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Among the last ten nights of Ramadhan, there is one noble night where Laylatul Qadar will fall upon. This is the night described in the Quran as “better than a thousand months” [The Holy Quran, 97:3]. It is fast approaching and the ten nights starts this Monday 4th June 2018.
Any good deeds performed on this single night such as praying, reciting the Quran, making doa (supplication), remembering Allah (dhikr), and giving charity, would count for more or better than 83 years of worship in your lifetime.
As a mother, I used to wonder if I would be able to seize this magical opportunity and catch this powerful night, when time and energy always felt so limited, from the long day of attending to my child and other demands. Until I told myself with conviction, that there must be ways to benefit from these last ten blessed nights, for any busy, exhausted mother out there.
Allah is ever so forgiving and understanding – HE knows what our intentions are.
With the start of the last ten days of Ramadhan, the Prophet saw used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work harder) and used to pray the whole night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers. [Bukhari]
In Brunei, we are fortunate to not have changing seasons; which alter prayer times. Our Maghrib (evening) prayer and Isyak (night) prayer are at stable and reasonable times, allowing us to better prepare ourselves for the night ahead, if we wish to stay awake for intense worship. You can plan your time around.
When my son was younger and took more naps throughout the day, it would at times mean he would get up a couple of times through the night, which meant trying to focus on Laylatul Qadar was hard on me. Now that my son is older and does not require afternoon naps, he goes down for the night much earlier, giving me ample time to focus on my good actions for the night – praying, reading, supplicating, and helping, in any way.
At the same time, I have begun thinking of how to involve my child in the experience of seeking this special Night of Decree, and sharing the excitement of staying up late to catch the magic. These will be memories they will treasure forever. Children can be given simple activities to occupy them and use their time productively – perhaps a gift box of treats, books, and toys, or exposing them to Surah Al- Qadr and explaining the tafseer (interpretation) in a child friendly way.
We are encouraged to look out for Laylatul Qadar on an odd-numbered night during the last ten nights. This may be the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or 29th night of Ramadan (this Monday, 4th June 2018 is the 20th night of Ramadan). Such an enormous gift from Allah, where much goodness is promised, rewards amplified, sins forgiven, gates of deeds reopened – do not miss this golden opportunity!