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Laylat Al-Qadr

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Laylat Al-Qadr

When the Night Equals A Thousand

By Muhammad Al-shareef

Allah revealed the Quran in the most blessed month; the month of Ramadan, the month in which the Quran was sent down.

On the most blessed night, the Grand night: Laylatul Qadr; ''Verily, we revealed the Qur'an on the night of Qadr.''

It is reported from Abu Hurairah that he said: ''When the month of Ramadan came, the Messenger of Allah said: 'The month of Ramadan has come, a blessed month in which Allah has made it obligatory for you to fast; in it the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained. In it is a night better than a thousand months, whoever loses the benefit of it has lost something irreplaceable.''' [Narrated by Imam Ahmad and An-Nasa'I, Ahmad Shaker declared its chain to be authentic]

«قد جاءكم رمضان شهر مبارك افترض الله عليكم صيامه تفتح فيه أبواب الجنة ويغلق فيه أبواب الجحيم وتغل فيه الشياطين فيه ليلة خير من ألف شهر من حرم خيرها فقد حرم» رواه الإمام أحمد والنسائي، وقال أحمد شاكر: إسناده صحيح

It is reported on the authority of Abu Hurairah, that Allah's Messenger (Peace be upon him) said: ''Whoever stood in prayer on the night of Al-Qadr, in faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, he will have all of his previous sins forgiven.'' [Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

«من قام ليلة القدر إيمانا واحتسابا ، غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه» رواه البخاري ومسلم

This one night surpasses the value of 30,000 nights. 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 (Peace be upon him) promised that all who bear down during the last ten days shall have all their sins forgiven. To achieve this, the believer remembers the Prophet's (Peace be upon him) advice in different sayings wherein he used words like ''seek'', ''pursue'', ''search'' and ''look hard'' for Laylatul Qadr.

Laylatul Qadr is the most blessed night. A person who misses it has indeed missed a great amount of good. The Mu'min should search for it in the last ten nights of Ramadan, passing the nights in worship and obedience.

For those who catch the opportunity, their gift is that of past sins wiped away.

The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) illustrated for us some of the things we should be doing on this Grand Night. From his blessed Sunnah we find the following:

Praying Qiyam (Night Prayer)

It is recommended to make a long qiyam prayer during the nights on which Laylatul Qadr could fall. This is indicated in many ahadith, such as:

''Whoever stands (in qiyam) in Laylatul Qadr [and it is facilitated for him] out of faith and expectation (of Allah's reward), will have all of his previous sins forgiven.'' [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
The addition ''and it is facilitated for him'' is recorded by Ahmad from the report of 'Ubadah Bin as-Samit; it means that he is permitted to be among the sincere worshippers during that blessed night.

«من قام ليلة القدر (ثم وفقت له)،إيمانا واحتسابا، غفر له ما تقدم من ذنبه» رواه البخاري ومسلم، وما بين القوسين في رواية للإمام أحمد

Making Supplications

It is also recommended to make extensive supplication on this night.

'A'ishah reported that she asked Allah's Messenger (Peace be upon him) ''O Messenger of Allah! If I knew which night is Laylatul Qadr, what should I say during it?'' And he instructed her to say: ''Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee - O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me.'' [Recorded by Ahmad, Ibn Majah and at-Tirmidhi, authenticated by Al-Albani]

«يا رسول الله أرأيت إن وافقت ليلة القدر ما أدعو قال تقولين اللهم إنك عفو تحب العفو فاعف عني» رواه الإمام أحمد وابن ماجه والترمذي وصححه الألباني

Abandoning Worldly Pleasures for Worship

It is further recommended to spend more time in worship during the nights on which Laylatul Qadr is likely to fall. This calls for abandoning many worldly pleasures in order to secure the time and thoughts solely for worshipping Allah (Subhanahu wa ta'ala).

'A'ishah reported: ''When the (last) ten started, the Prophet (Peace be upon him) would tighten his izar (i.e. he stayed away from his wives in order to have more time for worship), spend the whole night awake (in prayer) and wake up his family.'' [Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

«كان النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم إذا دخل العشر شد مئزره ، وأحيا ليله ، وأيقظ أهله» رواه البخاري ومسلم

And she said: ''Allah's Messenger (Peace be upon him) used to exert more (in worship) on the last ten than on other nights.'' [Reported by Muslim]

«كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم يجتهد في العشر الأواخر، ما لا يجتهد في غيره»رواه مسلم

Have We Estimated Allah Correctly?

The opportunity of Laylatul Qadr is coming in the next few days. Life is about people that take advantage of their opportunities to win the love of Allah, and this is indeed one of those chances. Abu Dah Daah was one of those who found an opportunity and won that which is greater than the heavens and the earth. An adult companion of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) cultivated his garden next to the property of an orphan. The orphan claimed that a specific palm tree was on his property and thus belonged to him. The companion rejected the claim and off to the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) went the orphan boy to complain. With his justness, the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) measured the two gardens and found that the palm tree did indeed belong to the companion. The orphan erupted crying. Seeing this, the Prophet (Peace be upon him) offered the companion, ''would you give him the palm tree and to you is a palm tree in Jannah?'' However, the companion in his disbelief that an orphan would complain to the Prophet (Peace be upon him) missed the opportunity and went away angry.

