Laylat al-Qadr (Arabic: لیلة القدر) (also known as Shab-e-Qadr), the Night of Power, the Night of Decree or Night of Measures, is the anniversary of two very important dates in Islam that occurred in the month of Ramadan.
In the Qur’an,the fasting is mentioned:
يَا أَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
Ramadan (Arabic: رمضان) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which the Qur’an was revealed. Ramadan is the holiest of months in the Islamic calendar.
My late father, Sheik Mohamad Zafrudin @ U Aung Min love I`tikaf and stay for ten days of solitude and prayers in the Mosque every year in about the last two decades of his life. Later my brothers inherited that good tradition and “sit” the I`tikaf. I am the only black sheep who failed to do so. During the student days I was busy studying and once become a Medical Doctor, I was being busy with the patients.
This period is dedicated to completely immersing themselves in prayer and turning their backs on worldly needs and desires.
“It is a time for them to cut themselves from the outside world and concentrate only on offering prayers,” said the mosque imam Ahamed Hussein.
He added this was a common practice among the Indian Muslims and in other South-Asian Muslim communities.