Sunday, May 14, 2006

Could you spare one dollar a day?
[This is a flyer I made and Inshallah will pass out in the Muslim community, and I just thought it'd be nice to post online as well. The picture and the letter were done by me, and the misc. Hadith and Ayat were taken from Please if you use this, give the proper crediting to both parties :)]

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
When we fast during the month of Ramadhan we experience hunger, this gives us discipline, and Inshallah this also softens our hearts for those who do not get as much as Allah has provided us with. It tests our power of endurance so we may face whatever Allah has in store for us and it also makes us less selfish and more able to resist evil.
In Ramadhan some of us (me, for sure) complain about how hungry we are and we count the hours and minutes til iftar. We go through 30 days of it. But what about those who face this hunger every day? And those who don’t know if they’ll eat at all that evening, let alone iftar?!
The world is unfair. 3 of the richest people have more money than the 48 poorest countries combined. 12 million children under the age of 5 die each year from poverty-related illnesses.
In Islam we say that cleanliness is a part of Faith. Islam teaches us every way that cleans everything that can be cleaned. We perform wudhu and ghusl to purify our bodies. We perform Salaat to purify our souls. And Islam has also given us Zakaat and Saddiqa to purify our money. Let us thank Allah for our wealth that only by His Will we are allowed to have. With the wealth that Allah has provided us with, let us enjoy it by sharing it with those who really need it.
Allah has also blessed us with Parents or Guardians who have watched over us, clothed us, fed us, and loved us when we could not do anything for ourselves. In events around the world millions of children are left parentless and orphaned with no one to watch after them. Imagine them, scared and alone and confused, with no mother to hold them and comfort them. No father to explain what it happening in ways for them to understand. And no one is there to cook for them anymore. No one there to go to the market and get new shoes. No one to care for them. Allah tells us that those who have mercy, will be shown mercy. And no one has greater Mercy than Allah.
What if, InshAllah, at least one dollar a day could be enough mercy on an orphan that Allah will show you mercy when you will need it? The man who showed mercy on a thirsty dog and fed it with his shoe, he was given Paradise for this. A dog, SubhanAllah!
And for an orphan, here are a few benefits....
"And they feed, for the love of Allah, the poor, the orphan, and the captive..." [Soorah al-Insaan, 8]
When a little girl cries halfway around the world, are her tears any less real?
Would you like to be like a Mujaahid or like those who spend their days fasting and their nights praying?
"One who cares for widows and the poor is like those who fight in the way of Allah or those who spend their days fasting and their nights praying." [Agreed upon, also in Adab al-Mufrad of Imaam Al-Bukhari in chapter "The Virtue of Those Who Care for Orphans"]
Would you like your heart to soften and Allah subhaanahuwata`aalaa to answer your prayers?
A man once came to the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu`alaihiwasallam, and complained that he feels hardness in his heart. The Messenger of Allah said, what translated means, "Would you like that your heart becomes soft and that you acquire what you need? Be merciful with the orphan, pat his head and feed him from what you eat. This will soften your heart, and enable you to get what you need." [At-Tabaraanee & As-Silsilah as-Saheehah]
Would you like Allah Subhanahuwata`alaa to remove one of your griefs on the Day of Judgment?
"Whoever removes a worldly grief from a believer, Allah will remove from him one of the griefs of the Day of Judgment" [Saheeh Muslim]
Would you like forgiveness and bounty from Allah subhanahuwata`ala?
"The Shaitan promises you poverty and enjoins you on lewdness. But Allah promises you forgiveness from Himself with bounty. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures' needs, All-Knower." [Soorah al-Baqarah, 268]
Would you like angels to make Du'aa for you?
"No day dawns upon [Allah's] servants without two angels descending [to Earth]. One of them says, 'O Allah, give recompense (khalaf) to those who give [charity]!'; the other says, 'O Allah give loss (talaf) to those who withhold [charity]!'" [Agreed upon]
Would you like to be in the eternal Jannah with our beloved Prophet and the best of creation, sallallaahu`alaihiwasallam?
"I and the caretaker of the orphan will enter Paradise together like this, raising (by way of illustration) his forefinger and middle finger jointly, leaving no space in between." [Saheeh al-Bukhaari]
Your compassion and generosity can make a difference in the lives of thousands of Muslims around the world! Help bring a smile to your orphan brothers and sisters.
Can one get a better deal for 1$ a day?
It is only 30$ a month?
[Taken from]
Here is one site dedicated to helping the orphans: and

