As salam alaikum Everyone!
I hope that you are having a blessed Ramadan—one full of spiritual insights and self-growth. Can you believe that we are in the final 10 nights of Ramadan?
Lalatul-Qadr, the Night of Power (or Decree), is the greatest night of the year. It is the night that the Holy Quran was first revealed. It is “better than a thousand months” (97:3). Worship on this night is equal to worshiping for 83 years and 4 months.
It is one of the odd nights of the last ten nights of Ramadan. Many scholars believe that the Night of Power is the 27th night. The evening of Monday, April 17 is the 27th night of Ramadan for this year (according to the Muslim Pro App).
Below is a suggested schedule for this awesome night. (Sisters excused from prayer can do all of these activities except for touching an Arabic-only Quran and formal salaat.)
Night of Power Schedule Suggestion for Monday April 17, 2023:
(Give Some Charity, even very little, at any time this night, as it will be like giving charity for 84 years, Alhamdulillah)
Before the Maghrib Prayer:
1. Ask Allah to help you and make it easy for you to worship Him this entire night.
2. Write down a dua list of all the things you wish to ask Allah for.
From the Maghrib Prayer to Isha Prayer:
1. Break your fast
2. Pray Maghrib
3. Rest in preparation for staying awake the whole night
4. Drink a caffeinated drink such as coffee or tea.
Isha Prayer Hour:
1. Pray Isha
2. Pray Taraweeh prayers (article on taraweeh prayers: Taraweeh Prayer ) and Witr prayer
3. Recite the Dua for the Night of Power: “O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.” اللهم إنك عفو تحب العفو فاعف عني
Transliteration: “Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee”
(Hadith Reference: Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, said: I asked the Messenger of Allah: ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said: ‘Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’ “(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi).اللهم إنك عفو تحب العفو فاعف عني)
1. Ask Allah (swt) for everything on your dua list
2. Watch inspirational Islamic videos. Yaqeen Institute is a great YouTube channel for these. Here is an article about my favorite Islamic Youtube Channels. Specific video suggestions are Shaykh Yasir Qadhi’s Beautiful Names of Allah (Beautiful Names of Allah) or his Quranic Gems (Quranic Gems) or his Seerah/Biography of the Prophet Muhammad (Seerah)
(drink coffee, tea as needed)
Recite the following Remembrances of Allah from the Quran and Sunnah:
1. A Palm Tree Planted for You in Paradise:
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Whoever says:
“سُبْحَانَ اللهِالْعَظِيمِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ”
‘Subhaanallaahil-‘Adheemi wa bihamdihi.’(Glorified is Allah the Most Great and praised is He)’ will have a date palm planted for him in Paradise.” (Sahih At-Tirmithi)
2. The reward of freeing ten slaves as well as protection from satan (recite 10 times):
“لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لَا شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ، وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ”.
Laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa ‘alaa kulli shay’in Qadeer.
None has the right to be worshipped but Allah alone, Who has no partner. His is the dominion and His is the praise and He is Able to do all things .
Hadith Reference: “Allah will write ten Hasanaat (rewards) for whoever recites this ten times in the morning, and forgive him ten misdeeds and give him the reward of freeing ten slaves and protect him from Satan. Whoever recites this ten times in the evening will get this same reward. (Sahih An-Nasa’i)
3. Light on the Tongue, Heavy in the Balance:
سبحان الله و بحمدهسبحان الله العظيم
Subhaanal-laahi wa bihamdih Subhaanal-laahil-‘Adheem
Our Prophet (pbuh) said in a famous hadith:
“Two statements are light on the tongue, weigh heavily in the balance, and are loved by the Most Merciful One: “Glorified is God and praised is He”
(Subhaanal-laahi wa bihamdih) and “Glorified is God the Most Great” (Subhaanal-laahil-‘Adheem).
(recorded in Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
4. Your desires are granted easily if you say this 7 times:
“حَسْبِيَ اللهُ لَآ إِلَهَ إِلَّا هُوَ عَلَيْهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَهُوَ رَبُّ الْعَرْشِ الْعَظِيمِ”.
Hasbiyallaahu laa ‘ilaaha ‘illaa Huwa ‘alayhi tawakkaltu wa Huwa Rabbul-‘Arshil-‘Adheem .
“Allah is sufficient for me . There is none worthy of worship but Him . I have placed my trust in Him, He is Lord of the Majestic Throne.”
“Allah will grant whoever recites this seven times in the morning or evening whatever he desires from this world or the next, Sahih Abu Dawud, Ibn As-Sunni)
5. You will be pleased on the Day of Resurrection if you Say this 3 times daily:
“رَضِيتُ باللهِ رَبَّاً، وَبِالْإِسْلَامِ دِيناً، وَبِمُحَمَّدٍ صَلَى اللهُ عَلِيهِ وَسَلَّمَ نَبِيَّاً”.
Radheetu billaahi Rabban, wa bil-‘Islaami deenan, wa bi-Muhammadin (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallama) Nabiyyan.
“I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, with Islam as my religion and with Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as my Prophet.”
“Allah has promised that anyone who says this three times every morning or evening will be pleased on the Day of Resurrection.” (Ahmad, An-Nasa’i, At-Tirmithi)
6. A solution for all of your worries:
“أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْهِ”.
‘Astaghfirullaaha wa ‘atoobu ‘ilayhi.
“I seek the forgiveness of Allah and repent to Him.”
