A'amaal for Laylatul Qadr

The A'maal of Shab-e-Qadr (19th, 21st & 23rd of Ramadan)

Shab-e-Qadr is the night, which is the best night among the nights of the whole year. The "A'maal" (religious performances) of this night are better than the A'maal of 1000 months. In this night the divine Annual Decree is passed. The Angels and Roohul Ameen (A highly dignified Angel) descend on this earth, in that night. These call on the Imam of the time, and what is ordained (by Allah) for everybody is presented before the Imam. 

The common A'maals are: -

1. To take a bath. Allama Majlisi says, "It is better to take a bath before sunset so that the night prayers may be performed after bath".

2. To offer two Raqats of Namaz, in every Raqat offer Surat-al-Hamd, and Surat-al-Tauhid/ Sure Ikhlaas (Kulhowallah) seven times, and after finishing the prayer 70 times recite: "Astagferullaah Rabbi Wa atoobo elaihe" i.e., "I seek pardon from God and ask for penitence from Him".

3. The Holy Qur'an should be opened and placed in front, then one should recite:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّى أَسْأَلُكَ بِكِتَابِكَ الْمُنْزَلِ وَ مَا فِيهِ وَ فِيهِ اسْمُكَ الْأَكْبَرُ وَ أَسْمَاؤُكَ الْحُسْنَى وَ مَا يُخَافُ وَ يُرْجَى أَنْ تَجْعَلَنِى مِنْ عُتَقَائِكَ مِنَ النَّارِ

Translation: O Allah treat me as one of those who are free from Hell, in the name of this Holy Book sent by Thee, whatever there be in the Book. Including Ism-e-A'azam and Asmaa-e-Husnaa and the things to be dreaded, the things that may be expected and desired, like blessings of Jannat. Do forgive through the grace of this book. 

(SALAWAT-After this he may beg from Allah whatever he wants).

He should place the Holy Qur'an on his head and say,

اللَّهُمَّ بِحَقِّ هَذَا الْقُرْآنِ وَ بِحَقِّ مَنْ أَرْسَلْتَهُ بِهِ وَ بِحَقِّ كُلِّ مُؤْمِنٍ مَدَحْتَهُ فِيهِ وَ بِحَقِّكَ عَلَيْهِمْ فَلا أَحَدَ أَعْرَفُ بِحَقِّكَ مِنْكَ

Translation: O Allah! I appeal to Thee in the name of this Qur'an and the Rooh that was sent along with it, and in the name of the Momin (believer) whose praise is contained in this Book and Tine obligation that is on them. No one else recognizes the right and truth more than Thee

(SALAWAT-After this he should repeat 10 times each):

BEKA YA ALLAH'HO (S.W.T.) بِكَ يَا اللَّهُ Ten times

BE MOHAMMADIN (S.A.W.) بِمُحَمَّدٍ Ten times

BE ALIYYIN (A.S.) بِعَلِىٍّ Ten times

BE FATEMATA (A.S.) بِفَاطِمَةَ Ten times

BIL HASANE (A.S.) بِالْحَسَنِ Ten times

BIL HUSAINE (A.S.) بِالْحُسَيْنِ Ten times

BE ALIY IBNIL HUSAIN (A.S.) بِعَلِىِّ بْنِ الْحُسَيْنِ Ten times

BE MOHAMMED IBN ALIYYIN (A.S.) بِمُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَلِىٍّ Ten times

BE JA'FAR IBN MOHAMMEDIN (A.S.) بِجَعْفَرِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ Ten times

BE MOOSA IBN JA'FAR (A.S.) بِمُوسَى بْنِ جَعْفَرٍ Ten times

BE ALI IBN MOOSA (A.S.) بِعَلِىِّ بْنِ مُوسَى Ten times

BE MOHAMMED IBN ALIYYIN (A.S.) بِمُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَلِىٍّ Ten times

BE ALI IBN MOHAMMED (A.S.) بِعَلِىِّ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ Ten times 

BIL HASAN IBN ALIYYIN (A.S.) بِالْحَسَنِ بْنِ عَلِىٍّ Ten times

BIL HOJJATIL QAEM (A.S.) بِالْحُجَّةِ Ten times

5. To recite the Ziarat of Imam Hussain (A.S.). According to Hadis, during Shab-e-Qadr an angel proclaims from the Arsh (Throne) on the Seventh sky, "Allah the Benevolent forgives him, whosoever performs the Ziarat of the grave of Imam-e-Hussain (A.S.)."

6. One should keep himself awake throughout these three nights. The vigil during these nights carries great Sawab (heavenly reward).