Sunday, May 07, 2006

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Assalaamulaikum..a few of my favorite Islamic and such
1- "Then which of the Blessing of your Lord will you both (jinn and men) deny?" Quran 55:15
2- Abu Hurairah (radi allhu 'anhu) narrated: A mancame to the Messenger of Allah (sallalahu alaihi wa salaam) and said "I am hungry." so he (sallalahu alaihi wa salaam) sent a messenger to his wives (to bring something for that man to eat) but they said they had nothing except water. Then the Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wa salaam) said: "Who will take this (man) or entertain him as a guest, Allah's Mercy will on him." A man from the Ansar said: "I." He took him home, and asked his wife: "Do we have food?" She said: "Nothing other than the children's food." He said: "Keep them busy with something, and when our guest comes in, blow off the light and lets pretend we are eating." When the guest came, she blew out the light. They sat down and the guest ate. In the morning, he went to see the Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wa salaam) who said to hom: "Allah had admired what you did last night." (Bukhari 3798)
3- If Allah brings you to it,
He will bring you through it.
In Happy moments, praise Allah.
In Difficult moments, seek Allah.
In Quiet moments, worship Allah.
In Painful moments, trust Allah.
In Every moment, thank Allah.
4- One and Only One God, One incorruptible Qur'an, One guided way of life: True Monotheism.
5- Islam is perfect; Muslims are not.
6- Narrated Anas bin Malik (radi allhu 'anhu): Allah's Prophet (sallalahu alaihi wa salaam) used to say, "A disbeliever will be brought on the Day of Resurrection and will be asked. "Suppose you had as much gold as to fill the earth, would you offer it to ransom yourself (from the Hellfire)?" He will reply, "Yes." Then it will be said to him, "You were asked for something easier than that (to join none in worship with Allah i.e. to accept Islam) but you refused ."
7- Ibn al-Qayyim - rahimahullâh - said: One of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors) said: “Indeed a servant commits a sin by which he enters Paradise; and another does a good deed by which he enters the Fire.” It was asked: How is that? So he replied: “The one who committed the sin, constantly thinks about it; which causes him to fear it, regret it, weep over it and feel ashamed in front of his Lord the Most High - due to it. He stands before Allâh, broken-hearted and with his head lowered in humility. So this sin is more beneficial to him than doing many acts of obedience, since it caused him to have humility and humbleness - which leads to the servant’s happiness and success - to the extent that this sin becomes the cause for him entering Paradise. As for the doer of good, then he does not consider this good a favour from his Lord upon him. Rather, he becomes arrogant and amazed with himself, saying: I have achieved such and such, and such and such. So this further increases him in self-adulation, pride and arrogance - such that this becomes the cause for his destruction.”
8- "On the authority of Al- Baraa ibn 'Azib (radiyallahu'anhu) who said: 'While we were with the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessing of Allah be upon him), he suddenly looked towards a group (of of people) and said: "For what reason have they gathered here?" It was said 'In order to dig a grave.' So the Messenger of Allah (sallalahu alaihi wa salaam) became alarmed and startled and he quickly went ahead of his Companions until he reached the grave, then he knelt by it, I turned my face towards him (sallalahu alaihi wa salaam), in order to see what he was doing. He (sallalahu alaihi wa salaam) cried until the earth became wet with his tears, then he turned and said: "Oh my brothers! Prepare for a day like this ."
9- "Allah is the Great, truly the Great. All thanks are to Allah always and all praise and glory are due to Him in the morning and afternoon. All praise is due to He Who is praised and glorified by the heavens and all that is in them, the stars in their orbits, the earth and its inhabitants, the seas and their fishes , stars, mountains, trees, animals, hills, sand, every wet and dry and everything dead and living, I hereby bear witness that there is no God or Deity wothy of worship, except Allah , Alone without partners, a statement on which the heavens and earth were established and for which all creations were created."
10- Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water (rain) which Allâh sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving (living) creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed Ayât (proofs, evidences, signs, etc.) for people of understanding. (Al-Baqarah 2:164)
11- Knowledge is my Principal Possession
Reason is the root of my Fate
Longing is my Mentor
Remembrance of Allah is my Weapon
Patience is my Attire
Contentment is my Prize
Poverty is my Honor
Abstinence is my Calling
Obedience is my Measure
Striving is my Character
Prayer is my Pleasure

