The Night of Power – Laylat-ul-Qadr
“The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.” (Quran 97:3)
“Whosoever stands in “Ibaadah” (worship) on this night, with sincere faith and with genuine hopes of gaining reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Hadith-Bukhari and Muslim)
The exact night corresponding to Laylat ul Qadr is unknown, however what is known for certain is that Laylat ul Qadr is among the last ten nights of Ramadan. Perhaps this is from the wisdom of Allah, in order for Muslims to exert their efforts throughout the last ten nights of Ramadan in the hope that Allah may accept our deeds.
Majority of scholars say its on the 27th Night
The companion Ubay ibn Ka’ab says in a hadith authentically narrated by Muslim:
“By Allah, I know about laylat ul Qadr and I know it fully well that it is the twenty-seventh night (during Ramadan) on which the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) commanded us to observe prayer.”
In the Sunan of Abu Dawud Mu’awiyah (ra) narrated “The Messenger of Allah (pbuh)said regarding the night of al-Qadr It is the 27th night (of Ramadan).”
Imam Ibn Hajar comments on this hadith saying that it is most probably the saying of Mu’awiyah and not the Prophet (saw). Ibn Hajr explains that “the most likely view of the majority is that it [Laylat ul Qadr] is the 27th night of Ramadan.”
Some say it’s the odd nights among the last ten nights
Referring to 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th night,
Recorded by Bukhari, and narrated by `Aisha, the Prophet (pbuh) said, "Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan."
Many Say it’s the last ten nights of Ramadan
Narrated `Aisha and recorded in Bukhari:
Allah's Messenger (pbuh) used to practice I`tikaf in the last ten nights of Ramadan and used to say, "Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan."
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