What is the Dua for Laylatul Qadr? The Night of Power, also known as Laylatul Qadr, is a highly revered night in Islam. This night holds immense significance for Muslims.
In this blog, we will explore the significance of Laylatul Qadr and the dua (supplication) that is recited during this blessed night.
This blog will provide you with the essential knowledge and guidance to make the most of this special occasion.
What is The Dua for Laylatul Qadr?
The Dua for laylatul qadr is written in Arabic as:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ كَرِيمٌ تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
Allahumma innaka afuwwun tuhibbul afwa fa’fu anni.
Meaning In English
The meaning of laylatul qadr Dua is O Allah, indeed You are Pardoning, You love pardon, so pardon me.
Hadith On Laylatul Qadr
Aishah reported: I asked: “O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?” He replied, “You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fafu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me).”At-Tirmidhi
Al-Afuww refers to overlooking the sins of His servant. He, Glory be to Him and Exalted, is Most Forgiving and Powerful.
That is, He forgives and pardons inspite of His power. This is not comparable to children of Adam who would only overlook when they are incapable.
He pardons despite His power and strength. And this is perfect forgiveness. He, the Exalted, loves those who pardon people.
Whoever pardons and rectifies, his reward is with Allah. He, Glory be to Him love those who forgives people.
The scholars explained that the meaning of al-Afuww is to accept what is fair from people; that is, what is easy.
Accept it, and do not make it burdensome for them nor tighten the rope. Show forgiveness and overlook others.
This is one of the etiquettes of the Qur’an; one should be kind-hearted to the children of Adam, showing forgiveness.
The point of reference is that the best of supplication to be made on the Night of Decree is: “O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness, so forgive me”.
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Laylatul qadr was named the Night of Decree for two reasons:
The first reason: What would be in the year among the actions of the son of Adam and others are decreed in it. The evidence for it is the saying of the Most High
We sent it (this Qur’an) down on a blessed night. Verily, We are ever warning [mankind that Our Torment will reach those who disbelieve in Our Oneness Lordship and in Our Oneness or worship].
Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments.”Surah Ad-Dukhan: 3-4
The second reason: The Night of Decree is a night which holds abundant grace because its value is monumental.
This is indicated in the saying of the Most High:
- “Verily We have sent it (this Quran) down in the night of Al- Qadr (Decree).
- And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is?
Surah Al-Qadr: 1-3
- The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and four months).
The excellence of this night is specific to this Ummah. It is for it. It was stated that the Prophet was shown the ages of his Ummah and it was reduced, so he was given the Night of Decree and this was made better than one thousand months.
Sheikh Uthaimeen stated in riyadus saliheen commentary, if someone is twenty years old, it becomes twenty thousand good deeds for him on this night. This is one of the Favours of Allah, the Blessed be He and Exalted, on this Ummah.
Allah, the Most High, has distinguished this Ummah and its Prophet SAW with specific characteristics lacking in earlier generations. All praises belong to Allah, the Lord of all that exists.
It stated that the night of decree is in the month of Ramadan, during the last ten days with particular emphasis on its odd (night) and more emphasis on the twenty seventh night.
However, it shifts within the ten (nights). That is, it could be on the twenty first night this year, the second year twenty third night and the third year twenty fifth night or twenty-seven, or twenty- nine or twenty-four, or twenty-six or twenty-two.
It moves because it is not a specific night. However, it is hoped it would be the twenty seventh night, then the odds (nights) and the hopeful of the last ten nights is seven out of them.
This is because a group among the companions dreamt that the night of decree was among the last seven nights.
So the Prophet SAW said, “I see that your dreams all agree upon the last seven nights. So whoever then seeks the night of Decrees should look for it among the last seven nights.” This is likely to be every year or that year only.
Nevertheless, it is in the last ten nights of Ramadan. It does not occur in the middle or in the first part; rather in the last ten nights.
FAQ From IslamQA
Can we see Laylat al-Qadr?
Laylat al-Qadr may be seen with the eye, for the one whom Allah helps to see it. That is by seeing its signs. The Sahabah (may Allah be pleased with them) used to recognize it by its signs.
But not seeing them does not mean that one will not gain its reward, if one spends that night in prayer out of faith and the hope of reward.
The Muslim should strive to seek it in the last ten nights of Ramadan, as enjoined by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), hoping to earn reward.
If it so happens that a person spends this night in prayer out of faith and seeking reward, then he will gain its reward, even if he does not know that that was Laylat al-Qadr.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever spends the night of Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and seeking reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.”
According to another report: “Whoever spends that night in prayer, seeking Laylat al-Qadr, then he catches it, his previous and future sins will be forgiven.”
What are the signs of Laylat al-Qadr?
And a sound report from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) indicates that the sign of Laylat al-Qadr is that the sun rises on the following morning with no visible rays.
Ubayy ibn Ka’b used to swear that it was the night of the twenty-seventh, citing this sign as evidence.
When is Laylat al-Qadr?
The more correct view is that Laylat al-Qadr moves through all the last ten nights, but it is most likely to be one of the odd-numbered nights, and the night of the twenty-seventh is the most likely among the odd-numbered nights.
Whoever strives in worship during all of the last ten nights, praying, reading Quran, making du’a and other kinds of good deeds will undoubtedly catch up with Laylat al-Qadr and attain what Allah has promised to those who do that out of faith and seeking reward.
And Allah is the Source of strength, May Allah bless our Prophet Muhammad and his family and Companions.