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Al-Fawâ’id: Points of Benefit
By the Imâm - the Shaykh of Islâm - Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (1)
[1] Six Etiquettes of Learning(2)
Ibn al-Qayyim - rahimahullâh - said:
“There are six stages to knowledge:-
Firstly: Asking questions in a good manner.
Secondly: Remaining quiet and listening attentively.
Thirdly: Understanding well.
Fourthly: Memorising.
Fifthly: Teaching.
Sixthly - and it is its fruit: Acting upon the knowledge and keeping to its limits.”(3)
[2] Fruits of Humility
Ibn al-Qayyim - rahimahullâh - said: (4)
One of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors) said: “Indeed a servant commits a sin by which he enters Paradise; and another does a good deed by which he enters the Fire.” It was asked: How is that? So he replied: “The one who committed the sin, constantly thinks about it; which causes him to fear it, regret it, weep over it and feel ashamed in front of his Lord the Most High - due to it. He stands before Allâh, broken-hearted and with his head lowered in humility. So this sin is more beneficial to him than doing many acts of obedience, since it caused him to have humility and humbleness - which leads to the servant’s happiness and success - to the extent that this sin becomes the cause for him entering Paradise. As for the doer of good, then he does not consider this good a favour from his Lord upon him. Rather, he becomes arrogant and amazed with himself, saying: I have achieved such and such, and such and such. So this further increases him in self-adulation, pride and arrogance - such that this becomes the cause for his destruction.”
[3] Purifying the Heart
Ibn al-Qayyim - rahimahullâh - said:
“There is no doubt that the heart becomes covered with rust, just as metal dishes - silver, and their like - become rusty. So the rust of the heart is polished with dhikr (remembrance of Allâh), for dhikr polishes the heart until it becomes like a shiny mirror. However, when dhikr is abandoned, the rust returns; and when it commences then the heart again begins to be cleansed. Thus the heart becoming rusty is due to two matters: sins and ghaflah (neglecting remembrance of Allâh). Likewise, it is cleansed and polished by two things: istigfâr (seeking Allâh’s forgiveness) and dhikr.”(5)
[4] Jihâd Against the Self
“Jihâd (striving) against the soul has four stages:
Firstly: To strive in learning guidance and the religion of truth, without which there will be no success. Indeed, there can be no true happiness, nor any delight in this world and in the Herefater, except through it.
Secondly: Striving to act upon what has been learnt, since knowledge without action will not benefit, rather it will cause harm.
Thirdly: Striving to invite others towards it and to teach those who do not know, otherwise he may be considered from those who hide what Allâh has revealed of guidance and clear explanation. Such knowledge will neither benefit, nor save a person from the punishment of Allâh.
Fourthly: Striving to be patient and persevering against those who oppose this da’wah (call) to Allâh and those who seek to cause harm - patiently bearing all these hardships for the sake of Allâh.
When these four stages are completed then such a person is considered to be amongst the Rabbâniyyûn. The Salaf were agreed that a Scholar does not deserve the title of Rabbânî until he recognises and knows the truth, acts upon it, and teaches it to others. So whosoever has knowledge, acts upon it, and teaches this knowledge to others, is considered from the Rabbâniyyûn.”(6)
[5] Trials of the Heart
Ibn al-Qayyirn said, whilst commenting upon the following hadîth:
“Trials and tribulations will be presented to hearts, as a reed mat is interwoven stick by stick. Any heart which absorbs these trials will have a black mark put in it. However, any heart that rejects them will have a white mark put in it. The result is that hearts will be of two kinds: one white like a white stone, which will not be harmed by trials as long as the heavens and earth endure; and the other dark and rusty, like an over-turned vessel; not able to recognise the good, nor reject evil, but rather being absorbed with its desires.”(7)
“The fitan (trials) which are presented to the hearts - and which are the cause of its weakness - are: [i] the trials relating to shahwah (false desire) and [ii] the trials relating to shubhah (doubt) ... So the first causes intentions and desires to be corrupted, whilst the second causes knowledge and beliefs to be corrupted.”(8) Speaking about such trials, he - rahimahullâh - said: “Hearts - when exposed to such fitan (trials) - are of two types: [The first type]: a heart, which, when exposed to such trials, absorbs it like a sponge that soaks-up water, leaving in it a black stain. Such a heart continues to soak-up the various trials that are presented to it, until it becomes dark and corrupted - which is what is meant by “an over-turned vessel”, so when this occurs, two dangerous and deadly diseases take hold of it and plunge it into destruction:
