One of the most meritorious aspects of the month of Ramadhan is that it contains Laylatul Qadr, the most blessed night of the year. It is the night which Allah Taa'la chose to reveal the Holy Quran. The Holy Quran has mentioned that this night is better than one thousand months. It means that the worship performed in this night brings more reward than the worship performed in one thousand months. The authentic traditions of the Holy Prophet mention that, in this night, Allah Almighty directs his special mercy towards the people of the earth, accepts the supplications made by His slaves and forgives a large number of people who repent and pray.
Laylatul Qadr falls in one of the last five odd nights of Ramadhan i.e. 21 st , 23 rd , 25 th , 27 th and 29 th . According to authentic sources, Laylatul Qadr falls in any one of these nights alternately. The purpose of this alternation is that one should spend all five nights in worship and prayers, so that he may find Laylatul Qadr with certainty.
No special form of worship is prescribed for Laylatul Qadr. The night should be spent by offering as much nafl prayers as one can offer, in recitation of the Holy Quran, in Dhikr and Tasbeeh, in supplications and in making sadaqah (charity).
It is not advisable in this night to hold ceremonies or meetings or delivering long lectures or illuminating the mosques. This is a night meant for developing a special connection with ones creator, for offering acts of worship in solitude and seclusion, for having constant and exclusive contact with his Lord who is the Lord of the Universe, for minimizing the diversity of thoughts and actions and for devoting oneself to Allah Almighty with his heart and soul.
This purpose can rarely be achieved in congregations and assemblies. That is why the Holy Prophet never tended to celebrate this night by lectures, meetings, illuminations or even by offering prayers in Jama'ah. Instead, he used to perform acts of worship individually, and in solitude.