Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Laylat al-Qadr, or the Night of Qadr

A believer only does what pleases Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD),
    
I pray to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), and Hope you're all still  doing all sorts of worship and good deeds and benefiting from this month as much as possible and high in Iman. InshaAllah! Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) makes it easy for us Ameen.

First things first by now if you have not asked for forgiveness from people around you do so, my friend ask for forgiveness from people now.

We are in the last 10 days of this month of Ramadan.
The Messenger of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), (sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam) used to strive hard in worship during the last TEN DAYS (note this is the Sunna) of Ramadan as he never did at any other time, praying, reading Qur’an and making du’aa’. Al-Bukhari and Muslim narrated from ‘Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) that when the last ten days of Ramadan came, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) would stay up at night and would wake his family up, and would abstain from marital relations. Ahmad and Muslim narrated that he used to used to strive hard in worship during the last ten days of Ramadan as he never did at any other time
(Twenty-first night means the night proceeding the twenty-first day of Ramadan). (Islamic day starts at Maghrib).

The importance of forgiveness for a Muslim is emphasized with the following verses from the Qur'an:

"Nor can Goodness and Evil be equal. Repel (evil) with what is better; then will he between whom and yourself was hatred become as it were your friend and intimate!"(Qur'an, As-Saff 61:34)

"Tell those who believe, to forgive those who do not look forward to the Days of God."(Qur'an, Al-Jathiyah 45:14)

"Kind words and the covering of faults (of others) are better than charity followed by injury.
Allah is Free of all wants, and He is Most Forbearing."(Qur'an, Al-Baqarah 2:263)

Whoever prayed at night in it (the month of Ramadan) out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)?
Then all his previous sins will be forgiven.
Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam).
Source: Al-Bukhari (3/32, no. 226)

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: "Layatul Qadr has been bestowed by Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) to my Ummah (People).
It was not given to any people before this.

The word 'Qadr' means decree; 'Qadar' it also means ‘majesty’ or ‘high esteem’.
Thus, Laylat al-Qadr, or the Night of Qadr means ‘Night of Decree’ or ‘the Night of Majesty.’

Laylat al-Qadr is a very blessed night. It is the best night of the month of Ramadan, rather the whole year.

Rewards in this night are multiplied to equal the worship of one thousand months.
It is the night, which Allah chose to send down the Qur’an to the lowest heaven, from where it was revealed in small parts to the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam).

Laylat al-Qadr is the night, when Allah decrees His wise ordainment, matters of life, death, sustenance, disaster, etc.
And the angels descend with these decrees: “Verily! We have sent this (Qur’an) down in the Night of al-Qadr.
And what will make you know what Night of Qadr is? The Night of al-Qadr is better than one thousand months.
In it the angels and the Spirit (Angel Jibraeel Alaihi-salaam) descend, by the Permission of Allah, with all decrees.
Peace it is until the appearance of dawn.” [Surah al-Qadr (97): 1-5]

Laylat al-Qadr is a very blessed night. It is the best night of Ramadan, rather the whole year.
Rewards in this night are multiplied to equal the worship of one thousand months.
It is the night, which Allah chose to send down the Qur’an to the lowest heaven, from where it was revealed in small parts to the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam).

And He says: “We have sent this (Qur'an) down on a blessed night. Verily! We always warn (people from sinning).
 In it, every matter of ordainment is decreed by Our Command. Verily! We always send (the messengers for guidance).
It is a Mercy from Your Lord; He is indeed All-Hearing, All-Knowing.” [Surah ad-Dukhaan (44): 3-5]

The sending down of the Qur'an here does not mean that it was revealed all at once to the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam).
According to the scholars, the Qur’an was sent down on Laylat al-Qadr from al-Lawh al-Mahfoodh (the Preserved Tablet) to the lowest heaven;
It was then revealed in small segments, as necessary over a period of twenty three years of the Messenger's life.

The same applies to Allah's Decrees; they (the Decrees) are not formulated on this specific night every year.
Rather, Allah with His encompassing knowledge knew everything which will happen and recorded it all in al-Lawh al-Mahfoodh. On Laylat al-Qadr,
Allah issues His decrees pertaining to the following year (life, death, sustenance etc.) to the angels, after having been in al-Lawh al-Mahfoodh.

Laylat al-Qadr is the most blessed night. One who misses it has indeed missed a great amount of rewards.

The other decent efforts for this night are that before its arrival, the prudent wayfarer should arrange for its preliminaries and necessities, e.g. for worshipping in this night a suitable place, dress, and perfume should be arranged in advance for engaging in private humming communications Allah (the Glorious, the Exalted),

If a believing person is zealous to obey his Lord and increase in good deeds, he should strive to encounter this night and spend it in worship and obedience.
If this is facilitated for him, all of his previous sins will be forgiven.

