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All praises are due to Allah, who revealed the Qur’aan on a night that is better than a thousand months - the Night of Power. May the Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon his Noble Messenger who would tie his waistcloth, leave his family and exert himself in these chosen nights? May the Peace and Blessing of Allah be upon him, his family, his companions and all those who follow his way until the Hour.

 

Lailat ul-Qadr' or 'Night of Power'…is a very important occasion in the history of Islam and in our personal lives. Laylatul Qadr is the crowning glory of the sacred month of Ramadan. It is associated with the sending down of the Qur'an Majeed, the last Book of Allah to His last Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam), for the guidance of humanity. In Islamic history not only did Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) receive his first revelation that culminated in the Glorious Quran, but also this day marks the anniversary (or beginning) of his Prophethood on earth. Muslims all over the world spend this night in prayers as it holds special blessing for those in prayer.

 

The sayings or reports related of the noble companions about the Night of Power can be seen in the following sentences:

 

Abu Salama narrated: "Once I went to Abu Said al-Khudri and asked him, "Won’t you come with us to the date palm trees to have a talk?" So Abu Said replied, "Once Allah’s messenger performed Iktikaaf on the first 10 days of the month of Ramadan and we did the same with him. Gabriel came to him and said, "The night you are looking for is ahead of you." Therefore, the Prophet (salallahu a’lyhi wasalam) performed the Iktikaaf in the middle (second) 10 days of the month of Ramadhan and we too performed Iktikaaf with him. Gabriel came to him and said, "The night which you are looking for is ahead of you." On the morning of the 20th Ramadhan, the Prophet (salallahu a’lyhi wasalam) delivered a sermon saying: "Whoever has performed Iktikaaf with me should continue it. I have been shown the Night of ‘Qadr’, but have forgotten the date, but it is in the odd nights of the last 10 nights. I saw in my dream that I was prostrating in mud and water." In those days, the roof of the mosque was made of branches of date palm trees. At the same time, the sky was clear and no cloud visible, but suddenly a cloud came and it rained. The Prophet (salallahu a’lyhi wasalam) led us in the prayer and I saw the traces of mud on the forehead and the nose of Allah’s Apostle. So it was the confirmation of that dream." (al-Bukhari, Volume 1:777)

 

About the exact night of the laylatul Qadr, the followings sayings are reported of the Noble companions as recorded by at-Tabaree:(see: https://abdurrahman.org/2015/07/07/seeking-laylatul-qadr-in-the-last-ten-nights-of-ramadaan/)

 

at-Tabaree said: The Companions and those who followed them upon good differed concerning pinpointing the actual night of Laylatul-Qadr; and they differed in what they narrated from the Prophet -`alaihis-Salaam-to pinpoint it.

 

Ibn Mas`ood said: “It is the seventeenth night of Ramadaan”; and

 

`Alee, Ibn Mas`ood, and Zayd ibn Thaabit said: “It is the nineteenth night”; and

 

Some said: “It is the twenty-first (night)”, based upon the hadeeth of Aboo Sa`eed: that is also related from `Alee and Ibn Mas`ood.

 

Others said: “It is the twenty third night”, based upon the hadeeth of Ibn `Umar and Ibn `Abbaas; that is related from Ibn `Abbaas, `Aa·ishah, and Bilaal; and it was said by Makhool; and

 

Ibn `Abbaas and Bilaal said: “It is the twenty fourth night”; and this was the saying of al-Hasan [i.e. al-Basree] and Qataadah; and I think that those who said that were basing it upon his -`alaihis-Salaam- saying: << Seek it when seven remain >>, understanding that the seventh is the first of the seven remaining nights; and that is the twenty fourth night if the month is full [1] And `Alee, Ibn `Abbaas, Ubayy ibn Ka`b, and Mu`aawiyah said: “It is the twenty seventh night”;

 

[1] i.e. consisting of thirty days; as opposed to “short", when composed of twenty nine days.

 

And it is related from Ibn `Umar that he said: “It occurs within the whole of Ramadaan”;

 

`Abdullaahibn Buraydah related: from Mu`aawiyah: from the Prophet (صلى الله عليه و سلم) that he said: It is the last night.

 

Ayyoob said: from Aboo Qilaabah that it moves around throughout all the nights of the last ten.

 

 

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