What Is The Night Of Power?
لیلة القدر ‘Laylat Al-Qadr’ is a night of blessings for Muslims, considered to be one of the holiest evenings in the Islamic calendar ¹.
Muslims believe it is a holy night where God will appear to those who are faithful to reveal himself, future plans, or reward those who are deserving for their good deeds. Typically, Muslims will stay up all night praying for dreams and visions, and seeking blessings and rewards.
“We have indeed revealed this in the ‘Night of Power’. And what will explain to you what the night of power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down The Angels and the Spirit by Allah’s permission, on every errand. “Peace!…This until the rise of Morn!”
Although it traditionally takes place on the 27th night of Ramadan (the night when the Qur’an was handed down long ago), it can happen any of the last ten days of Ramadan. This year, the 27th night is today: Monday, April 17th.
How Can I Be Involved As A Christian?
The Night of Power is an excellent time to pray for Muslims in your life. We see many times in Scripture that God does reveal Himself in dreams and visions (Daniel 10.3, for example). We also see that many people have dreams and visions of the Lord Jesus:
“The Lord said to Paul by a vision in the night,
“Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent because I am with you, and no one will assault you to harm you because I have many people in this city.””
(Acts 19.9-10, NET, emphasis added)
As a believer in the risen Jesus the prayers we pray this week should combine the two: yes, Lord, let those who seek you find you (Matthew 7.7-8) and may they see you in the person, the work, and the love of Jesus (John 14.5-7, Philippians 2.5-11).
¹ – https://www.muslimaid.org/what-we-do/religious-dues/the-night-of-power-laylat-ul-qadr/