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Laylat-ul-Qadr and the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan

An elderly Muslim man in a green prayer cap, sitting in a mosque while seeking Laylat-ul-Qadr in the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan
As we seek the blessings of Laylat-ul-Qadr during the sacred last ten nights of Ramadan, our devotion intensifies. This period is a profound opportunity for spiritual renewal and heightened worship, as we aim to connect more deeply with Allah (SWT), following the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in seeking forgiveness, engaging in extra prayers, and reading the Quran.

Introduction to Laylat-ul-Qadr

As Muslims, we always worship Allah (SWT), but there are special times of the year when we focus even more on our devotion to Him. One of these times is the last ten nights of Ramadan, during which we try to find Laylat-ul-Qadr. This is a time when we pray more, think about Allah (SWT) more, and try to come closer to Him. We believe Laylat-ul-Qadr is in these last ten nights, and it’s a significant time for us to offer more voluntary prayers, read the Quran, and perform good deeds to get closer to Allah (SWT). 


The last ten nights of Ramadan are especially important because they provide a unique opportunity for us to receive extra blessings and ask for Allah’s Almighty mercy. During this time, we make an extra effort in our prayers, Dhikr, and seek forgiveness, hoping to make the most of Ramadan before it ends.


The Prophet (peace be upon him) emphasized its importance, saying,

“Whoever fasted the month of Ramadan out of sincere Faith (i.e., belief) and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his past sins will be forgiven, and whoever stood for the prayers in the night of Qadr out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven.”

(Sahih al-Bukhari 2014)

Understanding the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan

The last ten days of Ramadan are called the last Ashra, Nijaat, which means ‘salvation.’ In Islamic theology, these days hold extraordinary significance in the journey of pleasing Allah (SWT). Although the exact night of Laylat al-Qadr is not fixed, we know that it falls within the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan, as Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) stated in a saying. 


Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) made it clear in a saying, 

“Look for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.” 

(Sahih al-Bukhari 2017)

If you want to know more about Laylat-al-Qadr, you can check out our blog post titled “What is Laylat-al-Qadr and its significance.” It explains why this night is so special during the month of Ramadan.


During the last ten nights, Hazrat Muhammad (SAW) spent time in I’tikaf, which is a kind of spiritual retreat. By doing I’tikaf, he (SAW) prayed more, read the Quran more, and got closer to Allah (SWT). He also prayed extra prayers during this time. 


Allah says in the Qur’an,

“The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months”

(Qur’an, 97:3)

The primary purpose of I’tikaf is to strengthen devotion and spirituality, aiming to become closer to Allah’s (SWT) guidance. Therefore, we are advised to follow Hazrat Muhammad’s (SAW) example by doing I’tikaf, which helps us grow spiritually and strengthen our faith.

Read our blog in detail on The Do’s and Don’ts of Itikaf in Ramadan: A Detailed Overview


The Timing and Signs of Laylat-ul-Qadr

Laylat-ul-Qadr is a highly significant night in Islam, as mentioned in the Quran in Surah Al-Qadr (Chapter 97). It is considered better than a thousand months, and its exact date is not specified, encouraging Muslims to seek it throughout the last ten nights of Ramadan diligently. Emphasis is given to the odd-numbered nights, mainly the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or 29th night.

To learn more about Islamic festivals and celebrations, particularly Eid al-Fitr, feel free to explore our detailed blog post on Eid al-Fitr.


Islamic teachings mention unique signs associated with Laylat-ul-Qadr to help believers identify its unique nature. To learn more about these signs, you can check out our blog post titled as mentioned above. Notable signs of Laylat-ul-Qadr include a peaceful atmosphere and exceptional natural occurrences, like the rise of the sun without rays.  


Essential Prayers During the Last Ten Nights

During the last ten nights of Ramadan, Muslims engage in special prayers to seek Laylat-ul-Qadr. Here are essential prayers to include in these sacred nights:


Isha Prayer

Isha Prayer is one of the five daily prayers, and the night worship begins with it. It is recommended to perform this prayer in the congregation at the mosque or home, especially during Laylat-ul-Qadr.


Taraweeh Prayer: 

Taraweeh Prayer is a beautiful and sacred night prayer that Muslims perform during the holy month of Ramadan. It provides a wonderful opportunity to gather in the congregation and worship Allah (SWT) after the Isha prayer. Taraweeh is a Sunnah mu’akkadah, and the number of rakats (units) can vary, typically ranging from 8 to 20 rakats.


To learn more about the Taraweeh prayer, you can check out our blog post, “Taraweeh Prayer in Ramadan.”


Tahajjud Prayer:

Tahajjud Prayer, also known as Night Prayer, is a voluntary prayer that we offer in the last third of the night. It is considered to be one of the most virtuous and rewarding prayers in Islam. 


During the last ten nights, Muslims often wake up in the middle of the night to engage in this special prayer. If you want to learn more about performing Tahajjud prayer, you can visit our blog post on the topic.


