Some tips by Sheikh Omar Suleiman:
1. Observe each and every single one of these last 10 nights because we don’t know where that treasure is. We want to be in a state worthy of khayr in these last nights.
2. Diversify our deeds – The best thing we can do in these last 10 nights is to stand in prayer and enjoy as much as salah as we possibly can. There is a beautiful statement by Imam Ash-Shafi’e rahimahullah, where he said that the way Laylatul-Qadr started was with a word “Iqra'” [read] to Rasulallah ﷺ and the Surah ends with “Wasjud Waqtarib” [prostrate and come closer to Allah SWT]. So Laylatul-Qadr should be spent with everything from Iqra’ to Wasjud Waqtarib – from reading the Qur’an, praying, prostrating, and coming closer to Allah SWT such as tasbih, dhikrullah and everything in between. Meaning it’s okay to switch to different types of ‘ibadah. The point is to stay engaged.
3. Watch ourselves from sinning – What we definitely don’t want to do on Laylatul-Qadr is to allow ourselves to be in a state of disobedience. Many scholars pointed out that in times in which good deeds are multiplied, the severity of sins is also compounded. Because it is as though we are purposely turning away from a massive blessing from Allah SWT, from a time where we should be exerting in khayr. The shayateen are locked away in Ramadhan, and on top of that, the angels descend on Laylatul-Qadr – yet we still found a way to be satanic? So watch ourselves in these last few nights. Don’t get caught in any act of disobedience.
4. The greatest supplication for Laylatul-Qadr – We know that THE supplication Rasulallah ﷺ recommended for these last 10 nights is:
Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibb al-‘afwa, fa’affu ‘anni
(Allahumma, You are forgiving, and You love forgiveness, so forgive me).
This is the most beloved du’a right now. So when we find ourselves blanking out, or trying to think of the next du’a, or when walking, then repeat this du’a constantly. However, don’t treat it merely as a ‘transition’ du’a, because it is THE most special du’a that we should be making right now. From this we can derive that the best supplications on Laylatul-Qadr are the ones that entail forgiveness. There is nothing in the decree of Allah SWT that is more precious to us than His SWT complete forgiveness.
5. Don’t overlook kindness, generosity, and other good deeds – Did you know that the date of Laylatul-Qadr was lost because of an argument?
Rasulallah ﷺ went out to inform the people about the (date of the Al-Qadr). There happened a quarrel between two Muslim men. The Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“I came out to inform you about the Night of Al-Qadr,
but so-and-so and so-and-so quarrelled, so the news about it had been taken away;
and maybe it was better for you…”
So how bad would it be if on Laylatul-Qadr we got into a fight with someone? Don’t allow our ego to get in the way. Don’t get into arguments and backbiting. Smile and give salaam to people. It is better to remain patient so we may receive the blessing of that night. And lastly, show generosity. Exert ourselves in charity in these last 10 nights.
May Allah SWT help us to fully utilize these last 10 nights. May He SWT accept all of our good deeds and forgive us all in this Ramadhan, and then beyond.