Laylat Al Qadr Handprint Prayer {Tutorial}

Tonight is the 27th night of Ramadan, also called Laylat Al Qadr, or Night of Decree.


In Islamic history, it was the first night that the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad (pbup), including the Sūrat al-ʻAlaq, or “The Clot.”  Many adult Muslims stay up most of the night in prayer.


It is one of the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan and is better than 1000 months of worship. Muslims believe that on this night the blessings and mercy of Allah are abundant, sins are forgiven, supplications are accepted, and that the annual decree is revealed to the angels who also descend to earth. – Wikipedia


For today’s 27th Ramadan craft, we thought we’d create a hand print prayer tutorial. I’ve captured my older daughter’s hand print and wanted to use this blessed night to preserve my youngest daughter’s hand print in a frame for her room.


My youngest rated this craft as very easy and wants to make it an annual tradition to watch her hands get bigger.




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Fold your paper in half.  Place your right hand along the fold with your fingers touching and your thumb sticking out a little. Trace with the pencil.

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Cut out your hand outline.

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Draw lines inside, lightly, using the ruler.

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Write out the Sūrat al-ʻAlaq. You can write the right side in Arabic and the left side in English.  Do it in pencil first to make sure it fits.  Go over everything with a pen.

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Erase your pencil marks. My daughter also added crescent moons and stars above the writing since she felt it was too blank.

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That is it. Now you can place it in a frame or enjoy it on a shelf.


Enjoy more of our 30 day #CraftyRamadan challenge, or visit these links to celebrate other Muslim holidays:

Eid Al Adha 2014

Mawlid Celebrations Around the World

Blessed Eid Al-Fitr (2014)





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I am a Libyan American who creates art to promote a positive image of Arab and Islamic culture.