Preparing for Laylatul Qadr! Is there a need
to prepare for Laylatul Qadr?
In order to answer
this, let us define
what the word
Simply, put it means
to make ready or fit, to bring into a suitable
state, to make one ready for, e.g. when we
want to prepare a meal, or go out for an
event, we must have a GOAL in mind.
As in what is my end result, the final dishor
my final destination where I wish to end up.
And as per the subject under discussion i.e.
"Preparing for Laylatul Qadr" our GOAL is to
take full benefit/make full use of the
BOUNTIES and RAHMA that Allah (SWT)
bestows opens us in this night of
It is important that we first understandthe
significance of LAYLATUL QADR in order
that we know what sort of 'ingredients' are
required for our preparation to reach the
Ultimate Goal which is earning the
pleasure of Allah (SWT).
What is Laylatul Qadr or Night of Power
You are all aware of its importance so I will
just briefly re-run through it. In surah Al-
Qadr Allah (SWT) clearly states:
"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 Gabriel descend in
it by the permission of their Lord for every
affair, Peace! It is till the break of the
morning." Holy Quran (97:1-5)
Allah (SWT) is inviting all the believers for a
Divine feast; the invitation which has been
brought by the messengers. Allah (SWT) is
the host, his most favorite angels are the
servants and the believers are the guests.
The table is spread with Divine blessings
containing all sorts of rewards and favors.
Though the eyes cannot see them nor the
ears hear them not the human hearts
imagine them, yet the bounties are all kept
in readiness to be awarded to the guests in
accordance to his/her actions.
Laylatul Qadr is a blessed night because
the Almighty brings down during it
goodness, bliss, and forgiveness for His
servants. It is a feast which has come with a
message that shows one the way to
achieve happiness in both the worlds.
Laylatul Qadr is a feast for the spirit, a feast
of worship and prayers.
Ahadith indicate that the fate of every
believer for the coming year is decreed on
this night. When our Prophet Mohammad
(saw) was asked how man could enjoy the
favors and good grace of proximity to, and
mercy of, Allah (SWT) he quoted Prophet
Moosa / Musa / Moses (peace be upon him)
"Oh My God, I seek proximity to You; He
(Allah) said: Proximity to Me is for him who
stays awake on Laylatul Qadr.
Oh My God, I am in need of Your Mercy; He
(Allah) said: My Mercy is for him who shows
mercy to the poor on Laylatul Qadr.
Oh My God, I am in need of the passport to
cross the bridge; He (Allah) said: that is for
him who give alms on Laylatul Qadr.
Oh My God, I am in need of the trees in
Paradise and their fruits; He (Allah) said:
that is for him who seeks forgiveness on
Oh My God, I seek deliverance from fire;He
(Allah) said: that is for him who remembers
Allah on Laylatul Qadr.
Oh My God, I seek Your good pleasure; He
(Allah) said: that is for him who says a two
Rakat prayer on Laylatul Qadr."
On another occasion Prophet Moosa / Musa
/ Moses (peace be upon him) said: "Oh My
God, are You far away that I shout at You,
or are You near that I whisper to You?" He
(Allah) said: "O Musa, I am sitting together
What do we therefore have to remind
ourselves about Laylatul Qadr?
We have to remind
Laylatul Qadr that is:
A unique once in a
year opportunity to
do a life times worth of activity.
A once in a year occasion for influencing
our future destiny - "QADR" - Taqdeer.
Full of long lasting blessings.
The night of unsurpassed grandeur when
the absolute Grand God revealed the
Grand Quran through the Grand Wahy -
Jibreel into the heart of the Grand Prophet
The Ma'sumeen have explained to us that
God in his infinite wisdom had planned the
system of the universe in such a way that
every persons destiny will be determined
on a yearly basis in the angelic spheres
through the agency of the Imam of the
age. Who is the leader and focus of the
whole spiritual world this gives MANKIND a
unique opportunity to influence his own
future (gain, loss, health, sickness, richness,
poverty, etc by performing certain acts,e.g.
Dua, Salat, Sadaqah, Jihad, acquiring
knowledge, Holy Quran recitation etc.
The night when the whole multitude of
angels and the Great Spirit (Ruh) descend
on earth, greeting and praying for the
believers and conveying messages to the
Imam of age.
Do we than still need to PREPARE
OURSELVES FOR LAYLATUL QADR after
knowing its significance?
Yes, Let us imagine for a moment that we
are invited for a special feast by the
president of our country, who also tells us
in advance that he is going to reward us
with magnificent gifts as per the way we
present and behave ourselves during the
feast - What would we do?
After the initial euphoria, we would leave
no stone unturned to present ourselves in
the best possible manner. Preparations of
what to wear, how to get there, what will I
speak with the president. If I have to go
through his secretary what will I say to him,
what sort of gifts will I take with me, what
sort of conversation I have with him, all this
and more will be thought about, rehearsed
and re-rehearsed. Correct me if I am wrong!
All this 'tension' in honor of an invitation
from the President of a country. Laylatul
Qadr is an invitation form the President of
all Presidents, The Supreme One. Do we
need to make preparations for this night?
