Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Night Of Power!

The Night Of Power!

We are now into the last 10 days of Ramadhan. This is the time for Muslims to really buck up in their religious deeds when night comes. It was reported that the Prophet (PBUH) had clearly indicated that Lailatul Qadr can be found during the last ten nights of Ramadhan.

It is reported on the authority of Jaabir ibn `Abdillaah, that the Messenger of Allah sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said, "Verily, I saw the night of Al-Qadr and then I was made to forget it, but it is (to be looked for) in the last ten nights, the night is clear and fine, neither hot nor cold as if there were a full moon and on this night, the devils do not go forth until the light of dawn." (Narrated by Ibn Abi Haatim)

What is Lailatul Qadr? Refer to the translation of surah Al-Qadr (THE NIGHT OF POWER) below:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

1. Verily, We sent it down in the night of al-Qadr(The Nigh Of Power).
2. And what will make you know what the night of al-Qadr is?
3. The night of al-Qadr is better than a thousand months.
4. Therein descend the angels and the Spirit by their Lord's permission with all Decrees.
5. Peace! Until the appearance of dawn.

Ibn `Abbaas, amongst others, explains that the complete Qur'aan was sent down from Al-Lawh Al-Mahfooz (the Preserved Tablet) in the night of Al-Qadr to Bait Al-`Izzah (the House of Glory) in the lowest heaven, from whence it was revealed piecemeal to the Prophet sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam according to events which took place during his life over a period of twenty-three years. Then, Allah says, in order to make clear the greatness of the matter of the night of Al-Qadr, which He has chosen for sending down of the Noble Qur'aan: <<>>

Ibn Jareer narrates, on the authority of Mujaahid that there was a man from Bani Israa'eel who used to spend the night in prayer then in the morning he would fight the enemy in the Way of Allah during the day, until the evening and he did this for a thousand months and so Allah revealed the Soorah: <<>> until the verse: <<>> That is, standing in prayer on that night is better than the actions of that man. Sufyaan ath-Thawree reports, on the authority of Mujaahid (also), that the night of Al-Qadr being better than a thousand months means that the good deeds performed on it, fasting on it and standing in prayer on it are better than a thousand months' good deeds, prayers and fasting. (Narrated by Ibn Jareer).

It is reported on the authority of Abu Hurairah, that Allah's Messenger sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam said: "Whoever stood in prayer on the night of Al-Qadr, in faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, he will have all of his previous sins forgiven." (Narrated by Al-Bukhaari and Muslim).

My dad told me that if we manage to secure Lailatul Qadr just once in our lifetime, it’s like doing religious deeds for 83 years. And Lailatul Qadr comes every year!

So my dear Muslim Brothers and Sisters… I pray that each and everyone of you manage to secure Lailatul Qadr this year and May Allah be pleased with all of you…

Insya Allah. (If Allah wills it)

Blog adjourned…

*The hadeeths above were sent to me via email and I have not checked its authenticity. Even if it is a weak hadeeth, it won’t have the effect of destroying one’s aqidah. If you know that it is authentic or vice verca, please feel free to comment. I placed it up there just to remind myself and all of you how wonderful the Night of Power is…

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