This night is so special for moslems all over the world..
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(from Arabic: لیلة القدر), variously rendered in English as the Night of Decree,Night of Power, Night of Value, Night of Destiny, or Night of Measures, is an Islamic belief the night when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Islamic prophetMuhammad. It is one of the nights of the last ten days of Ramadan. Muslims believe that on this night the blessings and mercy of God are abundant, sins are forgiven, supplications are accepted, and that the annual decree is revealed to the angelswho also descend to earth, specially the Angel Gabriel, referred to as “the Spirit”, to perform every and any errand decreed by God. Islam holds that God Almighty alone answers our supplications and that He alone receives them and forgives humanity and gives them what they ask for and that on this particular night Muslims should actively seek God’s forgiveness and engage in various acts of worship.
Revelation to Prophet Muhammad
Some commentators believe that the Quran was revealed to Muhammad twice; the ‘immediate revelation’ happening on the Laylat al-Qadr and ‘gradual revelation’ across 23 years. The Quran uses the word Inzal
) which justifies ‘the immediate revelation’, according to Allamah Tabatabai
However some others believe that the revelation of Quran occurred in two phases, with the first phase being the revelation in its entirety on Laylat al-Qadr to the angel Gabriel
in Arabic) in the lowest heaven, and then the subsequent verse-by-verse revelation to Muhammad by Gabriel.
The revelation started in 610 CE at the Hira
cave on Mount Nur in Mecca. The first Surah that was revealed was Sūrat al-ʿAlaq
(in Arabic العلق
During the first revelation the first five verses of this Surah, or chapter, were revealed.
The specific date of Laylat al-Qadr is not mentioned in the Quran.
In Islamic countries
communities all over the world, Laylat al-Qadr is found to be on the last ten nights of Ramadan, mostly in on one of the odd nights (21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th) whereby night precedes day. Many traditions insist particularly on the night before the 27th of Ramadan.
The night is not comparable to any others in view of Muslims
and according to a tradition, the blessings due to the acts of worship during this night can’t be equaled even by worshipping throughout an entire lifetime. The reward of acts of worship done in this one single night is more than the reward of around 83 years (1000 months) of worship.
Laylat al-Qadr is referenced in the Quran:
- We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power:
- And what will explain to thee what the Night of Power is?
- The Night of Power 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!
The verses above regard the night as better than one thousand months.
The whole month of Ramadan is a period of spiritual training wherein believers devote much of their time to fasting
, reciting the Quran, engaging in the remembrance of God(dhikr
) and giving charity
However, because of the revealed importance of this night, Muslims strive [give more effort] harder in the last ten days of Ramadan since the Laylat al-Qadr could be one of the odd-numbered days in these last ten (the first, third, fifth, seventh or ninth). Normally, some Muslims from each community perform iʿtikāf
in the mosque: they remain in the mosque for the last ten days of the month for prayers and recitation.
Women also observe i’tikaf. They remain in prayer and meditation mostly, although they are allowed to do the minimum domestic work to run the family. When Muhammed observed i’tikaf in a tent, he saw a few tents around his. His wives joined him by pitching tents.