Qiyam: It is recommended to make a long Qiyam (standing) in prayer during the nights on which Laylat al-Qadr could fall.
Qiyam means standing and Qiyam Al-Layl means standing at night. In the Islamic terminology, both words refer to the voluntary night prayer, whose time extends from after Isha prayer until dawn.
Other common names for Qiyam Al-Layl are Salat-ul-Layl (the night prayer), Tahajjud, (from hajada, meaning remained one who awake at night), and Taraweeh (resting).
A widespread misconception is that Tahajjud is a different night prayer than Qiyam or Taraweeh.
It is important to clarify this misunderstanding and to make clear that the voluntary night prayer is known by different names.

This is indicated in a number of Hadiths. The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam) said:
“Whoever stands (in Qiyam) in Laylat al-Qadr (and it is facilitated to him) out of faith and expectation (of Allah's reward), will have all his previous sins forgiven.” [Saheeh al-Bukhari and Saheeh Muslim] “And it is facilitated to him.
” This addition is recorded in Musnad Ahmad; it means that if he is permitted to be among the sincere worshipers during the blessed night.

It is further recommended to spend more time in worship during the night on which Laylat al-Qadr is likely to be.
This calls for abandoning many worldly pleasures in order to secure the time and thoughts solely for Allah. Aisha (radiyallaahu anha) reported:
“When the (last) ten days started, the Prophet of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) would tighten his izar, spend the whole night awake (in prayer), and wake up his family.” [Saheeh al-Bukhari and Saheeh Muslim]

It is Mustahabbat to seek it during holy month of Ramadan, especially in the last ten nights of the month.
It was reported in Saheeh Muslim that Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (Rad illahu anhu) said:
The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did I’tikaaf during the first ten days of holy month of Ramadan, then he did I’tikaaf during the middle ten days in a Turkish tent [the word qubbah, translated here as “tent”, refers to a tent or any circular structure] in which a mat was placed.
He said: so he took the mat in his hand and put it at the side of the tent, then he raised his head to speak to the people, so they came closer to him.
He said: “I did I’tikaaf during the first ten days, seeking this night, and then I did I’tikaaf during the middle ten days.
Then someone came to me and told me that it is in the last ten days, so whoever among you wants to do I’tikaaf, let him do so.” So the people did I’tikaaf with him.
He said: “I was shown an odd-numbered night, in the morning of which I was prostrating in mud and water”.
Then in the morning of the twenty-first, he got up to pray Subhi and it was raining; the roof of the mosque leaked, and there was mud and water.
He came out when he had finished praying, and there was mud and water on his forehead and nose.
That was the morning of the twenty-first, one of the last ten days. (Saheeh Muslim, 1167).

 Abu Sa’eed (radiyallaahu anhu). “It rained on the night of the twenty-first, and the roof of the mosque leaked over the place where the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was praying.
 I looked at him, when he had finished praying Salat al-Subhi, and his face was wet with mud and water.
” Muslim narrated a hadith from ‘Abd-Allah ibn Unays (radiyallaahu anhu) that was similar to the hadith of Abu Sa’eed (radiyallaahu anhu), except that he said, “it rained on the night of the twenty-third.
 The Messenger of Allah SWT (sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam) said:
“Seek it in the last ten days of holy month of Ramadan, when there are nine days left, and seven days left, and five days left.” (Al-Bukhari: 4/260).

Laylat al-Qadr is in the last ten days of holy month of Ramadan, as stated in the hadith of Abu Sa’eed quoted above, and as stated in the hadith of ‘Aisha  (radiyallaahu anha) , and in the hadith of Ibn ‘Umar who said that  The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam) said:
 “Seek Laylat al-Qadr in the last ten days of holy month of Ramadan.” (The hadith of ‘Aisha (radiyallaahu anha) was narrated by al-Bukhari, 4/259; the hadith of Ibn ‘Umar was narrated by Muslim, 2/823. This wording is that of the hadith of ‘Aisha (radiyallaahu anha).

It is more likely to be one of the odd-numbered nights, because of the hadith of ‘Aisha who said that The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam) said:
 “Seek Laylat al-Qadr in the odd-numbered nights of the last ten nights.” (Narrated by al-Bukhari, 4/259)

We should seek it especially in the odd-numbered nights, i.e., on the twenty-first, the twenty-third, the twenty-fifth, the twenty-seventh and the twenty-ninth.  The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam) said:
 “Seek it in the last ten nights, on the odd-numbered nights.” (Narrated by al-Bukhari, 1912 see also, 1913. Also narrated by Muslim, 1167 see also 1165).

Scholars also differ whether Laylat al-Qadr always falls on a fixed night or moves from year to year between nights.
The safest approach is to follow the Hadiths, which instruct one to seek Laylat ul-Qadir (at least) on odd nights of the last ten days in holy month of Ramadan.
At the same time, special care should be given to the night of the twenty-seven because it is the night on which the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam) gathered all his family, and spent it in prayer and worship.

