The last ten nights of Ramadan are considered the most auspicious because one of these nights marks Laylatul Qadr, the Night of Power. It was on this night that the Angel Jibreel revealed the verses of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH.) Muslims around the world spend the night of Laylatul Qadr in worship.
Although Allah (SWT) has concealed when exactly Laylatul Qadr is, there are several signs that can help identify when the auspicious night is. Here are the signs of Laylatul Qadr:
1. Laylatul Qadr Falls On The Last Odd Nights
It is said that Laylatul Qadr will fall on any of the last ten odd nights (21, 23, 25, 27, and 29 nights of Ramadan.)
In Sahih Bukhari, it is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) came out intending to tell the people about Laylatul Qadr when he saw two men arguing about when the blessed night is. The Prophet (PBUH) said:
I came out to inform you about Laylatul Qadr but so and so, were arguing, so it was raised up, and perhaps that is better for you, so seek it on the 29th, 27th 25th.”Sahih Bukhari
2. The Weather Will Be Pleasant During Laylatul Qadr
In Sahih Al-Jami’, the Prophet (PBUH) said:
“ليلةُ القدْرِ ليلةٌ سمِحَةٌ ، طَلِقَةٌ ، لا حارَّةٌ ولا بارِدَةٌ”
“The night of Qadr is calm, serene, and peaceful. It is not hot nor is it cold…”
3. The Moon Will Look Like A Bowl/Plate During Laylatul Qadr
Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah reported that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
Who amount you recalls when the moon appears/rises looking like a piece of a bowl”.Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1170
4. Time Passes Quickly During Laylatul Qadr
Many scholars believe that Laylatul Qadr seems to pass quickly. Although this sign cannot be authenticated, many scholars argue that because the night of Laylatul Qadr is so blessed, the night may feel shorter than usual.
There is wisdom behind us not knowing exactly when Laylatul Qadr is. Allah (SWT) intended for us to immerse ourselves in worship during all of the nights of Ramadan as they are considered to be the most blessed. May we make the most of this auspicious night as the night of Laylatul Qadr is better than a thousand months.