It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Author: Issa Abbasi


Masjid at night

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Are you ready?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, how can you not be ready?
Yeah, I know it’s only September, but why should that matter?
It’s not the most wonderful time of the year because of the fall season and the foliage it brings us.
Nope, it’s the most wonderful time of year because your kids went back to school (or that you’re going back to school if you’re in school).
It’s definitely not the most wonderful time of the year because of football or college football bowl games.

Do you give up why it’s the most wonderful time of the year?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year because we have now embarked on the final ten (well, nine this year) nights of the glorious month of Ramadan.

These last ten nights, which occur in the last one third of the month of Ramadan, are a time for all of us to be removed from hellfire on the Day of Judgment and to simultaneously search out the Night of Power. In the glorious Quran, we all know the short surah or chapter about this night. We know it is “better than 1,000 months (of worshiping). We know from ahadith that this Night comes during the last ten nights of Ramadan, and should be especially sought out on the odd numbered nights. Some ahadith even say it is more likely to be the 27th night of Ramadan. In any event, are you ready if the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr) was tonight? That was the question that AlMaghrib founder Muhammad Al Shareef sent me in a post card earlier this week. I really thought his question over a few times on my way to taraweeh. Would I be ready if tonight (it was the 20th night) was Laylatul Qadr?

Don’t worry, this post will prepare you for preparing to observe Laylaltul Qadr in the last nights of Ramadan.

What is Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power)?
From islamonline.com (http://www.islamonline.net/english/introducingislam/Worship/Fasting/article08.shtml), a brief definition about what Laylatul Qadr really means:

The night itself has two meanings. First, it is the night during which destinies are decided. Muslims believe that the revelation of the Qur’an in this night is not merely the revelation of a book, but an event that will change the destiny of the entire world.
[Therein [that night] is decreed every matter of ordainments] (Surat Ad-Dukhan 44:4)
The other meaning is that this is a night of unique honor, dignity and glory, so much so that it is better than a thousand months. Muslims believe that it was such a blessed night that what was accomplished in it for the well-being of mankind had not been accomplished during a long period of human history.

What is an Itikaf?

Below, Muhammad Alshareef sent a post card around with some tips about what an itikaaf consists of.

I’tikaaf is to seclude oneself in the Masjid for the purpose of worshipping Allah. Rasul Allah, sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam, did it in Ramadan for the last 10 nights. Here are 5 quick tips:
1. I’tikaaf is, by definition, to be performed in the Masjid.
2. Leaving the Masjid breaks one’s I’tikaaf.
3. Don’t talk/entertain yourself. I’tikaaf is meant for worship.Do Not Exit
4. You can do I’tikaaf for any period of time, any time of the day.
5. In a year, when else will you dedicate time for Allah like this? Try it.
Bonus: If you can’t do it every day, try weekends or at least some days.

Importance of the Night of Power
The following was taken from http://www.crescentlife.com/spirituality/night_of_power.htm):
It was narrated by Abu Hurayra that Prophet said, “Anyone who stays awake for the Night Of Power with belief and for the pleasure of Allah, all his previous sins will be forgiven.”
(Bukhari and Muslim)

From the foregoing verses of the Qur’an and the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) I would like to mention to you the following:
The Night Of Power is better for you to live, to experience and to enjoy than one thousand months of your personal life. Even if you were to live one thousand months (83.3 years) with sincerity, dedication, and sacrifices and with good intentions and deeds, the Night Of Power is still far better for you to live and to enjoy.
The Revelation of the Qur’an started in the month of Ramadan and specifically on the Night Of Power. The Revelation of the Qur’an; a sign of Mercy, a guide and a blessing of Allah to mankind.
Anyone who is interested in finding the best guide, he/she should look into the teachings of the Qur’an.
The Night of Power is a night of blessings Allah has blessed this Night. Therefore whosoever is interested in receiving the blessings of Allah may look forward to the Night of Power.
Anyone who seeks the Night of Power and lives it, all his/her sin will be erased. This is, as if, he/she is, born again now free of all sin and mistakes.
I am sure every one of us would like to live a life free of sins an free of mistakes. Everyone would like to meet Allah on the Day of Judgment without sins. Every one of us would like to feel that he/she is reborn today. All of us wish to rejuvenate ourselves, and to start a new year with a fresh outlook and a fresh life. Every one of us wants to live a pure life and everyone wants to purify himself/herself without anguish or torment. The Night of Power is one of the best ways in which a person is to achieve all these ideals. For this reason may I suggest that you start looking for it, so you will be able to observe it and enjoy it.

