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 LAYLAT UL-QADR

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LAYLAT UL-QADR
Peace Until Fajr
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In each of the daily prayer we offer, we solemnly declare to Allah, “Iyyaka
na’budu” (You alone do we worship). While the intelligent and committed
believer realizes that his very lifestyle spells worship, he knows,
remembering the words of our Prophet (pbuh) that “Du’aa’ (supplication) is
worship” [Tirmidhi, Abu Daud] Allah, the Most Merciful, has encouraged the
believers to take advantage of certain times during the year to make du’aa’.
Such an occasion presents itself annually during Ramadan — especially on the
Lailatul Qadr, the Night of Power. On this night, the single most important
event in human history unfolded as, after the Glorious Quran was preserved in
the Protected Tablet, Jibril descended with the blessed book to reveal it,
upon Allah’s command, to His Messenger (pbuh). Accentuating its significance,
Allah says “and how would you know (the value of the) Night of Qadr [97:2]


"Allah`s Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) used to exert more (in
worship) on the last ten than on other nights." [Muslim]


So valuable is this Night of Qadr that the Quran devotes a special surah to
it “Lailatul Qadr is better than a thousand months” [97:3] This one night
surpasses the value of 30,000 nights. The most authentic account of the
occurrence of the Night indicates that it can occur on any one of the last
ten, oddnumbered nights of Ramadan. The fact that the exact night is unknown
reflects Allah’s will in keeping it hidden. Indeed, the Prophet (pbuh) was
prevented from telling us its precise time. One day, he came out to tell the
companions the exact night. On the way he saw two men arguing with each
other. By the will of Allah, he(pbuh)forgot and subsequently remembered it.
Afterwards the Prophet (pbuh) was instructed not to divulge this information.
“Had I been allowed,” he (pbuh) remarked once, “I would have told you (of
its exact time).” [Ahmad] The Almighty in His wisdom kept this hidden from us
for many reasons (wa Allahu `Alam). Perhaps He wants us to strive hard in our
worship during the last ten days of Ramadan so that we don’t become lazy,
worshipping hard on just that one night and denying ourselves the benefit of
doing the same on the other nights. “Had people not left their salah except
for that (one) night, I would have informed you (of its exact date).”
[Al-Tabarani] The sincere believer who worries day and night about his sins
and phases of neglect in his life patiently awaits the onset of Ramadan.
During it he hopes to be forgiven by Allah for past sins, knowing that the
Prophet (pbuh) promised that all who bear down during the last ten days shall
have all their sins forgiven. To achieve this, he remembers the Prophet’s
(pbuh) advice in different
sayings wherein he used words like “seek”, “pursue”, “search”, and “look
hard” for Lailatul Qadr (see tomorrows Post). Moreover, Allah and His
Prophet (pbuh) provided us some signs of its occurrence.

Allah (swt) describes the night as “..peace until the rise of the morn.”
[97:5] In various sayings, the Prophet (pbuh) described the night as serene,
tranquil, and peaceful. The sun at sunrise would appear reddish and without
its normal blazing and sharp rays. Ubayy (R) said : "On the morning of the
night of Qadr the sun would rise without any beams; (it is like) a wash basin
until it raises." [Muslim]

Abu Hurairah (R) said : "We mentioned the night of Qadr to the Messenger of
Allaah (S) and he said: "Which of you remembers when the moon rises and it is
like half a bowl." [Muslim]

Ibn Abbaas (R) said that the Messenger of Allaah (S) said : "The night of
Qadr is a night of generosity and happiness, it is not hot and neither is it
cold. The sun comes up in its morning weak, reddish." [Tabaranee, Ibn
Khuzaimah and Bazzaar]

The Prophet (pbuh) added that “the angel of earth on that night of Qadr will
be more numerous than all the pebbles of the earth.”

What should one do during the last ten days in pursuit of Lailatul Qadr? The
devoted servant of Allah makes these nights alive with prayer, reading and
reflecting on Quran. The long qiyaam prayer has been particularly recommended
during the nights on which Laylat ul-Qadr could fall. This is indicated in
many hadeeths, such as the following:

Abu Tharr (radhiallahu `anhu) relates: "We fasted with Allah`s Messenger
(sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) in Ramadaan. He did not lead us (in qiyaam) at
all until there were seven (nights of Ramadaan) left. Then he stood with us
(that night - in prayer) until one third of the night had passed. He did not
pray with us on the sixth. On the fifth night, he prayed with us until half