Took a picture a few minutes ago (yes.. outside my window).
Allaah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) described the morning after Lailatul-Qadr, so that the Muslim may know which day it is.
From Ubayy, (RA), who said that he (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said:
“On the morning following Laylatul-Qadr the sun rises not having any rays, as if it were a brass dish, until it rises up.”
[Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmithi and Ibn Majah]
Ibn ‘Abbaas (RA), said that Allaah’s Messenger, (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), said:
“Lailatul-Qadr is calm and pleasant, neither hot nor cold, the sun arises on its morning being feeble and red.”
[ Ibn Khuzaimah and al-Bazzaar with a Hasan Isnad]
According to the holy Quran, the Lailatul Qadr is better than the worship of 1,000 months as the angels and the spirit descend therein, by the permission of Almighty Allah with all decrees.
This is one of the holiest and most blessed nights which is likely to occur on one of the odd nights in the last 10 days of Ramadan and most likely to be the 27th of the holy month.
The devout Muslims traditionally observe the occasion through nightlong special prayers, milad, Quran Khwani, religious discussions at mosques and in their houses on this holy night.
The Lailatul Qadr is also called the Night of Power.
Allah the Almighty declares: “Verily, We have sent it (Holy Quran) down in the night of Al Qadr. And what will make you know what the night of Al Qadr is? The night of Al Qadr is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months. Therein descend the angels including Angel Gabriel by Allah’s permission with all Decrees. (All that night), there is peace (and Goodness from Allah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn.” (Holy Quran).
The Night of Power is the crowning glory of the worship in the holy month of Ramadan. It is most likely to take place in the last 10 days of the month when a Muslim’s devotion reaches its zenith. One way of doing this is to stay in a mosque for Aitekaaf, following the sunnah of the holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
It was on this night that the Holy Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by Allah. That was a defining event because it meant that Allah chose to show man the way to his happiness in this present life and the life Hereafter, providing him with a constitution to implement. Little wonder that this beautiful night is regarded by Muslims as the most important event in history.
Tradition says that whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.
When does it happen:
No one can tell exactly when Lailatul Qadr occurs. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) states: “Lailatul Qadr occurs during the last 10 days of Ramadan” (Bukhari).
Hazrat Aisha Radiallah Anha stated that Rasool Allah peace be upon him said, “Look for Lailat-Ul-Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadhan.” (Bukhari)
For the simple fact that the actual date is unknown, it is said to be one of the magical aspects of Lailatul Qadr as Muslims should always strive to be in ibadah and increase their good deeds.
The small yet consistent good deeds are far better than the many deeds done only at certain times.
From the first day of Ramadan until the 10th day, mosques are often filled with Muslims attending Isya’ and Tarawih prayers as well as Quranic recitations and others.
And normally, the congregational prayers at the mosques will decline as Muslims are tied up with Hari Raya preparations; baking cookies, setting up fireworks and the like.
During the third phase of Ramadan, which is usually from the 20th day until the end of the holy month, mosques will be even less occupied.
This habit must change.
It is during the third phase of Ramadan that people should be attending to their ibadah even more, in search of Lailatul Qadr.