Laylat al-Qadr


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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.

Qadr, contrary to popular belief, is actually not exactly power, or wisdom, as translated into English. Strictly speaking, there is no way to translate the word Qadr into other languages, and that is why there are so much different translations of the world. It is the anniversary of the night Muslims believe the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad.(pbuh)

Laylat Al-Qadr is the anniversary of the night that the Qur’an says it was revealed. Muslims generally believe that revelation of the Qur’an occurred in two phases, with the first phase being the revelation in its entirety on Laylat Al-Qadr and then the subsequent verse-by-verse revelation to Muhammad by the angel Gabriel (Jibril in Arabic).

Quran (Quran 97, 1-5) [1]

In the Name of Allah, the Benevolent, the Merciful.
1 Lo! We revealed it on the Night of Predestination.
2 Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Night of Power is!
3 The Night of Power has more blessings than a thousand months.
4 The angels and the Spirit descend therein, by the permission of their Lord, with all decrees.
5 (The night is) Peace until the rising of the 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, praying, reciting the Quran, remembering God, and giving charity. However because of the revealed importance of this night, Muslims strive 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 would perform an i’tikaf in the mosque: they remain in the mosque for the last ten days of the month for prayers and recitation.

Muslims often pray extra prayers on this day, particularly the night prayer. They awake, pray, and hope Allah will give them anything they may desire for on this night. Mostly, they perform tilawat (reading the Quran).

Those who can afford to devote their time in the remembrance of God stay in the mosque for the final ten days of Ramadan. This worship is called itikaf (retreat). They observe fast during the day and occupy themselves with the remembrance of God, performing voluntary prayers and studying the Quran, day and night, apart from the obligatory prayers which they perform with the congregation. Food and other necessities of life are provided for them during their stay in the mosque, thus they may not leave the precincts of the mosque except for a genuine religious purpose. Devoting time to remember God, Muslims hope to receive divine favors and blessings connected with the blessed night.

Laylat al-Qadr is to be found in the last 10 odd nights of Ramadan. There is no history in the Quran as to when the specific date is. [1][2]Therefore in all the Islamic Countries, the Layla al-Qadar is found to be on the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th night of Ramadan.

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