Busy, ill or menstruating? You can still ace Laylatul Qadr!

By Raiiq Ridwan . Laylatul Qadr- the Night which is greater than a thousand months (just over 83 years). Yet, circumstances may contrive to make us among those who face a Laylatul Qadr wondering, how much of

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By Raiiq Ridwan

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Laylatul Qadr– the Night which is greater than a thousand months (just over 83 years). Yet, circumstances may contrive to make us among those who face a Laylatul Qadr wondering, how much of it we can really use. It could be that you are a busy mom with kids to look after. It could be that you are looking after a critically ill patient. It could be that you are ill yourself and don’t have the energy for a long night of worship. You could be menstruating and thus are not allowed to pray, read Quran or fast. It could be any reason why despite your noblest intentions, you know that this Laylatul Qadr won’t be a worship filled night that it should be.

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Do not be sad, for Allah’s religion is for everyone of all races and ethnicities, of all walks of life. Even if you are busy, it is still possible to make use of the best night of the year!

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If you are not allowed to pray (i.e. menstruating):

As this tends to be one that is the most questioned, we will deal with this first in sha Allah. How can you worship Allah when you are not allowed to worship Him through fasting, praying and reading Quran? Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah has a really good short video on the topic as well- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecZ24mESL_k

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Know that you are worshipping by not worshipping!

The statement might sound like an oxymoron but in reality that is what it is! Allah says in the Quran:

Whoever obeys God and His Messenger, stands in awe of God, and keeps his duty to Him will be triumphant” [1]

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So by NOT praying, NOT fasting and NOT reading Quran, you are in fact worshipping Allah because you are obeying His commandments and the command of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam through your activities. Therefore, never feel that Allah is not giving you the opportunity. In fact, you are being rewarded anyway.

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A scholar once said, “Her praying while pure is worship and her refraining from prayer while menstruating is worship. All of it is worship.”

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You are rewarded for your intentions.

The fact that you are willing to worship Allah and that you wish your period came later so that you could have worshipped Allah is a sign of your intention. And in Islam, just making an intention, a good intention, counts as a full good deed in and of itself. So, you aren’t really losing out on it!

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Listen to the Quran.

The Quran was sent by Allah as a spoken word, and listening to it being recited is also an act of worship in and of itself. Listen to the Quran, ponder over its translation and meanings. If you do not understand Arabic, try listening to a video that shows the translation along with the recitation, or go for an audio that has the translation immediately after. Or just listen to a tafseer lesson by a scholar. Ask Allah’s forgiveness when he mentions hellfire, and ask for Allah’s bounty when He mentions paradise. When Allah mentions stories of the righteous, ask to be like them, and when Allah mentions stories of the wretched, ask to be distanced from their behaviour.

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Make a lot of dhikr (remembrance) of Allah.

While you cannot pray or fast, you can still make dhikr! And in fact the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, “Shall I tell you about the best of deeds, the most pure in the sight of your Lord, about the one that is of the highest order and is far better for you than spending gold and silver, even better for you than meeting your enemies in the battlefield where you strike at their necks and they at yours?” The Companions replied, “Yes, O Messenger of Allah!” The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, “Remembrance of Allah.” [2]

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Allah has kept the door to the best of deeds open for you, make best use of it. The famous jurist and Hanafi scholar, Ibn Abidin recommended that a menstruating woman make ablution (wudu) for each prayer time, sit in her usual place of worship, and make dhikr for the time it takes for her to normally pray so that she does not lose her habit of worship while in this state.

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Make a list of the most common adhkaar that we can recite- the duas for the morning and evening, duas for entering/exiting the house, entering/exiting the bathroom, for eating, for sleep etc. and try reciting them during the day and the night. The book, Hisnul Muslim (translated Fortress of a Muslim) is a great resource for various adhkaar.

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Send blessings upon the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

Allah says in the Quran:

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God and His angels send blessings upon the Prophet– so, you who believe, send blessings upon him too and give him greetings of peace”. [3]

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No other deed did Allah mention that He does it, His angels do it, so believers do it too, except sending blessings upon the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam. Make it a habit to send lots and lots of blessings upon the Prophet. Even just repeating sallallahu alayhi wasallam or saying Allahumma salli alaa Muhammad counts as sending blessings upon the Prophet.

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Give generously in charity.

The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said that the best of charity is the one given in Ramadan. [4] He also said that charity is a proof of faith [5], and protects from the fire of hell [6]. Need any more motivation?

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Make lots of du’a.

The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, “Du’a is worship” [7] and Allah says “Call upon Me and I will respond to you” [8] Here is an article of mine that I have written about improving our chances of having our duas accepted in Ramadan.

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There are lots more than can be done, but for now this is a good healthy list to keep in handy, in case you cannot pray on the greatest night of the year!

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If you can pray, but not as much as you would want to:

All that has been mentioned above, still applies to those who are going to be busy or ill during that time. However, you are required to pray the five daily prayers regardless of your circumstances, so let’s make the best of that.

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Pray Fajr and Isha in the Masjid.

The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, “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.” [9]

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While you cannot physically spend the whole night in prayer, you can still get the reward for it by trying to make sure you make it to Isha and then Fajr in the Masjid!

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Pray Tahiyyatul Wudhu.

If you are tight for time, and cannot pray Taraweeh then this is the best of prayers that you can do during the night of Qadr. Make wudhu (ablution), and then pray two rakat with utmost devotion. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said “There is no Muslim who performs wudu and performs it well and then stands and offers 2 units of prayer with devotion of heart and mind in the two of them, except that Paradise becomes guaranteed for him” [10]

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Praying 2 rakats and making tawbah:

Another one for those who will struggle to make taraweeh is to pray 2 rakats and thereafter pour your heart out in du’a, asking Allah’s forgiveness for all the sins you have committed. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam said, “There is no one who commits a sin, goes and performs ritual ablutions, and then prays two rakats after which they seek Allah’s forgiveness except that He forgives them.” [11]

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Quran on your phone, tablet, ipods or PC:

Just because you are busy/ill doesn’t mean you cannot make the best of every second you get. If you are ill, read Quran lying down, on your phone or tablet. If you struggle, listen to a recitation. If you are busy it is always possible to find two minutes, recite some Quran and then go back to the work that you are doing.

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Know that Allah will reward you.

If you are working to earn a living to support your family, that is considered worship. If you are taking care of a very sick family member, you are doing worship. If you are ill, and you cannot worship Allah due to it, know that your illness is the cause of sins being removed. Never worry, Allah sees all and knows all, He will make a way out and He will reward!

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Footnotes

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[1] Quran 24:52

[2] Narrated by at-Tirmidhi, Ahmad and al-Hakim

[3] Quran 33:56

[4] Narrated by at-Tirmidhi

[5] Narrated by Muslim

[6] Narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim

[7] Narrated by at-Tirmidhi

[8] Quran 40:60

[9] Narrated by Muslim and at-Tirmidhi

[10] Narrated by Muslim

[11] Narrated by at-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud.

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  • AsifJuly 19, 2014

    jazakallah khair for the beneficial tips!

  • ZarrinJuly 20, 2014

    This was so informative and so well researched. Thank you. Reading this was beneficial as well as worth my time.

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