Firstly: confusing good with evil, so it neither recognises the good, nor rejects the evil. This disease may take hold of it to such an extent that it believes good to be evil; and evil to be good, Sunnah to be bid’ah (innovation); and innovations to be the Sunnah, and the truth to be falsehood; and falsehood the truth.
Secondly: judging by its whims and desires, over and against what Allâh’s Messenger sallallâhu ’alayhi wa sallam came with - being enslaved by its whims and desires and being led by them also.
[The second type]: a white heart in which the light of îmân is bright and its radiance is illuminating. So when trials are presented to such a heart, it rejects and turns away from them. This further increases its light and illumination and its strength.” (9)
[6] Four Principles of Worship
“(The Âyah): “You alone do we worship.” [Sûrah al-Fâtihah 1:5] is built upon four principles:- Ascertaining what Allâh and His Messenger love and are pleased with, from [i] the sayings of the heart and [ii] of the tongue; and [iii] the actions of the heart and [iv] of the limbs.
So al-’ubûdiyyah (servitude and slavery to Allâh) is a comprehensive term for all these for stages. The one who actualises them has indeed actualised: “You alone do we worship.”
The saying of the heart: It is i’tiqâd (belief) in what Allâh - the Most Perfect - informed about His Self; concerning His Names, His Attributes, His Actions, His Angels, and all that He sent upon the tongue of His Messenger sallallâhu ’alayhi wa sallam.
The saying of the tongue: It is to inform and convey (what Allâh has revealed), to call to it, defend it, to explain the false innovations which oppose it, to establish its remembrance and to convey what it orders.
The action of the heart: Such as love for Him, reliance upon Him, repenting to Him, having fear and hope in Him, making the Dîn purely and sincerely for Him, having patience in what He orders and prohibits, having patience with what He decrees and being pleased with it, having allegiance and enmity for His sake, humbling oneself in front of Him and having humility in front of Him, becoming tranquil with Him and other than this from the actions of the heart which are actually connected to the action of the limbs ... and actions of the limbs without the action of the heart is of little benefit, if any benefit at all.
The action of the limbs: Such as Prayer and Jihâd, attending the Jumu’ah and being with the Jamâ’ah, aiding those who are unable and displaying goodness and kindness to the creation, and other than this.” (10)
1. He is Abû ’Abdullâh, Shamsud-Dîn Muhammad ibn Abû Bakr better known as Ibn al-Qayyim (or Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah). He was born in the year 691H in the city of Damascus. From an early age he set about acquiring knowledge and studied under many prominent teachers, the most notable of whom was Shaykhul-Islâm Ibn Taymiyyah. His students include the likes of Ibn Kathîr, adh-Dhahabî, Ibn Bajab, Ibn ’Abdul-Hâdî and others. He authored over ninety books and booklets - all of them being characterised by their touching address to the soul and the heart, as well as their accuracy, precision and depth of research. Ibn al-Qayyim died on the night of Thursday 13th Rajab at the time of the ’Ishâ adhân in the year 751H. Testaments about his comprehensive knowledge, firm adherence to the way of the Salaf; excellent manners, worship and zuhd have been given by Al-Hâfidh Ibn Hajar in ad-Dururul-Kâminah (3/400), Al-Hâfidh Ibn Rajab in Dhayl Tabaqâtul-Hanâbilah (2/447), ash-Shawkânî in al-Badrut-Tâli’ (2/143-146) and also Al-Hâfidh Ibn Kathîr who said about him in al-Bidâyah wan-Nihâyah (14/246): “He attained great proficiency in many branches of knowledge, particularly knowledge of Tafsîr, Hadîth and Usûl. When Shaykh Taqiyyud-Dîn Ibn Taymiyyah returned from Egypt in the year 712H, he stayed with the Shaykh until he died, learning a great deal of knowledge from him; along with the knowledge which he had already occupied himself in obtaining. So he became a singular Scholar in many branches of knowledge. He also continued to seek knowledge greatly day and night and was constant in humbly calling upon his Lord. He recited well and had fine manners. He had a great deal of love and did not harbour any envy for anyone, nor harm anyone, nor seek to find fault with anyone, nor bear any malice towards anyone. I was one of those who most often kept company with him and I was one of the most beloved of people to him. I do not know anyone in the world, in this time, who is a greater worshipper than him. His Salâh (Prayer) used to be very lengthy, with prolonged rukû’ (bowing) and sujûd (prostration). His companions would often reproach him for this, yet he never retorted back, nor did he abandon this practice - may Allâh shower His Mercy upon him.”
2. The following are some points of benefit - extracted from the various works of the Shaykh - pertaining to purification of the souls and curing the diseases of the hearts.
3. Miftâh Dârus-Sa’âdah (p.283).
4. Al-Wâbilus-Sayib minal-Kalimit-Tayyib (p.15).
5. Al-Wâbilus-Sayyib (p.80).
6. Zâdul-Ma’âd fi Hadî Khayril-’Ibâd (pp.9-11).
7. Related by Muslim (no.144), from Hudhayfah radiallâhu ’anhu.
8. Ighâthatul-Luhfân (p.40).
9. Ighâthatul-Luhfân (pp. 39-40).
10. Madârijus-Sâlikîn (1/100-101).
Taken from Ibaanah

