah during these nights,

said: "Ask for your safety (here and in the

hereafter)".

DU'A: -

O Allah! Whatever is decided and ordained

by Thee during Lailatul Qadr (night of

Destiny) is final and full of wisdom.

Whatever changes are affected, in the Night

in previous decrees that could not be

changed by anybody else. Do let me beone

of those whose Hajj is acceptable, whose

efforts are rewarded, the efforts of those

respected Hajis whose sins have been

pardoned and whose errors have been

forgiven. Add to my destiny the length of

my life, increase my life, increase my

livelihood and fulfill my desires. Note: Beg

from Allah after this whatever you desire.

Du'a for the 21st night: -

O One Who turns day into night and night

into day. O One Who brings out living from

dead and dead from living. O One Who

gives sustenance to whomsoever and

whatsoever he likes. O Allah! O Merciful! O

Allah! O Allah! O Allah! The best names are

for Thee alone. The best examples are for

Thee. The grandeur and choice things are

for Thee. I beg of Thee to bless Muhammad

(S.A.W.) and his Aal (A.S.). Write down my

name, in this night with the fortunate ones.

Let my soul be in the company of the

martyrs. Let my good acts be reckonedas

"Illyeen" (exalted). Let my sins be condoned.

Bestow on me that belief by virtue of which

Thou may be nearest to my heart, that

"Eemaan" which may remove all doubts

from my mind. Let me be satisfied with that

whatever Thou hast ordained for me. Let me

have the virtues of this world and the other

one (Aakherat or Hereafter). Save me from

the fire of Hell. Let me be attentive to Tine

praise and thanks and let me present myself

in Tine court. Do bestow the same

"taufique" (ability) to me which Thou hast

bestowed upon Muhammad (S.A.W.) and his

Aal(A.S.).

Du'a for the 23rd night: -

O Lord of Lailatul

Qadr! (Night of

Destiny!) Who has

made it better than

1000 months! O the

Lord of the day and the night and the

mountains and oceans, the Lord of light and

darkness! O the Lord of the earth and the

skies! O the Creator! O the Designer! O Kind!

O One Who favours! O Allah Who maintains

everything! O Allah! O the Kindest! O Allah!

O the Creator of new things! O Allah! O

Allah! O Allah! The best names are for Thee

alone. Thou hast control over all virtues. I

ask Thee to send blessings on Muhammad

(S.A.W.) and his Aal (A.S.). Write my name, in

this Night of Qadr, among the names of the

fortunate. Let my soul keep the company of

the martyrs. Let my good deeds be

reckoned with "Illiyeen" (those exalted).

Forgive my sins. Bestow on me such belief

that Thou may be nearest to my heart. Give

me such understanding that all the doubts

may be removed. Let me be contended over

that which has been ordained for me: Let

me have goodness and virtues in this world

and the next. Save me from the glowing fire

of Hell. Encourage me towards Tine

remembrance with pleasure and to be

penitent. Give me all those virtues that Thou

hast given to Muhammad (S.A.W.) and Aal-

e-Muhammad (A.S.).