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How to Seek Laylatul-Qadr

Shaykh Muhammad Nasir-ud-Deen al-Albani


Laylat ul-Qadr is the most blessed night. A person who misses it has

indeed missed a great amount of good. If a believing person is

zealous to obey his Lord and increase the good deeds in his record,

he should strive to encounter this night and to pass it in worship

and obedience. If this is facilitated for him, all of his previous

sins will be forgiven.


Praying Qiyaam


It is recommended to make a long Qiyaam prayer during the nights on

which Laylat ul-Qadr could fall. This is indicated in many hadeeths,

such as the following:


Abu Tharr (radhiallahu `anhu) relates:


"We fasted with Allah's Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) in

Ramadaan. He did not lead us (in qiyaam) at all until there were

seven (nights of Ramadaan) left. Then he stood with us (that night -

in prayer) until one third of the night had passed. He did not pray

with us on the sixth. On the fifth night, he prayed with us until

half of the night had passed. So we said, 'Allah's Messenger!

Wouldn't you pray with us the whole night?' He replied:


'Whoever stands in prayer with the imaam until he (the imaam)

concludes the prayer, it is recorded for him that he prayed the

whole night.'…" [Recorded by Ibn Abi Shaybah, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmithi

(who authenticated it), an-Nasa'i, Ibn Majah, at-Tahawi (in Sharhu

Ma`an il-Athar, Ibn Nasr, al-Faryabi, and al-Bayhaqi. Their isnad is



[Point of benefit: Abu Dawud mentioned: "I heard Ahmad being

asked, 'Do you like for a man to pray with the people or by himself

during Ramadan?' He replied, 'Pray with the people' I also heard him

say, 'I would prefer for one to pray (qiyaam) with the imaam and to

pray witr with him as well, for the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa

sallam) said: "When a man prays with the imaam until he concludes,

it is recorded that he prayed the rest of that night." [Masaa'il]]


Abu Hurayrah (radhiallahu `anhu) narrated that the Messenger

(sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said:


"Whoever stands (in qiyaam) in Laylat ul-Qadr [and it is facilitated

for him] out of faith and expectation (of Allah's reward), will have

all of his previous sins forgiven." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim; the

addition "and it is facilitated for him" is recorded by Ahmad from

the report of `Ubaadah Bin as-Samit; it means that he is permitted

to be among the sincere worshippers during that blessed night.]


Making Supplications


It is also recommended to make extensive supplication on this night.

`A'ishah (radhiallahu `anha) reported that she asked Allah's

Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam), "O Messenger of Allah! If

I knew which night is Laylat ul-Qadr, what should I say during it?"

And he instructed her to say:


"Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuh.ibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee - O Allah!

You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me."

[Recorded by Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmithi. Verified to be

authentic by Al-Albani]


Abandoning Worldly Pleasures for the Sake of Worship


It is further recommended to spend more time in worship during the

nights on which Laylat ul-Qadr is likely to be. This calls for

abandoning many worldly pleasures in order to secure the time and

thoughts solely for worshipping Allah. `A'ishah (radhiallahu `anha)



"When the (last) ten started, the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa

sallam) would tighten his izaar (i.e. he stayed away from his wives

in order to have more time for worship), spend the whole night awake

(in prayer), and wake up his family." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]


And she said:


"Allah's Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) used to exert more

(in worship) on the last ten than on other nights." [Muslim]

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:D Sister


Thank you for this timely reminder.



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How many hours should one stay up at night during the last 10 days in order to seek Laylatul-qadr,or should one stay up all night and worship during all the 10 days without any sleep?


Many thanks for your answer!!:D



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asalamu alaikum wr wb and du'as brother Aaqib


I hope this helps, InshAllah-


Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:


Allah's Apostle used to practice Itikaf in the middle ten days of Ramadan and once he stayed in Itikaf till the night of the twenty-first and it was the night in the morning of which he used to come out of his Itikaf. The Prophet said, "Whoever was in Itikaf with me should stay in Itikaf for the last ten days, for I was informed (of the date) of the Night (of Qadr) but I have been caused to forget it. (In the dream) I saw myself prostrating in mud and water in the morning of that night. So, look for it in the last ten nights and in the odd ones of them." It rained that night and the roof of the Masjid dribbled as it was made of leaf stalks of date-palms. I saw with my own eyes the mark of mud and water on the forehead of the Prophet (i.e. in the morning of the twenty-first).


Narrated Aisha:


(the wife of the Prophet) Allah's Apostle used to let his head in (the house) while he was in the Masjid and I would comb and oil his hair. When in Itikaf he used not to enter the house except for a need.


Narrated Abdullah bin Umar:


'Umar bin Al-Khattab said, "O Allah's Apostle! I vowed in the Pre-lslamic period to perform Itikaf in Al-Masjid-al-Haram for one night." The Prophet said, "Fulfill your vow." So, he performed Itikaf for one night.


wa'salam :D

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let me add:


The sunnah or preferred i`tikaf has no specific time limit. It can be fulfilled by staying in the Masjid with the intention of making i`tikaf for a long or short time. The reward will be according to how long one stays in the Masjid. If one leaves the Masjid and then returns, he should renew his intention to perform itikaf.


Ya'la ibn Umayyah said: "I secluded myself in the Masjid for some time for I`tikaf." 'Ata told him: "That is I`tikaf, as long as you secluded yourself there."


One who is performing Sunnah (like in Ramadan) i'tikaf (i.e. not the obligatory one that is made after a vow) may end his i`tikaf at any time, even if it is before the period he intended to stay.



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:D Aamina sister, :D


Many thanks for your reply sis,may Allah reward u lots for it.Ameen. :D


Alhumdulilah both posts were very informative and useful to me. :D


Thanks again sis, :D


Take Care


In my duas


Aaqib B)

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no problem at all sister pearl of wisdom and brother Aaqib... alhamdulillah my posts are of usefulness for you.


May Allah shower his blessings upon you. Ameen



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Assalamu Alaykum All


Has anyone sensed if Laylatul qadr was on 25th Night?

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