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عَنْ عَائِشَةَ ، رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُا ، عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ، أَنَّهُ قَالَ : ” تَحَرَّوْا لَيْلَةَ الْقَدْرِ فِي الْعَشْرِ الأَوَاخِرِ مِنْ رَمَضَانَ. رَوَاهُ الْبُخَارِيُّ وَرَوَاهُ مُسْلِمٌ.

‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) used to seclude himself (in the mosque) during the last ten nights of Ramadan. He would say, “Search for Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree) in the last ten nights of Ramadan.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

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All praise is due to Allaah, and may the peace and salutations of Allaah be upon his Messenger, his family and companion.

Certainly, the last 10 days of Ramadan are blessed. From their virtues, is that Laylatul Qadr is most likely to fall within them. It is the night that Allaah has emphasized its affair in his Book and the Prophet encouraged standing in prayer on it.

He said, “Whoever stands and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

Allaah said about it in the Quran

“The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months.” [Surat Al-Qadr 3]

Performing good deeds on this night is better than performing good deeds for a thousand months. This is for he whom Allaah makes successful.  The Prophet  صلى الله عليه وسلم said “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward..” Meaning, faith in its virtues and hope in seeking its reward which has been promised for it.

The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

Allaah has hidden this night in this month, however it is most correctly viewed that it would fall in the odd last 10 nights, on 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th. However, the more correctly according to the people of knowledge is it will fall on the 27th night of Ramadan. Nevertheless, whomever stands in prayer on these nights, while believing in its virtue and seeking its reward has obtain great goodness. Indeed Allaah grants it to whomsoever he wills.

As for the one who stands to pray on some nights and leaves other nights then he may not have attained Laylatul-Qadr because it may have fallen on a day that he abandoned praying.

This night has many virtues.

Firstly: It is the night which the Quran was revealed down. Allaah said, “Verily! We have sent it (this Quran) down in the night of Al-Qadr.” [Surat Al-Qadr 1]

Secondly: It is better than a thousand months.

Thirdly: It is the night that yearly actions and fates are decreed. Actions, fates and lifespans are decreed in the Preserved Tablets fifty thousand years before the creation of the heavens.

However that is a general decree, whereas on this night specific decrees are made. Allaah decrees what will happen in the year. This is why it is called ‘the Night of Decree’ Allaah said, “Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments.” [Surat Ad-Dukhān 4]

Fourthly: Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

Great virtues are gathered in this night. It is a blessed and virtuous night. It is a night of decree and its [true] value is only known by Allaah. This night recurs for us every Ramadan. Every Ramadan that arrives, it has a Laylatul-Qadr in it. This is from the blessing of Allaah. So what do you think about the one who Allaah has  blessed to attain Laylatul-Qadr every year? The one who Allaah has made successful to attain it every year! This is a great and generous reward.

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Text taken from: http://video.dusunnah.com/fiqh/taraweeh-and-ramadan/when-is-it-laylatul-qadr-shaykh-saalih-ibn-fawzaan-al-fawzaan/

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Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said,

“Lailatul-Qadr is given that name for two reasons. The first is because the actions of the children of Aadam and other things that will happen in that year are decreed, due to His Saying, the Most High, “Indeed, We sent it down during a blessed night. Indeed, We were to warn [mankind]. Therein [i.e., on that night] is made distinct every precise matter …” [Dukhaan 44:3-4] i.e., explained in detail and made clear.

The second reason is that it is a night of honour because of its immense value/rank, and His Saying, the Most High, shows that, “Indeed, We sent it [i.e., the Quraan] down during the Night of Decree. And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.” [al-Qadr 97:1-3]

(Riyaadus-Saaliheen, vol. 1, p. 1367.)

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The Signs of Laylatul-Qadr

Question: What are the signs of Laylatul-Qadr (the night of decree)?

Response: From amongst the signs of Laylatul-Qadr is that it is a calm night and the believer’s heart is delighted and at peace with it, and he becomes active in doing good actions, and the sun on the following morning rises clearly without any rays.

Shakyh Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen

Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 852, Fatwa No. 841; Fataawa ash-Shaykh Muhammad as-Saalih al-Uthaymeen – Volume 1, Page 563

Specifying the 27th of Ramadhaan as Laylatul-Qadr

Question: Some of the Muslims have taken the 27th night of Ramadhaan as Laylatul-Qadr. Is their any basis for this specification and is there any evidence for this?

Response: Yes, there is basis for this specification and that is that the night of the 27th of Ramadhaan is mentioned in the hadeeth, in Saheeh Muslim, on the authority of ‘Ubayy Ibn Ka’b (radhi-yallaahu ‘anhu).

However, the overwhelming opinion of the people of knowledge, from the forty or more opinions, is that Laylatul-Qadr is in the last ten nights, and specifically in the last seven of those nights. So, it is possible that it could be on the 27th night, the 25th, the 26th or even the 24th night (and so on).

Because of this, it is befitting for (each) person to exert (himself in worship) during all the nights such that he does not deny himself the excellence of them and the reward (to be gained) in them.

Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) says:

{We sent it (this Qur.aan) down on a blessed night [(i.e. Laylatul-Qadr) in the month of Ramadaan]. Verily, We are ever warning [mankind that Our Torment will reach those who disbelieve in Our Oneness of Lordship and in Our Oneness of worship]}, [Soorah ad-Dukhkhaan, Aayah 3]

And He (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) also said:

{Verily! We have sent it (this Qur.aan) down in the night of al-Qadr. And what will make you know what the night of al-Qadr is? The night of al-Qadr is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allaah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months). Therein descend the angels and the Rooh (Jibreel) by Allaah’s Permission with all Decrees. Peace! (all that night, there is Peace and Goodness from Allaah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn}, [Soorah al-Qadr, Aayaat 1-5]

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 852, Fatwa No.842

al-Fataawa libni-‘Uthaymeen – Kitaab ad-Da’wah – Volume 1, Pages 204-205

Distinguishing a particular night with worship

Question: Some people seek Laylatul-Qadr so they active by offering their prayers and other forms of worship whilst they do not do likewise on other nights in Ramadhaan, so is this in accordance with that which is correct?

Response: No! It is not in accordance with that which is correct, for certainly Laylatul-Qadr changes. So it could be on the night of the twenty seventh, and it could be on any other night as has been indicated in many ahaadeeth. It has been confirmed that the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said: «In that particular year Laylatul-Qadr was revealed on the night of the twenty first». Therefore it is not befitting for a person to specify his stand (in prayer) on a particular night or distinguish a night which he yearns to be Laylatul-Qadr (likewise). (Rather) striving in all of the last ten nights is from the guidance of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam), since when the last ten nights arrived he would tighten his waist belt and awaken his family and used to spend them all awake (in worship). So that which is befitting for the prudent believer is to strive in all of the last ten nights such that the reward does not pass him by.

Shaykh Ibn al-Uthaymeen

Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 855, Fatwa No.844; Fiqh al-Ibaadaat libni ‘Uthaymeen – Page 207

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