Lailat ul qadar (Arabic: لیلة القدر) (also known as Shab-e-Qadr), the Night of Destiny, Night of Power, Night of Value, the Night of Decree or Night of Measures, is the anniversary of two very important dates in Islam that occurred in the month of Ramadan. It is the anniversary of the night Muslims believe the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Laylat Al-Qadris the anniversary of the night that the Qur’an was revealed. Muslims believe that revelation of the Qur’an occurred in two phases, with the first phase being the revelation in its entirety on Lailat ul qadar to Gabriel in the lowest heaven, and then the subsequent verse-by-verse revelation to Muhammad by the angel Gabriel (Jibril in Arabic).
Sunnah Lailat ul qadar
Muslims often pray extra prayers on this day, particularly the night prayer. They awake, pray, and hope God will give them anything they may desire on this night. Mostly, they perform tilawat (reading the Qur’an).
Those who can afford to devote their time in the remembrance of God stay in the mosque for the final ten days of Ramadan. This worship is called Iʿtikāf (retreat). They observe fast during the day & occupy themselves with the remembrance of God, performing voluntary prayers and studying the Qur’an, day & night, apart from the obligatory prayers which they perform with the congregation. Food and other necessities of life are provided for them during their stay in the mosque. Devoting time to remember God, Muslims also hope to receive divine favors & blessings connected with the blessed night.
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