[Qur’an in Ramadan 20:Q30.01-Q33.44]
Let’s imagine we are walking down the street and see our favourite boutique with a sign in the window reading:
CLEARANCE SALES! CLEARANCE SALES!! CLEARANCE SALES!!! EVERYTHING 90% OFF!
Really, what would you do? Walk right past or scream ‘YAY!’ and do a crazy jig before sprinting right into the shop to grab that lovely gown you have been drooling over while window shopping. If the sign had been announcing the sales open for the next day, we may even have spent the night camped outside the boutique waiting for its doors to open.
It is the 20th of Ramadan today and this night will be the 21st night, in sha Allah. In Islam, the night comes before the day.
Narrated ‘Aisha (R.A.), the Messsenger of Allah (SAW) said: Search for the Night of Qadr in the last 10 days of Ramadan. – Sahih Bukhari 2017
Tonight could be Lailat-al-Qadr and what greater clearance sales can there be other than the Night of Majesty!
Narrated Abu Hurairah, Allah’s Messenger 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.’ – Sahih Bukhari Book 2 Hadith 28
Lailat-al Qadr has also been stated by the Rasul (SAW) to fall on the odd nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan but we are told to strive equally during the last 10 days (not only the 27th night).
The sense in this is clear as when this Ramadan began, some of us commenced fasting before others following the sighting of the moon in our locality. My day 21 may be your Day 20 and only Allah knows which of the days the Night of Majesty will fall. In order to increase our chances of catching this special night which is equivalent to 83 years plus of worship, we should strive during the last 10 nights, whether odd or even.
Whoever misses out on this day has missed out indeed as Allah has given us this as an opportunity to catch up with those before us who were blessed to live for centuries, devoting those years to worshipping Allah. Missing out on this most special of nights will be like joining a marathon 15 years behind those who began today. There can be no chance of ever catching up.
So, let’s nap during the day and eat light at iftar and sleep early so you can wake up in time before or during the third part of the night for night prayers. Now is also a great time for seclusion in the mosque (Itikaf) or Umrah which is equivalent to Hajj if done in Ramadan.
Tip: Dua to be recited on Lailat-al-Qadr – Allahumma innaka affuwu, tuhibbul afuwa, fa afuanni.