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When is Laylat al-Qadr? The significance of the last ten nights of Ramadan

3/29/2024 11:20 PM
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One of the best nights in Islam is found in the last ten nights of Ramadan — Laylat al-Qadr. As beneficial as all prayers are during Ramadan, any recited in the night of  Laylat al-Qadr, receives the most reward.

When is Laylat al-Qadr 2024?

The last ten nights begin on the evening of Saturday 30th March and are expected to end on 8th April 2024 (if Ramadan lasts the full 30 days). Laylat al-Qadr will fall on one of those nights and within those nights, it's most likely to be an odd night.

Although some people prefer the 27th night of Ramadan, no one knows for certain, which is why it's encouraged to increase worship in the last ten nights — with more emphasis on the odd nights.

Narrated `Aisha: Allah's Messenger (SAW) said, "Search for the Laylat al-Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramaḍan." (Sahih al-Bukhari 2017).

Read: Why are the last ten nights of Ramadan so important?

Quran and hadith about Laylat al-Qadr and the last ten nights

The first words of the Quran were revealed on the night of Laylat al-Qadr. This is relayed in Surah Al-Qadr, which explains that the night is better than a thousand months.

"We sent it down on the Night of Glory. What will explain to you what that Night of Glory is? The Night of Glory is better than a thousand months; on that night the angels and the Spirit descend again and again with their Lord’s permission on every task; [there is] peace that night until the break of dawn.” (Quran 97:1-5).

According to hadith, whoever prays and finds the ‘blessed night’ will have their previous sins wiped clean.  

Narrated Abu Hurayra: Allah's Messenger (SAW) said, "Whoever establishes the prayers on Laylat al-Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's rewards (not to show off) then all his past sins will be forgiven." (Sahih al-Bukhari 35).

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) pushed himself more spiritually and would observe Itikaf in the last ten nights.

Narrated `Aisha: Allah's Messenger (SAW) used to observe Itikaf in the last ten nights of Ramaḍan and used to say, "Look for the Laylat al-Qadr in the last ten nights of the month of Ramaḍan." (Sahih al-Bukhari 2020; Sahih Muslim 1169).

Things to do on Laylat al-Qadr and the last ten nights

Here are some of the things you can do:

  • dhikr
  • charity
  • voluntary Salat, such as tahhajud
  • reciting Quran
  • praising Allah (SWT)
  • making lots of dua

And what's the best dua? When Aisha (RA) asked The Prophet what dua she should make if she found Laylat al-Qadr, he said: innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee Allahumma.

“O Allah, You are pardoning and generous. You love to forgive, so forgive me.”

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