LAYLAT AL QADR

[Night of Power ]

 

The prevail concept is that the Laylat al-Qadr [also known as Shab-e-Qadr] Is the Night of Destiny, the Night of Decree or Night of Measures, Night of Power the label Muslim believe Quran was revealed on that night and they generally believe that revelation of the Qur'an occurred in two phases, with the first phrase being the revelation in its entirety on Laylat Al-Qadr and then the subsequent verse-by-verse revelation to the Prophet Muhammad by the angel Jibril Amin.

 

The sectarian also believe & say, there are so many different reports and no one can say exactly which night. But they just assume it is on the last ten nights of Ramadhaan and more probably in one of the last ten odd nights i.e. 2lst, 23rd, 25th 27th or 29th night. Now such ideology create  some question such as

 

1 Does the Quran really say as such ?

 

2 If it is special night to worship then why is it not allocated accurately since Allah indicate [3:7] everything is clear in related duty/obligation ?

 

3 Why so many contradictory narration is this because it is another made up job ?

 

However to find out what really is and what its actual function of that NIGHT I need to ponder on some verses and the chapter 97 which name under the QADR.

 

The Quran 17:1

Glorified (and Exalted) be He (Allah) [above all that (evil) they associate with Him] Who took His slave for a journey by night from Al-masjid-al-Haram  to Al-masjid-al-Aqsa, the neighbourhood whereof We have blessed, in order that We might show him of Our Ayat Sign . Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer .

 

The Quran 53 1-15

By the star when it goes down, . (1) Your companion has neither gone astray nor has erred. (2) Nor does he speak of desire. (3) It is only a Revelation revealed. (4) He has been taught  by one mighty in power (5) One free from any defect in body and mind, then he [Jibril ]rose and became stable. (6) While he [Jibril] was in the highest part of the horizon, (7) Then he [Jibril  approached and came closer, (8) And was at a distance of two bows' length or  nearer, (9) So (Allâh) revealed to His slave  whatever He revealed. (10) The (Prophet's) heart lied not in what he saw. (11) Will you then dispute with him about what he saw (12) And indeed he saw him [Jibril] at a second descent (13) Near Sidrat-ul-Muntaha (14) Near it is the Paradise of Abode. (15)

 

CHAPTER 97 AL-QADR

Indeed I have sent it down in the night of Al-Qadr [power]

And what [that] will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr [power ] is?

The night of Al-Qadr is better than a thousand months Therein descend the angels and the Rûh [Jibril] by Allâh's Permission with all command

There is Peace until the appearance of dawn.

 

Please note, it is very clear that the chapter 97 does not clearly mention about Al-Quran has been sent down on this night. And as we know the Arabic term in this verse “Hu” can be translated in English as “It” which could be refereeing to Al-Quran as well as something else. Also it did not mention it is in the month of Ramadan.

 

I am not denying that the Quran was revelled in the month of Ramadan and that could be something else it's not necessarily that this chapter is to link with that timing of the revelation.[Al- Quran]

 

If we read all verse which mention above carefully then we can easily see the chapter 97 the night of power is inter connected to MIRAJ. Also the first verse may be not talking about Quran it could be talking about Jibril Ameen been sent down. However this chapter Qadr is describing the communication which happened between Allah and His messenger.

 

And  the chapter does not provide any commandment  of obligation for believers, in-fact it is purely between Allah and His messenger. But it does informing us about the great Night. it also say it was peace /blessing till down. So that could be indicating that Prophet Muhammad [P] did receive the blessing and completed the miracle journey  before dawn.

 

Other point to be noted is that a thousand months are equivalent to 83 years and 4 months. Therefore it could be also an indication that Prophet Muhammad [P] life span was [83.4months]  and that night was better night of out every night he live in this world.

 

Since this is the night where he receive so much blessings and seen so much thing & sign/miracles from Allah which no man ever seen. Also we can understand like this, that this night is better then thousand month because all of the thing that happen on that night which not be able to be done on thousand months, another way of saying this is…the travel that made by prophet on that night which cannot be complete in thousand months

 

LASTLY

 

I also like to inform furthermore about that this whole issue, since it has high possibility that, this do fall in the category of 3:7 [mutashabihatun] therefore no one can be sure what is it actually mean, save Allah, so my understanding regarding night journey or sunni understanding regarding 27th Ramadan could be wrong all to gather.

 

But  I sincerely believe this chapter is nothing to do with what people say & do on the 27 night of Ramadan. They do such worship by thinking they will gain thousand years reward in one night, quick sort cut to Jannah yet they forget them verses which say the believers will be tested,  However I might me wrong relating it to Miraj. Anyway Allah knows best.