Embarking into the last 10 days of Ramadan has always been an immense spiritual journey for Muslims worldwide. Taking it in with gratefulness, we have made it this far into the holy month. In times of turmoil and setbacks, we would feel a unique sense of anticipation as we approach the last week of Ramadan; seeking out a special, miraculous night that is Laylat al-Qadr.
The last 10 days of Ramadan signifies the importance of Laylat al-Qadr. It is believed that one night of the 10 days holds the enigmatic power of the greatest gift Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala has to offer: blessings of Allah are generous, sins are forgiven and duas are accepted.
History of Laylat al-Qadr
Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) was reflecting inside a cave of Hira, on a mountain named Jabal al-Nour, near Mecca. The archangel Jibril, appeared before him in this very cave and revealed the first verses to the prophet of which would lead to the formation of the Holy Qur’an. It was on this very night that it was distinguished to be as Laylat al-Qadr.
The Qur’an doesn’t mention a specific date; thus it is narrowed down to the last week of Ramadan.
In the Qur’an
It is interesting to note that the very first chapter given to Prophet Muhammad was Surah Al-Alaq, a chapter placed right before Surah Al-Qadr, which is the only chapter that directly references this particular night of power.
“Verily, We have sent it (this Qur’an) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree).
And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr is?
The night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months).
Therein descend the angels and Spirit (Jibril) by Allah’s Permission with all Decrees.
There is Peace (and Goodness from Allah to His believers) until the appearance of dawn.”
Surah Al-Qadr (97)
The first verse talks about the Qur’an that was sent down on this night of Laylat al-Qadr. There are no dates given. However, it’s already established that Ramadan is the month for which Prophet Muhammad received his very first revelation.
Looking at the third verse, Allah explains the specialty of this particular night, that it’s “better than a thousand months”. Prayers and good deeds of a Muslim will be amplified as though they had done it for 1000 months. As aforementioned, this includes the mercy of Allah that is abundant and supplications will be automatically be accepted.
A Night To Remember
What better way to reach the end of Ramadan by giving our all as Muslims? It comes to no surprise that people try their very best in Ramadan. It’s an ultimate blessing, a chance given by the Almighty to experience the faith their soul deserves for so long.
If you think these past 20 days, you have felt that you didn’t make it right, or not putting enough effort – then these last 10 days can help you. It’s never too late to increase your ibadah and honestly, 1000 months is truly a very long time. It’s a lifetime.
Thus, powering through the last week of Ramadan with a full force of faith will not only make us a better person and a better Muslim, but it will also give us hope, and that is all that we need in these times of struggle.