Undoubtedly, we must start our
preparations way ahead of time, after all
going by human nature (Fitra), there is
more than profit that can be got from this
feast of Laylatul Qadr unless out of sheer
carelessness we end up amongst those
negligent and idle ones, who do not
achieve anything except tiredness, loss and
eternal doom, who will gain nothing
except regret and cry out aloud on the day
"Ah! Woe is me! In that I neglected (my
duty) towards Allah." - Holy Quran (39:56)
What sorts of Pre-preparations are needed
before the advent of this grand Laylatul
Jibreel was asked; "What has the Almighty
Allah (SWT) done on this night with the
wishes of the believers among the nation
of Prophet Mohammad (saw)?" He
answered, "The Almighty Allah (SWT) has
looked upon them on this night and
forgiven them, all of them, except the
following: "One who is addicted to
drinking, One who severs his ties with his
kin, and One who is a trouble-maker."
We have been advised to beseech Allah
(SWT) during the whole year before the
arrival of the Night of Power or Laylatul
Qadr, to keep us alive for this night:
To bestow upon us the Tawfiq to remain
vigilant during this night and pray for
blessings and forgiveness.
To bless us that we are able to do the best
of deeds on this night.
To comprehend fully the importance of this
night which is superior to one thousand
To pray that we can become one of the
favorites of Allah (SWT) and be blessed with
His love, learning, nearness, union,
pleasure, together with health, happiness,
To yearn and act so that Allah (SWT) beso
pleased with us in such a manner, that after
this night He would never be displeasedus
To pray that our Aimma especially the
Imam-ul-Asr (as) be pleased with us
intercede on our behalf.
How to prepare oneself for The Night of
Power (Laylatul Qadr)?
(I) Preparing Mentally
Strive to keep Allah (SWT) at the fore of
one's mind the whole night long.
All the Ibadah (worship) done should be
recited in the state of being completely
awake, aware, conscious, and with a live
heart. If one feels that one will not be able
to concentrate then start reciting from now
"We are from Allah and towards Him is our
return." - Holy Quran (2:156) for it is
considered as a tragedy if one can not in
this night receive the divine grace in
supplications. "Their prayers ascend
upwards and reaches Allah (SWT), their
words are accepted, and Allah (SWT) loves
to listen to their prayers the way a mother
likes her own child."
Is not it shameful that the prayers which
ascend upwards should be recited from
the tip of the tongue, while the heart and
soul remain occupied in worldly affairs?
Many a times, one
feels that one cannot
'properly' perform a
certain Ibadah and
so decided to forgo
it. One should not do listen to this 'waswas'
instead, one should perform it and more,
for acceptance lies in the Hand of the
Mercy of Allah (SWT).
(II) Preparing Physically
For worshipping in this night a suitable
place, dress, and perfume should be
arranged in advance (comfortable dress
which does not distract us).
Paying alms during this night - to the
people who really deserve financial
Follow the translation of the Duas in order
to understand what you are reciting forlutf
is only got when one knows what one is
(III) Preparing Spiritually
Increase ones eagerness for receiving the
promised bounties and blessings.
Select worships and deeds which are more
in harmony with ones mood.
When one stands for prayer, or any other
Ibadah, to briefly spare a moment to think
about the wisdom of that action/its
meaning etc for e.g. Why am I standing
towards Makkah? To realize that when I
stand on my two feet, it indicates my hope
and fear about the acceptance of my
Resorting (Tawassul) to Ahlul Bayt (as) -
With persistence, supplicating in a polite
and soft manner, with words and content
arousing their sympathies, should beseech
them for bestowing upon us the grace of
being vigilant during this night.
Crying and Shedding Tears: that during
these nights ones fear, humility, tears,
crying, anguish and lamentation be
increased as much as possible. The Learned
Scholar Hajj Mirza Javad Agha Maliki Tabrizi
(ra) in his book (Suluk-i Arifan) Spiritual
Journey of the Mystics tell us that One of
the best method is that one should tie
ones hands around ones neck; should pour
dirt upon ones head; should place ones
head against a wall; sometimes one should
stand and sometimes one should cry;
should imagine oneself at the scene of
Judgment Day; and the way sinners are
rebuked with harshness, then one should
imagine and be scared least Allah (the
Glorious, the Exalted) orders: "Lay hold on
him, then put a chain on him, then cast him
into the burning fire, then thrust him into a
chain the length of which is seventy
cubits." - Holy Quran (69:30-32)
Then one should cry: "O' Thou are the most
compassionate, and Thou Who are the
shelter of unsheltered ones!" "Where is
Your vast blessing? Where is Your infinite
forgiveness? Where are Your love and
benevolence?" Ask for forgiveness of past
sins in the most appealing manner with a
promise to try never to return to the sins
again - a TAWBA in every sense of the word
Present ones requests before the Almighty
Allah (SWT) with full hope that they will be
Prophet Mohammad (saw) when asked
what one should invoke Allah (SWT) during
these nights, said: "Ask for your safety (here
and in the hereafter)"