The blessing of supplicating on Laylatul-Qadr

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Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razzaaq al-Badr said:

I remember a story that I will relate [to you] only because of its benefit; not for anything other than its benefit.

Some years ago, on the night of the 27th [of Ramadhaan] I was out with my father and my grandfather (rahima-hullaah) on our way to the Haram for the Taraaweeh prayer, and there was a car a short distance from the house and the music [coming from tha car] was loud on the 27th night; the night on which is most sought and likely to be Laylatul-Qadr.

So I went over and found a group of young men [there].

I said: “My youth, if you are unable to pray with the [rest of the] people and to supplicate to Allaah (‘Azza wa Jall) on this blessed night then at the very least turn this loud noise off.

Stop this noise; and they turned it off.

Then I told them [of] this hadeeth.

I told them [of] this hadeeth; the hadeeth[1] of ‘Aa.ishah (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhaa).

Then I said to the nearest one to me [have] you memorised the supplication?

He said ‘Yes’.

[So] I said to him ‘Repeat it.’

Then he wanted me to repeat it with him, so I repeated it twice.

Then I said ‘Repeat it’.

So he repeated it.

I [then] said repeat this place it on your tongues (repeat it again and again).

After that, I had forgotten the story after that by about five or six years I went to a religious organisation in one of the cities and I met with the workers there.

And when I finished, a young bearded and pleasant looking man came and sat next to me.

He said to me ‘Do you remember the young men whose story was such-and-such?’

So he reminded me.

I [then] remembered.

So he said ‘I am one of them, and Allaah (‘Azza wa Jall’) guided me from that night.’

He said ‘From that night, I had this supplication on my tongue.’

‘I would supplicate to Allaah, and repeat it until my heart opened, and whatever was in my heart of love for false and forbidden things, Allaah took it away from me.’

That is why I say, in reality we should also cooperate on this matter, particularly through means of communication.

If you know one of your relatives who has committed sins, [then] send him a message.

Tell him ‘I sincerely advise you for the sake of Allaah to increase repeating this supplication…’

«اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ ٱلْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي»

«O Allaah, You are Forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me.»

[1] ‘Aa.ishah (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhaa) said: “O Messenger of Allaah, what do you think I should say in my supplication, if I come upon Laylatul-Qadr?” He said:

«اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ تُحِبُّ ٱلْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي»

«O Allaah, You are Forgiving and love forgiveness, so forgive me.»

Sunan Ibn Maajah no.3850, graded Saheeh by al-Albaanee

Translation originally published on 1 April, 2024

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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