0) Isha and Fajr prayer in congregation (jama’ah).
I put this as number 0 because if nothing else, this is the one thing a person HAS to do: pray Isha and Fajr in congregation.
The Prophet said, “The one who performs Isha’ prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat for half of the night. And one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salat the whole night.” [Reported by Muslim]
This is the baseline. Everything else after doing this is a bonus insha Allah.
1) Lots of dua.
Aisha [RA], when asking the Prophet about Laylatul Qadar
, said, “What dua should I make if I were to find Laylatul Qadr?”. Her question tells us that in her mind, her task was clear: make lots of dua. So she particularly asked for which dua to make to get the maximum benefit out of this night.
2) Night prayers.
Try attending night prayers (qiyamul layl) somewhere. If you can do it yourself, that’s great as well. You can read from the Quran while praying (either by yourself or behind an Imam). You can even read from an app on a mobile device. Just put the device in airplane mode 🙂
If a person can catch Laylatul Qadr and give charity on that night, that would have more goodness than a 1000 months of charity. Imagine that!
A pro tip: give $20 in charity every night, this way you’re sure to have given charity on Laylatul Qadr.
Read as much Qur’an as possible. Try to memorize a few ayaat to gain a tangible benefit (perhaps first 10 or last 10 of Surah Kahf). If you don’t understand what you’re reading, then mix in some tafsir. But don’t spend the entire night listening to tafsir, keep a fair balance insha Allah.
The key is to mix to all these deeds. Start off the night with Isha in congregation and some charity. Proceed to read some Qur’an. Once warmed up, try to memorize a few ayaat. Then take a break with listening to a tafsir
. Make dua afterwards and start night prayers. End the night with lots of dua, a nice healthy suhoor (or sehri)
and Fajr in congregation.
May Allah make us extract the maximum benefit during this night, ameen.