Dates and Origins of Laylat al-Qadr
Laylat al-Qadr Dates in 2020, 2021 and 2022
Laylat al-Qadr is celebrated at the following dates:
- Tuesday, May 19th 2020
- Saturday, May 8th 2021
- Tuesday, April 26th 2022
Laylat al-Qadr commemorates when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammed1. It is largely considered to be one of the holiest day in the Muslim faith and is celebrated each year on the 27th day of the Islamic month of Ramadan1.
The holy text was revealed to the Prophet Muhammed while he was in solitude in the mountains outside of Mecca in the year 610 AD2. According to tradition, on an odd night during the last ten days of the month of Ramadan, an angel appeared to him2. The angelic presence commanded him to read, and Muhammed twice refused, claiming that he could not recite that which he did not know3. The presence then wrapped him in a tight embrace and together they spoke the first five verses of what were to be the Quran4. Muhammed returned to Mecca to tell his wife, Khadija, about the encounter5. She and her cousin, Waraqa, confirmed it as a holy experience5.
Laylat al-Qadr, or the Night of Power, is held in the highest esteem as the most important day during Ramadan6. Although Muslims practice fasting and prayer during the entire month of Ramadan, the prayer aspect is especially important during this particular day6. In fact, prayers on Laylat al-Qadr are said to be worth the total prayers of a thousand other months6. It is also believed that a person's fate for the rest of the year is decided on this evening7. Because of this, Muslims use this day to ask Allah for forgiveness, mercy, and salvation7. Many congregate at mosques for the final prayer of the night, Isha, until midnight7.