Friday, March 31, 2006

Islamic Phrases
[BLOGGER'S NOTE] As salaamulaikum, I know I haven't posted in such a long time, Inshallah I will get back into this. I hope it is helpful in some way to anyone who reads this.
Islam has its own key phrases to use in daily life. Some of these are listed below along with the times to use them.
1. When starting to do something: "Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem."
(In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.)
2. When mentioning something that will be done in the future. "Insha'llah." (If Allah wills.)
3. When praising something say, "Subhanullah." (Glory to Allah.)
4. When in pain or distress. "Ya Allah." (O Allah.)
5. When appreciating something say, "Masha-Allah." (As Allah willed.)
6. When thanking someone. "Jazakullah." (Allah reward you.)
7. When you see something bad. "Nowdhubillah." (Allah protect us.)
8. When saying you're sorry to Allah for a sin. "Astaghfirullah." (Allah forgive.)
9. After sneezing or when you're happy about something. "Alhumdulillah." (Praise Allah.)

10. When meeting someone. "Assalamu 'alaykum." (Peace be upon you.)
11. Replying to the above greeting. "Wa 'alaykum assalam." (And upon you be peace.)
12. When hearing about a death or tragedy. "Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun."
(To Allah we belong and to Him we return.)
13. When giving in charity. "Fee eemanullah." (In Allah's faith.)
14. When taking an oath. "Wallahi." (I Swear to Allah.)
15. If someone sneezes and they say, "Yarhamakullah." (Allah have mercy upon you.) The sneezer will reply back, "Yehdikumullah" which means, "Allah guide you."

Sunday, November 06, 2005

After reading this I cried and ran to my mother, and remembered that she has always been there for me to cry on, and she will always be as long as she's here...

The Wooden Bowl

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man's hands trembled,his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess.

"We must do something about Grandfather," said the son. "I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor."
So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner.

Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.

When the family glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly,

"What are you making?"

Just as sweetly, the boy responded,

Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food when I grow up."
The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done.

That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.