The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Whoever does a lot of Istighfar, Allah will provide him a way out of each concern he has, and will solve all his troubles, and will provide him with livelihood from sources that were not known to him.” (Bukhari, Muslim)
7. Say this once to be blessed 10 times:
اللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ وَسَلِّمْ عَلَى مُحَمَّد
Allahumma salli wa sallim ‘alaa nabiyyinaa Muhammadin
Reference: “He who sends blessings on me once, Allah sends him blessings ten times.” [Muslim, Abu Dawud, & Tirmidhi]
8.The Most Beloved Words to Allah (swt):
Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said: The most beloved words to Allah are four:
سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ وَ الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ وَ لاَ اِلهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَ اللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ
Subhaanallaah, Walhamdu lillaah, Wa laa ‘ilaaha ‘illallaah and Wallaahu ‘Akbar.
Glorified is Allah, The praise is for Allah, There is none worthy of worship but Allah, Allah is the Most Great (Recorded in Muslim).
9. Protection from Calamity (said morning or evening)
بِسْمِ اللهِ الَّذِي لَا يَضُرُّ مَعَ اسْمِهِ شَيْءٌ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَلَا فِي السَّمَاءِ وَهُوَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيمُ”.
Bismillaahil-lathee laa yadhurru ma’as-mihi shay’un fil-‘ardhi wa laa fis-samaa’i wa Huwas-Samee ‘ul- ‘Aleem .
In the Name of Allah, Who with His Name nothing can cause harm in the earth nor in the heavens, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. (Recite three times in Arabic).
“Whoever recites it three times in the morning will not be afflicted by any calamity before evening, and whoever recites it three times in the evening will not be overtaken by any calamity before morning.” (Abu Dawud, At-Tirmithi, Ibn Majah, Ahmad)
10. These two verses are “Enough” in terms of their blessings! (to be said before sleeping):
ءَامَنَ ٱلرَّسُولُ بِمَآ أُنزِلَ إِلَيۡهِ مِن رَّبِّهِۦ وَٱلۡمُؤۡمِنُونَۚ كُلٌّ ءَامَنَ بِٱللَّهِ وَمَلَـٰٓٮِٕكَتِهِۦ وَكُتُبِهِۦ وَرُسُلِهِۦ لَا نُفَرِّقُ بَيۡنَ أَحَدٍ۬ مِّن رُّسُلِهِۦۚ وَقَالُواْ سَمِعۡنَا وَأَطَعۡنَاۖ غُفۡرَانَكَ رَبَّنَا وَإِلَيۡكَ ٱلۡمَصِيرُ (٢٨٥) لَا يُكَلِّفُ ٱللَّهُ نَفۡسًا إِلَّا وُسۡعَهَاۚ لَهَا مَا كَسَبَتۡ وَعَلَيۡہَا مَا ٱكۡتَسَبَتۡۗ رَبَّنَا لَا تُؤَاخِذۡنَآ إِن نَّسِينَآ أَوۡ أَخۡطَأۡنَاۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تَحۡمِلۡ عَلَيۡنَآ إِصۡرً۬ا كَمَا حَمَلۡتَهُ ۥ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِنَاۚ رَبَّنَا وَلَا تُحَمِّلۡنَا مَا لَا طَاقَةَ لَنَا بِهِۦۖ وَٱعۡفُ عَنَّا وَٱغۡفِرۡ لَنَا وَٱرۡحَمۡنَآۚ أَنتَ مَوۡلَٮٰنَا فَٱنصُرۡنَا عَلَى ٱلۡقَوۡمِ ٱلۡڪَـٰفِرِينَ
‘Aamanar-Rasoolu bimaa ‘unzila mir-Rabbihi walmu’minoon, kullun ‘aamana billaahi wa malaa’ikatihi wa Kutubihi wa Rusulihi, laa nufarriqu bayna ‘ahadim-mir-Rusulihi, wa qaaloo sami’naa wa ‘ata’naa ghufraanaka Rabbanaa wa ‘ilaykal-maseer. Laa yukallifullaahu nafsan ‘illaa wus’ahaa, lahaa maa kasabat wa ‘alayhaa mak-tasabat, Rabbanaa laa tu’aakhithnaa ‘in naseenaa ‘aw ‘akhta’naa, Rabbanaa wa laa tahmil ‘alaynaa ‘isran kamaa hamaltahu ‘alal-latheena min qablinaa, Rabbanaa wa laa tuhammilnaa maa laa taaqata lanaa bihi, wa’fu ‘annaa, waghfir lanaa warhamnaa, ‘Anta Mawlaanaa fansurnaa ‘alal-qawmil-kaafireen.
“The Messenger believes in what has been send down to him from his Lord, and so do the believers. Each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books, and His Messengers. They say: “We make no distinction between any of His Messengers,” and they say: “We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your Forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return.” Allah burdens not a person beyond what he can bear. He
gets reward for that (good) which he has earned, and he is punished for that (evil) which he has earned. Our Lord! Punish us not if we forget or fall into error. Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden like that which You did lay on those before us. Our Lord! Put not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Pardon us and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. You are our Protector, and help us against the disbelieving people.” (Al-Baqarah 2:285-6)
Hadith Reference: “These two Verses will be sufficient for anyone who recites them at night before sleeping.” (Al-Bukhari)
1. Recite Allah’s Beautiful Names (link: Names of Allah)
2. Recite the short surahs that you say in your prayers, read their translations, and try to memorize their translations so you will understand them from now on insha’Allah.
3. Say سُبْحَانَ اللّهِ وَ بِحَمْدِهِ SubhanAllah wa bihamdihi 100 times (Translation: Glory be to Allah, and His is the Praise)
Narrated Abu Huraira (ra): Allah’s Apostle (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Whoever says, ‘Subhan Allah wa bihamdihi,’ one hundred times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea.” (Sahih Bukhari)
Final Hour of the Night before Fajr Prayer
1. Ask Allah (swt) again for everything on your Dua List
2. Eat Suhur and THANK ALLAH FOR HONORING YOU TO STAY AWAKE ON THIS BLESSED NIGHT!