Nawafil (Voluntary Prayers): 

Voluntary prayers, also known as Nawafil, are extra prayers in Islam that are not obligatory but highly recommended. During the last ten nights of Ramadan, especially on Laylat-ul-Qadr, we are encouraged to engage in additional Nawafil prayers. These voluntary prayers are a way of seeking Allah’s Almighty forgiveness and mercy, and they provide an opportunity to get closer to Allah (SWT) during this blessed time.


Please visit our blog post for more information about Nawafil Prayer for Muslims.


All these acts of worship help in seeking Laylat-ul-Qadr. It is crucial to perform these acts with full intention and dedication in our hearts during this time. Our true purpose lies in getting close to Allah (SWT), strengthening our faith, and becoming more steadfast.


Making the Most of Laylat-ul-Qadr

Laylat-ul-Qadr is a time when our prayers and worship can bring us really close to Allah. This night is so important because Allah gives us extra blessings for all the good things we do. 


To maximize this night, Muslims are encouraged to engage in night prayers (Qiyam) during the last ten nights of Ramadan. Qiyam-ul-Layl is a deeply spiritual and intimate connection between the believer and Allah. It provides an opportunity to reflect on one’s life, seek forgiveness, and strengthen one’s faith and resilience.


Beyond Prayer: Other Acts of Devotion

Apart from Qiyam prayer, there are other acts of devotion that Muslims can engage in during the last ten nights of Ramadan, especially on Laylat-ul-Qadr. 


Dua (Supplication)

Engaging in heartfelt dua and supplications during this night opens a direct line of communication with Allah (SWT). Laylat-ul-Qadr is a perfect time for this because Allah is listening closely. It’s a time to seek forgiveness, guidance, and blessings for ourselves and the entire Ummah. 


Recitation of the Quran

The Quran is our guidebook from Allah, and reading it during Ramadan is extra special. During the last ten nights of Ramadan and on Laylat-ul-Qadr, reading the Quran helps us feel closer to Allah and understand more about what He wants us to do. Every letter we read brings us more blessings, so it’s a great time to read and think about the Quran’s messages. 


Remember that every verse in the Quran is unique and cannot be rephrased even by a linguist expert. So take this opportunity to engage with this divine gift and read more about the Benefits of Reciting the Quran in our blog. 


Charitable Acts: 

Acts of charity and kindness are highly encouraged in Islam, and their significance is magnified during Laylat-ul-Qadr. Giving to charity and supporting those in need not only benefits the recipients but also contributes to the overall well-being of the Muslim Ummah. This act of generosity aligns with the spirit of Ramadan, emphasizing compassion and care for others.


Seeking Forgiveness: 

 Laylat-ul-Qadr is a night full of kindness and forgiveness from Allah. It’s an excellent time to think about things we wish we had done differently, say sorry to Allah, and make plans to do better in the future.


The last ten nights of Ramadan, especially Laylat-ul-Qadr, are an extraordinary time for us to pray more, think about our lives, and do kind things for others, strengthening our bond with Allah.

Read our other blog on The Three Ashras of Ramadan: Mercy, Forgiveness, and Salvation.


FAQs on Engaging in Ibadah During the Last Ten Nights and Laylat-ul-Qadr

Is it essential to engage in Ibadah all night during the last ten nights?

It’s not compulsory to stay up all night, but increasing your Ibadah during these nights is beneficial. Your level of Ibadah can be adjusted according to your capacity and personal circumstances.


How can I maximize my Laylat-ul-Qadr if I cannot engage in physical Ibadah?

If physical acts of Ibadah are challenging, focus on making heartfelt Dua, setting sincere intentions, and engaging in Dhikr. The key is the sincerity and purity of your intentions towards Allah (SWT).


How do I balance my Ibadah with daily obligations?

Plan your Ibadah around your daily schedule. Dedicate specific times for Salah, Quran recitation, and Dua. Manage your daily tasks efficiently, seek help if necessary, and incorporate Dhikr into your routine to balance your Ibadah and daily duties.


What is the recommended number of Rakats for Ibadah during these nights?

There’s no prescribed number of Rakats for these special nights. However, it’s recommended that you increase your voluntary prayers. Many Muslims perform extra Tahajjud and Tarawih prayers, typically in sets of two Rakats each.


Conclusion: Asking for Blessings

In the last ten nights of Ramadan, we have an extraordinary chance to get closer to Allah. This time is significant for Muslims. We try to pray more, read the Quran, and do good things to please Allah. Laylat-ul-Qadr, a very blessed night, is among these ten nights. It’s a time when Allah listens to us more and rewards us for our prayers and good deeds.


Let’s use these nights to do more prayers and good things. It’s not a must to stay up all night, but doing extra prayers and reading the Quran can bring us closer to Allah. Even if we can’t do much, we can still make Dua, recite Durood Sharif, and remember Allah in our hearts.


These nights are not just about praying alone. They bring all Muslims together, praying and hoping for Allah’s mercy. It’s a time when we can feel close to each other and Allah.


As we seek our Laylat-ul-Qadr, let’s ask Allah to forgive us, help us, and give us strength. May these nights be a time of peace and blessing for all of us. Ameen.

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