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Lailat-ul-Qadr — The Night of Power

For Muslims, Lailat-ul-Qadr is the Night of Power, a commemoration of when the Prophet Mohammad received the first verses of the Qu’ran.

As on the other days of Ramadan, many Muslims do not eat, drink or indulge in sexual relations during the hours of daylight on Laylat al-Qadr. They do make an extra effort to pray for forgiveness and read the Koran during the last 10 days of Ramadan. This is viewed as period when prayers are answered and blessings are abundant.

Some Muslims spend most of the time during the last 10 days and nights of Ramadan in a mosque. During the hours of daylight, they pray, read the Koran and may rest or sleep. During the hours of darkness, they also eat and drink. As many members of the community spend much of the time in the last days of Ramadan together in a mosque, it is a time of community worship, prayer, anticipation and celebration of Islam.

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