As far as determining the Night of Power (Lailatul Qadr) is concerned, it has been reported to be during one of the odd numbered nights of the last ten days of Ramadan, i.e. 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th. It has been emphasized that it is most likely to be the 27th night. starry night

Signs of Laylatul Qadr:
1. The sun rises early in the morning without rays
2. Rain may fall either during the night or during the day of that night
3. During night the sky will be lightly foggy
4. The sky will be slightly lighted without reflections and without rays
5. The angels and Gabriel all descend down onto earth for many purposes

What you can do each night to achieve living this Night:
1. Recitation of the Our’an.         Reciting Quran
2. Prayers-Nafl after Taraweeh.
3. Remembrance of Allah or dhikr
4. Supplication or Du’a for you and for others (supplicating for your brother/sister who is not present is accepted inshaAllah)
5. Pondering and contemplating into the universe, the creation of the Heavens and the Earth: “…and they contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heaven and the earth….”(3:191)
6. Reading books of Hadeeth so as to enjoy the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)
7. Reading Tafseer of Qur’an
8. Giving charity to others if you can afford it
9. Trying to explain Islam, if you know something about it, to those next to you so they will benefit from you

My (short) Commentary
But how special is this night? Let’s put it this way, Allah (swt) in the Quran that the Night of Power is better than 1,000 months of worship.
“We have indeed revealed this (message) in the Night of Power. And what will explain to thee what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down the angels and the spirit by God’s permission, on every errand: Peace! This until the rise of Morn.” (97:1-5)
Better than 1,000 months of worship?! Can you imagine that? That’s 83.3 years of worshipping that this one night is better than! Think of the blessings in the month of Ramadan. Everything we do that is good is multiplied. We are giving a chance to experience an amazing night that is better than 83.3 years of worship. We have the opportunity through worship and dhikr (rememberance) of Allah (swt) to have all of our sins forgiven. I know, you’re probably thinking “man, I missed most of this month and its now squandered”, well guess what? It’s not too late. Hurry to the nearest masjid, even if you can make it for two nights the rest of Ramadan. Some of you have work, others have school to attend to. Trust me, I know, it will be tough. If you really can’t make it to be in the masjid overnight, do what you can at home or try to spend some time in the masjid after taraweeh before retreating home to rest. InshaAllah, if you can do this, who knows, Allah (swt) may in His power bestow you with the reward while allowing you to go home and rest for your next day at work or school.
To conclude, I ask you dear reader to trust me when I say that before we know it, next Saturday night will be upon us and we would have broken our fast and begun to celebrate the new lunar month of Shawwal and thus Eid. Ramadan would have ended and you might be able to only say “I wish I did more this Ramadan” or “I wish I tried more to seek Laylatul Qadr.” Time is flying by and it will not stop and wait for us to make sure we struggle in these last few days and nights to make sure we catch Laylatul Qadr.

If you want some more motivation, the following is a quote from a lecture by Imam Siraj Wahaj last month about the blessings of Laylatul Qadr.

“When the Night of Power comes and there are more angels on earth than pebbles, what will you be doing?”

May Allah (swt) bless everyone’s efforts to seek Laylatul Qadr this Ramadan and continually accept your fasting, salah, charity and good deeds.

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~ by Yousaf on September 11, 2009.

One Response to “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Author: Issa Abbasi”

  1. You know, it’s supposed to rain tomorrow too, but then there’s no rain in the forecast until Eid. hmm…

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