The Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr) and When is it?
Prophet Mohamed (Peace Be Upon Him) used to strive hard in worship during the last ten days of Ramadan as he never did at any other time, praying, reading Quran and making dua.
Both Imam Bukhari & Muslim narrated from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) that when the last ten days of Ramadan came, the Prophet (BPUH) would stay up at night. He would also wake his family up, and would abstain from marital relations.
Prophet Mohamed (Peace Be Upon Him) enjoined staying up and praying on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward. “Whoever stays up and prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and in the hope of reward, his or her previous sins will be forgiven.” [Agreed upon] This hadeeth indicates that it is prescribed to observe Laylat al-Qadr by spending the night in prayer.
One of the best duas that may be recited on Laylat al-Qadr is that which the Prophet Mohamed (Peace Be Upon Him) taught to Aaisha (may Allah be pleased with her).
Al-Tirmidhi narrated, and classed the report as saheeh, that ‘Aa’ishah said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know which night is Laylat al-Qadr, what should I say on that night?’
He said, ‘Say: Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibb al-‘afwa fa’affu ‘anni (O Allah, You are forgiving and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).”
With regard to specifying which night of Ramadan is Laylat al-Qadr, this needs specific evidence, but the odd-numbered nights during the last ten nights are more likely than others, and the night of the twenty-seventh is the most likely to be Laylat al-Qadr, because that is mentioned in the ahaadeeth. But still Allah knows best.
However, we encourage that you spend the last ten nights during ibadah (and worship), because if you apply this advice, you will certainly catch Laylat Qadr. 🙂