Maulana Haroon Sidat
Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of power)
Virtues of such nights:
We are moving from the days and nights of forgiveness to the special ten days and nights of Mercy. Though God’s mercy extends across all time, these final nights are especially important.
The mother of the believers, A’isha (may Allah be pleased with her) reported:
عَنْ عَائِشَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهَا قَالَتْ كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ إِذَا دَخَلَ الْعَشْرُ شَدَّ مِئْزَرَهُ وَأَحْيَا لَيْلَهُ وَأَيْقَظَ أَهْلَهُ
“When the last ten days of Ramadan arrived, the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, would tighten his belt, spend the night in worship, and awaken his family”
In another narration, A’isha (may Allah be pleased with her) said:
يَجْتَهِدُ فِي الْعَشْرِ الْأَوَاخِرِ مَا لَا يَجْتَهِدُ فِي غَيْرِهِ
“The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, would would exert himself in worship during the last ten nights of Ramadan more so than any other time.”
(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
An simple act that we can all try to do:
After magrib Salaah offer six supererogatory units of prayer known as Salat al-Awwabin [the salah of those who turn to Allah alone].
The hadith of al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah mention the virtue of Salat al-Awwabin.
مَنْ صَلَّى سِتَّ رَكَعَاتٍ بَعْدَ الْمَغْرِبِ لَمْ يَتَكَلَّمْ بَيْنَهُنَّ بِسُوءٍ عُدِلَتْ لَهُ عِبَادَةَ اثْنَتَىْ عَشْرَةَ سَنَةً
Abu Huraira (May Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said,:
“Whosoever offers six rak’ahs after Maghrib and does not speak of any evil within that time, he will receive the reward of twelve years of worship.”
The hadith simply states that one must offer six units of salah to attain the reward. Some scholars (may Allah bless all of them) hold the opinion that the two sunnahs are included in these six while others say that they are excluded. Therefore, one should try to offer six units after the two sunnahs, but if only four are offered, it will suffice.
And only Allah knows best.