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Lailat-ul-Qadr

/ (ˌleɪlætʊlˈkɑːdə) /
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noun
a night of study and prayer observed annually by Muslims to mark the communication of the Koran: it usually follows the 27th day of Ramadan
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Word Origin for Lailat-ul-Qadr

from Arabic: night of determination

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What is Lailat-ul-Qadr?

Lailat-ul-Qadr is a Muslim holy night that commemorates the night on which Muslims believe the Qur’an (the sacred text of Islam) was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by Allah.

Most Muslims consider Lailat-ul-Qadr the holiest night of the year and many observe it by praying, studying the Qur’an, and performing good deeds.

Lailat-ul-Qadr is sometimes spelled in other ways, such as Laylat al-Qadr. It is often called the Night of Power. 

Lailat-ul-Qadr takes place during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, during which many Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset each day.

When is Lailat-ul-Qadr?

Different sects within Islam reckon the date of Lailat-ul-Qadr in different ways. In 2021, many Muslims will observe Lailat-ul-Qadr on the night of May 8 or the night of May 9. In 2022, it will be observed on the night of April 28 or April 29.

Lailat-ul-Qadr is traditionally thought to fall on one of the odd days in the last 10 days of Ramadan. It is perhaps most commonly observed on the night of the 27th day of Ramadan. Because the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, the date on which it Lailat-ul-Qadr is observed varies from year to year.

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Lailat-ul-Qadr is an Arabic phrase that literally means “night of determination.”

Good deeds performed on Lailat-ul-Qadr are said to bring increased blessings, with the night often described as being “better than a thousand months.” Some Muslims go without sleep on this night in order to concentrate on worship and ask for forgiveness. During Ramadan and especially on Lailat-ul-Qadr, Muslims are encouraged to pay zakat as a form of almsgiving.

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How is Lailat-ul-Qadr discussed in real life?

Most Muslims consider Lailat-ul-Qadr the holiest night of the year and associate it with forgiveness and blessings.

 

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