Monday, September 22, 2008

Take advantage of lailatul qadr...

In my neck of the woods, tonight begins the last ten days of Ramadan. In case you didn’t know, Muslims are encouraged to seek out the The Night of Power, during the last ten nights of Ramadan. More specifically, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has stated that the Night of Power falls on one of the odd nights during the last ten days of Ramadan.

Some of the blessings and benefits associated with the Night of Power are:

  • The Quran was revealed during the Night of Power. Allah states in Chapter 97 (Al-Qadr) verse 1: “Verily, We have sent it down during the Night of Power.” According to Ibn Kathir, Allah sent the Quran to the lower heavens during this night.

There is a hadith attributed to Ibn Abbas which states: "Allah sent the Qur'an down all at one time from the Preserved Tablet (Al-Lawh Al-Mahfuz) to the House of Might (Baytul-`Izzah), which is in the heaven of this world. Then it came down in parts to the Messenger of Allah based upon the incidents that occurred over a period of twenty-three years.''

Also, Chapter 44 (Al-Dukhan) verse 4, Allah states: By the manifest Book that makes things clear. We sent it down on a blessed night.

Scholars agree that this blessed night is the Night of Power.

  • This night is greater than 1000 months. Chapter 97 verse 2 states: “The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.” A thousand months is more than 81 years. This means that a Muslim who worships during this night will receive blessings greater than if he/she worshiped Allah for a thousand months made up of regular days.
  • The decrees and orders of all things descends from the heaven during this night. Allah states in Chapter 97 verse 3: Therein descend the Angels and the Spirit with the permission of their Lord, with every matter.

“Every matter” refers to the decrees and orders of Allah including matters pertaining to life, death, and mankind’s provision and sustenance.

  • The Muslim can have all of their sins forgiven, and will experience peace until the morning. Chapter 97 verse 5 states: “Peace therein until the dawn.” During the month of Ramadan, the evil devils are locked up and the gates of Hell are closed. Without the distractions of evil whispers, the Muslim can focus entirely on Allah during this night, and will experience peace until the coming dawn.

Furthermore, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has said that whoever stands for prayer during the Night of Power expecting the reward of Allah, will have their previous sins forgiven.

If you have the means to perform Itikaf (seclusion in the mosque) during these last ten days of Ramadan, then you should do so. This was the practice of Prophet Muhammad, according to his wife Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her). Isolation in the mosque will afford you even more time to devote to worshiping Allah.

But even if you can’t make Itikaf, you can still take advantage of the Night of Power. During this period, you should increase your worship, make extensive dua (supplication) to Allah, get up to make nightly prayers, and recite Quran.

For more information about Ramadan, and Prophet Mohammad, please visit Islamic Learning Materials.

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