THE BIGGEST NIGHT : CHASE IT
1.“Verily, We have sent it (this Qur’aan) down in the Night of AlQadr (Decree).
2. And what will make you know what the Night of AlQadr (Decree) is?
3. The Night of AlQadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allaah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years & 4 months).
4. Therein descend the angels and the Rooh [Jibreel (Gabriel)] by Allaah’s Permission with all Decrees,
5. (All that night), there is peace (and goodness from Allaah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn” [al-Qadr 97:1-5]
Abu Hurayrah (radiallahuanihu) said that the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” Agreed upon.
‘Aa’ishah (radiallahuaniah) said: When the last ten days of Ramadaan began, the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) would tighten his waist-wrapper, spend his nights in prayer, and wake his family. Bukhari.
One of the best du’aa’s to say …‘Aa’ishah: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, if I know which night is Laylat al-Qadr, what should I say on that night?’ He said, ‘Say: Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allaah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).”
Specifying which night of Ramadaan is Laylat al-Qadr, needs specific evidence & we know of no basis for the celebrations that are held during some nights of Ramadaan. The best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) and the worst of matters are those which are innovated (bid’ah). Innovations are not permissible during Ramadaan or at other times. Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “Whoever does any action that is not part of this matter of ours will have it rejected.”
‘Ubaadah ibn al-Saamit (radiallahuanihu) said that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) came out with the news of Laylat al-Qadr, but two men among the Muslims started arguing. He said: “I came out to tell you about Laylat al-Qadr, but So and so and So and so started arguing, so (that knowledge) was taken away. Perhaps that will be better for you. So seek it on the (twenty-) seventh and the (twenty-) ninth and the (twenty-) fifth.” Bukhaari. .‘Aa’ishah (radiallahuaniah) said that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “Seek Laylat al-Qadr among the odd numbered nights of the last ten nights of Ramadaan.” Bukhaari,
The reason why it is hidden is to encourage the Muslims to strive hard in worship and du’aa’ and dhikr during all the last ten nights of Ramadaan. This is the same reason why the time when du’aa’ is answered on Friday has not been defined, and why the ninety-names of Allaah have not been defined, concerning which the Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said: “Whoever learns them by heart will enter Paradise.” Bukhaari
SIGNS OF LAYLAT AL-QADR Laylat al-Qadr may be seen with the eye, for the one whom Allaah helps to see it. The Sahaabah (radiallahuaniumah) used to recognize it by its signs. But not seeing them does not mean that one will not gain its reward, Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) indicates that the sign of Laylat al-Qadr is that the sun rises on the following morning with no visible rays. Saheeh Muslim & other hadeeths also show that the night will be illuminated, neither too cold nor too hot and will be a generous night of happiness, the day following the night of laylatul qadr, the sun will be without rays & appears like a dish until it rises high & it will be weak and reddish. Scholars have said perhaps the weakness of the sun is as a result of the uncountable number of angels ascending to the heavens. Ubayy ibn Ka’b used to swear that it was the night of the twenty-seventh, citing this sign as evidence. In the amazing wisdom of Allah, he chose to make all these signs to come after that night itself so that we only confirm the night when it is already over or after comparing it to other nights; so we can eagerly strive for it. The more correct view is that it moves through all the last ten nights, but it is most likely to be one of the odd-numbered nights, and the night of the twenty-seventh is the most likely among the odd-numbered nights. Whoever strives in worship during all of the last ten nights, praying, reading Qur’aan, making du’aa’ and other kinds of good deeds will undoubtedly catch up with Laylat al-Qadr and attain what Allaah has promised to those who do that out of faith and seeking reward. Proof https://islamqa.info/en/21905.
WHAT CAN A MENSTRUATING WOMAN DO ON LAYLAT AL-QADR? She should do all acts of worship apart from praying, fasting, circumambulating the Ka’bah and doing i’tikaaf in the mosque. She can spend the night in doing: 1-Dhikr 2- Istighfaar 3- Reading or reciting Qur’aan. Proof. https://islamqa.info/en/2564 4- Du’aa’ (supplication).Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhiwasallam) said, “Du’aa’ is ‘ibaadah (worship).” (Saheeh al-Tirmidhi). For further details https://islamqa.info/en/26753
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