LAILATUL QADR: Time to Cry before Allah-the Merciful, All-Aware:
Dear Brothers and Sisters
More than 2/3 of Ramadan is already gone. We powerless people will be now looking for the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr), which we are advised to seek in the last ten nights of Ramadan.
We can't afford now not to be crying in front of Allah, the Merciful, All-Aware.
It is explicitly stated in the Quran that this Radiant Night occurs in the blessed and auspicious month of Ramadhan, but its exact date has not been disclosed. As a result, it is disputed and debated amongst the scholars. There are about forty opinions recorded about it. The authentic opinion is that the night of Qadr occurs in the last ten nights but no specific date has been fixed. It could be any of the last ten nights which may alternate from year to year. According to the most authentic traditions, it could be one of the following nights; 21, 23, 25, 27 and 29.Thus all the apparently incompatible traditions are reconciled. All the relations pertaining to the date of the night are authentic, and there is no need for any interpretation. Most of the eminent jurists agree that the night occurs in odd nights of the last ten days, alternating.
Whosoever stands in ""Ibaadah"" on this night, with sincere faith and with genuine hopes of gaining reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. Among the signs of this night is that it is a serene, quiet, shining night, neither hot, nor cold but temperate as if a moon is shining clear, and no meteors are shot at the ""Shayateen"" on that night; it lasts until the break of the dawn. Another sign is that at morn, the Sun rises without any radiant beams of light, appearing rather like the moon in its fullness. On that day, Allah prohibits the ""Shayateen"" from rising up with the Sun.""
These signs are clear and need no further elucidation. Apart from these, there are other signs too in the experiences of those who had the good fortune to experience ""Laylatul Qadr.' One Sahaabi, (R.A) says ""On the evening of the 27th , I tasted the water of the sea and it was sweet. Some of the ""Mashaaikh"" (religious divines) wrote that, on the evening of ""Laylatul Qadr"", everything prostrates itself before Allah, so much so that trees fall flat on the ground, then return to their normal position; these are however spiritual phenomena not visible to the ordinary person.
Neverless, the most significant of all what we have discussed in preceding lines is the spirit of Lailatul Qadr. The power of this blessed Night is that whatever little noble and gracious we care to perform during its auspicious moments, it magnifies tremendously- so much so to the extent of the deeds of our whole life. So we cannot afford to let its precious moments slip off while we allowing ourselves to grace our beds or being busy in worthless errands as itís time to rise and supplicate forgiveness from the Most Merciful by shedding tears and repenting all our previous sins and transgressions.
Tears flow when we remember how much Allah has blessed us with and how much we disobey Him. We can never repay Allah for everything we have, yet we still blatantly commit sins both big and small: whether it's backbiting, hurting other human beings, not standing up for the truth, treating our family badly, lying, doing good deeds to show off, cheating, etc.
Let's be more contemplative and pray for an awareness of and forgiveness for our sins, as well as softness in our hearts.
Human beings are in turmoil. Connecting with God with our hearts and begging for His Mercy for His Creation will bring us Closer to Him and human beings...
May Allah Paak forgive us all.
Khalid Ayaz Khan
Humble worker of Mission Al-noor International, (H.Qtrs), Lahore, PAKISTAN.