Laylatul Qadr – The Night of Power

The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) addressed his companions on the last day of Sha`ban, saying, “Oh people! A great month has come over you; a blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a thousand months; month in which Allah has made it compulsory upon you to fast by day, and voluntary to pray by night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time. It is the month of patience, and the reward of patience is Heaven. It is the month of charity, and a month in which a believer’s sustenance is increased. Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast, shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all.”

[Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]

The Beloved Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) told the companions about four persons of the Bani Israel who had worshipped Allah for 80 years. They were the Honoured Ayuub, Zakarriyya , Hizqil and Yusha ibne Nun. The companions were amazed by this, and saddened that their short life spans did not permit such lengthy devotion, so the Angel Gabriel (عليه السلام) came to the Prophet    (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and said, “O Beloved of Allah, Allah has sent you something better than that.” Then he recited Sura Qadr. 

“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(Gabriel) by Allah’s permission, on every errand: Peace!… This until the rise of Morning!”


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