Allah mentions in Surah Al-Isra 17:23-24:

وَقَضَى رَبُّكَ أَلاَّ تَعْبُدُواْ إِلاَّ إِيَّاهُ وَبِالْوَالِدَيْنِ إِحْسَانًا إِمَّا يَبْلُغَنَّ عِندَكَ الْكِبَرَ أَحَدُهُمَا أَوْ كِلاَهُمَا فَلاَ تَقُل لَّهُمَا أُفٍّ وَلاَ تَنْهَرْهُمَا وَقُل لَّهُمَا قَوْلاً كَرِيمًاوَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِي صَغِيرًا
And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour.And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: "My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small."

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Beauty Tips for the Rightous Women
For attractive lips
Speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes,
Seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure,
Share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair,
Let only your trusted family and sisters admire it.
For poise,
Walk with the knowledge that you will never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed;
Never throw out anybody.
Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for
helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears,
The figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,
Because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole,
But true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows.
And the beauty of a woman, with passing years, only grows!

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Salaam, I am reposting this, since Inshallah Laylatul-Qadr is upon us.

How to Seek Laylatul-Qadr
by Shaykh Muhammad Nasir-ud-Deen al-Albani Adapted from "The Night Prayers: Qiyam & Tarawih from works by Muhammad Nasir ud-Deen al-Albani(and other scholars)"Compiled by Muhammad al-Jibali, ? 1997 QSS
Laylat ul-Qadr is the most blessed night. A person who misses it has indeed missed a great amount of good. If a believing person is zealous to obey his Lord and increase the good deeds in his record, he should strive to encounter this night and to pass it in worship and obedience. If this is facilitated for him, all of his previous sins will be forgiven.
Praying Qiyaam
It is recommended to make a long Qiyaam prayer during the nights on which Laylat ul-Qadr could fall. This is indicated in many hadeeths, such as the following:
Abu Tharr (radhiallahu `anhu) relates:
"We fasted with Allah's Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) in Ramadaan. He did not lead us (in qiyaam) at all until there were seven (nights of Ramadaan) left. Then he stood with us (that night - in prayer) until one third of the night had passed. He did not pray with us on the sixth. On the fifth night, he prayed with us until half of the night had passed. So we said, 'Allah's Messenger! Wouldn't you pray with us the whole night?' He replied:
'Whoever stands in prayer with the imaam until he (the imaam) concludes the prayer, it is recorded for him that he prayed the whole night.'?" [Recorded by Ibn Abi Shaybah, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmithi (who authenticated it), an-Nasa'i, Ibn Majah, at-Tahawi (in Sharhu Ma`an il-Athar, Ibn Nasr, al-Faryabi, and al-Bayhaqi. Their isnad is authentic.][Point of benefit: Abu Dawud mentioned: "I heard Ahmad being asked, 'Do you like for a man to pray with the people or by himself during Ramadan?' He replied, 'Pray with the people' I also heard him say, 'I would prefer for one to pray (qiyaam) with the imaam and to pray witr with him as well, for the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said: "When a man prays with the imaam until he concludes, it is recorded that he prayed the rest of that night." [Masaa'il]
Abu Hurayrah (radhiallahu `anhu) narrated that the Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said:
"Whoever stands (in qiyaam) in Laylat ul-Qadr [and it is facilitated for him] out of faith and expectation (of Allah's reward), will have all of his previous sins forgiven." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim; the addition "and it is facilitated for him" is recorded by Ahmad from the report of `Ubaadah Bin as-Samit; it means that he is permitted to be among the sincere worshippers during that blessed night.]
Making Supplications
It is also recommended to make extensive supplication on this night. `A'ishah (radhiallahu `anha) reported that she asked Allah's Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam), "O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night is Laylat ul-Qadr, what should I say during it?" And he instructed her to say:
"Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuh.ibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee - O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me." [Recorded by Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmithi. Verified to be authentic by Al-Albani]
Abandoning Worldly Pleasures for the Sake of Worship
It is further recommended to spend more time in worship during the nights on which Laylat ul-Qadr is likely to be. This calls for abandoning many worldly pleasures in order to secure the time and thoughts solely for worshipping Allah. `A'ishah (radhiallahu `anha) reported:
"When the (last) ten started, the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) would tighten his izaar (i.e. he stayed away from his wives in order to have more time for worship), spend the whole night awake (in prayer), and wake up his family." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
And she said:"Allah's Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) used to exert more (in worship) on the last ten than on other nights." [Muslim]