The month of Ramadhan holds a special place in the Islamic lunar calendar. It is not only a month in which one of the pillars of Islam, fating (saum), is practiced, but it is also a month during which the revelation of the Holy Quran took place. A month filled with blessings and glad tidings, Ramadhan offers the believer to come close to his Creator and Sustainer.

The Holy Quran was sent down as guidance to mankind in the month of Ramadhan. Allah tells mankind in the Quran; “The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong) (2:185).” The night in which the Holy Quran was revealed is known as Laylat-ul-Qadr (the Night of Power). It is the night in which the rewards of worship for the believers have been greatly augmented. As to which night of the month of Ramadhan is this special night, the question is answered by one of the sayings of the Holy Prophet (pbuh). The Holy Prophet (pbuh) said; “Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.” The Hadis tells us that Laylat-ul-Qadr is one of the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadhan and us Muslims are to seek the night and not just let it by. It is the night in which all the energies of the believer should be focused towards repenting and asking for forgiveness. One should vehemently seek Allah’s pleasure and seek this night, for the night holds a great place in the month of Ramadhan. The Holy Quran itself tells the believer about the great significance of Laylat- ul-Qadr in Surah Qadr: “The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.”

The Ayat in the paragraph above tells us that the Night of Power is better than a thousand months which is equivalent to 83 years and 4 months. One can be taken aback looking at the proportion by which the rewards for the believer are amplified in this night. The night is full of mercy and peace. In Surah Qadr, Allah says that; “Peace!…This until the rise of morn!” The whole night is covered with the blanket of peace and blessings. Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) said: “Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not to show off) then all his past sins will be forgiven.” One can realize that the night of Laylat-ul-Qadr is one of the most important nights in the year for a Muslim. It is a night which must be sincerely sought to seek Allah’s forgiveness and seek the rewards and blessings stored in the night.