Laylatul Qadr is a very important night in Islam as it is described to be better than a thousand months of worshipping. The Laylatul Qadr is the night when the Quran was sent down to earth from the heavens. It is the night in which the first verses of the Quran were revealed on our beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).
The exact date of Laylatul Qadr is unknown and not revealed by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) but there is an indication that Laylatul Qadr will be the one odd-numbered nights in the last ten days of Ramadhan. As we know, Ramadhan is the month of forgiveness itself. It is a month in which there is a great chance to strengthen our relationship with Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى).
In the month of Ramadhan, we keep ourselves from sins and spend most of our time in prayers. Ramadhan is a very sacred month itself, and during this prestigious month, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) rewards us with a night that is a great opportunity for our forgiveness. It is also considered as a night of power. This is because this night Is associated with some holy events like the revelation of the Quran. So, the name “Night of Power” indicates extraordinary power, significance, great blessing and virtue.
In this sacred night, our little good deeds constitute high rewards. So, we must take full advantage of this special night by spending the majority of our time in worship. This is even proven by the life of our beloved prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), as he was known to pay extraordinary devotion to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) during the last 10 days of Ramadan.
As noted by Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)’s most beloved wife, Aisha (رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهَا), “Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights to a greater extent than at any other time.” [Muslim] This is a remarkable moment, and we should follow our beloved Prophet’s (ﷺ) example by embracing the last 10 days of Ramadan with increased zeal and intense devotion.
Now, there are some ways of worshipping and some special Duas for Laylatul Qadr. Let’s have a look at 5 Best Duas to recite on the Laylatul Qadr night:
1. Dua for Calamity
إِنَّا لِلهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ ، اللَّهُمَّ أْجُرْنِي فِي مُصِيبَتِي ، وَاخْلُفْ لِي خَيْرًا مِنْهَا
Translation: To Allah we belong and unto Him is our return. O Allah, recompense me for my affliction and replace it for me with something better.
Recitation of this Dua during the last days of Ramadhan basically shows a great level of confidence and submission to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى). This Dua shows an important thing: how much you trust Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) and keep faith in his wisdom.
The concept behind reciting this Dua during the days in which Laylatul Qadr falls shows that during calamities, our faith is un-shattered and everything is in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى)’s control. We are aware of the fact that Laylatul Qadr is the night of forgiveness, and it is the night of decision in which Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) will decide about our future. So, at this crucial time, reciting this Dua will act like a positive start and will show your pure intentions to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى).
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2. Dua for Protection
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ رِضَاكَ وَالجَنَّةَ ، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ سَخَطِكَ وَالنَّارِ
Translation: “O Allah, I ask of Your pleasure and for Paradise, and I seek refuge from Your displeasure and from the Hellfire.”
By reciting this Dua, we seek Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى)’s ultimate protection, guidance, and ultimate mercy. This Dua basically contains four parts in which we seek Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى)’s pleasure, refuge from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى)’s displeasure, refuge from hellfire and seek paradise. Upon reciting this dua on Laylatul Qadr it establishes a great connection with Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى). It is a very comprehensive Dua that covers four important aspects, and during this sacred night when there is a promise from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) for the greatest rewards, this Dua must be recited.
3. Dua for Health
اللّهُـمَّ عافِـني في بَدَنـي ، اللّهُـمَّ عافِـني في سَمْـعي ، اللّهُـمَّ عافِـني في بَصَـري ، لا إلهَ إلاّ أَنْـتَ. اللّهُـمَّ إِنّـي أَعـوذُبِكَ مِنَ الْكُـفر ، وَالفَـقْر ، وَأَعـوذُبِكَ مِنْ عَذابِ القَـبْر ، لا إلهَ إلاّ أَنْـتَ
Translation: “O Allah, make me healthy in my body. O Allah, preserve for me my hearing. O Allah, preserve for me my sight. There is none worthy of worship but You. O Allah, I seek refuge in You from disbelief and poverty and I seek refuge in You from the punishment of the grave. There is none worthy of worship but You”.
This is also a comprehensive Dua which allows you to ask about some important things from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) like health, especially auditory and visual. On the other side, this dua also keeps you safe from disbelief, poverty, and the most essential one, which is a refuge from the punishments of the grave. There is also an acknowledgment at the end of Dua which is about embracing that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) is the one who should be worshipped and there is no one who deserves to be worshipped. So, reciting this Dua on the most sacred night Laylatul Qadr opens a door of blessings keep us safe from the calamities.
4. Dua for Seeking Forgiveness
اَللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفْوٌ تٌحِبٌّ العَفْوَ فَأَعْفَوْ عَنِّي
Translation: “Oh Allah! You are most forgiving, you love to forgive, so forgive me”.
Aisha (رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْهَا) once said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said: ” “Oh Allah! You are most forgiving, you love to forgive, so forgive me”.
This shows the importance of Dua especially on Laylatul Qadr night. This sacred night is all about forgiveness and asking forgiveness the way Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) is highly effective. Reciting this Dua means you are following the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) and seeking forgiveness on this prestigious night.
5. Surah Al-Qadr Recitation
إِنَّآ أَنزَلْنَـٰهُ فِى لَيْلَةِ ٱلْقَدْرِ ١ وَمَآ أَدْرَىٰكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ ٱلْقَدْرِ ٢ لَيْلَةُ ٱلْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌۭ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍۢ ٣ تَنَزَّل ٱلْمَلَـٰٓئِكَةُ وَٱلرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِم مِّن كُلِّ أَمْرٍۢ ٤ سَلَـٰمٌ هِىَ حَتَّىٰ مَطْلَعِ ٱلْفَجْرِ٥
Translation: “Indeed, ˹it is˺ We ˹Who˺ sent this ˹Quran˺ down on the Night of Glory.And what will make you realize what the Night of Glory is?The Night of Glory is better than a thousand months.That night the angels and the ˹holy˺ spiritdescend, by the permission of their Lord, for every ˹decreed˺ matter.It is all peace until the break of dawn”.
This surah describes the significance of the Laylatul Qadr in a very beautiful way. It says that this night is better than worshipping a thousand months. Reciting this Surah specifically on Laylatul Qadr shows an acknowledgment of this prestigious night. On the other hand, reciting this surah on this sacred night is basically and intentional engagement of one with the spirituality of that night. It increases the desire of the reader to engage more in the worshipping and get the full advantage of this highly rewarding night.
The Laylatul Qadr is a very prestigious night that is highly significant in Islam. It is the night when the Quran was first revealed to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) regarded worshiping on this night as better than worshipping thousand months. In this night we must seek refuge from hellfire, punishments of the grave, poverty and displeasure of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى). As this night is decisive and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى) decides the future of people on this night that is why we must utilize this opportunity to seek forgiveness from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى).