LAYLATUL QADR: THE NIGHT OF POWER! =================================== Laylatul Qadr is the crowning glory of the holy month of Ramadhan. It is associated with the sending down of the Qur’an Majeed, the last Book of Allah on His last Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam ) for the guidance of mankind. THE QUR'AN DESCRIBES THIS NIGHT: “We have indeed revealed this (message) in the Night of Power: And what will explain to you what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down the Angels and the Spirit (Jibraeel) by Allah’s permission, on every errand: Peace! This until the rise of Morn!” [Qur'an: 97] Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam ) said: “Verily this month has come to you; and therein is a night which is better than a thousand Months. Whosoever is deprived of it, is deprived of all good; and none is deprived of its good except a totally unfortunate person." [Ibn Majah] “Whosoever stands up (in prayer) at the Night of Power out of faith and hopeful of reward, all his past sins will be forgiven.” [Targhib] BETTER THAN A THOUSAND MONTHS: "A thousand months are equivalent to 83 years and 4 months. Fortunate is the person who spends this night in prayer. The man or woman, who prays for the whole night during this Night, will deserve blessings and reward for the period as if he or she had been praying for eighty three years and four months consecutively. Since the Night of Power is better than one thousand months no one can actually measure the extent as to how much better it is." EXCLUSIVE: The Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam ) said: “Laylatul Qadr has been bestowed by Allah to my Ummah (People). It was not given to any people before this.” Dur-Mansoor] "Seek it in Ramadan in the last ten nights. For verily, it is during the odd nights, the twenty-first, or the twenty-third, or the twenty-fifth, or the twenty-seventh, or the twenty-ninth, or during the last night." [Sahih Hadith Ahmad] Aisha (ra) Narrated: I asked: "O Messenger of Allah! Tell me if I were to find a Night of Power, what should I recite therein?” Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam ) advised her to recite: "Allahumma Innaka ‘affuwun tuhibbul-’af wafa-fu ‘anne." "O Allah! You are Forgiving, You love forgiveness, so forgive me." [Bukhari] * Among the signs of this night is that it is a serene, quiet, shining night, neither hot, nor cold but temperate as if a moon is shining clear, and no meteors are shot at the "Shayateen" on that night; it lasts until the break of the dawn. Another sign is that at morning, the Sun rises without any radiant beams of light, appearing rather like the moon in it's fullness. On that day, Allah prohibits the "Shayateen" from rising up with the Sun.