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During the last 10 nights of Ramadan, it is understandable that we would be wondering when Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power) will come. We look for signs and we hope that we hit the target. But sometimes we might be preoccupied with the signs of Laylatul Qadr that we missed the point.
Despite knowing the signs of Laylatul Qadr (as authenticated by our Prophet), we should be working for it on all the last 10 nights and not just on a specific night. Even the Prophet himself went for all the last 10 nights, because even with all the signs, no one knows for certain when Laylatul Qadr will be. Not even our Prophet knows that.
The fact that we don’t know for certain should make us hopeful, because we still have a chance of getting Laylatul Qadr. So for the nights that are remaining, we shouldn’t lose focus and relax as if we already found Laylatul Qadr. Since there is no guarantee, we should continue our effort all the way until the final night of Ramadan.
That is the wisdom behind not knowing, and I am grateful that Allah didn’t specify which among the 10 nights is Laylatul Qadr.
It’s like asking for repentance. No one knows for sure if Allah accepts or not. We might see the signs of it, but with no guarantee. The only guarantee we have in this life is if the Prophet told us that Allah accepted our repentance, as he had done with a few Companions in his lifetime. But the Prophet Muhammad is no longer with us and he is the seal of prophethood. Since we don’t know if Allah accepts our repentance or not, we should keep on asking and we should keep on hoping.
No one can say, “I am certain that Allah accepts my repentance.” At the same time, no one can say, “I am certain that Allah doesn’t accept my repentance.”
So keep on hoping and have a good opinion of Allah.
Same goes for Laylatul Qadr. No one can say for certain that he/she has or has not “found” Laylatul Qadr. As far as I’m concerned, the offer is still up for grabs.
May Allah give us Laylatul Qadr. Ameen.