Laylatul Qadr is a night wherein Allah swt decides our “qadr” - He makes decisions regarding what to grant us to fulfill our full potential. One way to think about this is to consider that He is asking us to be co-creators in our own destiny by allowing us and inviting us to worship on this Grand Night and ask for what we need in order to live our purpose on this planet. This is a night which is filled with the opportunity to change the story of our lives.
While considering what to ask for (in addition to the health and safety of ourselves, our families and the Ummah) it is worth taking some time to reflect on our purpose in life, how we can fulfill it and what we need to get going. This important reflection will help us in beginning to take responsibility for our lives and become proactive in creating a life that is meaningful and fulfills the purpose for why we are here. It is only once we have a purpose that we can ask for meaning help in fulfilling it.
Here is a short exercise that might help.
Take a few minutes to write out your answers without overthinking them. The process of engaging in these questions and writing them out is very powerful and will greatly help on Laylatul Qadr when we are doing Dua:
This short but powerful exercise will make our duas towards our life plan much more meaningful.
What would your life look like if you had achieved this goal?
Who would notice?
What impact would it make in the world?
Being open to something even better
Once, you have visualized success, pray to Allah that you are open to a different reality for fulfillment of this goal. This is an important step.
Once we start working towards our life plan, it is important to be open to the possibility that the outcome may look different from what we originally planned but it will be so much better. He is involved in fulfilling our life plans and what we ask for and His vision is infinitely vast regarding our potential and what is possible for us, whereas even when we pray, we are limited by own limited view of our potential.
So while it is essential to have a vision for the realisation of our goals, it is also important not to be overly attached to exactly what this will look like.
When we intentionally open to the possibility that the realization of our goals may look different that what we are presently considering, it helps us recognize the opportunities and avenues that He puts in our way and allows us to say YES to them.