Allah Ta’ala’s love for His Prophet
Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam) is clearly
evident and manifest in many Ayaat (verses) of the Qur`aan Shareef.
Additionally, whilst other Ambiyaa (Alayhimus Salaam) were gifted
with exclusive titles, it was Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi
wa-Sallam) alone, whose title was “Habibullah”
(The Beloved of Allah).
Due to this
Divine love for Sayyidina Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi
wa-Sallam), his Ummah is recipient to special mercy, blessings and
favours from Allah Ta’ala. It is only due to our connection
and association with Nabi-e-Akram (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi
wa-Sallam) that Allah Ta’ala has honoured us above all people.
privileges, one Divine Mark of Distinction that has been granted
to us, is the great privilege of being “Ummate
Marhooma” – The Ummah upon whom Mercy
of this noble title, “Ummate Marhooma” is that
forgiveness is secured and mercy is attained through our sicknesses,
our hardships and other tribulations; through the Eesale Sawaab
that people convey to us after our demise, and through blessed days
and nights such as are found in Ramadaan, and other special days
and nights outside Ramadaan (The first 10 nights and days of Zul
Hijjah, the nights of Eid, the 10th of Muharram, etc.), whereby
we can easily gain forgiveness.
The most special
and most blessed of all nights is the Night of “QADR”.
Laylatul Qadr is a night singled out by Allah Ta’ala, who
granted it such magnificent virtues and such greatness that surpasses
all other nights. The fact that Allah Ta’ala has gifted this
Ummah, with this one night – year in and year out –
highlights again the Divine mercy that is extended to this Ummah,
as well as the Graciousness and Kindness of Allah Ta’ala in
giving us opportunities to secure far more in rewards.
It is mentioned
in Tafseer that one meaning of the word “Qadr” is “greatness,
honour, dignity” and this is what the night of Qadr is
– a night of greatness. It is also stated that the night is
called so, because a person becomes a person of honour and dignity
on account of his (or her) sincere repentance, and the noble deeds,
prayers and supplications engaged in during this night. Rasulullah
(Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa-Sallam) said : “Whoever
stands in prayer and worship on the night of Qadr, with complete
faith and with sincere hope of gaining reward, all his previous
sins are forgiven.”
also means “pre-destination” and we find that this is
also a night where the destinies of people are assigned to respective
Angels in regard to life, death, sustenance, rain, and so forth
– all of which will come to pass for the year that will follow.
the different narrations, it becomes clear that the Night of Qadr
should be sought in the last 10 nights of Ramadaan, specifically
the odd nights. Its greatness and merit is described in the Speech
of Allah Ta’ala, wherein it is stated that worship in this
night surpasses the worship of 1000 months. Worship includes Salaah,
Tilawah (recitation) of the Qur`aan Shareef, Zikrullah, Dua, etc.
The night is
also a night for sincere repentance as attested by a narration,
wherein Hazrat Ayesha (RA) had asked Rasulullah (Sallallaahu
‘alayhi wa-Sallam) what prayer she should engage in if she
finds Laylatul Qadr and Rasulullah (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi
wa-Sallam) advised her the following dua: “O Allah,
very You are Oft-Pardoning, You love to Pardon, so do pardon me.”
‘alayhi wa-Sallam) said : “A month has verily dawned
over you wherein lies a night better than a thousand months. Whoever
misses such a night has indeed been deprived of all that is good;
and none is deprived of it, except he who is really unfortunate.”
May Allah Ta’ala
grant us appreciation of these beautiful opportunities, and grant
us the experience and rewards of Laylatul Qadr.
It is not possible
to do justice to a discussion of Laylatul Qadr but an excellent
and detailed exposition is found in the book “Fazaa`il-e-Ramadaan”
by Shaykhul Hadeeth, Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya (Rahmatullah
which offers tremendous inspiration, motivation and encouragement.