Lailatul Qadr

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LAYLATUL QADR   
(by Anwar Ahmad, ref: click here  )

Laylat Al Qadr or the Night of Power — when the first verses of the Holy Quran were revealed to Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him) — holds a very special significance for Muslims around the world.  
Laylat Al Qadr falls on odd days in the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan, for example, on the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or the 29th day of this month. This holiest night, when the faithful are advised to pray throughout, is revered by Muslims around the world as the reward for worship in this night is better than the worship of a thousand months. 
 
This was the night when Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad while he was praying to God in Cave Hira, and hence the significance of this night.  

According to Hadith, these odd nights must be searched in the last 10 days of Ramadan, albeit no particular night has been fixed so that the yearning for it sees people spending more nights in worshipping Allah. From this aspect, the importance of ‘Itikaaf’ (seclusion) during the last 10 days of Ramadan is clear and highly rewarding. 
 
The Prophet said: “The person who offered prayers to Allah in the Night of Power with faith and with hope of reward from Allah, all his past sins have been forgiven.” (Hadith: Bukhari) 
The importance of Laylat Al Qadr can be realised from the fact that the Holy Quran contains a whole chapter on this night. The blessing of this night is equal to the blessing of thousand nights as angels descend on the earth to shower Allah’s blessings on the faithful. 
 
According to the verses of the Holy Quran, “Verily! We have sent it (this Quran) down in the Night of Decree (Laylat Al Qadr). And what will make you know what the Night of Decree is? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the angels and the Rooh (i.e. Gabriel) by Allah’s permission with all Decrees, Peace! until the appearance of dawn.” (Surat Al Qadr: Quran)





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