Lailat al-Qadr, the Night of Power, marks the night in which the Holy Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) by Allah. Although there are different reports in different traditions regarding the exact night, it is almost unanimous that the blessed night occurs in one of the last ten to twelve odd nights of the month of Ramadhaan. The Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims celebrate the night on the 23rd of the month (in 2011, falling on August 22), with many Jamats worldwide spending the whole night in prayer and supplication. The Holy Qur’an refers to the spiritual barakah this night offers in the following five verses of Surah al-Qadr:
1. We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power:
2. And what will explain to thee what the night of power is?
3. The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
4. Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah’s permission, on every errand:
5. Peace!…This until the rise of morn!” — 97:1-5
Lailat al-Qadr is also a good time to ask for forgiveness. A well-known tradition of the Prophet says: “Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards then all his past sins will be forgiven.” Bukhari Vol 1, Book 2:34.
Our first reading for Lailat al Qadr is reflective of the Holy Book, which His Highness the Aga Khan referred as an “Inexhaustible Well Spring of Inspiration” in a speech he delivered in London. To read excerpts from his speech, please click The Noble Qur’an.
Since Lailat al Qadr is also an occasion for repentance, the second piece by Khalil Andani – to be published on Sunday, August 21 – explains the significant practice of forgiveness among the Ismailis, with the discussion primary focusing on the act of seeking forgiveness from the Imam of the Time.
Source: Simerg Com