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Friday, 24 June 2016

The Laylatul Qadr

The Laylatul Qadr is the most significant and glorious night of the year.
The night is replete with blessings and “rahmah”. Its brilliance and shine surpasses all other nights of the year. The night has got its high status confirmed by none less than holy Quran itself. In honor and glory it is weightier than a thousand months.
The acts of worship and good deeds performed in this blessed night with sincerity of intentions for the Allah subhanahu wa talaa are more rewarding than they are in any other night. The following tradition provided in the book “Adab as-Salat: The Disciplines of the Prayer ” by Ayatullah Sayyid Imam Ruhallah Musawi Khomeini,  from the holy Prophet(S) makes the significance of the night clear:
“Moses said: ‘O Allah! I desire your proximity.’ Allah said: ‘My proximity is for the one who keeps awake on ‘the night of Qadr.’ He said: ‘O Allah! I wish for your mercy.’ Allah said: ‘My mercy is for the one who shows mercy to the poor on `the night of Qadr.’ He said: ‘O Allah! I want to cross the sirāt [the (right) path]’. He said: ‘That is for the one who gives out a sadaqah (charity) on ‘the night of Qadr.’ He said: ‘O Allah.’ I want of the trees and fruits of Paradise.’ Allah said: ‘They are for the one who glorifies (Me) on ‘the night of Qadr.’ He said: ‘I want to be delivered.’ Allah said: ‘From the Fire?’ ‘Yes,’ he said. Allah said: ‘It is for the one who asks forgiveness on ‘the night of Qadr.’ He said: ‘O Allah! I ask for your pleasure.’ Allah said: ‘I would be pleased with the one who performs two rak’ahs (bow) of salāt (prayer) on ‘the night of Qadr.’”
The book “Spiritual Journey of the Mystics (Suluk al-Arifan)“  by Ayatullah Mirza Jawad Tabrizi, quotes the following tradition from the holy Prophet(S) on the rewards for acts of worship this night :
“On the night of power, the gates of heaven are opened. There is no servant who offers prayer in this night, but Allah (swt) for every prostration stores a tree in the Paradise–the tree whose branches and shade is so vast that if a rider travels for one hundred years through its shade, he would not be able to cross it; for every ra’kat (bow) would build a home for him in paradise–the home decorated and built by pearls, topaz, and rubies; for every verse recited, a crown from the crowns of paradise; for every praise (tasbeeh),a bird from the birds of paradise; for every sitting, a rank from the ranks of paradise. For every witnessing (tashahud), a chamber from the chambers of paradise, and for every salutation, a robe from the robes of paradise would be bestowed upon him by Allah. And at the breaking of the dawn, companions, youthful and sympathetic, houris of paradise–pure and decorated, obedient and well uniformed, horses–most obedient and swift, flowers, greenery, and good smells, running elegant fountain streams, and many other bounties which make the soul pleased and eyes to shine, would also be bestowed upon him by Allah.”
The blessed night is worth knowing more and more about it. The more we know about this gracious night , the more we can reap good results out of it. Fast of the Month of Ramadhan: Philosophy and Ahkam unravels the different details about  the blessed night.
As the dua is a weapon of a believer, the recommended supplications and acts of worship must be adhered to get maximum spiritual rewards. Finally the lecture by Dr. Murtadha Alidina takes us further into the depths of understanding the night’s glory.
Let’s pray to Al Mighty Allah that may in this night of power and glory and the night of determination of destinies , He makes us spend our time in supplications and prayers, and may He make us do the good deeds which cause the bestowal of His mercy and forgiveness and removal of His wrath and punishment!
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