Lailatul-Qadr is a very blessed night that falls on one of the last ten days of Ramadan. This is when the Quran was revealed to the Prophet. It is described as ‘better then a thousand months’ (97:3)
“Whoever prays during the night of Qadr with faith and hoping for its reward will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim recorded from Abu Huraira).
There are various acts of worship you can devout yourself to in order to make the most of these nights:
1. Recite the Quran. Even a single word read from the Quran during this month reaps great rewards and reciting the Quran should really be something we make time for in our every day lives.
“The most beloved deeds to Allah are those done regularly, even if they are small.”
2. Make sincere dua. Write down a list of things on a notepad or on your phone and have it handy for when you are in worship. I have a list handy on my phone with dua transliteration and personal goals I wish to make dua for. What do you want from Allah? No matter how big or small, write it down. He loves to hear from us so speak to Him.
“Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee”
O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’
3.Make your short duas last longer. Think about what your saying during prayer. Read the translation of the words and understand what it is your saying to your creator. This will help you have a better relationship with Him. Really prolong your duas.
4. Itikhaf. This is worship you do in seclusion usually within the masjid. Women are allowed to do it at home in a queit room and can be done for a few days or hours not the entire ten days. This can help your level of concentration in your ibadah. Feel the emotion behind your dua and let your Wali know how you feel.
“Is there any reward for good other than good?” [Qur’an: Chapter 55, Verse 60]
5.Constant dikhr. Memorise the 99 names of Allah. Learn their meanings and be in constant dikhr or Allah (Subhanawatallah). It helps if you know other smaller duas you can constantly recite especially if you take a break from your taraweeh prayer.
I am but a weak being. It is to Him I give myself in my worship and devotion. May He be pleased and accept my prayers. Guide me further on this straight path so I may find you closer and do not let me be from the lost ones.