But someone else saw the opportunity, Abu Dah Daah (may Allah be pleased with him). He went to the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and asked, ''Ya Rasul Allah, if I buy the tree from him and give it to the orphan shall I have that tree in Jannah?'' The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) replied, ''Yes.''

Abu Dah Daah chased after the companion and asked, ''Would you sell that tree to me for my entire garden?'' The companion answered, ''Take it for there is no good in a tree that I was complained to the Prophet about.''

Immediately, Abu Dah Daah went home and found his wife and children playing in the garden. ''Leave the garden!'' shouted Abu Dah Daah, ''we've sold it to Allah! We've sold it to Allah!'' Some of his children had dates in their hand and he snatched the dates from them and threw them back into the garden. ''We've sold it to Allah!''

What did Abu Dah Daah lose? Dates? Bushes? Dirt? What did he gain? He gained a Jannah whose expanse is the heavens and the earth.

Abu Dah Daah did not miss his opportunity, and I pray to Allah that we do not miss our opportunity of standing to Allah on Laylatul Qadr.

Dear brothers and sisters, we do not obey, worship and revere Allah in a way befitting of His Majesty.

Allah revealed:

''They made not a just estimate of Allah such as is due to Him. And on the Day of Resurrection the whole of the earth will be grasped by His Hand and the heavens will be rolled up in His Right Hand. Glorified is He, and High is He above all that they associate as partners with Him!'' [Az-Zumur 39:67]

{وَمَا قَدَرُوا۟ ٱللَّـهَ حَقَّ قَدْرِهِۦ وَٱلْأَرْضُ جَمِيعًا قَبْضَتُهُۥ يَوْمَ ٱلْقِيَـٰمَةِ وَٱلسَّمَـٰوَٰتُ مَطْوِيَّـٰتٌۢ بِيَمِينِهِۦ ۚ سُبْحَـٰنَهُۥ وَتَعَـٰلَىٰ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ} الزمر: 67

Transliteration: Wama qadaroo Allaha haqqa qadrihi waalardu jameeAAan qabdatuhu yawma alqiyamati waalssamawatu matwiyyatun biyameenihi subhanahu wataAAala AAamma yushrikoona

Everything that we have belongs to Allah. When someone dies we say, Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un; Indeed to Allah we belong and indeed to Him we shall return. This is not a supplication just for when a soul is lost. It is a supplication for every calamity that befalls a believer, even if his sandal were to tear. Why? Because everything belongs to Allah and everything shall come back to him. Sit and try to count the blessings Allah has bestowed upon you. Have you ever tried to count stars?

''And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the Blessings of Allah, never will you be able to count them. Verily! Man is indeed an extreme wrong-doer, - a disbeliever (an extreme ingrate, denies Allah's Blessings by disbelief, and by worshipping others besides Allah, and by disobeying Allah and His Prophet Muhammad SAW).'' [Ibrahim 14:34]

{وَءَاتَىٰكُم مِّن كُلِّ مَا سَأَلْتُمُوهُ ۚ وَإِن تَعُدُّوا۟ نِعْمَتَ ٱللَّـهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَآ ۗ إِنَّ ٱلْإِنسَـٰنَ لَظَلُومٌ كَفَّارٌ} إبراهيم: 34

Transliteration: Waatakum min kulli ma saaltumoohu wain taAAuddoo niAAmata Allahi la tuhsooha inna alinsana lathaloomun kaffarun

We have not understood the weight of this Quran that we rest on our high shelves, this Noble book that was sent to give life to the dead. For even if our hearts were as solid as rock they would have crumbled to the ground in fear and hope of Allah's punishment and Mercy. Could it be that our hearts are harder than that mountain?

''Had We sent down this Quran on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rending asunder by the fear of Allah...'' [Al-Hashr 59:21]

{لَوْ أَنزَلْنَا هَـٰذَا ٱلْقُرْءَانَ عَلَىٰ جَبَلٍ لَّرَأَيْتَهُۥ خَـٰشِعًا مُّتَصَدِّعًا مِّنْ خَشْيَةِ ٱللَّـهِ} الحشر: 21

Transliteration: Law anzalna hatha alqurana AAala jabalin laraaytahu khashiAAan mutasaddiAAan min khashyati Allahi

Dear brothers and sisters, as you fill the Masajid for Qiyamul Layl in the last ten nights of Ramadan, remember what Allah wants you to know:

''Know that Allah is Severe in punishment and that Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.'' [Al-Ma'idah 5:98]

{ٱعْلَمُوٓا۟ أَنَّ ٱللَّـهَ شَدِيدُ ٱلْعِقَابِ وَأَنَّ ٱللَّـهَ غَفُورٌ رَّحِيمٌ} المائدة: 98

Transliteration: IAAlamoo anna Allaha shadeedu alAAiqabi waanna Allaha ghafoorun raheemun

There shall be a night, some night in your life that you shall awaken in Jannah or Hell fire. Anas ibn Malik, on his deathbed, prayed to Allah, ''O Allah, protect from a night whose morning brings a journey to hell fire.'' Think about that morning.

Peace shall descend on Laylatul Qadr until the dawn. It may be that you shall leave the Masjid after Fajr one day soon forgiven by Allah, Glorious and Most High.


Source:http://fastramadan.com/laylat_alqadr.php
With little modification

 

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