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Peace Until Fajr

 

Excerpted from Manaar As-sabeel

Al-Muntada Al-Islami

 

 

In each of the daily prayer we offer, we solemnly declare to

Allah, "Iyyaka na'budu" (You alone do we worship). While the

intelligent and committed believer realizes that his very lifestyle

spells worship, he knows, remembering the words of our Prophet

(pbuh) that "Du'aa' (supplication) is worship" [Tirmidhi, Abu Daud]

Allah, the Most Merciful, has encouraged the believers to take

advantage of certain times during the year to make du'aa'. Such an

occasion presents itself annually during Ramadan — especially on the

Lailatul Qadr, the Night of Power. On this night, the single most

important event in human history unfolded as, after the Glorious

Quran was preserved in the Protected Tablet, Jibril descended with

the blessed book to reveal it, upon Allah's command, to His

Messenger (pbuh). Accentuating its significance, Allah says "and how

would you know (the value of the) Night of Qadr [97:2] So valuable

is this Night of Qadr that the Quran devotes a special surah to

it. "Lailatul Qadr is better than a thousand months" [97:3] This one

night surpasses the value of 30,000 nights. The most authentic

account of the occurrence of the Night indicates that it can occur

on any one of the last ten, oddnumbered nights of Ramadan. The fact

that the exact night is unknown reflects Allah's will in keeping it

hidden. Indeed, the Prophet (pbuh) was prevented from telling us its

precise time. One day, he came out to tell the companions the exact

night. On the way he saw two men arguing with each other. By the

will of Allah, he(pbuh)forgot and subsequently remembered it.

Afterwards the Prophet (pbuh) was instructed not to divulge this

information. "Had I been allowed," he (pbuh) remarked once, "I would

have told you (of its exact time)." [Ahmad] The Almighty in His

wisdom kept this hidden from us for many reasons. Perhaps He wants

us to strive hard in our worship during the last ten days of Ramadan

so that we don't become lazy, worshipping hard on just that one

night and denying ourselves the benefit of doing the same on the

other nights. "Had people not left their salah except for that (one)

night, I would have informed you (of its exact date)." [Al-Tabarani]

The sincere believer who worries day and night about his sins and

phases of neglect in his life patiently awaits the onset of Ramadan.

During it he hopes to be forgiven by Allah for past sins, knowing

that the Prophet (pbuh) promised that all who bear down during the

last ten days shall have all their sins forgiven. To achieve this,

he remembers the Prophet's (pbuh) advice in different sayings

wherein he used words like "seek", "pursue", "search", and "look

hard" for Lailatul Qadr. Moreover, Allah and His Prophet (pbuh)

provided us some signs of its occurrence. Allah (swt) describes the

night as "..peace until the rise of the morn." [97:5] In various

sayings, the Prophet (pbuh) described the night as serene, tranquil,

and peaceful. The sun at sunrise would appear reddish and without

its normal blazing and sharp rays. The Prophet (pbuh) added

that "the angel of earth on that night of Qadr will be more numerous

than all the pebbles of the earth."

 

What should one do during the last ten days in pursuit of Lailatul

Qadr? The devoted servant of Allah makes these nights alive with

prayer, reading and reflecting on Quran. He makes du'aa' to Allah,

penitently beseeching Him for His forgivness. He is inspired by the

Prophet's (pbuh) words "Our Lord, most Exalted, Most high comes down

to the lowest heaven during the last third of each night and

announces (reassuringly): Whoever makes du'aa', I shall answer it.

Whoever asks (for something halal) I shall grant it; and whoever

seeks forgiveness, I shall forgive him." [bukhari] The believer,

conscious of Allah and their sins, will continue to beseech Allah,

in and out of prayer, during his prostration. For a time, the only

concern will be cleansing oneself of the forgetfulness that this

life propagates in one's heart, the sins that accumulate, darkening

the heart, making it insensitive to disobeying Allah. He begs Allah

to keep him away from misfortunes in this world, the punishment of

the grave, and the torment of Hell. He asks Allah to make him

patient and steadfast in struggling to maintain his Islam in this

world and asks Him to overlook his shortcomings, periods of laziness

and neglect. Sincere devotion on that night will render the believer

forgtful of the time, until he is surprised by the Adhan of Fajr.

After Fajr, as the sun creeps above the horizon, reddish and weak in

its appearance, without any rays, the effort at night will have been

worthwhile. The believer rejoices, knowing that this was quite

possibly Lailatul Qadr and "whoever stays up (in prayer and

remembrance of Allah) on the Night of Qadr fully believing (in

Allah's promise of reward for that night) and hoping to seek reward

(from Allah alone and not from people), he shall be forgiven for his

past sins." [bukhari, Muslim]

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:D Sister_Truth :D

 

:D for an excellent and useful reminder!

The hadith by Bukhari and Muslim toward the end of your post was just amazing :D it provides a clear outline of the beauty of laylat-ul-qadr!

 

:D

 

wa'salam

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Salaam, Sister_Truth :D

Mashallah nice thead *thank~You* verry much for sharing it with us! Inshallah may Allah reward you and give you many blessings this ramadan and always!!!

 

Salaam,

emy :D

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AssaLamu Alaykum

 

Has anyone sensed Laylatul qadr on the 25th night?

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