Friday Focus | Al-Qadr: the night of illuminating values

Al-Qadr, the night of illuminating values may fall on 23rd 25th 27th or other odd nights of last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan. It is the night of spiritual bliss.  It is defined to be better than a thousand months in Surah Al-Qadr of Holy Quran:

 ‘’We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power. And will explain to thee what Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than thousand Months. Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah’s permission on every errand. Peace! This until the rise of Moon! (30:97)

Surah Al-Qadr has five verses—mystical verses which transcendent time and space, it is a station of timelessness tuned to divine timing, where there is no past, present or future. Divine timing has no such bindings, which explains timelessness. Thousand Months is metaphorical, denoting timelessness. That is why it stands related that the ‘Message’ contained in Al-Quran was revealed on night of power, the night when knowledge was empowered with ‘Mother of Books’. Who can tell better than Allah, the Almighty how sublime and dignified the night was, when these illuminating values and principles were revealed. 

On the night assigned, angels along with the archangel Gabriel (A.S)—the Spirit of inspiration descend from heavens above on whatever the errand, they are assigned. The night is in fact the harbinger of era, which is destined to emerge with the revelation of Quran. The specialty of that era is that gradually the heavenly forces—the forces of nature and Divine Revelations would supplement one another.  The message’ of Quran is message of peace, as indeed Al-Quran is the very embodiment of peace. The peace that endows the soul and dissipates the darkness within, a sense of peace and security arises in the soul, and the glorious Day of new spiritual world dawns, where everything will be on a different plane. It transforms the conflict of wrong-doing into peace and harmony—through the agency of angelic host, representing the spiritual powers of the Mercy of Allah.