7. To offer 100 Raq'ats of Namaz. It has been highly recommended. It is better to recite (after Surat-al-Hamd) 10 times the Surat-al-Tauhid/ Sure Ikhlaas (Kulhowallah). And also to read the following dua in the state of Roku'or Sojud:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّى أَمْسَيْتُ لَكَ عَبْدا دَاخِرا لا أَمْلِكُ لِنَفْسِى نَفْعا وَ لا ضَرّا وَ لا أَصْرِفُ عَنْهَا سُوءا أَشْهَدُ بِذَلِكَ عَلَى نَفْسِى وَ أَعْتَرِفُ لَكَ بِضَعْفِ قُوَّتِى وَ قِلَّةِ حِيلَتِى فَصَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَ أَنْجِزْ لِى مَا وَعَدْتَنِى وَ جَمِيعَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَ الْمُؤْمِنَاتِ مِنَ الْمَغْفِرَةِ فِى هَذِهِ اللَّيْلَةِ وَ أَتْمِمْ عَلَىَّ مَا آتَيْتَنِى فَإِنِّى مفاتيح‏الجنان ص : 226 عَبْدُكَ الْمِسْكِينُ الْمُسْتَكِينُ الضَّعِيفُ الْفَقِيرُ الْمَهِينُ اللَّهُمَّ لا تَجْعَلْنِى نَاسِيا لِذِكْرِكَ فِيمَا أَوْلَيْتَنِى وَ لا [غَافِلا] لِإِحْسَانِكَ فِيمَا أَعْطَيْتَنِى وَ لا آيِسا مِنْ إِجَابَتِكَ وَ إِنْ أَبْطَأَتْ عَنِّى فِى سَرَّاءَ [كُنْتُ‏] أَوْ ضَرَّاءَ أَوْ شِدَّةٍ أَوْ رَخَاءٍ أَوْ عَافِيَةٍ أَوْ بَلاءٍ أَوْ بُؤْسٍ أَوْ نَعْمَاءَ إِنَّكَ سَمِيعُ الدُّعَاءِ

8. Recite: "Astagferullaah Rabbi Wa atoobo elaihe" 100 times. 

أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ رَبِّى وَ أَتُوبُ إِلَيْهِ. 

(i.e., "I seek pardon from God and ask for penitence from Him").

9. Recite: "Allaahummal'an qatalatal Ameeril Momeneen" 100 times, (specially recommended for the 19th night of Ramadhan).

اللَّهُمَّ الْعَنْ قَتَلَةَ أَمِيرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ.

(i.e., "O Allah! Thy malison upon the assassin of Ameerul Moineneen Ali ibne Abi Talib").

10. Then it is recommended to recite the following Dua,

يَا ذَا الَّذِى كَانَ قَبْلَ كُلِّ شَىْ‏ءٍ ثُمَّ خَلَقَ كُلَّ شَىْ‏ءٍ ثُمَّ يَبْقَى وَ يَفْنَى كُلُّ شَىْ‏ءٍ يَا ذَا الَّذِى لَيْسَ كَمِثْلِهِ شَىْ‏ءٌ وَ يَا ذَا الَّذِى لَيْسَ فِى السَّمَاوَاتِ الْعُلَى وَ لا فِى الْأَرَضِينَ السُّفْلَى وَ لا فَوْقَهُنَّ وَ لا تَحْتَهُنَّ وَ لا بَيْنَهُنَّ إِلَهٌ يُعْبَدُ غَيْرُهُ لَكَ الْحَمْدُ حَمْدا لا يَقْوَى عَلَى إِحْصَائِهِ إِلا أَنْتَ فَصَلِّ عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمَّدٍ صَلاةً لا يَقْوَى عَلَى إِحْصَائِهَا إِلا أَنْتَ.

Translation: O One Who was before everything and then brought everything into existence. He will remain while all else will be destroyed. O the One sole and solitary excepting Whom there is none else in the high heavens or low earths or above and below them, or in between them who is worth worshipping. Only Thou art the deity and none else deserves to be worshipped. Thou only deserves the praise which cannot be encompassed but by Thee. Therefore bestow Peace and Blessings on Muhammad (S.A.W.) and Aal-e-Muhammad (A.S.) such as no body else has the power to encompass.

The following Du'a has been narrated from Imam Ja'afar Sadiq (a.s.) and is recommended to be read on every night of the month of Ramadhan specially on the 19th:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّى أَسْأَلُكَ أَنْ تَجْعَلَ فِيمَا تَقْضِى وَ تُقَدِّرُ مِنَ الْأَمْرِ الْمَحْتُومِ فِى الْأَمْرِ الْحَكِيمِ مِنَ الْقَضَاءِ الَّذِى لا يُرَدُّ وَ لا يُبَدَّلُ أَنْ تَكْتُبَنِى مِنْ حُجَّاجِ بَيْتِكَ الْحَرَامِ الْمَبْرُورِ حَجُّهُمْ الْمَشْكُورِ سَعْيُهُمْ الْمَغْفُورِ ذُنُوبُهُمْ الْمُكَفَّرِ عَنْ سَيِّئَاتِهِمْ [عَنْهُمْ سَيِّئَاتُهُمْ‏] وَ أَنْ تَجْعَلَ فِيمَا تَقْضِى وَ تُقَدِّرُ أَنْ تُطِيلَ عُمُرِى فِى خَيْرٍ وَ عَافِيَةٍ وَ تُوَسِّعَ فِى رِزْقِى وَ تَجْعَلَنِى مِمَّنْ تَنْتَصِرُ بِهِ لِدِينِكَ وَ لا تَسْتَبْدِلْ بِى غَيْرِى.

Translation : O Allah, while taking decisions and rendering possible things and events decisively and determining a rational and sensible course of affairs in the Night of Qadr (which cannot be changed or bypassed), write my name in the list of those pilgrims of Thy Sacred House whose pilgrimage receive Thy approval, whose efforts are appreciated, whose sins are forgiven, whose wrongdoings are overlooked; and, while taking decisions and rendering possible things and events, make possible for me a long life and enough means of livelihood, and fulfill (mention your legitimate desires).