In the name of God, the Benevolent, the Merciful
Lo! We revealed it on the Night of Predestination.
Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Night of Power is!
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
The angels and the Spirit descend therein, by the permission of their Lord, with all decrees.
(The night is) Peace until the rising of the dawn.
(The Holy Qur’an 97, 1-5)
Lailat al Qadr, the Night of Power, marks the night in which the Qur’an was first revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) by Allah.
Most muslims the world over observe and pray in the night and regard this as one of the most important events in Islamic history. This is a time that Muslims spend in study and prayer. Some will spend the whole night in prayer or in reciting the Qur’an. Lailat al Qadr is a good time to ask for forgiveness. Allah’s Apostle (pbuh) said…
Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards (not to show off) then all his past sins will be forgiven.
Hadith, Bukhari Vol 1, Book 2:34
The date of 27 Ramadan for this day is a time-honoured date, as the Prophet Muhammad did not mention when the Night of Power would be, although it was suggested it was in the last 10 days of the month. Because of this, many Muslims will treat the last 10 days of the month of Ramadan as a particularly good time for prayer and reading the Qur’an.