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and His Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam) have mentioned some signs to identify the night of Laylat al-Qadr.
It is interesting to note that by the Wisdom of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), the All-Wise, these signs occur after the night has passed.
Some scholars state that the wisdom behind this is that one would not rely on definite knowledge in order to limit his worship to just one night of the whole year.
This understanding is supported from The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam)’s statement: “…and this may be better for you.”
Abu Dharr (radiyallaahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) (sallallaahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: “On the morning following Laylat al-Qadr, the sun rises without rays, resembling a dish, until it becomes high.” [Saheeh Muslim] Also, a report from Ibn Abbas (radiyallaahu-anhu) informs that it is a moderate night, neither hot nor cold

One of the best du’aa that may be recited on Laylat al-Qadr is that which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) taught to ‘Aisha (radiyallaahu anha).  ‘Aisha (radiyallaahu anha) said: “I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know which night is Laylat al-Qadr, what should I say on that night?’ He said, ‘Say: Allaahumma innaka ‘afuwon tuhibbu’l al-‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are forgiving and you love forgiveness, so forgive me

With regard to specifying which night of holy month of Ramadan is Laylat al-Qadr, this needs specific evidence,
But the odd-numbered nights during the last ten nights are more likely than others,
 And the night of the twenty-seventh is the most likely to be Laylat al-Qadr, because that is mentioned in the hadith.

Laylat ul Qadr is the crowning glory of the holy month of Ramadan.
It is associated with the sending down of the Qur'an Majeed, the last Book of Allah on His last Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam), for the guidance of mankind. The Qur'an Majeed describes this Night.

"We have indeed revealed this (message) in the Night of Power: And what will explain to you what the Night of Power is?
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
Therein come down the Angels and the Spirit (Jibraeel) by Allah's permission, on every errand: Peace! This until the rise of Morn!" (597: V1-5).

The Night of Power is the night of spiritual bliss. Our Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) is reported to have said concerning holy month of Ramadan:

"Verily this month has come to you; and therein is a night which is better than a thousand Months.
 Whosoever is deprived of it is deprived of all good;
And none is deprived of its good except a totally unfortunate person". .
"Whosoever stands up (in prayer) at the Night of Power out of faith and hopeful of reward, all his past sins will be forgiven."

This is one night Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) has given you Look at the mercy of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), One Night=83 years and 4 months. "Subhanallah"
Take this night my friend and you will never regret it.
Better than a thousand months: A thousand months are equivalent to 83 years and 4 months.
Special attention should therefore be given to the excessive recitation of this dua on the blessed night.
Furthermore one may engage in lengthy rakaats of Tahajjud Salat, Tilaawat of the Qur'an, Dua, Zikr, etc.

The worship and the vigil of the Night of Power are a treat to the soul my friend. The hearts of stone tends to melt into tears of heartfelt gratitude.
The body is in a state of angelic ecstasy the soul strives to reach nearer to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD). In this holy month of Ramadan let us strive to seek the Night of Power and its bliss.
May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) reward us with His bountiful blessings? Amen.

Fortunate is the person who spends this night in prayer.
Are we among those who have prepared for this night and invitation, the way we ought to be, and must be, in order to attain the eternal blessing and salvation?
Or are we among those negligent and idle ones, who do not achieve anything except loss and eternal doom?
We must better know that the one who acts naively and lazily, and does not strive to take advantage of the magnificent generosities of this night,
 When in the Hereafter, would see that those who were zealous, committed,
And vigilant during these nights what have they achieved, and what magnificence, splendors and glory have been bestowed upon them.
But they would gain nothing except regret - the regret so great and painful that the Hell's blazing fire and its torturous punishments would seem smaller as compared to their regret, and then together with the losers and eternally doomed ones, would cry loudly:

"Ah! Woe upon me! In that I neglected (my duty) towards Allah."- Holy Qur'an (39:56)

But on that Day when the gates of repentance would have been closed,
There would be nothing left for compensation of the damage,
Everyone would have seen the ultimate outcome of his deeds,
And then feeling sorry and being regretful would not produce any gain.
Therefore, we must take a look upon ourselves, and before falling into such regret and grief, Must admonish ourselves for being so lazy, naive, and easy going.
And before that we are called for accounting and are condemned into the state of wretchedness and destitution,
For wasting our precious capital - the capital through which we could have accomplished most precious and greater gains we better put our self to scrutiny.

The man or woman, who prays for the whole night during this Night,
Will deserve blessings and reward for the period as if he or she had been praying for eighty three years and four months consecutively.
Since the Night of Power is better than one thousand months no one can actually measure the extent as to how much better it is.

How manifest and replete the special bounties and mercies of Allah Ta’aala are upon this Ummah is quite really beyond imagination.
It will therefore be extremely foolish to allow ourselves to be deprived of these great blessings at the expense of sheer laziness and a few hours of extra sleep.     

 “For sure it is in the remembrance of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) that the heart finds rest,” (13:28)

May the spirit of Ramadan
Illuminate the world and show us the way to peace and harmony.

May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path...........
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1 comment:

dodgevipe said...

SubhanAllah this blog was awesome

the mercy of Allah on this ummah is incredible

Allah forgive us and make up realise our reality and follow the footsteps of the best of creation Muhammad sallahu alayhi wasalam

ameen

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