Importance Of Laylatul Qadr
Sayyid Abul A'la Maududi
''Behold, We revealed this (Qur'an) on the Night of Power.''
''And what do you know what the Night of Power is?''
''The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.''
''The angels along with the Spirit, descend in it by the permission of their
Lord with all kinds of decrees.''
''All peace is that night until the rise of dawn.''
The commentators in general have understood this to mean that the good acts
performed in this Night are superior in value to the good acts of a thousand
months in which Lailat-ul-qadr is not included. There is no doubt that this is
in itself correct and the Holy Prophet (upon whom be peace) has described
great excellences and virtues of the good acts and devotions of this Night.
According to a tradition related in Bukhari and Muslim, on the authority of
Hadrat Abu Hurairah, the Holy Prophet said: ''The one who remained standing in
worship in the state of belief and for the sake of rewards from Allah during
Lailat-ul-qadr, would have all his previous sins forgiven."
And in Musnad Ahmad, there is a tradition from Hadrat ‘Ubadah bin as-Samit,
saying that the Holy Prophet said: ''Lailat-ul-qadr is among the last ten
nights of Ramadan. The one who stood up in worship in order to take advantage
of their rewards, Allah wilt forgive all his former and latter sins."
But, the verse does not say: "To act righteously in Lailat-ul-qadr is better
than acting righteously in a thousand months," but it says: ''lailat-ul-qadr
is better than a thousand months." And "a thousand months" also does not imply
83 years and 4 months exactly, but a very long period of time as "a thousand"
denoted among the Arabs. Therefore, the verse means that in this one night a
task was accomplished for the welfare of mankind the like of which had not
been accomplished even during an indefinitely long period of history.
"The Spirit": Gabriel (peace be on him), who has been mentioned separately
from the angels in view of his unique eminence, honour and merit.
That is, they do not descend of their own accord but by leave of their Lord,
and "every decree" implies amr hakim (a wise decree) as described in Ad-Dukhan:
That is, the entire Night, from evening till morning, is peace, free from
every evil and mischief.
Source: Tafheem ul Qur'an