Laylat al Qadr, the Night of Power, is the holiest night of the year for Muslims and falls within the fasting month of Ramadan. The Muslims believe on this night, the Quran was sent down from the heaven to the Earth. Though the exact date of this night is unknown, Laylat al Qadr falls on one of the last ten odd nights of Ramadan (21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or 29th). Most of the Islamic scholars say it is about 27th night of Ramadan. Most of the Muslims in India (Check Also: Festival of India), Kk, USA observe this day in the 27th Night of Ramadan. According to them, Laylat al Qadr 2018 will be observed on June 23. It is the 27th Day of Ramadan.
Laylat al Qadr 2018: Significance
As per beliefs in Islamic tradition, Muslims who stay up on this holy night worshipping God will have all their sins forgiven. Moreover, they will be granted as many good deeds as though they had worshipped continuously for one thousand months, which is approximately 83.3 years. An entire chapter of the Quran, called “Al-Qadr” is devoted to explaining the merits of worshipping on Laylat al Qadr.
As per the Islamic tradition, there are certain signs of The Night of Power every year: A peaceful night with moderate temperatures, no shooting stars, and a moon that shines without rays. The sun, when it rises, will appear as a disk with no beams of light coming out of it. Furthermore, some Muslims believe that the entire Quran was revealed to Angel Gabriel on this night, who conveyed it to Prophet Muhammad verse by verse over a period of 23 years, when ordered to do so by God.
Laylat al Qadr 2018: Rituals
On Laylat al Qadr, many Muslims study the Quran, give charity, strive for forgiveness, pray, make duma (a more personal prayer during which Muslims ask God for things that they need), and remember the power of God. Several Muslims gather in mosques to pray and worship the entire night. Imams often give sermons that teach listeners about the best prayers they can make on Laylat al Qadr.