Why Is It Called, Lailatul-Qadr and some questions about it

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Why Is It Called, Lailatul-Qadr and some questions about it

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Shaikh Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said,

“Lailatul-Qadr is given that name for two reasons. The first is because the actions of the children of Aadam and other things that will happen in that year are decreed, due to His Saying, the Most High, “Indeed, We sent it down during a blessed night. Indeed, We were to warn [mankind]. Therein [i.e., on that night] is made distinct every precise matter …” [Dukhaan 44:3-4] i.e., explained in detail and made clear.

The second reason is that it is a night of honour because of its immense value/rank, and His Saying, the Most High, shows that, “Indeed, We sent it [i.e., the Quraan] down during the Night of Decree. And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.” [al-Qadr 97:1-3]

(Riyaadus-Saaliheen, vol. 1, p. 1367.)

the Signs of Laylatul-Qadr

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

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 Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 852, Fatwa No. 841; Fataawa ash-Shaykh Muhammad as-Saalih al-Uthaymeen – Volume 1, Page 563

Specifying the 27th of Ramadhaan as Laylatul-Qadr

Question: Some of the Muslims have taken the 27th night of Ramadhaan as Laylatul-Qadr. Is their any basis for this specification and is there any evidence for this?

Response: Yes, there is basis for this specification and that is that the night of the 27th of Ramadhaan is mentioned in the hadeeth, in Saheeh Muslim, on the authority of ‘Ubayy Ibn Ka’b (radhi-yallaahu ‘anhu).

However, the overwhelming opinion of the people of knowledge, from the forty or more opinions, is that Laylatul-Qadr is in the last ten nights, and specifically in the last seven of those nights. So, it is possible that it could be on the 27th night, the 25th, the 26th or even the 24th night (and so on).

Because of this, it is befitting for (each) person to exert (himself in worship) during all the nights such that he does not deny himself the excellence of them and the reward (to be gained) in them.

Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) says:

{We sent it (this Qur.aan) down on a blessed night [(i.e. Laylatul-Qadr) in the month of Ramadaan]. Verily, We are ever warning [mankind that Our Torment will reach those who disbelieve in Our Oneness of Lordship and in Our Oneness of worship]}, [Soorah ad-Dukhkhaan, Aayah 3]

And He (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) also said:

{Verily! We have sent it (this Qur.aan) down in the night of al-Qadr. And what will make you know what the night of al-Qadr is? The night of al-Qadr is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allaah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months). Therein descend the angels and the Rooh (Jibreel) by Allaah’s Permission with all Decrees. Peace! (all that night, there is Peace and Goodness from Allaah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn}, [Soorah al-Qadr, Aayaat 1-5]

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen

Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 852, Fatwa No.842

al-Fataawa libni-‘Uthaymeen – Kitaab ad-Da’wah – Volume 1, Pages 204-205
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 Ramadhaan, 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 Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 855, Fatwa No.844; Fiqh al-Ibaadaat libni ‘Uthaymeen – Page 207