How do I know when it’s lailatul Qadr?

Nabi ﷺ said, “Search for lailatul Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.” (Bukhari). Search is an instruction and anything Nabi ﷺ instructed is an act of worship. Worship is any act that leads to reward. Thus, making an attempt to spot lailatul Qadr (the night of power) is worship and has its own merit, blessings and rewards. Our akaabireen informed us of various signs. If they are found on a specific night, it indicates that it could be lailatul Qadr. Below are a few:

🔸 It is not too hot or cold outside. The temperature is just right.
🔹 You won’t hear dogs barking excessively.
🔸 The moon looks like half a “jafna” (i.e. half a plate).
🔹 The night is calm, serene and peaceful.
🔸 At the end of Ramadan, you may realise that on one particular night, you felt at greater      peace/worship on that night felt a little more special.

Signs indicate towards the night but they do not hold a guarantee. Therefore, after searching, exert yourself every odd night with faith, sincerity and humility. Go the extra mile and then a mile further. Once done, have faith and conviction that you have found it. End Ramadan on this positive note, and this will secure you the rewards of this night and the entire Ramadan inshaAllah. Afterall, “Deeds [are rewarded] by their final actions.” (Bukhari)

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه الله

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on the 21st of Ramadan (5/6/18) in Masjid-ut-taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full audio, please click here.

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