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Surah Qadr Ayat 3 in Arabic Text

لَيْلَةُ ٱلْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌۭ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍۢ
Lailatul qadri khairum min alfee shahr

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 3

Sahih International
The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.

Yusuf Ali
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.

Abul Ala Maududi
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.

Muhsin Khan
The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, (i.e. 83 years and 4 months).

Pickthall
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.

Dr. Ghali
The Night of Determination is more charitable (i.e., better) than a thousand months.

Abdel Haleem
The Night of Glory is better than a thousand months;

Quran 97 Verse 3 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Qadr ayat 3, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.

Ala-Maududi

(97:3) The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.[2]


2. The commentators in general have understood this to mean that the good acts performed in this night are superior in value to the good acts of a thousand months in which Lailat-ul-qadr is not included. There is no doubt that this is in itself correct and the Prophet (peace be upon him) has described great excellences and virtues of the good acts and devotions of this night. According to a tradition related in Bukhari and Muslim, on the authority of Abu Hurairah, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The one who remained standing in worship in the state of belief and for the sake of rewards from Allah during Lailat-ul-qadr, would have all his previous sins forgiven. And in Musnad Ahmad, there is a tradition from Ubadah bin as-Samit, saying that the Prophet said: Lailat-ut-qadr is among the last ten nights of Ramadan. The one who stood up in worship in order to take advantage of their rewards, Allah will forgive all his former and latter sins. But, the verse does not say: To act righteously in Lailat-ul-qadr is better than acting righteously in a thousand months, but it says: Lailat-ul-qadr is better than a thousand months. And a thousand months also does not imply 83 years and 4 months exactly, but a very long period of time as a thousand denoted among the Arabs. Therefore, the verse means that in this one night a task was accomplished for the welfare of mankind the like of which had not been accomplished even during an indefinitely long period of history.

Ibn-Kathir

The tafsir of Surah Qadr verse 3 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Qadr ayat 1 which provides the complete commentary from verse 1 through 5.

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