16 Things you can do on
the Night of Power
Abdul Malik Mujahid
Here are some tips on things we can do on the Night of Power
and the time before and after it.
Take a vacation for Allah: We take a break from
our jobs for almost everything in life. Why not this time to focus on worshiping and thanking our Creator.
Do Itikaf: It was a practice of the Prophet
to spend the last ten days and nights of Ramadan in the Masjid for Itikaf, which involves people performing various
forms of Dhikr (the remembrance of Allah), doing extra Prayers, and recitation and study of the Quran.
Make this special Dua: Aisha, may Allah
be pleased with her, said: I asked the Messenger of Allah: 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night the night of
al-Qadr is, what should I say during it?' He said: 'Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon
me.' "(Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi). The transliteration of this supplication is "Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul
`afwa fa`fu `annee"
Recite the Quran: Perhaps you can choose Surahs
or passages from the Quran which you have heard in Tarawih Prayer this Ramadan to recite.
Reflect on the meaning of the Quran: Choose the
latest Surah or Surahs you've heard in Tarawih and read their translation and Tafseer. Then think deeply about
their meaning and how it affects you on a personal level.
Get your sins wiped out: Pray some extra/voluntary
Salah. Don't just pray using the shorter Surahs that you know. Try to make your prayers longer, deeper and meaningful.
Read the translation and explanation of the Surahs you know and then pray reciting these Surahs, carefully reflecting on the
meaning while you pray.
Make a personal Dua list: Ask yourself
what you really want from Allah. Make a list of each and everything, no matter how small or how big it is, whether it deals
with this world or not. Allah loves to hear from us. Once this list is ready, ask Allah to give you those things and plan
your efforts in getting those things in the future.
Evaluate yourself: Do an evaluation of where you
are and where you are going. Let this evaluation lead you to feel happiness for the good you have done and remorse for the
bad you have done. This latter feeling should make it easier to seek Allah's sincere forgiveness when making the Dua
mentioned in tip #3 above.
Make long, sincere and deep Duas: One of
the best times to do this is during the last part of the night. For instance, wake up one hour before Suhoor time to
ask Allah for anything and everything you want that is permissible. This can be done using the Duas of the Sunnah,
but also Dua in your own language, with sincerity and conviction.
Memorize a different Dua every night: They
don't have to be long. They can be just one line. And be sure to know what they mean generally at least. You can put them
on index cards (and glance at them during work, while driving, waiting in line, etc.) Then practice them at night in prayer.
Have Iftar with the family: If you've spent Iftar
time on weekdays in your cubicle at work alone with a couple of dates, now is the last few days you'll have this Ramadan to
spend with your family. Use it wisely.
Take the family to Tarawih: Have your spouse
and kids missed Tarawih most of Ramadan because you weren't there to drive them to the Masjid, which is too far away
to walk to? If so, bring everyone for Tarawih in these last ten nights at least.
Attend the Dua after the completion of
Quran recitation: Almost all Masjids where the Imam aims to finish an entire reading of the Quran in Tarawih prayers
in Ramadan, will be completing their recitation in these last ten nights. Attend this particular night's Tarawih prayer
with your family.
Finish reading a book on the Prophet: Read about
the Prophet's life, which can increase your love for him and Islam by seeing how much he struggled for Allah's sake. It may
inspire you to push yourself even harder during these last ten nights. This community is built on sacrifice.
Plan for the next year: Once you've done a self-evaluation,
you can plan on where you want to go, at least in the next 12 months. Laylatul Qadr is a great night to be thinking
about this (without taking away from your worship), since you'll Insha Allah, be in a more contemplative state.
To do list for the Night of Power: Make a to do
checklist for each odd Night of these last ten days. This should define how you would like your night to be used. Pick things
from this list and define the sequence you would like to do things in. This will help you avoid wasting your time in unproductive
chats which are common in the festive atmosphere of Masjids at the Night of Power.