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Seeking the Night of Laylat-ul-Qadr

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It was narrated on the authority of ‘Uyaynah ibn ‘Abdul-Rahmaan that his father said:

The Night of Al-Qadr was mentioned in the presence of Abu Bakrah who said, “I am not going to seek it because of something I heard from the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) except in the last ten days [of Ramadhaan]. I heard the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) say, ‘Seek it in the last nine nights, or seven nights, or five nights, or three nights or the last night.'” Abu Bakrah used to perform prayer during the first twenty nights of Ramadhaan as he would usually pray during the whole year, but when the last ten nights came, he would be extra diligent. [At-Tirmithi: Hasan Saheeh] [At-Tayaalisi, Ahmad, An-Nasaa’i, Al-Bazzaar and At-Tabaraani]
It was narrated on the authority of Mu‘aawiyah ibn Abu Sufyaan  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that the Prophet, sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “Seek the Night of Al-Qadr in the last night [of Ramadhaan].” [Ibn Khuzaymah] [Al-Albaani: Saheeh]
Ibn Khuzaymah wrote a title for this Hadeeth, “Chapter: On the order to seek the Night of Al-Qadr in the last night of Ramadhaan – and it may occur in the last night in some years.
Benefits and rulings:
 
First: The Night of Al-Qadr occurs in the last ten nights of Ramadhaan, most probably in the odd-numbered nights. Therefore, the Muslim should seek it throughout the ten nights.
Second: The Companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them were keen to seek the Night of Al-Qadr and fill it with voluntary prayers.
Third: The Night of Al-Qadr may come in the last night in some years, since theHadeeths showed that the exact night may change.
Fourth: The Muslim should not quit praying, reciting the Quran, performing theTaraaweeh after the 27th of Ramadhaan or after the Imaam completes the recitation of the Quran in the Taraaweeh because he is supposed to be seeking the Night of Al-Qadr which may be the last night of the month.
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Seeking the Night of Laylat-ul-Qadr on the 27th of Ramadhaan

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It is narrated on the authority of Zirr ibn Hubaysh  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him that he said,

 

 

I asked Ubayy ibn Ka‘b  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him: “Your brother [in faith] Ibn Mas‘ood  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him says, ‘Anyone who stands [for the supererogatory prayer every night] throughout the year will happen to witness the Night of Al-Qadr.’” He (Ubayy) said, “May Allaah have mercy upon him, he wanted to not make the people rely only on it. No doubt, he knew that it is in Ramadhaan, particularly in the last ten nights, and that it is, namely, the 27th night.” Ubayy  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him then took an unrestricted oath (such as without saying, “Allaah willing” in it), that it was the twenty-seventh night. (The sub-narrator asked) “With what do you support that, O Abu Al-Munthir?” He said: “With the portent or the sign, of which the Messenger of Allaah  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) told us, which is that the sun rises brightly the next day and without rays.” [Muslim]

 

 

According to another narration of this incident, he said, “The sun rises in the next morning as if it were a round tray and without rays.” [Ahmad]

 

According to another narration, Ubayy  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said, “By Allaah, Ibn Mas‘ood knew well that it (the Night of Al-Qadr) is in Ramadhaan, and that it is the twenty-seventh night. But he disliked to tell you that lest you would rely on it [and slacken to do worship at any other time].” [At-Tirmithi]

 

It is narrated on the authority of Mu‘aawiyah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “The Night of Al-Qadr is the twenty-seventh night [of Ramadhaan].” [Abu Daawood]

 

It is further narrated on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbaas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them that a man came to the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), and said, “O Prophet of Allaah, I am an old sick man and it is too difficult for me to stand (for supererogatory prayers every night). So, please, specify for me a particular night (to stand in prayer on), perchance Allaah would help me witness the Night of Al-Qadr on it.” On that the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), said: “I advise you [to stand in prayer on] the [twenty] seventh [night of Ramadhaan].” [Ahmad]

 

 

 

Benefits and rulings

 

First: The righteous predecessors were keen on doing what is good and knowing the seasons which have superiority over the other times so that they would give their utmost effort in worshipping in them.

 

Second: It is permissible for religious scholars to hide some of their knowledge if this is likely to be beneficial, such as, for example, if they believe that the people would otherwise rely on a particular thing and fall short of doing other righteous deeds.

 

Third: It is permissible for a Muslim to take an oath to that of which he is fully or almost certain.

 

Fourth: Among the signs of the Night of Al-Qadr is the rising of the sun in the next morning brightly but without rays.

