The Prophet (SAW) used to strive hard in worship during the last ten days of Ramadan more than at any other time. He used to seclude himself in I’tikaaf and seek Laylat al-Qadr during this time. (Al-Bukhaari, 1913; Muslim, 1169). It is reported from the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that when the last ten days of Ramadan came, the Prophet (SAW) would stay up at night and wake his family for prayers and worship. It was reported in another hadeeth that ‘Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) said: “I never saw the Prophet (SAW) recite the entire Qur’aan in one night, or spend a whole night in prayer until the morning, or fast an entire month, except in Ramadan.”
We should follow the example of the Prophet (SAW), for he is the best example, and we should strive hard in worshiping Allah (SBH). We should not waste these days and nights, because we do not know if we will live to see another Ramadan.
Among the unique virtues of these special nights is Laylatu al-Qadr. Allah (SBH) says:
“By the manifest Book (this Qur’aan) that makes things clear.
We sent it (this Qur’aan) down on a blessed night [(i.e. the Night of Al-Qadr) in the month of Ramadan]. Verily, We are ever warning mankind that Our Torment will reach those who disbelieve in Our Oneness of Lordship and in Our Oneness of worship.
Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainment. as a Command from Us.
Verily, We are ever sending (the Messengers), (As) a mercy from your Lord.
Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.” [al-Dukhaan 44:1-6]
Allah (SBH) called it Laylatu al-Qadr because of its great value and high status and because so many sins are forgiven and so many faults are concealed during this night. Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever stays up during Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of earning reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.”
Allah (SBH) has given this night special characteristics which make it unique. It is the night on which the
the Qur’aan was sent down. Ibn ‘Abbaas and others said: “Allah sent down the Qur’aan at one time from al-Lawh al-Mahfooz to Bayt al-‘Izzah in the first heaven, then it was revealed to the Messenger of Allah (SAW) in stages according to events over twenty-three years.”
Allah has revealed a soorah concerning this night which will be recited until the Day of Resurrection, in which He mentions the honour and great value of this night. In this soorah He says:
“Verily, We have sent it (this Qur’aan) down in the Night of Al-Qadr. And what will make you know what the Night of Al-Qadr is? The Night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the angels and the Rooh [Jibreel] by Allaah’s Permission with all Decrees, (All that night), there is peace until the appearance of dawn.” [al-Qadr 97:1-5]
The Night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months means, it is better than over 83 years. This is a great virtue, the value of which no one can fully understand except the Lord of the Worlds (SHW). Allah (SBH) forgives the previous sins of the one who stays up and prays during this night out of faith and in hope of earning the reward from Him. Ramadan offers every Muslim an opportunity to strengthen his Iman, purify his heart and soul, and to remove the evil effects of the sins committed by him throughout the year.