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Laylatal Qadr – The Night of Power

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
In the Name of Allah
(swt), the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful

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إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ
Lo! We revealed it on the Night of Predestination.

وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ
Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Night of Power is!

لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.

تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِم مِّن كُلِّ أَمْرٍ
The angels and the Spirit descend therein, by the permission of their Lord, with all decrees.

سَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّى مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ
(The night is) Peace until the rising of the dawn.
[Al Qur’an – Surah al Qadr (097:001-005)]

Ibn Abu Hatim narrates that Mujahid reports that once Prophet Muhammad (saws) mentioned a story of a Mujahid of the Bani Israel who spent 1000 months continuously fighting in the path of Allah (swt). For 1000 months he never laid down his weapons. On hearing this, the Muslims were stunned. On this occasion the Verses of Suratul-Qadr were revealed, wherein Allah (swt) granted the Ummah of Nabi (saws) the gift of the night of Power – a night which is better than one thousand months spent in the worship of Allah (swt).

In another narration Muhammad (saws) mentioned a story of a man from the Bani Israel who spent his days fighting in the path of Allah (swt) and spent the evenings in worshipping Allah (swt). He lived his life in this manner for a thousand months. On this occasion Allah (swt) revealed the verses to show the honor of our nation, over the rest of the nations that have passed.

Anas (r) reports, once when Ramadaan commenced the Messenger (saws) said, “A month has verily dawned upon you wherein lies a night better than 1000 months. Whoever is deprived of its blessings has indeed been deprived of [almost] all good and none is deprived of its good except he who is completely unfortunate.”

Indeed Allah (swt) has honored the Ummah of Muhammad (saws) with such great blessings. We may not have such a long lifespan as those before us had, nor are we able to worship Allah (swt) as abundantly as they did. Yet Allah (swt) has granted us this night of Power in which we can attain the ranks of those who spent thousands of months in devotion. It has been mentioned that a person who reads Isha Salaat in congregation on the night of power and also reads the Fajr Prayer in congregation he will receive the reward of one who stands in prayer the entire night, but we should bear in mind that he who makes more Ibaadat will receive more reward. Thus we should aim to increase our Ibaadah on this night.

Anas (r) narrates from Muhammad (saws),”On the night of power Jibril (Gabrielle) descends to the Earth with a group of Angels praying for blessings on each and every servant of Allah (swt) who is in worship or sitting engaged in the praises of Allah (swt).The following Dua’ should be recited abundantly on the night of power, “O Allah! You are The One Who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me.”

This Dua’ was taught to Aisha (r) in response to her question to Muhammad (saws), “Oh! Messenger of Allah, when I find myself in Laylatal Qadr what should I say?” Thus this Dua’ holds great virtues, however the question now arises: “When is the night of power?” Aisha (r) reports that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said: “Seek Laylatal Qadr in the odd numbered nights of the last ten days of the month of Ramadaan.”

Ubadah Bin Samit said, “Once Prophet came out to inform us of the precise date of Laylatal Qadr. An argument arose between two Muslim men, where upon the Prophet (saws) said: “I came out to inform you as to when Laylatal Qadr is but because you two people argued, it has left us deprived. Perhaps that is better for you, so seek it among the 29th, 27th and 25th nights. Another point is that we should be in content with Allah’s (swt) rulings in all matters for there is always wisdom in it. Although we have been deprived of the knowledge of the exact date of Laylatal Qadr we should accept it from Allah (swt). Had we known the true date of this auspicious night many of us would not make Ibaadat the rest of the year and instead wait for this night. On the other hand, many of us cannot refrain from evil. How unfortunate is such a person who in spite of knowing it is Laylatal Qadr still indulges in evil and sin. Bear in mind, every night spent in Ibaadat searching for Laylatal Qadr will be rewarded for individually.

The Signs of Laylatal Qadr

Amongst the signs of this night is that it is a serene, tranquil, luminous night, neither hot nor cold and it is as if through the amount of spiritual light the moon remains clear, without any rays. No stars are flung at the Shaytan (i.e. no shooting stars are witnessed) on that night until the break of dawn. The sun rises without any radiant beams of light, appearing like the moon in its brightness. On that day Allah (swt) stops the Shaytan from rising with the sun.

A Sahabi, Abada Bin Abi Lubabah (r) said, “On the 27th evening of Ramadaan I tasted the water of the sea and it was sweet“.

Allah (swt) bestowed us with great bounty. It may be compared to the following: If a sale is declared at any shop people hasten to cash in on the bargain and are very disappointed if they lose out. Similarly Laylatal Qadr is a declaration to us to multiply our rewards and secure our Aakhirah. We would be really unfortunate to deprive ourselves from the Blessing of this night!

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Written by al Muddaththir

June 11, 2008 at 1:19 pm

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