The Night of Power

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Sunset on Mt. Rainier

With the last ten days of Ramadan upon us, it is important for us as smart, practicing Muslimahs to take advantage of the blessings that Allah has bestowed on the night of Laylatul-Qadr.

The night is so important that an entire surah was dedicated to it in the Quran.

In the name of God, the Benevolent, the Merciful.

1 Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Power.
2 And what can make you know what the Night of Power is?
3 The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
4 The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter.
5 Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.

(Surah 97: Ayah 1-5)

Sheikh Muhammad Alshareef gave 4 easy steps to utilize the reward that can be gained from this night:

Step 1: Go somewhere really beautiful, where no one can disturb you.

Step 2: Imagine Allah says to you, “Ask whatever you wish and I shall grant it to you.”  Think of everything good you would ask for from this life and the next.

Step 3: After thinking of everything you can, sit down and write it out.

Step 4: Pick 5 things, your favorites, and consistently ask Allah for these 5 things every night in the last ten days. Your dua will be guaranteed to have landed on Laylatul-Qadr! How cool is that?

Along with making dua, I encourage my fellow brothers and sisters in Islam to do the following as well:

  1. Wake up for tahajjud. Set your alarm to a little earlier than suhoor and pray as if you are standing in front of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Concentrate on the meaning of what you recite. Pray as if you are praying your last prayer.
  2. Read a little more Quran than you normally would. Remember: the Quran will be your witness on the Day of Judgment as to how much you read it. Would you want it to witness for you or against you?
  3. This is a perfect time to ask for forgiveness and forgive others who have wronged you. Did you know forgiving others erases your sins? Did you know holding grudges is against Islam? Cleanse your heart and begin the year with a fresh start.

May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala allow us to reap the rewards of the Night of Power, and may He grant us success in both this life and the next. Ameen!

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