Friday, June 8, 2018

'Lailat-ul-Qadr': The Night of Destiny

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree. And what can make you know what the Night of Decree is? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.” (Al-Qadr 97: 1-6).

When the month of Ramadan begins, Muslims perform Ibadat (acts of worship) with great enthusiasm to please Allah. The Ibadat made during this month include obligatory acts (Fardh) as well as many voluntary/ additional (Nafl) acts of worship, and the mosques are filled with worshipers, Alhamdulillah. But Insha-Allah, it is essential also that this state of things remain the same even after the month of Ramadan. In this blessed month, the tendency to help the poor and the needy is also great and very important.

The Laila-tul-Qadr

During this month, we get the night of Lailatul Qadr also called, Shabe Qadr (The Night of Power). According to the Hadiths of our beloved prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh), the rewards for the Ibadat performed during this night are equal to the Ibadat performed for more than a thousand months and if we calculate all this well and do not make any mistake in our way of counting (our math), so it is equal to 83 years and 4 months. Taking into consideration the length of human life today, it would be impossible for a person to do this great amount of Ibadat during his whole life, even if he does it day and night.

There is a story behind that Night. A person named Samsun (ra) belonging to the Tribe of Israel was a person who made a lot of Ibadat. He used to fight against the infidels and the latter feared him a lot. Allah (swt) had given him such strength that even the army of the infidels had no hold over him to defeat him, or even to wound him. So, in the life of Samsun (ra) there is a very interesting story, concerning his faith (Imaan) in Allah, his courage and the strength he possessed. He was always ready to do Jihad for a thousand months. When the Messenger of Allah, Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) heard the story about this extraordinary person who belonged to the Children of Israel from the Archangel Gabriel (as), his thought was for his Ummah (his community). He thought that life was short and that we would not have the opportunity to receive the same intensity of blessings bestowed upon Samsun (ra) for his devotions and loyalty for a thousand months.

Allah (swt) therefore accepted the desire of His Messenger and granted to Him and His Ummah (community) a great favour; such favour that the other Ummat (communities) did not receive; such a favour with an extraordinary prescription, that is, the Lailatul Qadr, the Night of Power. It was during this very night that the Holy Quran was revealed, that is to say, the pure revelations of Allah on His beloved prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh).

Looking for the Laila-tul-Qadr

According to the traditions (Sunnan) we have to look for that night during the odd nights during the last ten days of Ramadan. That is, the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, and 29th nights. The signs of this night is that it is neither too cold nor too hot. During that night the believers (Mumineen) perceive an intense feeling of satisfaction.

I made a calculation, but bear in mind, this is not a revelation and it may not be accurate. When we read Surah Al-Qadr, the term Lailatul Qadr is mentioned three times: in the first, second, and third verses after the Bismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim. In the Arabic language, the term Lailatul Qadr, or Lailatul Qadri is composed of nine letters. These nine letters are mentioned three times and thus 9 multiplied by 3 (9x3), this gives us a total of 27.

Several companions of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh) such as Hazrat Ibn Abbas and Ubayy bin Ka’b (ra) reported that the Lailatul Qadr is indeed the 27th night (of Ramadan) and its sign is that when the sun rises in the morning, there are no beams/ rays around it. (Muslim, Ahmad, Tirmidhi).

Hazrat Aisha (ra) reported that she had asked the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) if he knew which night was the Lailatul Qadr and what should she recite if she encountered such a Night. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) recommended her to recite the following prayer abundantly: ʻAllahumma innaka ‘afuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni’. (O Allah, You are forgiving and You love to forgive, so forgive me).(Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, Mishkat)...

I hope and pray that Allah will bestow the blessings of Lailatul Qadr on all my sincere, faithful followers who have the fear of Allah in their hearts and who love Allah and whom Allah loves in return, and I pray also for all those who have failings in their faith, may Allah also pour upon you the blessings of Lailatul Qadr so that it becomes a source of light for you and bring you out of the state of uncertainty and laziness in religion to become enlightened souls that will be so strong tomorrow that they will be able to stand up and lead the world to Allah. Insha-Allah, Ameen.

----Extracts from the Friday Sermon of 08 June 2018 (23 Ramadan 1439 AH) delivered by Muhyi-ud-Din Al Khalifatullah Hadhrat Munir Ahmad Azim Saheb (atba) of Mauritius.