Salaam, subhan’Allaah.. how beautiful is that word. Jam-packed with joy, positivity, happiness. Peace. Ash-Sha`bi says: “Allaah calls it the Salaam because the angels are constantly sending peace and blessings upon the believers in the mosques.” Imagine having countless angels surrounding us, and according to a narration “the angels on earth on that night of Qadr will be more numerous than all the pebbles of the earth.”
And to top it all off, we will be honoured with the company of Jibreel `alayhissalaam! Just thinking about it gives one goosebumps out of awe and amazement. Ibn Katheer mentions a hadeeth in his tafseer in which it is said that: “A battalion of angels come down with Jibreel and they enter every Masjid, and approach every believer who is in worship and give him Salaam.”
What does the night of Qadr entail? Glory, honour, power, measuring decree, destiny. These are just some of the meanings of the word Qadr.
The night of Qadr will be a night of not only peace, glory and honour but it will also be a night wherein Allaah will measure our decree.
In soorat ad-Dukhaan Allaah says: “Therein (Laylatul Qadr) is decreed every matter of decree.”
We also know that one of the names of Allaah subhanahu wa ta`ala is al-Qaadir, which means the Able, ordaining, decreeing, etc. As in He can make possible anything He wants. Anything you want.
So what should you to do gain maximum benefit? Here’s some pointers:
- It was the sunnah of the Prophet sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam, the Sahabah and the Tabi`een to bathe, smell good and wear nice, clean clothes. It shows how special they thought this night was, and also because we will be in the company of blessed creatures (the Malaa’ikah and especially Jibreel). So don’t forget to revive this sunnah!
- For those who can go to a masjid, its great to be able to pray qiyaam with an imaam. If you haven’t been to the masjid at all this Ramadan, then these are the last few nights that you cannot afford to miss!
- Sisters who can’t pray, and if you’re unable to go to a masjid for whatever reason, create a clean atmosphere in your room. By clean I mean free from every kind of evil/negativity. So if there’s any pictures for example in your room, get rid of them. I like to turn off the lights and create a soft light in my room with either a lamp or candles (scented ones are even better for a fresh smell!). It helps me focus better.
- Pray, pray and pray. Sisters who can’t pray, read the Qur’aan, do dhikr of Allaah, send peace and blessings upon the Prophet.
- Make a list of things that you want to ask Allaah for. Making a list is very important as it keeps you focused and also gives you perspective on what exactly it is that you need from Allaah.
- When you ask, don’t forget to ask for forgiveness. Allaahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `anni. O Allaah, You are the Forgiver, You love forgiving, so forgive me.
- Don’t miss out on this amazing night.. It can open doors to you that you never imagined. It can bring you peace you never thought you could have. It can give you answers you never thought existed. You know this is a caravan you can’t miss! 🙂
May Allaah accept our `ibaadah, and our siyaam. May He forgive our sins, grant us Jannah and protect us from the fire of Hell.