Monday, 30 August 2010

Night of Destiny

Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.
My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, it gives me great pleasure to inform you of a momentous occasion - the Night of Power. This year the Night shall commence straight after the Magrib Prayer; alternatively, the moment we break our fast this evening. All Mighty God has rightfully guided His servants with His messengers to this night of glorification, praise and forgiveness. On this night, the single most important event in human history unfolded as the Glorious Quran was revealed. Many Hadith indicates that the fate of every believer for the coming year is decreed on this night.
The Holy book of Islam clearly states:

“Surely We revealed it (the Holy Quran) on the Grand Night. And what will make you comprehend what the Grand Night is? The Grand Night is better than a thousand months. The angels descend in it by the permission of their Lord for every affair, Peace! It is till the break of the morning.” Surah Al Qadr - The Chapter of Fate

There are various indicators that I have gathered in order to better familiarise myself with the signs of this Night of Decree. The actual night it is not known to anyone.  However, the majority of scholars in Islam have said that Lailatul Qadr is within the last ten days of Ramadan. There are some Hadith sayings of the Prophet of Islam (may the peace and blessings of All Mighty God be upon him) certified some of the signs of Lailatul Qadr.

“Seek the Night of Power during the last ten days of the month of Ramadan”

“Look for the Night of Power on an odd-numbered night during the last ten days of the month Ramadan”

“The Night of Power is the night either of the 27th or of the 29th day. In this night the number of Angels, who will descend to earth will be greater than pebbles on the whole planet”.

The night will be calm, dry and will reflect an extraordinary shine. The weather won’t be cold nor warm. There is not a single night in the year which will be comparable with the Night of Power. I hope we are able to look and find such signs for ourselves through research and investigation rather than relying on others.
It has become somewhat of a Muslim festive tradition to gather for worship in congregation on the 27th day of Ramadan in the belief that Lailatul Qadr is most likely to fall on this night; although this is not for certain. Moreover, a devout Muslim will practice his/her rituals throughout the last ten days, especially on the odd numbered nights. On this night one should do more good deeds such as, read the Quran, pray for forgiveness and ask for blessings by appealing to God the Most High in any language (in which it is most convenient for the devotee to express their sincerity in hopes and wishes).

Inshallah my brothers and sisters will revive these nights with prayers, suplications and deep reflections. This will be a unique once in a year opportunity to replenish ones conscious and gain a life time’s worth of reward.