Night of Destiny around the world in 2023

Night of Destiny around the world in 2023

  How long until Night of Destiny?
Night of Destiny
  Dates of Night of Destiny around the world
2024 Various Apr 7
BangladeshSun, Apr 7National Holiday
GuineaSun, Apr 7National Holiday
IndiaSun, Apr 7Regional Holiday
Ivory CoastSun, Apr 7National Holiday
NigerSun, Apr 7National Holiday
2023 Various Apr 18
BangladeshTue, Apr 18National Holiday
GuineaTue, Apr 18National Holiday
IndiaTue, Apr 18Regional Holiday
Ivory CoastTue, Apr 18National Holiday
NigerTue, Apr 18National Holiday
2022 Various Apr 29
BangladeshFri, Apr 29National Holiday
GuineaFri, Apr 29National Holiday
IndiaFri, Apr 29Regional Holiday
Ivory CoastFri, Apr 29National Holiday
NigerFri, Apr 29National Holiday
2021 Various May 9, May 10
BangladeshMon, May 10National Holiday
GuineaMon, May 10National Holiday
IndiaSun, May 9Regional Holiday
Ivory CoastMon, May 10National Holiday
NigerMon, May 10National Holiday
2020 Various May 20, May 21
BangladeshWed, May 20National Holiday
GuineaWed, May 20National Holiday
IndiaThu, May 21Regional Holiday
Ivory CoastWed, May 20National Holiday
NigerWed, May 20National Holiday
  Summary

The night that the first verses of the Qu'ran were revealed to the Prophet Mohammad

  Which countries observe Night of Destiny in 2023?
National Holiday Regional Holiday Not a public holiday Govt Holiday

When is the Laylat al-Qadr?

Laylat Al Qadr, also known as 'Shab-e-Qadr', the 'Night of Destiny' or the 'Night of Power' is observed on the 27th Day of Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. 

It is considered to be the holiest night of the year for Muslims and marks the night that the first verses of the Qur'an were revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.

The day or the day after is a public holiday in several countries.

Traditions of the Night of Destiny

The Qur'an does not specify which day of Ramadan, the Night of Destiny took place on, but most Muslims consider it to have happened on an odd-numbered night in the last ten days of Ramadan (21st, 23rd, 25th or 27th). Many Sunni Muslims believe it to be the 27th night, while most Shiite Muslims consider it to have happened on the 23rd.

As a result of this uncertainty, many Muslims will treat each odd-numbered day in the last ten days of Ramadan with increased reverence.

There are also some varying opinions on how much of the Qu'ran was revealed on the Night of Destiny. Some Muslims believe that only a few verses of the Qur'an were first revealed on the night, with the remaining verses revealed over the next 23 years, while some Muslims believe that the whole text was revealed to the angel Gabriel during the night, who then revealed them incrementally to the Prophet Mohammed.

An entire chapter is devoted to the Night of Destiny in the Qur'an, with the night described as being "better than a thousand months" where the angels and the holy spirit Gabriel engulf the Earth, by the permission of Almighty Allah with all decrees.

The Night of Destiny is a highlight of Ramadan. Muslims believe that on this night the blessings and mercy of Allah are abundant and sins are forgiven.

Muslim devotees will pass the night offering special prayers, reciting the Holy Quran, holding zikr and other religious rituals, seeking blessings of Almighty Allah for long life, peace and progress for themselves, their families, relatives, friends as well as the nation and the Muslim Ummah.

Devotees, on the night, usually visit graveyards to seek eternal blessings for the departed souls of their near and dear ones.

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