Saturday, July 19, 2014

Last 10 Nights of Ramadhan | Laylatul Qadr - Night of Power | Ramadhan 2014

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The Prophet Muhammad [Peace be Upon Him] said, "If any Muslim comes out of Ramadhan without gaining forgiveness and goodness, he is a real loser." 

In this blessed month of Ramadhan, we have now come to the grand finale... the last ten days of Ramadhan that are even more blessed than the rest of Ramadhan. In it is a night that Quran tells us is better than 1,000 months [yes, months – not days].


We are in the LAST 10 Days and Nights of Ramadhan, Arguably the MOST rewarding and beneficial 10 Days of the Islamic year [Matter of Fact Any Year PERIOD].

So the question arises what makes these night the "greatest" ?

Below I "attempt" to explain...

Laylat al-Qadr [Arabic: لیلة القدر‎], variously rendered in English as the Night of Destiny, Night of Power, Night of Value, the Night of Decree or Night of Measures, is the anniversary of two very important dates in Islam that occurred in the month of Ramadhan. 

It is the anniversary of the night the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad [Peace Be Upon Him].

Laylat al-Qadr is the night when the Quran was first revealed. All Muslims believe that revelation of the Quran occurred in two phases, with the first phase being the revelation in its entirety on Laylat al-Qadr to the angel Jibrail [Gabriel] in the lowest heaven from Allah, and then the subsequent verse-by-verse revelation to the Prophet Muhammad by Jibrail [By the will of Allah]. The first Surah [Chapter] that was revealed was Surah Al-Alaq which is also commonly referred to as Surah Al-Iqra. 

Muslims are ENCOURAGED to worship as much as they can on this night. This night is also the night when Allah decides the destiny of EVERYONE.

Sunnah [Practice of the Prophet]

Muslims often pray extra prayers on this day, particularly the night prayer. We awake, pray with the hope that Allah [God] will give us anything that we may desire on this night. [Reading the Quran, Standing in Salaah [Prayer], Remembrance of Allah, Supplications, Etc.].

Those who can afford to devote their time in the remembrance of Allah stay in the Masjid [Mosque] for the final ten days/nights of Ramadhan. This worship is called Iʿtikāf [retreat/seclusion]. They observe a fast during the day and occupy themselves with the remembrance of Allah, performing voluntary prayers and studying the Quran, day and night, apart from the obligatory prayers which they perform with the congregation. Food and other necessities of life are provided for them during their stay in the mosque. 

Devoting time to remember Allah, We also hope to receive divine favors and blessings connected with Laylatul-Qadr.

Date

Laylat al-Qadr is to be found in the last five odd nights of the 3rd of Ramadhan. There is no mention in the Quran as to when the specific date is, Laylat al-Qadar is to be "Searched For" on the last nights of Ramadhan on one of the odd nights, i.e. the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th night.

Religious importance

Quran

We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Value:
And what will explain to thee what the night of Value is?
The Night of Value is better than a thousand months.
Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah's permission, on every errand:
Peace!...This until the rise of dawn!
—Surah 97 [Al-Qadr]
The verses above regard the Night as better than one thousand months. The whole month of Ramadhan is a period of spiritual training wherein believers devote much of their time to fasting, praying, reciting the Quran, remembering God, and giving charity. However because of the revealed importance of this night, Muslims strive [give more effort] harder in the last ten days of Ramadhan since the Laylat al-Qadr could be one of the odd-numbered days in these last ten [the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th]. Normally, some Muslims from each community perform iʿtikāf in the Masjid [Mosque]: they remain in the Masjid for the last ten days of the month for prayers and recitation.

 The main Dua for Laylatul Qadr:

Aisha [Messengers Wife] said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah: 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?' He said:

                                اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
 


'Say: O Allah, You are all forgiving and You love to forgive, so forgive me.' 
"Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun
tuhibbul ‘afwa
fa’fu ‘annee"  

[Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi].


Gaining forgiveness on laylatul Qadr


Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger said: “Whoever stands [in prayer] in Laylatul Qadr while nourishing his faith with self-evaluation, expecting reward from Allah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” [Bukhari and Muslim].

We should sincerely repent for past and present sins with the intention of not repeating them again and ask of Allah to help us prevent ourselves from doing them again and ask Allah to perfect our characters and to help us improve ourselves in every way possible.


in Conclusion

Lets Take Advantage of These Last 10 Nights and Make a STRONG Effort to find Laylatul Qadr and Receive Allah's Blessings and Forgiveness.

 One should strive and do their utmost to gain the mercy of Allah especially in the odd numbered nights of the last ten days. If one leaves Ramadhan without gaining the mercy of Allah then surely they are the most unfortunate ones and are the biggest losers in this world and the next.

We should be very busy in Dua [supplication] as much as we can especially in the last 10 odd numbered.

Allah Almighty says in the Qur'an:
"When my servants ask you concerning me, [tell them] I am indeed close [to them]. I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me." [2:186]

The place of dua is so high to Allah, that the Prophet [Peace Be Upon Him] had said: "Nothing is more honorable to Allah the Most High than dua [Supplication]." [Sahih al-Jami` no.5268].

Almighty Allah also said: "The most excellent worship is dua [Supplication]." [Sahih Al-Jami` no. 1133]

Therefore let us devote much of the night of Qadr in dua asking of Allah for his mercy and forgiveness.

Don't Forget To Pray For Me and I'll Pray For You !
-Is[Smile]-

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