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Lailat al-Qadr in the United States

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 the event, also spelled as Laylat al-Qadr or Shab-e-Qadr, 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.
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
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 

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.

Lailat al-Qadr 2016

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Lailat al-Qadr 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Name in other languages

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

Alternative name

Night of Destiny
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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