Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) advised his followers to seek the night of power or decree, in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan (i.e. the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th). As Allah has concealed exactly when this night is, Muslims who do not want to miss this night need to supplicate Allah more, make dua to him for their life and after-life, for their provisions, for their health, welfare, children and so on, and exert themselves more during the last ten nights of Ramadan, in the manner of our beloved prophet (peace be upon him).

This Surah is the 97th Surah of the holy Quran.

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Innaa anzalnaahu fee lailatil qadr

Wa maa adraaka ma lailatul qadr

Lailatul qadri khairum min alfee shahr

Tanaz zalul malaa-ikatu war roohu feeha bi izni-rab bihim min kulli amr

Salaamun hiya hattaa mat la’il fajr

بِسمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحمٰنِ الرَّحيمِ

إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ

وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ

لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ

تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِمْ مِنْ كُلِّ أَمْرٍ

سَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّى مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ

Its meaning is:

  1. Verily! We have sent it (this Qur’an) down in the night ofAl-Qadr (Decree)
  2. And what will make you know what the night ofAl-Qadr (Decree) is?
  3. The night ofAl-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months
  4. Therein descend the angels and theRuh [Jibrael (Gabriel)] by Allah’s Permission with all Decrees,
  5. Peace! (All that night, there is Peace and Goodness from Allah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn

Allah tells us in this beautiful Surah that the night of ‘Qadr’ is better in its merits than a thousand months. This means that it is the best night of the whole year in which to worship Allah and seek his pleasure, mercy and forgiveness. If a person prays sincerely in this night and seeks forgiveness, all past sins will be forgiven. As a thousand months are equal to approximately 83 years, one can assume that this one night is better than the entire lifespan of an average person, so it is indeed an opportunity of a lifetime!

It is the night in which Allah sent down the Quran (from the lawhal mahfooth or the preserved book) to the lower heaven. It is also the night in which Allah tells the angels what is going to happen in the world and to all the humans, in the coming year.