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Fast 2 Fit #9: Laylatul Qadr
Search for the Laylatul Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan
In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Merciful
Ramadan is the month when Allah (SWT) first sent down Angel Gabriel to teach the Noble Quran to Prophet Mohammad (SAW). And the very first night when the first verses of the Holy Quran were revealed is called the night of Qadr, or Laylatul Qadr.
As to which night it is, growing up I learned from my Grandparents that it was the 27th night of Ramadan. However, there are various different Hadiths that imply, Laylatul Qadr occurs on one of the nights of the last 10 nights of Ramadan.
Narrated Aisha: Allah's Messenger (SAW) said, "Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan."
[Sahih al-Bukhari 2017 | https://sunnah.com/bukhari:2017]
Some Other Hadiths say, it is the odd nights in the last 10 nights of Ramadan, or Last 7 nights, or the 27th night. And yet another that says 17th, 21st or 23rd night of Ramadan.
In the Noble Quran, in Surah Al Qadr, Allah says
We sent it down on the Night of Glory.
What will explain to you what that Night of Glory is?
The Night of Glory is better than a thousand months;
On that night the angels and the Spirit* descend again and again with their Lord’s permission on every task;
[there is] peace that night until the break of dawn.
[Quran 97:1 - 97:5]
I remember learning early on that if you pray on this night in Ramadan, all your sins are forgiven. All your Dua’s are accepted by Allah (SWT). My grandma would rush us to the prayer mat, while she was reading her Taraweeh and Quran and would say - Ask Allah (SWT) for whatever you want. And I would pray to pass the exam, get better grades, be the class topper, become the Engineer, come to America. All of the vain, childish, earthly desires - That Allah (SWT) did fulfill the promise of.
Some I prayed whenever I wanted, with or without the Salah, and Allah (SWT) never failed me. This one time I was on an extremely long cross-country train journey from the south of India to the North. Eating boring train food, I wondered and actually said it out loud to my mom, wouldn’t it be nice if we get to eat some homemade Chicken Curry and Roti. And that is all. I said it and left it at that. And forgot about it. I was probably 23 years old at the time. We were going for a Ski Trip to the mountains up north, during the winter holidays at work and school. So a few hours later, our train stops at a station where my Aunt (mother’s sister) lived. We had told them before leaving that, this is the train we are on and headed towards Chandigarh. My Aunt had made phone calls to find the train timetable to know exactly when our train will get there. She came to the train station with her family, we met our cousins, talked to them, told them how excited we were heading for our first-ever trip to see the snow, and ski.
It was fun catching up with them, and it was time for our train to depart. So we said our Allah-Hafiz to my Aunt and the Cousins. And before they left. My Auntie handed over some properly packed food and water to us for the rest of the journey. She had packed us some food, Chicken Curry, and Roti - all homemade exactly as I wished for, And, No we had not told her to bring food. She was just inspired to do it. She felt like making us some food - Chicken Curry, and Roti at that. SubhanAllah. Alhamdolillah.
Why am I telling you this?
Why am I telling you this story in the middle of Ramadan? While talking about the night of Laylatul Qadr? I am not really sure. But I was inspired to tell this story. There was no way on earth, in the middle of a long train ride, I could have ever found home-made Curry Chicken and Roti. All I did was made the wish for it. And Allah (SWT), our creator and the creator of the universe have ways to make anything happen.
In Surah Al Baqarah Allah says
He is the Originator of the heavens and the earth, and when He decrees something, He says only, ‘Be,’ and it is.
Allah's (SWT) promise is that you ask Allah (SWT) for whatever it is you want with belief and faith and it will become true. Nothing is complicated and difficult for Allah (SWT). We make it complicated. We try to hustle and DO stuff. We forget the easy way. Allah (SWT) created the heavens and the Earth out of nothing. When Allah (SWT) wanted to create the heavens and the earth, He said “Be” and It was done.
It was further repeated in many other verses of the Quran how Allah makes everything happen Effortlessly. Yet we forget, and hustle, and hustle some more and want to make everything complicated.
What I really want you to take away from all of this in the end. And What I really want for you to realize is that – It is all so simple. It is indeed all so simple. Ask Allah (SWT) with Belief and Faith.
So, What is going to be your wish when you stand every night reading, understanding more of the Noble Quran, and praying to search for the night of Laylatul Qadr in the last 10 nights of Ramadan?
I ask you once again to try it out. Test your Belief. Try the easy way to fulfill your wish this Ramadan.
And Comment below and let me know sometime, what happened when you asked Allah (SWT) and believed that it will come true. Because All things are possible to Allah. If Allah can create something as complicated as the Universe, with Sun, Moon, Stars, Earth and All that is within it, just by saying “Be”. There is no doubt that Allah can fulfil your other small asks and prayers.
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