Five Recommended Acts to Be Done at the Qadr nights

The recommended acts of the Qadr Nights are of two parts; the first part deals with the general acts that are advisably practiced at each of the three Qadr Nights. The second part deals with the private acts that are dedicated to each night exclusively. In this article we will only refer to those which are common to all three nights.

First: Ablution (Ghusl)

It is recommended to bathe oneself at each of the Qadr Nights. It is preferable to perform the bathing at sunset so as to be ready for the Isha’ Prayer with a bathing.

Second: A Two-Unit Prayer

It is recommended to offer a two unit (Rak’ah ) prayer reciting at each unit Surah al-Faatehah once and repeating Surah al-Tawheed seven times. After the accomplishment of the prayer, the following imploration should be repeated seventy times:

Astaghfiru allaha wa atubu ilayhi” which means: “I seek Allah's forgiveness and to Him do I repent”. 

According to a Hadith reported from the Holy Prophet (PBUH), Almighty Allah will forgive one who offers this prayer and will forgive his parents before he leaves his place.

Third: The "plea by the sanctity of the Holy Qur'an" 

It is recommended to open a copy of the Holy Qur’an between one’s hands and say the following:

"Alaahumma inni asaloka be kitaabekal munzale Wa maa feeh, wa feehismokal akbaro wa asmaakal husnaa, wa maa yokhaafo Wa yurjaa an taj-alani min otaqaaeka minan-Naar"

“Lord! I plead to You by Your revealed Book and everything in it, and in it is Your great Name and the most sublime attributes. I plead to You to send blessings unto Muhammad (S) and the progeny of Muhammad (S) and to free me from the bondage of the fire."

Then you ask Allah whatever you wish.

Fourth: Place the Holy Quran on One's Head

It is recommended to put a copy of the Holy Qur’an on the head and say the following:

"Allaahumma be haqqe haazal Qur'an we be haqqe man arsaltahoo beh, Wa be haqqe kulle momenin madahtahoo feeh, we be haqqeka alaihim fa-laa ahada a'arafo be haqqeka mink"

“Lord! By the grace of this Holy Qur'an and to whom You have revealed it, and by every believer You have praised therein, and by Your right upon them, for none knows Your right more than You!”

Then you repeat ten times each of the following: “By Your Grace, O Mighty God! By Muhammad, by Ali, by Fatima, by al-Hassan, by al-Hussain, by Ali ibn al-Hussain, by Muhammad ibn Ali, by Ja’far ibn Muhammad, by Mousa ibn Ja’far, by Ali ibn Mousa, by Muhammad ibn Ali, by Ali ibn Muhammad, by al-Hassan ibn Ali, by al-Hujja (al-Mahdi),' then you state your plea, and Allah will help you attain your objective if He pleases."

Fifth: Spend the night supplicating to Allah and Keep Awake the Whole Night

It is highly advisable to spend the whole three Qadr Nights with acts of worship. It has been narrated that one who spends the whole Qadr Nights with acts of worship will have all his sins forgiven even if they are as many as stars, as heavy as mountains, and as weighty as seawater.

It has been suggested that the most favorable prayer at the Qadr Nights is to implore for Almighty Allah’s forgiveness, to mention Him, to pray for the settlement of one’s worldly and religious affairs as well as for one’s parents, relatives, and brethren-in-faith; the dead and the alive, and to invoke blessings upon the Holy Prophet and his Household.

According to some narrations, it is recommended to read certain chapters of the Holy Quran and as well as the famous supplicatory prayer known as Dua al-Jawshan al-Kabir at the three Qadr Nights.


[1]. Sheikh Abbas Al-Qummi, Mafatih al-Jinan (Keys to Heavens)