 

Fifth: A Muslim has to devote himself to the seasons which have superiority over other times, like the last ten days of Ramadhaan in pursuit of the Night of Al-Qadr, so as to get abundant reward for little work.

 

Sixth: Researching scholars maintain that the Night of Al-Qadr is not fixed, and that it is most probably on the twenty-seventh night, as Ubayy  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him took an oath to that.

 

Seventh: The Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), told the old sick man that it was the twenty-seventh night and this does not contradict the other Hadeeths in which it is mentioned that the Night of Al-Qadr is on other nights, for the information given by the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ), about that night is specific to that year in which the man asked him. It is this point of view that reconciles the different texts in that respect.
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The gates of virtue during Ramadhaan

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The month of Ramadhaan is the month of virtue and righteousness. Due to the virtue of its period, the deeds performed during it are also treated differently. People are more eager to be virtuous during this month than any other month of the year. There are many righteous deeds a Muslim can perform during this blessed month, and the following are some suggested deeds:

Sincerity: Allaah Says (what means): “And they were not commanded except to worship Allaah, [being] sincere to Him in religion, inclining to truth, and to establish prayer and to give Zakaah. And that is the correct religion.” [Quran 98: 5]

Hastening in breaking the fast:Sahl Ibn Sa’d  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “The people will continue to be on the right path as long as they hasten the breaking of the fast”[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

Breaking the fast by eating dates:Sulaymaan Ibn ‘Amr  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “If one of you is fasting, he should break his fast with dates. If dates are not available, then with water, for water is purifying. ”[At-Tirmithi]

Exerting extra effort in supplications:The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Three supplications are answered without doubt. The supplication of the fasting person, the supplication of the oppressed and the supplication of the traveler.” [Al-Bayhaqi].

Eating Suhoor (i.e. the pre-dawn meal):Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Eat Suhoor, as there is blessings in it”[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

Thanking Allaah after eating or drinking:Anas  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Allaah is pleased with the slave who thanks Him (i.e., says Al-hamdu lillah) when he eats and thanks Him when he drinks”[Muslim]

Guarding ones tongue and remaining silent:Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  himreported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Let he who believes in Allaah and the Last Day say something good or remain silent”[Muslim]. The Prophet sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) also said: “Fasting is not to refrain from eating and drinking, rather one should neither indulge in obscene language nor should he raise his voice; and if anyone reviles him or tries to quarrel with him, he should say: `I am fasting. I am fasting `” [Ibn Hibbaan]

Going early to the mosque and waiting for the next prayer:Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Should I not direct you to something by which Allaah obliterates the sins and elevates (your) ranks.” They said: “Yes, O Messenger of Allaah”. He  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said:“Performing ablution properly, even in difficulty, frequently going to the mosque, and waiting eagerly for the next prayer after a prayer is over; indeed, that is Ar-Ribaat (i.e. equivalent to its reward), indeed, that is Ar-Ribaat (guarding the front lines of the Muslim army)” [Muslim]. Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “Everyone among you will be deemed to be occupied in prayer constantly so long as the prayer detains him (from worldly concerns), and nothing prevents him from returning to his family but prayer.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

 Spending charity:Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention )said: “He who gives in charity the value of a date which he legally earned, and Allaah accepts only that which is pure, Allaah accepts it with His Right Hand and fosters it for him, as one of you fosters his pony, until it (i.e. the spent charity) becomes like a mountain”[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

Encouraging others to spend:Allaah Says (what means): “And cooperate in righteousness and piety, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression” [Quran 5: 2]

 Arranging for lectures:Abu Hurayrah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: “If anyone calls others to follow right guidance, his reward will be equivalent to those who follow him (in righteousness) without their reward being diminished in any respect, and if anyone invites others to follow error, the sin, will be equivalent to that of the people who follow him (in sinfulness) without their sins being diminished in any respect”[Muslim]

 Performing the ‘Eed prayer:Abu Sa’eed  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him reported: “The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to come out on the ‘Eed day after Ramadhaan, and the first thing he would do was to perform the ‘Eed prayer” [Al-Bukhaari]

These were some of the gates towards virtue that one can perform during this blessed month, so be keen to accumulate as much reward as you possibly can, because this could be the last year you witness this month. Take advantage of this chance and put forth what you would like to see on the Day of Account. Allaah Says (what means): “The Day every soul will find what it has done of good present [before it] and what it has done of evil, it will wish between itself and that [evil] was a great distance. And Allaah warns you of Himself, and Allaah is Kind to [His] slaves.” [Quran 3: 30]

 

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