The excellence of the last ten nights of Ramadan and laylatul-qadr

Section Nine – The excellence of the last ten nights of Ramadan and laylatul-qadr

In this section read about:
1. The signs of Laylatul-Qadr
2. Distinguishing a particular night with worship

1. The signs of Laylatul-Qadr

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

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 Ramadan, Volume 2/Page 852/ Fatwa No. 841), also (Fataawa ash-Shaykh Muhammad as-Saalih al-Uthaymeen, Volume 1/Page 563)

2. 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 Ramadan, 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 Ramadan, Volume 2/Page 855/Fatwa No.844), also (Fiqh al-Ibaadaat libni ‘Uthaymeen, Page 207)