As the sacred month of Ramadan draws to a close, Muslims around the world eagerly anticipate Laylatul-Qadr, the Night of Decree. This blessed night holds immense significance in Islamic tradition, as it is believed to be when the Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

While the exact date of Laylatul-Qadr is not specified, there are a few signs that indicate its occurrence such as:

1. The Odd Nights of the Last Ten Days

According to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, Laylatul-Qadr falls on one of the odd nights during the last ten days of Ramadan. These nights—specifically the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, and 29th—are considered prime opportunities for seeking the blessings of Laylatul-Qadr. 

‘Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported that Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, 

Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan Seeking Laylatul Qadr: Maximising the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan

“Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.” (Sahih Bukhari and Muslim)

2. A Peaceful and Pleasant Atmosphere

Surah Al-Qadr describes Laylatul-Qadr as a night of peace and tranquility. It is a time when the heart finds solace, and the soul is at ease. The weather on this auspicious night feels neither too hot nor too cold, but rather, soothing and gentle. 

As mentioned in the Quran,

Surah Al Qadr Verse 5 Seeking Laylatul Qadr: Maximising the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan

“Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.” – Surah Al-Qadr (97:5)

3.Weak Sunrise on the Following Morning

In the morning after Laylatul-Qadr, the sun rises with a unique characteristic—it appears weak and devoid of rays. Some scholars suggest that this phenomenon occurs due to the immense presence of angels filling the sky, blocking the sunbeams. This subtle yet significant change in the sunrise marks the conclusion of the blessed night.

Surah Al Muzzammil 6 Seeking Laylatul Qadr: Maximising the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan

It is important to note that while these signs may indicate the occurrence of Laylatul-Qadr, the exact date remains known only to Allah SWT.

10 Steps to Maximise The Last 10 Nights of Ramadan:

Therefore, Muslims are encouraged to exert themselves in worship and supplication during the last ten nights of Ramadan, seeking the blessings and forgiveness of Allah SWT.

Let’s explore some practical steps and strategies to make the most of the last ten nights of Ramadan, in pursuit of seeking Laylatul Qadr:

1. Set Clear Intentions

Begin by setting clear intentions for seeking Laylatul Qadr. Reflect on the significance of these final nights and reaffirm your commitment to maximizing worship and seeking divine blessings. 

Surah Al Bayyinah 5 Seeking Laylatul Qadr: Maximising the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan

“And they were not commanded except to worship Allah, [being] sincere to Him in religion, inclining to truth, and to establish prayer and to give zakah. And that is the correct religion.” – Surah Al-Bayyinah 98:5

2. Commit to the Nightly Prayers

Dedicate specific times each night for extended prayer vigils, especially during the odd nights of the last ten. Create a prayer schedule and commit to spending uninterrupted time in worship and supplication. 

“Indeed, the hours of the night are more effective for concurrence [of heart and tongue] and more suitable for words.” – Surah Al-Muzzammil 73:6

3. Create a Quranic Reflection Routine

Set aside dedicated time each day to engage in Quranic reflection and contemplation. Choose meaningful verses or chapters to ponder over, seeking guidance and inspiration from Allah’s words. Take time to understand the verses of the Quran and utilize the enhanced Quran learning features within the Muslim Pro App to help you with your recitations.

4. Develop a Dua Journal

Start a dua journal to document your heartfelt supplications and prayers throughout the last ten nights. Write down your deepest desires, aspirations, and requests for forgiveness, and revisit them regularly in earnest devotion. 

Surah Al Baqarah 186 Seeking Laylatul Qadr: Maximising the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan

“And when My servants ask you concerning Me, indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me.” – Surah Al-Baqarah 2:186

5. Increase Charity and Generosity

Identify specific acts of charity and generosity to engage in during the last ten nights. Whether it’s donating to a charitable cause, feeding the needy, or performing more acts of kindness, plan and carry out these deeds with sincerity and compassion.

Surah Al Baqarah 261 Seeking Laylatul Qadr: Maximising the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan

“The example of those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah is like a seed [of grain] which grows seven spikes; in each spike is a hundred grains. And Allah multiplies [His reward] for whom He wills.” – Surah Al-Baqarah 2:261

6. Conduct Honest Self-Reflection

Carve out time for honest self-reflection and repentance, acknowledging any shortcomings or mistakes. Take stock of your actions and intentions, seeking genuine repentance and forgiveness from Allah SWT. 

Surah An Nur 31 Seeking Laylatul Qadr: Maximising the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan

“And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.” – Surah An-Nur 24:31

7. Attend Community Worship Gatherings

Participate actively in community worship gatherings and spiritual events during the last ten nights. Join communal prayers, Quranic recitations, and other religious activities, fostering a sense of unity and shared devotion with fellow believers.

8. Minimize Distractions and Focus

Take proactive steps to minimize distractions and maintain focus during the last ten nights. Create a conducive environment for worship, free from worldly distractions, and prioritize your spiritual pursuits above all else.

Surah Ash Sharh 7 Seeking Laylatul Qadr: Maximising the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan

“So when you have finished [your duties], then stand up [for worship].” – Surah Ash-Sharh 94:7

9. Express Gratitude Daily

Cultivate a daily practice of expressing gratitude for the blessings of Ramadan and the opportunity to seek Laylatul Qadr. Take moments each day to thank Allah SWT for His mercy, guidance, and the gift of another Ramadan.

Quranic Verse from Surah Ibrahim, Arabic,

“And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.'” – Surah Ibrahim 14:7

10. Place Trust in Allah’s Mercy

Above all, place your trust in Allah’s infinite mercy and grace as you strive to seek Laylatul Qadr. Have faith that your sincere efforts and devotion will be met with divine acceptance and reward, regardless of the outcome. 

Surah Al Furqan 58 Seeking Laylatul Qadr: Maximising the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan

“And rely upon the Ever-Living who does not die, and exalt [Allah] with His praise.” – Surah Al-Furqan 25:58

As we embark on the final leg of Ramadan, let us approach the last ten nights with devotion and unwavering faith, seeking Laylatul Qadr with sincerity and determination. By implementing these strategies and maximizing our worship, may we draw closer to Allah SWT and experience the transformative blessings of this sacred occasion.

Let’s strive to make the most of this sacred occasion, seeking Allah’s mercy and guidance. May we all be fortunate enough to witness Laylatul-Qadr, and may our prayers and deeds be accepted in this blessed month. Ameen.