My brothers: In these blessed ten nights is Laylatul-Qadr which Allah has made great and noble for this Ummah. Allah says, “Indeed We have revealed it in a blessed night, indeed we were always warning. Whereupon every wise command is made clear As a command from Our presence.–Lo! We are ever sending A mercy from thy Lord. Lo! He is the Hereafter, the Knower Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, if ye would be sure. There is no God save Him. He quickeneth and giveth death; your Lord and Lord of your forefathers.” Allah described it as blessed because of all the good and virtues it possesses. From its greatness is that the Qur’an was revealed in it, and Allah describes this night as every wise command being made clear. Meaning that on this night Allah decrees for the following year every person’s wealth, good, and evil, and all else that will happen to them. Allah (subhanahu wa taala) says, “Lo! We revealed it on the Night of Power. Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Night of Power is! The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein, by the permission of their Lord, with all decrees. (That night is) Peace until the rising of the dawn.” Qadr can mean greatness, or it can mean decree because this is the night that Allah will decree for the upcoming year. Better than a thousand months means, in terms of its virtues and deeds, that is why whoever establishes this night with faith and seeking reward, is forgiven for all previous sins. As for the angels, they are slaves of Allah that worship day and night; they come to earth in this night with good, blessings, and mercy. The Spirit is Gibreel (alayhis salaam). That night is Peace, means that it is peace for the Muslims because there are freed from the fire in this night. Until the rising of dawn means that Laylatul-Qadr ends at Fajr, and all the acts of worship in this night should continue until Fajr, and in this noble surah, we are shown the many virtues of this night.
The First Blessing: Allah revealed the Qur’an as a guide to mankind which contains their happiness in this life and the next.
The Second Blessing: The greatness of this night which we will never be able to understand as Allah says, “what will convey unto thee what the Night of Power is!”
The Third Blessing: It is greater then 1000 months.
The Fourth Blessing: The angels come down in this night, who do not come down except with good, blessings, and mercy.
The Fifth Blessing: It is Peace or safety from the punishment of Allah.
The Sixth Blessing: Because of it’s greatness, Allah revealed a surah about it which will be recited until the Day of Judgment.
From the virtues of this month is that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) said, “Whoever establishes Laylatul-Qadr with faith, and seeking reward, his previous sins are forgiven.” (Bukhari) Which means having faith in Allah, and expecting to get rewarded.
Laylatul-Qadr is in Ramadhan because Allah says, “Indeed we have revealed it in Laylatul-Qadr.” As well as, “The month of Ramadhan Allah revealed the Quran.” So from these two ayahs we know that Laylatul-Qadr is in Ramadhan. This night was also there for the other nations, as is related that Abu Dhar (radiallaahu `anhu) asked the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam), “Oh Messenger of Allah, tell me about Laylatul-Qadr, is it in Ramadhan? He said, “Yes it is in Ramadhan.” He then asked, “Is it with the Prophets that once they die it leaves, or does it stay until the Day of Judgment?” He replied, “Yes, it is until the Day of Judgment.” But, it’s greatness and reward is specialized for this nation as is the day of Jumuah, and Allah knows best.
This night is in the last 10 night of Ramadhan as the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) said, “Seek it in the last 10 nights of Ramadhan.” (Agreed upon) From the proofs, it seems to be closer to the odd nights. As the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam), “Seek it in the odd nights of the last ten nights of Ramadhan.” (Bukhari) It is more likely to be in the last seven nights, as the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam), “Seek it in the last ten nights, but if you are weak or old, then do not let the last 7 nights pass you by.” (Muslim) And from these last seven, the most likely is the 27th night as Abi bin Ka’b (radiallaahu `anga) said, “By Allah I know when Laylatul-Qadr is, and it is the night that the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallaam) ordered us to worship in, and it is the 27th night.” (Muslim) The 27th should not be the only night that a person makes for this worship, because it may be the 27th one year, then the 25th another year, according to the will of Allah. This night has been made hidden by Allah (subhanahu wa taala) as a mercy for the believer so that they may increase in prayer, thikr, and dua, and get closer to Allah. Also, so that Allah can see who is devoted to seeking out the night, as opposed to who is lazy.
My brothers: Laylatul-Qadr is greater than 1000 months. So exert yourselves and strive in seeking this night, and do not be heedless. Oh Allah, make us from those who fast Ramadhan, and become successful from our worship on Laylatul-Qadr.