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A Simple Format for Ibadah on these Lailatul Qadr (Night Of Power) Nights

Our Beloved Nabi Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has mentioned,
“Indeed your Lord has reserved certain special moments in time (during which he emits abundant/special mercy). So be sure to avail yourselves for these opportunities.” (Majma’uz Zawaaid)
We are usually aware of the significant occasions that present themselves each year. The crucial thing is how do we “avail ourselves” and maximise our benefit from these blessed nights?
Here under is a suggested format for “What to do on Blessed nights?”
1. Offer Esha & Fajr Salah in congregation.
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said,
“One who performs Esha in congregation gets the reward of spending half the night in worship. And he who follows that up with the Fajr Salah in congregation, will be as if he has stayed up all night in Ibadah.” (Muslim; Abu Dawood)
2. Sleep in the state of wudhu
Hafidh Ibn Hajar Rahimahullah has mentioned a reliable narration that states: “The soul of one who sleeps with wudhu makes sajdah (prostrates) at the ‘Arsh of Allah.” (Fathul Baari)
Imagine our souls making sajdah at the throne of our Creator on a night like Laylatul Qadr!
3. Abstain from sin
It’s not logical to fill the bucket when it has a hole…
One should specifically free the heart of any ill-feelings or malice towards fellow Muslims. (See here for “how to clean the heart” of such ailments)
4. Clear your heart from ill-feelings towards fellow Muslims.
The Ulama state that those who harbour ill-feelings are deprived of Allah’s mercy and forgiveness on occasions like these.
5. Salatut Tasbeeh
This is very strongly recommended due to its huge reward. See here for a detailed article on its authenticity, and here for the format of Salatut Tasbeeh.
6. Taubah
Since the purpose of the turning to Allah on these nights is precisely to attain forgiveness from Allah, this act is a fundamental on such occasions.
The procedure for Taubah is:
a. Perform two Rakaats of Salaah. (Optional)
b. Stop the sin that one is repenting from.
c. Regret the sin from the bottom of your heart.
d. Make a determined pledge with Allah never to repeat that sin. Besides the two Rakaats of Salah, the remainder are all fundamental.
Furthermore, if the sin involved usurping the right of the next person, one needs to ask him/her for forgiveness too. Without this we are not guaranteed forgiveness.
If that person has passed away, we could make Dua for him and repay the debt (if any) to his heirs.
7. Zikr
There are many forms of zikrullah. I would suggest the following:
A hundred times “Laa ilaah illallah”
A hundred times repeating the name of “Allah”
And a hundred times:
“Subhaanallahi wabihamdihi subhanallahil ‘Azeem”
The reason for the third one is the following:
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam said,
1. “He who recites this one hundred times will have all his sins forgiven even if it be equal to the foam of the ocean.” (Sahih Bukhari)
2. “These words are beloved to Allah Ta’ala, easy on the tongue and weighty on the scales (of deeds on Qiyamah).” (Sahih Bukhari)
8. Salawat on Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam
If it was not for our beloved Nabi Alayhi Salatu WaSalam, we would not have these Blessed occasions. Therefore we cannot afford moments like these to pass without remembering him. In Fact by doing so we ourselves benefit.
One Hadith states:
“He who sends salutations upon me once, Allah Ta’ala sends ten salutations upon him.” (Muslim)
9. Tilawat (Recital) of Quran
This is considered the best form of Zikr. One could recite even a quarter juz or just the Masnoon Surahs that are to be recited every night. Like Surah Waqi’ah, Mulk, Sajdah, Yaseen etc.
10. Dua
“Dua is the essence of Worship” and hence cannot be omitted when we engage in worship. More so on occasions when Almighty Allah accepts Duas such as on the night of Qadr. One should spend a lengthy duration in begging from Allah, as we are all in need of it. In light of the current world crisis, do remember our oppressed brethren around the globe.
On the night of Qadr the following Dua should also be repeated as taught by Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam to his beloved wife Sayyidah Aisha Radhiyallahu Anha:
اللهم إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ العَفْوُ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
“Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘Anni”
O Allah! You are indeed Most Forgiving, so forgive me.
Note 1: The night commences at Maghrib, not after Esha or after Taraweeh or at Sehri time. Therefore one can and should commence Ibadah from Maghrib, although it is indeed best to do so at the last part of the night.
Note 2: These are mere suggestions intended to make it easy for people. One may engage in whatever form of Ibadah one is comfortable with.
May Allah Ta’ala grant us all complete forgiveness and steadfastness on guidance. Ameen.