The Night Blessed

The Night Blessed

This night is great because Allah has preferred it for the revelation of the Quran

We revealed it (the Quran) on the night of power. Would that you knew what the night of power is like. Better is the night of power than a thousand months. On that night the angels and the spirit descend by their lord’s permission, with all his decrees. That night is peace, till the break of dawn” (97:1-5)

This surah talks about the promised great night, marked with bliss and devotion. It is the night which pronounced the inception of the revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W), an event exceptional in the history of mankind for its significance it has for the life of mankind as a whole. Its greatness is far beyond human realization.

The night of power is the night of spiritual bliss. Another significant aspect related to this night is that in it every decreed matter is exuded as mentioned in the Holy Qur’an: “We sent it down during a Blessed Night for We (ever) wish to warn (against Evil). In the (night) is made distinct every affair of wisdom. By command, from Our Presence. For We (ever) send (revelations), As Mercy from thy Lord: for He hears and knows (all things)” (44:3-6). Such an occasion is one on which divine Wisdom places before us, through Revelation, the solution of spiritual problems of the highest import to mankind. 

This night is equivalent to thousand nights. The point being to understand man God relationship and how God or Allah makes us to aware that this night is so meaningful, decisive that human beings cannot comprehend so easily. Allah without any hesitation asks us to come close to Him, or talk in the hearts of your hearts I am going to fulfill your needs whatever they are. Allah signifies openly that all creations will be forgiven and their sins will be washed away so that they will look as clear as crystal. But at the same time Allah tells us you have to keep faith.  Anas relates that once in the month of Ramadan, the Holy Prophet (S.A.W) observed: “A month has come upon you people in which there is one night which is better than a thousand months. The person who misses offering devotions in the course of this night deprives himself of all the bliss. And only that person remains deprived of the Grace and Blessings of this month who really deserves deprivation” (Ibn Majah). Abu Hurairah narrates that the Prophet said: “Whoever spends the night of Lailatul Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, will be forgiven his previous sins”

It is the glorious occurrence of the revelation of the Quran and the assigning of the message to the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). It is also the magnificent and the most valuable of all events which the universe has witnessed. This night is great because Allah has preferred it for the revelation of the Quran, so that its light may disseminate throughout the universe, and divine peace may disseminate in human life conscience. This night is great because of which Quran incorporates: an ideology, a basis for values and standards and a comprehensive code of moral and social behavior, all of which promote peace within the human soul and in the world. This night is great because of the descent of the angels, and Jibrial (A.S) in particular, by their Lord’s permission carrying the Qur’an which was sent on that very night. We, the believers of Islam, are commanded not to forget or neglect this event. The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) has taught us an easy and enjoyable way to commemorate that night, so that our souls may always be in close affinity with it and with the universal event which took place in it. He has urged us to spend the night of each year in devotion. He said,  “He who spends the night of power in worship, with a pure motive of faith and devotion, will have all his past sins forgiven” Let’s hope we seek the blessings of this night. Aameen.

 

Author is a Contractual Lecturer in the Department of Islamic Studies at Govt. Women’s College, M.A Road, Srinagar.