Preparing for the Nights of Destiny

Bismillah Al-Rahman Al-Rahim. My dear brothers and sisters, as-salaam alaykum jami'an, wa Rahmatullahi Wa barakatuh. I pray that you are having a blessed month of Ramadan. Sometimes we ask which Du'as which supplications or the most important to engage in. Let's take a look. In the month of Ramadan, Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala has ordained that one of the nights either the 19th, the 21st or the 23rd is considered to be Laylat ul-Qadr and to maximize the blessing for us.

He encourages us and asks us to spend the night in worship, to supplicate, to ask and to pray to Him in the manner that he has described. There are so many traditions relating to us, the types of du'as, the ziyarat, the prayers that we must engage in. For example, one of the ones involves taking the Holy Quran and placing it over our heads and reciting. Another du'a includes the ziraath of Imam Husayn, alayhi assalat wa assalam. More dua's are included in the books of supplication like Mafatih ul-Jinan.

That's why when we approach these nights and want to maximize the benefit of it, we must recognize that this is like a buffet in front of us and that this buffet is available to us to take as much as we possibly can and do so in a manner that will benefit us and will always be a source of enlightenment for the rest of the year. Because indeed, Laylat ul-Qadr, the Night of Destiny or the Night of Power determines the fate of a person and indeed the progression of this person towards Allah, Subhana wa Ta'ala, for the remainder of the year.

Thus, don't feel pressured, don't feel exhausted by the fact that you have to complete all of the aamaal, all of the rituals of worship, all of the supplications and the prayers from A to Z, and in that specific order. Indeed, it is best to try to do so. It is best to try to recite one hundred units of prayer and that night it is best to do Astaghfaar as much as possible. But if it is not physically in your capacity to do so, or you find that you would like to read one du'a over another du'a, it is certainly acceptable.

And as I mentioned, it is like a buffet. You can come and take from it, as you will, because these are all Mustahab, these are all recommended acts that no matter what you do, will always benefit you. Yet more importantly, we should consider that the blessing of this night, the reward of this night, not only rests in the fact that we ask for our needs to be fulfilled, but also that we recognize who we are and with what countenance we are approaching Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala.

What does that mean? That means that I must begin by recognizing my own weaknesses, my own ills and my own deficits in front of God. And in doing so, ask for forgiveness from them. Number two, it means that I should reform myself and that this year I have marked it that any of the past ills that existed in me will now be changed, will now be reformed and removed, such that I do not move backwards, but instead move forwards in improvement in spiritual advancement and closeness and greater obedience to Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala.

And then you ask for your needs and you say, Ya Allah! My legitimate need is A, B and C, please help me and fulfill it and finish by saying God, I ask You, having limited knowledge, limited wisdom and not enough foresight to see the consequences of what I am asking for. Hence if You give it to me, only do so because You know it to be best for me. Thus give to me O Allah that which You know, to be best that which you know, will be a benefit for me in the hayat ad-Dunyah, this life or in the Akhirah, the next life.

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