Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of Power)

As is narrated by Abu Hurayra, may Allah be pleased with him, Allah's Messenger, peace and blessings upon him, said: 

Whoever makes a good profit at the Night of Power by spending it with ibadah (worship, but not limited to ritual: all expressions of servitude to Allah), believing and hoping its reward only from Allah, his/her past sins are forgiven (Bukhari, Iman: 35; Tirmidhi, Sawm: 1)

The Qur'an praises the Night of Power. It informs us that the Night of Power is better than a thousand months (which do not include that night). So, the believer who passes that night with ibadah and makes a good profit out of it acquires as much reward as if s/he passed a thousand months with ibadah. In other words, s/he finds the opportunity to earn the thawab (reward for good deeds that is tallied on qiyamah/judgment day) only at one night, which, otherwise, s/he could earn in such a long life as 80 years.

According to a narration by Abdullah Ibn-i Umar, may Allah be pleased with them both, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Whoever wants to search for the Night of Power, let him/her search at the 27th night.” (Musnad, 2:27), he thus advised us to pass the 27th night awake with ibadah and dhikr (remembrance of Allah).

If we celebrate that night with this prayer, which the Prophet taught to Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, it would be more virtuous:

Allahumma innaka afuwwun, karimun, tuhibbu’l-afwa, fa’fu anni. (O my Allah! You are much forgiving, much generous; you love forgiving; forgive me.) (Tirmidhi, Daawat: 84)

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