Laylat al-Qadr: 10 Super Deeds for 10 Super Nights

Laylatul qadar

It is said that the best of months is Ramadan. The best of days are the days of Dhul Hijjah. The best of nights are the nights of Ramadan and the best of those is the Night of Power aka Laylat al-Qadr.  It is up to us that we make the most of the last 10 nights of Ramadan so that we don’t miss out on Laylatul Qadr which is equal to 1000 months and more.

What is Laylat al-Qadr?

لَيۡلَةُ ٱلۡقَدۡرِ خَيۡرٌ۬ مِّنۡ أَلۡفِ شَہۡرٍ۬
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. [Surah AlQadr, 3]

Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه‎‎ relates that the Prophet said: “Whoever stands (in the voluntary night prayer of) Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. And whoever spends the night of Lailat Al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Sunan an-Nasai]

Even if the start of our Ramadan hasn’t been how we had hoped for, now is the time to change that.

Ibn Taymiyyah رحم الله said: “The lesson lies in perfection of the conclusion of a thing, not in the shortcomings of the beginning of it.”

Why is Laylat al-Qadr important?

Hasan al-Basri رحم الله said “Improve your performance in what is left (of time) and you will be forgiven for that which has already passed. So take special care of the time you have left because you do not know when your soul will be turned over to Allah’s Mercy.”

Sheikh Abdul Aziz alTarefe حفظ الله said, “The one who lags behind in the beginning of Ramadan but does well towards its end is better than the one who does well in it’s beginning but lags behind towards its end. It is mentioned in the hadeeth, “Indeed, the [result of] deeds depend upon their endings.”

What to do on Laylat al-Qadr?

1. Intention

This is by far the best “hack” there is during the last 10 nights. We hear the famous hadith narrated everywhere.

Umar رضي الله عنه‎‎ reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Verily, deeds are only with intentions. Verily, every person will have only what they intended….” [Bukhari]

It is said that some of the salaf or predecessors, used to pause slightly before buying stuff in the marketplace just so that they could make their intentions clear to get rewarded for it. 

No matter how small a deed, make an intention of doing it for the sake of Allah. For example, if you enter the masjid, make the intention of doing itikaf. Having some deeds of Itikaf is better than having none.

2. Give charity

No matter how small, give charity every day so if it coincides with the Night of Power, it will by the will of Allah be equivalent to giving charity for a 1000 months and more. 

Some people, like students,  may not have money or resources to give, but that’s okay because charity doesn’t always come in the monetary form. 

Our Prophet ﷺ says that the best of charity is giving water to a person. You could fill bottles of water and give it out for people stuck in traffic during iftar, for example and still be rewarded. 

In the end, our intention is to get rewarded for both helping a fasting person break their fast as well as giving water to a thirsty person. It all boils down to what you intend.

As a society, a major problem that we have is our mindset of giving leftovers, the unwanted or that which is spoilt as charity. Nowadays, the plight of refugees is very bad and it’s saddening to see that many among us give old tattered clothes and expired food for their brothers and sisters. This is contrary to the Sunnah. Our beloved Prophet ﷺ taught us an important principle to follow which states:

إِنَّ اللَّهَ طَيِّبٌ لَا يَقْبَلُ إِلَّا طَيِّبًا
Allah is pure and he accepts only what is pure

How can we give something that we ourselves detest for the sake of Allah, and think it will be accepted by Allah?

Our mother Aisha was called Umm al-Teeb because she used to spray perfume on the money she donated. When asked why she did this, she explained that charity reaches Allah before the receiving person’s hand so she wanted it to smell nice.

3. Stay back after Fajr salah till 15 minutes after Ishraq (sunrise)

remembering Allah and then pray 2 rakahs. Wallahi this doesn’t require much work or effort but look at the mercy of Allah for us. The rewards are just mind bogglingly huge. This is a time where we can increase in making Ishtighfar and making dua for our parents. We can show up 15 minutes earlier before the adhan and make sure we pray tahajjud along with the Witr so we can get the reward of praying such for 83 years or more.
Anas رضي الله عنه‎‎ said that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Whoever prays Fajr in congregation then sits remembering Allah until the sun rises, then prays two rak’ahs, will have a reward like that of Hajj and ‘Umrah.” He said: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “In full, in full, in full.”  [Sahih At-Tirmidhi]
Scholars say that women can do the same in their houses and get the exact same reward. Still we have feminists asking for equality in Islam. AllahuMusta’an!
Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه‎ narrated‎ that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The angels send blessings upon one of you so long as he is in his prayer-place where he offered his prayer, so long as he does not break his wudoo; they say: ‘O Allah forgive him, O Allah have mercy on him. [Sahih AlBukhari]

4. Reading Quran

Even if you can’t sit and read the Quran properly, keep reciting what you remember. Don’t put it off till when you are free. We don’t have the luxury of time to miss out on this chance. Every letter, not word but every letter gets 10 rewards. In the month of Ramadan rewards are multiplied even more.
RasulAllah ﷺ says: ”Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah will receive a hasanah (good deed) from it (i.e. his recitation), and the hasanah is multiplied by ten. I do not say that Alif-Laam-Meem is (considered as) a letter, rather Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter, and Meem is a letter.” [At-Tirmidhi]
It is important to note that your tongue should move while reciting and you should not recite in your mind as the rewards are for reciting it properly.

5. Increase in sending salawat upon the Prophet for Allah ﷺ.

We did not get to meet the Prophet ﷺ in this lifetime but we are told by the Prophet ﷺ that, “Allah has angels who go around on earth, conveying to me the salaam of my umah.” [Sunan AnNasai]. Not only will our salaam reach him but he ﷺ will return our salaam. Ya Salaam Ya Salaam!
Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه‎‎ reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “There is not one of you who sends his greetings upon me except that Allah returns the soul to my body (in the grave) and I return his greeting.” [Sunan Abu Dawood]
More importantly we have another narration which states, “Whoever supplicates Allah to exalt my mention (i.e., send salah), Allah will exalt his mention (i.e., send salah)ten times and remove from him ten sins and raise him ten degrees.” [Muslim] Imagine this in Ramadan or on the Night of Power where its multiplied such that doing the mental maths would make your head spin.

6. Keep your tongue moist by increasing in dhikr.

This has got to be by far the easiest of deeds that we can do. We can do it while we are busy, standing, sitting, wherever we are and it doesn’t even require us to be in a state of ablution.

“Men and women who remember Allah much: Allah has prepared forgiveness for them and an immense reward,” [Surah Al Ahzab, 35]
Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه‎‎  reported: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “There are two statements that are light for the tongue to remember, heavy in the Scales and are dear to the Merciful: `Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, Subhan-Allahil-Azim [Glory be to Allah and His is the praise, (and) Allah, the Greatest is free from imperfection)’.” [Sahih Al Bukhari].
In other places it is reported that the best of dhikr is “LaIlahaIlallah”
This has got to be by far the easiest of deeds that we can do. We can do it while we are busy, standing, sitting, wherever we are and it doesn’t even require us to be in a state of ablution.

7. Pray Isha and Fajr in Jama’a

This in the context of congregational prayer, as it constitutes praying the whole night. It doesn’t need saying but we, especially the men, should be praying all the five daily prayers in congregation in the masjid. But for those who are busy and cannot make it for the Ramadan Qiyam AlLayl which includes taraweeh and tahajjud even after trying, then this “hack” is a blessing indeed.

It is narrated from Uthman رضي الله عنه‎‎that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Whoever prays Isha in congregation, it is as if he spent half the night in prayer, and whoever prays Fajr in congregation, it is as if he spent the whole night in prayer.” [Sahih Muslim]

The remaining deeds are described as sadaqa e jariya (continuous charity) deeds. We try doing them in these 10 days to look for rewards, but hopefully these deeds continue to reap rewards for us even after Ramadan ends.

8. Donate/Gift a Quran/beneficial books to various Masajid

Gifting beneficial books and Quran to the masajid and institutes can have great rewards.

Every time someone reads them or benefits from them we can get the reward.

Something as small as Fortress of the Muslim can also reap immense rewards.

9. Sponsor food for orphans

Narrations about the virtues of looking after and taking care of orphans fill up libraries worth of books; iftar parties are galore in Ramadan. 

Invite a few orphans over so that they also feel that sense of family in Ramadan. 

However, if that’s not possible, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, then we can make sure to send food to the orphans everyday. It’s the quality that matters, not the quantity. 

Keep in mind that as mentioned before, this is considered a sadaqa e jariya deed. So our aim is not to just help in the last 10 days but even beyond that. 

Inviting the less privileged like orphans to your place could open the heart of someone to adopt or even sponsor the education of some of the orphans.

10. Serving parents

This is a no brainer and is something we should be doing without fail irrespective of whether it is Ramadan or not. However, we should seek to increase our servitude to them in the last 10 days of Ramadan.

Bring them water, massage their feet at the end of the day after taraweeh and ask them to make dua for you. Throughout the Quran we see that obedience to Allah is immediately followed by doing good and obedience to parents. This shows their high station and status. 

Imagine finding your book of deeds filled with 1000 months plus worth of servitude to your parents on the day of judgement. Our parents are our door to Jannah in this world. Do your best to serve them while you still can, many others are not that lucky.

Some might be living away from their parents. However, you can always call them up to lift their spirits, make them laugh, share some beneficial information with them, send gifts, help with work over the Internet or in whatever capacity they can to make their parents happy.

Laylat-al-Qadr : a day full of rewards and blessings

Though this night is indeed a special night, it does not mean that we should be doing deeds in these last 10 nights of Ramadan with hopes to stock up 83 years nights of worship or rewards, and then do nothing for the next 83 years of our lives. 

That’s not how this works.

رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ السَّمِيعُ العَلِيمُ

“Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed You are the Hearing, the Knowing.” [Surah Baqarah, 127]

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been completely updated for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness

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