Jumat, 25 Juli 2014

What does it mean Laylat Al-Qadr ??

The expression Laylat Al-Qadr actually means “The Night of Power” or “The Night of Decree”. This was the night on which the Quran started being revealed (over a time span of 23 years) from God the Almighty to His messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Allah says what means:

{Verily! We have sent it [the Quran] down on the Night of Decree (Laylat Al-Qadr). And what will make you know what the Night of Decree is? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. Therein descend the angels and the ruh [Gabriel] by Allah's Permission with all decrees. Peace… until the break of dawn.} (Al-Qadr 97:1-7) 

Ibn Kathir, a famous scholar who wrote one of the most famous interpretations of Quran commented on the phrase: (Therein descend the angels and the ruh):

“This means that the descending of the angels increases during this night, due to the vast amount of its blessings. And, the angels descend along with the descent of blessing and mercy, just as they descend during the time when the Quran is recited. They encompass the gatherings in which Allah is remembered and spread their wings for the true seeker of knowledge, showing respect for him.”

This night occurs only in Ramadan, since the Quran was revealed in it: {Verily, We have sent it [the Quran] down in the night of al-Qadr.} This means that its revelation from Allah to His prophet, Muhammad, began during that month.

Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

"The blessed month has come to you. Allah has made fasting during it obligatory upon you. During it, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of Hellfire are locked, and the devils are chained. There is a night [during this month], which is better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of its good is really deprived [of something great]. (Ahmad, An-Nasa'i and Al-Bayhaqi)

So, one who would miss LaylatAl-Qadr, is a very unfortunate person indeed! This is how and why the Night of Power should become so special for worshippers, who strive hard to meet its blessings.

credit : We are Muslim