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Lailatul Qadr, the night better than thousand months

 
 

kodor1436842801The holy Lailatul Qadr will be observed tonight with offering of special prayers by Muslim devotees, seeking divine blessings for themselves and the Muslim community across the world.

The significance of Lailatul Qadr to the Muslims is universally great as the first verses of the holy Quran were revealed to Great Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on this night.

The night, according to holy Quran, is better than a thousand months as the angels and the spirit descend down to the earth with the permission of Almighty Allah.

Known as Shab-e-Qadr, the night is defined as the Night of Decree, Night of Power, Night of Value, Night of Destiny and Night of Measures.

Muslims believe that on this night, the blessings and mercy of Allah is abundant, sins are forgiven, supplications are accepted, and that the annual decree is revealed to the angels who also descend to earth.

It is one of the holiest and most blessed nights. It falls on a night in the last 10 days of the fasting month of Ramadan and most likely this holy night is on the 27th of Ramadan.

The Muslims devotees in Bangladesh like other parts of world will offer special prayers overnight at mosques and homes to seek divine blessings and mercy of Almighty Allah for themselves, their relatives and whole Muslim community of the globe.

President Advocate Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Leader of the Opposition Rawshan Ershad, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia greeted the countrymen and the Muslim community of the world on the occasion of the holy night.

The national dailies will carry special articles while radio and TV channels including state-run Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar will air special programmes highlighting the significance of Lailatul Qadr.

Religious importance

We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power:
And what will explain to thee what the night of power is?
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah`s permission, on every errand:
Peace!…This until the rise of dawn!
—Sura 97 (Al-Qadr), āyāt 1-5[6]

The verses above regard the night as better than one thousand months. The whole month of Ramadan is a period of spiritual training wherein believers devote much of their time to fasting, praying, reciting the Quran, remembering Allah, and giving charity.

However, because of the revealed importance of this night, Muslims strive [give more effort] harder in the last ten days of Ramadan since the Laylat al-Qadr could be one of the odd-numbered days in these last ten (the first, third, fifth, seventh or ninth).

Normally, some Muslims from each community perform iʿtikāf in the mosque: they remain in the mosque for the last ten days of the month for prayers and recitation. Women also observe i`tikaf. They remain in prayer and meditation mostly, although they are allowed to do the minimum domestic work to run the family .When Muhammed observed i`tikaf in a tent, he saw a few tents around his. His wives joined him by pitching tents.

Holy Prophet Mohammad (`s) has said: “When Lailatul Qadr approaches, the Almighty Allah orders Gabriel (a.s) to descend accompanied by a crowd of angels to the earth with a green banner.”

He would mount the banner on top of the Ka`aba while having six hundred wings, of which are not spread, except on Lailatul Qadr. He would spread them during that night, and he and all other angels would greet everyone who is standing for his prayers, sitting, adoring or reciting the Holy Qur`an.

They would shake his hands with them and pray to the Almighty Allah (swt) to accept their pleas, and they would continue doing so till day break.

Why Better Than A Thousand Months?

Mathematically this night, which is comprised of new hours, is honoured by Allah and praised over about eighty three years which is the equivalent of a thousand months.

The Umayyads fought Islam since its inception, and then they fought the family of the Prophet (`s), that is the Ahlul Bayt (`a), the whole time they were in power. The first self-declared Umayyad ruler was Abu Sufyan and the last was Muawiyah al-Himar.

So if you trace the period extending from the first year during which Abu Sufyan forced his authority on the Muslims until the Umayyads lost their grip of power, you will come to a figure equivalent to a thousand months.

It is as if the Holy Qur`an is saying that one night in the sight of Allah (swt) is better than all the thousand months of those corrupt Umayyads who ruled the Muslim masses by sheer force for that time period.

Ibne Abbas quoted on page 5351 of “al-Sahih al Jami” that the Holy Prophet Mohammad (`s) said:
“Lailatul Qadr is easy, airy, neither very hot nor very cold; the sun rises on its morning coloured pale red”.
The Holy Prophet (`s) was saying at the morning of Lailatul Qadr that the sun rises without rays; looking like a washbowl, till it is high. Laylatul Qadr is a serene night, neither hot nor cold, and no comet is hurled during it.

It has been quoted in a book – “Al Iqbal”, by Abul Fadl ibn Muhammad al-Harwi, that the Holy Prophet (`s) has said, “whoever remains awake during Laylatul Qadr and spends it in adoration will have his penalty postponed till next year.”

Prophet Musa (p)

Once, Prophet Musa (`a) said to the Almighty: “I desired to be near you”, to which Allah (swt) said, “Whoever desires to be near me should remain awake during Laylatul Qadr (worshiping me).”

“And I wish to earn your mercy” – Allah (swt) said, “That is granted to the one who is merciful to the indigent during this night.”

“And I wish to pass on the right path” – Allah (swt) said, “This is granted to the one who spends alms during Laylatul Qadr.”

“I wish to enjoy the trees and fruits of paradise” – the Almighty (swt) said, “That is granted to the one who praises me during this night.”

Again Prophet Musa (`a) asked, “I wish to achieve salvation from the fire” – Allah (swt) said, “That is granted to the one who seeks forgiveness during Laylatul Qadr.”

And then Prophet Musa (`a) said, “O `Allah – I want to achieve your pleasure”, the Almighty (swt) said, ” I shall be pleased with any one who prays two rakaat Namaaz during this night.”

On Lailatul Qadr, the night journey (isra) to heaven took place, and the Almighty raised Isa (`a), son of Maryam (`a) to Him, and on it, his servant and Prophet Musa (`a) died and so did Joshua (Yusha` bin Nun) (`a), “wasi” of Moses (`a). Yusha` bin Nun carried out the first assignment of Musa (a.s) on their first arrival at the Promised Land.

After the death of Harun (`a), he accompanied Musa (`a) in the desert for forty years, and carried out all the assignments that were previously carried out by Harun (`a). His name is not mentioned in al-Quran but is referred to along with the narratives of Musa (`a) in Sura Maidah, Kahaf and Waqeah. (Ref: Syed Muhammad Hussain Shamsi, p.51)

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