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« on: July 23, 2014, 02:37:00 am »


With the traditional observation of Leilatul-Qadr being just one night away and our masjids sending messages about the last 10 days of Ramadan based on Hadith, it was refreshing to read the above information, kindly contributed by Brother Truth Seeker and Sister Zeynab, eliminating the Hadith guesswork and taking the facts exclusively from the Quran.   

I thought of writing a fresh piece in this thread of the above information by compiling the relevant Quranic facts on the Night of Qadr for the convenience of our readers and how to follow the Truth despite the deviated interpretation of Hadith being far more rampant around us.



LEILATUL-QADR:

Today is 25th Ramadan 1435:

Leilatul Qadr (The Night of Power or Night of Destiny) is traditionally observed  on the night between 26th and 27th of Ramadan.

For those who do not know the significance of this Night:  The Glorious Quran, Allah's Final and original Message to  humankind, was revealed on the month of Ramadan and believers are ordered by HIM to fast for 30 days of that month from dawn to nightfall.

"The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month ..........."  (2:185) Al-Baqrah.

"eat and drink until the white thread becometh distinct to you from the black thread of the dawn. Then strictly observe the fast till nightfall"  (2:187)  Surah Al-Baqrah.


Leilatul-Qadr ("Night of Power" or "Night of Destiny") marks the anniversary of the Night on which the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) first began receiving revelations from God Almighty through the angel Gabriel.

We know for certain that it's one of the 30 blessed nights of Ramadan during which the revelation of the Quran began from Allah (The Highest) to beloved Muhammed (pbuh) as the Final Message for entire humanity for all times to come.  Only Allah knows the precise Night of Ramadan the Quran began being revealed.  The 97th Chapter of the Noble Quran, Al-Qadr, is about the Night of Qadr (or the Night of Power), that is, the Night the Quran was revealed.  Reference to the Night of Qadr is also found in Verses 3 & 4 of Surah Ad-Dukhan, Chapter 44.

"Lo! We revealed it on the Night of Predestination.
Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Night of Power is!
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
The angels and the Spirit descend therein, by the permission of their Lord, with all decrees. (The night is) Peace until the rising of the dawn."  (97:1-5)  Surah Al-Qadr.

"We revealed this (Quran) in a blessed night (Laylat Al-Qadr); for We wanted to forewarn mankind. In that night every matter is decided wisely."  The Glorious Quran, (44:3-4)  Surah Ad-Dukhan.


On this Night every year, Allah decrees His wise ordainments, appointing matters of life, death, sustenance, disasters, etc etc. and the angels descend with these decrees.  This has been confirmed in Surah Al-Qadr.

It is recommended to make lengthy Qiyaam-e- leil (nafl night prayers) during the nights in search of Leilat-ul-Qadr.  We search for the Night of Qadr throughout the month of Ramadan because Allah decided not to disclose its exact date.

Reports that Layla-tul-Qadr comes during an odd night among the last 10 nights of Ramadan (that is, 21, 23, 25. 27 or 29) have been derived from various Ahadith.  This is not supported by the Quran.  Allah makes no mention (not even any hints) on which date or likely dates of Ramadan the Quran began being revealed.  It is possible that the reason Allah did not reveal the exact date of Layla-tul-Qadr was to avoid people from limiting their worship to just that one night and ignoring the rest.  This is an opinion.  The actual reason is only known to Allah, and there is definitely a reason;  nothing with HIM is without a reason.  Thus, the entire month of Ramadan must be spent in deep devotion to the Almighty Allah, as much as our schedule allows us.

"We shall make thee read (O Muhammad) so that thou shalt not forget Save that which Allah willeth. Lo! He knoweth the disclosed and that which still is hidden;"  (87:6-7)  Surah Al- Aala.

In the above Ayats, Allah says that He makes the Prophet remember those of His revelations which He wills.  Only Allah knows what is disclosed and what is hidden.  The date of the Night of Qadr is hidden.  It could be on any night of Ramadan, not necessarily on the last 10 nights.  Since Allah has decided not to disclose the exact date of the night of Ramadan when the His revelations began, we must accept it and not indulge in guesswork.  If we decide to follow the traditional practice of observing Leilatul-Qadr on the night of the 26th of Ramadan, it should be observed on that night with the intent of commemorating the Night of Power (whichever one it is) and dedicating our additional worship to that Night .... and only Allah knows its exact date in Ramadan.

Many Muslims spend the last ten days of Ramadan in seclusion, remembering Allah Almighty without worldly interruptions.  This is called E'tekaf.  It's a beautiful practice and these days of seclusion should be dedicated to the hidden Night of Qadr.
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