Narrated by Abu Hurairah (RA): Allah’s Messenger (S) said, “Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards then all his past sins will be forgiven.” [al-Bukhari]
The last ten days of Ramadan are blessed by Allah with unique virtues - the most important of them being that Laylatul Qadr is among these ten days. Many indications are described on the Night of Decree such as the Quran being sent down, the solidification of the destiny of Allah’s creatures for the following year, who will be destined for Paradise, and everything else that Allah decrees to happen will occur in the following year.
Laylatul Qadr carries veneration in its night because of its special characteristics. Al-Khaleel ibn Ahmad said: It was called Laylatult Qadr because the earth is constricted by the great numbers of angels on that night, and Qadr means constriction.” The one who stays up during this night becomes a person of veneration. These angels seek permission from their Lord to descend from the highest of heavens to recognize the divine blessings that He places on earth during this night. These angels then search for those honorable individuals who are intensely seeking the change in their fate, or taqdeer. Supplication on this night holds the greatest power in changing one’s decree.
“Nothing averts fate except supplication.” - Prophet Muhammad (S)
What is dua? Supplication - we call out, “Ya Allah, help me, guide me, and provide for me.” However, like anything else Allah has made capable for us, there is an art to dua - a special way to make your supplications worthy of ascending to the Almighty Allah (SWT). Begin with dhikr of Allah - if you’re consistent with this ibadah, you’ll begin to notice all the blessings that come with it. Then, begin reciting your gratitude and praise of Allah; He is the Most Kind and Most Merciful - these are easy steps in gaining His pleasure. Finally, you can begin making dua for everything your heart desires, and do it with full faith knowing your dua has been heard and accepted.
Seeking this night during the last ten days of Ramadan is preferred and we should strive to be the best whilst seeking it. We ask Allah (SWT) to accept our fasts, our nightly prayers, and to help us to seek His guidance and Praise. As the Prophet (S) advised his beloved wife, Aisha (RA) to recite, “O’ Allah! You are Most Forgiving, and you love to forgive. So forgive me.”