The night of power is mentioned in the Quran as being better than a thousand months, and it is believed that any act of devotion– reciting the Quran, remembering Allah, enjoining good– done on this night is way better than any act of devotion done in one thousand nights which doesn’t involve the night of Qadr.
The Prophet said:
“Whoever prays during the night of Qadr with faith and hoping for its reward will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” (Bukhari and Muslim recorded from Abu Huraira)
The Rasul used to exert himself in devotion during the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan than any other month in the Islamic calendar.
Aisha (RA), narrated that the Prophet said: “Look for Laylatul Qadr on an odd-numbered night during the last ten nights of Ramadan.”(Bukhari)
So if you have intended to haunt for the night of greatness, below are some few things you might need to do;
#1. Take a leave
To enable you to focus and take full advantage of this night, it is advisable to take a leave or break from your daily activities like work so as to enable you to be steadfast during the night.
#2. Make a to-do list for the night
Design a checklist for every night of the last 10 nights of the month of Ramadan. Make sure that this list contains all the activities you intend on doing all through the day and for the whole 10 nights and make sure you stick to your plan and as try as much as you can to achieve them.
It is Sunnah of the Rasul to leave the comfort of his house to the masjid during the last ten night of the month of Ramadan and stay there until the night before Eid- day. This is to help you focus on worshiping your Lord by engaging in more zikr, nawafils, reciting and studying the Quran without any interruption of the outside world.
#4. Recite this Dua
Aisha (RA), said: I asked the Messenger of Allah:
‘O Messenger of Allah if I know what night is the night of Qadr, 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).
“Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee”
#5. Recite the Quran and Reflect
Take time to recite the Quran and ponder open its meaning, try to reflect on the messages and teachings of the Holy Quran and how it affects you personally.
#6. Make a personal Dua list
As you engage yourself in prayers and zikr, don’t forget to make a dua list for every night so that you don’t get your priorities messed up. Everybody has a desire from his creator whether it is of Dunya or akhirah, so spell them out so that you don’t forget although Allah knows our heart desires.
#7. Try to make sincere Dua’s
Usually, the best time to engage in long sincere duas during the last 10 nights is the last part of the night. As it is said in Bukhari and Muslim that
Abu Huraira (RA), related that the Prophet said:
“When the last one-third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One descends towards the heaven of the earth and proclaims: ‘Who is that who supplicates for Me, and I grant his supplication? Who are that who begs Me for anything and I grant it to him? And who is that who seeks My forgiveness, and I forgive him?'”
In other words, waking up before suhur is the best time to ask Allah for halal heart desires through dua either in Arabic or your own language.
#8.Try to involve the family too
Each time you either wake for the pre-sahur dua or tarawih salah, try to carry your family along, involve them too in every activity as seeking Allah’s mercy and blessings is not restricted to a certain age. Have Iftar with the family, take the family to tarawih or lead the salat, attend the dua after completion of the Quran and don’t forget to also pray and plan that Allah let you witness next year’s Ramadan and plan for it too.
The benefits of the last 10 days of the month of Ramadan is all watered down as only Allah knows the level of mercy and blessing the night of power comes with. So strive and pray that Allah makes us witness and take full advantage of the night of bounty Amin!