Better than a thousand months
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
The month of Ramadhan contains a gem far superior to all the treasures of this world put together: a single night equal in worth to a thousand months of worship, Laylat ul Qadr (the Night of Power).
Laylat ul Qadr was the night in which the Quran was revealed and a chapter in the Quran, Power, is dedicated to this amazing night:
Truly We sent it down on the Night of Power.
And what will convey to you what the Night of Power is?
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
In it the angels and the Ruh [Angel Gabriel] descend by their Lord´s authority with every ordinance.
It is Peace — until the coming of the dawn.
The people who search for, find and exert themselves in worship during this night are truly the successful ones. Laylat ul Qadr falls within the last ten nights of Ramadhan and although many opinions state that it is the 27th night of Ramadhan it could actually be any of the last ten nights of the month. The greater likelihood is that it falls on one of the odd nights of the last ten (the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th), but Allah knows best. The believer who exerts himself/herself in worship in all ten of the last nights of Ramadhan can’t miss it inshaAllah!
‘Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her), the wife of the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم , asked him about what to do on Laylat ul Qadr. He صلى الله عليه و سلم replied by telling her to make the following supplication on that night:
اللهم انك عفو تحب العفو فاعف عني
(Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbu al-’afwaan, fa’affuw ‘anniy)
O Allah, YOU are Al-Affuw–the one who obliterates sins and leaves not even a trace of them–and you love Al-Afwaan, the ones who ask for ‘affaw; so ‘affuw (obliterate, destroy, disintrigrate, remove, annhialate) my sins. (Bukhari)
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May Allah grant us all this night and accept it from us, ameen.