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Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny) in United Kingdom

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Laylat al-Qadr is most likely to be held on one of the last 10 days of month of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar.

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Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)

Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny) 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny) 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015
Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.
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Many Muslims in the United Kingdom celebrate Laylat al Qadr, also spelled as Laylat al-Qadr or Shab-e-Qadr, which most likely falls on one of the last 10 days of the Islamic month of Ramadan. This event is one of the most blessed of all nights in the Islamic calendar year.

Laylat al-Qadr is also known as the Night of Power or the Night of Destiny. It commemorates the night when God (Allah) revealed the Qur’an (or Koran), which is the Islamic holy book, to the prophet Muhammad (also known as Mohammad), according to Islamic belief. 

Muslim Man making a prayer.

Many Muslims in the United Kingdom dedicate their time to prayer during Laylat al-Qadr.

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Observe Laylat al-Qadr

Many Muslims in the United Kingdom believe that Laylat al Qadr marks the time when the Qur’an’s first verses were revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammed. It is also believed that this night marks their fate in the following year. Therefore, many Muslims pray in the night to God for mercy, forgiveness, and salvation. This practice is also called Ehyaa.

This "Night of Power" is considered the most appropriate time of the entire year to pray for salvation and blessings. It is believed that a Muslim’s past sins are forgiven if the person prays throughout this night. Many Muslims spend this time of the year studying and praying. Some Muslims spend the whole night praying or reciting the Qur'an.

Some Muslims also believe that one who fasts perfectly during the night of Laylat al-Qadr may receive a personal greeting from an angel who will grant them a wish. It is believed that fasting is a way to improving one’s self discipline and physical health, as well as gain spiritual benefits.

Public life

Laylat al-Qadr is not a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. However, many Islamic organizations and businesses may alter their opening hours and there may be some congestion around mosques, particularly in the evening and at night.

About Laylat al-Qadr

Laylat al Qadr commemorates the night in 610 CE when Allah revealed the Qur’an (Islamic holy book) to the prophet Muhammad. The angel Gabriel first spoke to the prophet during that time, which marked the beginning of Muhammed’s mission. These revelations continued throughout the remainder of his life, according to Islamic belief.

There is a difference of opinion about the date for Laylat al-Qadr but, in general, it is agreed that it is most likely to be in the last 10 nights of Ramadan, with the odd nights being more likely. Of the odd nights, the night of the 27th (which is the night before the 27th of Ramadan, as the Islamic day starts with nightfall) is most likely, according to many Muslim scholars.

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Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny) Observances

Note: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.
WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SunApr 221990Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
ThuApr 111991Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
MonMar 301992Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
SatMar 201993Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
WedMar 91994Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
SunFeb 261995Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
FriFeb 161996Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
TueFeb 41997Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
SunJan 251998Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
ThuJan 141999Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
MonJan 32000Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
SatDec 232000Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
WedDec 122001Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
SunDec 12002Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
FriNov 212003Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
WedNov 102004Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
SunOct 302005Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
ThuOct 192006Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
MonOct 82007Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
SatSep 272008Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
WedSep 162009Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
SunSep 52010Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
FriAug 262011Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
TueAug 142012Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
SatAug 32013Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
ThuJul 242014Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
MonJul 132015Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
SatJul 22016Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
WedJun 212017Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
SunJun 102018Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
FriMay 312019Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 
TueMay 192020Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Destiny)Muslim 

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