The exact date of Laylatul-Qadr
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Pls advise the correct date Allah has set for this prestigious raat and whether is it compulsory to be awake the whole night saying prayers and wasila etc till Fajar prayers until we see the sun-rise then one can go to sleep. Pls explain and clarify.
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The exact date of Laylatul-Qadr
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Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 185: Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed.
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 97 Surah Qadr verse 1: We have sent down this (Quran) in the Night of Qadr.
Thus from the above two aayahs it is confirmed from the Holy Quran that the Laylatul-Qadr is in Ramadan.
It has been reported in an authentic narration that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan."
Thus the Laylatul-Qadr could be on any one of the five nights 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th of Ramadan. There is no authentic narration which we can state with certainty that the Messenger of Allah (saws) gave the exact date. So why did the Prophet (saws) hide the exact date from the muslims? It could be so that the muslims would pray earnestly for all the last 10 nights, and especially the odd nights in search for the Laylatul-Qadr, instead of just one night. The Messenger of Allah (saws) himself used to confine himself to the mosque in the last 10 days of Ramadan, and worship Allah like no other days and nights of the year.
Is it compulsory to be awake the whole night of Laylatul-Qadr? The simple answer is no, it is not compulsory, as it is not a fard ibaadah. But Allah says in the same Surah Qadr, that the Night of Qadr is better than a thousand months (more than 83.33 years)! So if one misses this night, we might say that he missed a great opportunity of gaining the pleasure and forgiveness of Allah on such a magnificient night.
The Night of Qadr starts at the setting of the sun and ends at the rise of the dawn. Thus whoever prays all of it or part of it, will get his reward from Allah accordingly.
It has been reported in an authentic narration that one of the wives of the Prophet (saws) asked him what should she pray to Allah on the Night of Qadr. He (saws) replied, pray: Allah humma innaka afu-un, tuhibbul affwa, fafo anna. (O Allah, Thou art Forgiving and Thou lovest Forgiveness, so (please) Forgive me (my sins.))
Allah's Apostle (saws) said, "Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's Pleasure, then all his past sins will be forgiven."
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