What you need to know about Laylatul-Qadr

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Question: [O] Noble Shaykh, this [questioner] is asking, saying [there] is recurring evidence from the Book and the Sunnah regarding the greatness and virtue of Laylatul-Qadr, [so what is] the most anticipated night that will be Laylatul-Qadr, O Shaykh?

Response: Laylatul-Qadr comprises all of Ramadhaan and it is not to be assigned to a particular night [of Ramadhaan]; there is no evidence to suggest that. However, the most anticipated [view] is that it is in the last ten [nights], and the preponderant [opinion] of the last ten [nights] is the 27th night.

It is said that it is the first night of the [last] ten, and it is [also] said that it is the 23rd night, and it is [also] said that it is 25th night, and it is said that it is the 27th night, and it is [also] said that it is 29th night, and the preponderant [opinion] of them is the 27th night.

Question: Regarding Laylatul-Qadr, what is the supplication that the Messenger has instructed us to supplicate with? And is every supplication answered?

Response: Yes, the Muslim should strive hard in supplicating with what Allaah has made easy for him. However, ‘Aa.ishah (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhaa) asked the Prophet ﷺ this same question. She said “What is your view if I come upon Laylatul-Qadr; then what should say?”

«He said, say: ‘O Allaah, You are Forgiving, Generous and love forgiveness, so forgive me.’»

«اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ كَرِيمٌ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي»

at-Tirmidhee, no.3513

So he should repeat this supplication, and add to it what is easy [for him].


Translation originally published on 5 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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