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Lailat al-Qadr in United States

Quick Facts

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

Local names

NameLanguage
Lailat al-QadrEnglish
Noche del DestinoSpanish
הלילה של גורלHebrew
ليلة القدرArabic
운명의 밤Korean
Lailat al-QadrGerman

Alternative name

Night of Destiny

Lailat al-Qadr 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lailat al-Qadr 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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Laylat al Qadr is also known as the Night of Power or the Night of Destiny. It commemorates when Koran (Qur’an) was revealed to the prophet Muhammad (also known as Mohammad). 

Muslims in the United States 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.

Muslim Man making a prayer.

Muslims pray for mercy, forgiveness and salvation during Laylat al-Qadr.

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What do people do?

Laylat al Qadr marks the time when the Koran’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 people assemble at mosques during the Isha’ prayer, with many prayers being made until midnight.

Public life

Laylat al-Qadr is not a federal public holiday in the United States. 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.

Background

Laylat al Qadr commemorates the night in 610 CE when Allah revealed the Koran (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.

Children begin studying the Koran from an early age and they celebrate the moment when they have read all the chapters for the first time. Many adults try to memorize the Koran. The common belief that this day occurred on the 26th or 27th day of Ramadan has no Islamic base. It seems to have originated in Manichaeism where the death of Mani is celebrated on the 27th day of the fasting month. This day is also known as the Night of Power or the Night of Destiny.

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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Lailat al-Qadr 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 221990Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
ThuApr 111991Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
MonMar 301992Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
SatMar 201993Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
WedMar 91994Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
SunFeb 261995Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
FriFeb 161996Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
TueFeb 41997Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
SunJan 251998Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
ThuJan 141999Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
MonJan 32000Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
SatDec 232000Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
WedDec 122001Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
SunDec 12002Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
FriNov 212003Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
WedNov 102004Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
SunOct 302005Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
ThuOct 192006Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
MonOct 82007Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
SatSep 272008Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
WedSep 162009Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
SunSep 52010Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
FriAug 262011Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
TueAug 142012Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
SatAug 32013Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
ThuJul 242014Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
MonJul 132015Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
SatJul 22016Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
WedJun 212017Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
SunJun 102018Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
FriMay 312019Lailat al-QadrMuslim 
TueMay 192020Lailat al-QadrMuslim 

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