Bismillah. Asked Siddiqah bint Al-Siddiq [RA], “what if I knew which night Laylatul Qadr was, then what should I say in it?”
He [SAWS] said, “Say:
[Reported by Tirmithi and Ibn Majah]
Transliteration (hover your mouse for translation)
Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun
Some thoughts on this dua (based on the video above and more):
- The dua is all about afwu. The three prominent words in the dua all share afwu as their common origin.
- The word afwu عفو has two basic meanings: 1) to erase 2) to have leftovers, be prosperous.
- Mapping it back to the dua:
- Allah is the one who completely erases the sin – totally gone – despite having the power to punish.
- Allah is the one who makes us prosper, gives us lots – mostly without us even asking for it.
- He loves to erase our sins, loves to make us prosper.
- fa’fu ‘annee: So erase my sins. Give me lots. Make me prosper.
- This was given by the Prophet [SAWS] to the most beloved person to him: Aisha [RA]. So that makes the dua extra special.
- Aisha [RA] didn’t ask the Prophet [SAWS] what I should do in Laylatul Qadr. She knew this is the night to make dua! So she asked for a dua, because that’s what she’ll be doing. An amazing insight into the mindset of the sahabah.
Lastly, here’s a short article on some of my recommendations on what do during Laylatul Qadr.