Friday, August 27, 2010

How to Reap the Rewards of Lailatul Qadr 1/2

The Reward for Lailatul Qadr

وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ . لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ

And what will make you know what the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is? The Night of the Decree is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months). [97: 2-3]

This blessed night was given to our ummah as a special gift upon the concern of the Prophet for the short lives of his people in comparison with those who lived before. Thus whatever is done on this blessed night will be recorded for the sincere Muslim as if he had done the same deeds without sinning for one thousand months, which is the equivalent of 83 years and four months! This was among the reasons why the Prophet (saas) said that whoever was deprived of the good of this night was truly deprived:

Abu Hurairah (ra) who said: The Messenger of Allah (saas) said: "There has come to you Ramadan, a blessed month which Allah has enjoined you to fast ... In it there is a night which is better than a thousand months, and whoever is deprived of its goodness is indeed deprived." (Sahih - Nasaa'i, Ahmad)

فعن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه قال

من قام ليلة القدر إيماناً واحتساباً غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه

It was narrated from Abu Hurairah (ra) that the Prophet (saas) said: "Whoever spends the night of Lailatul Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, will be forgiven his previous sins."

In this authentic hadith, special care must be paid to his statement (saas) "out of faith and in hope of the reward". This shows us the importance of purifying both the intention and our sincerity, praying to Allah with full belief in Him and seeking His great reward.

continue Part 2- What to Do on this Blessed Night

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