Layla tul Qadr — The Night of Destiny and Power
The Holy Quran was revealed on the 23rd night of Ramadan celebrated as Layla tul Qadr — the Night of Power when Angel Gabriel descended to deliver God’s message to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him:
Iqra, bi-ismi rabbika allathee khalaqKhalaqa al-insana min AAalaqIqra, warabbuka al-akramAllathee AAallama bil qalamAAallama al-insana ma lamyaAAlam
Read in the name of your Lord Who created.He created man from a clot.Read and your Lord is Most Honorable,Who taught (to write) with the penTaught man what he knew not.
Surat Al-Qadr – The Power, Quran 97 – سورة القدر
إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ ٱلْقَدْرِ
أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ ٱلْقَدْرِ وَمَآ
لَيْلَةُ ٱلْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ
تَنَزَّلُ ٱلْمَلاَئِكَةُ وَٱلرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِم مِّن كُلِّ أَمْرٍ
سَلاَمٌ هِيَ حَتَّىٰ مَطْلَعِ ٱلْفَجْرِ
For the last 1400 years, now over 1.5 billion Muslims throughout the world, the believers pay special attention to the esoteric (batin) matters by practicing the exoteric (zaher) fasting by refraining from dishonesty, stealing, unethical actions, and other activities that would lead one astray. A Momin’s (believer’s) life is a journey to become one with the Essence and her daily life is a mirror of her spiritual beauty. A Muslim lives a daily life of piety which includes practice of faith and taking care of life, that means, working for the family, earning and taking part in society whilst also maintaining a relationship with the Creator-on-high. So the tasbi (rosary) is in constant use to remember God and recall the link with the Spirit and Soul.
Sunnata man qad arsalna qablaka minrusulina wala tajidu lisunnatina tahweela
(This was Our) way with the messengers We sent before thee: thou wilt find no change in Our ways. — Quran 17:77
Audio Quran 17:77
The above Ayat is retold by Imam Hazrat Ali in his Khutbat Iftikhar so beautifully and powerfully!
I am the meaning of Ramadan and the night of Qadr (Quran 97:1-3) mentioned in the Mother Book. My utterance is decisive, for I am the Surah of Praise (Hamd). I am the purpose of prayer itself, whether at home or when travelling. I am the purpose of fasting, and the sacred anniversaries in the months of the year. I am the Lord of Resurrection and Judgement, the One who can remove the yoke that lies heavy on the people of Muhammad. I am the Gate through which all shall pass who worship God; I am His worshipper, and one created by Him. I am both the witness and the One witnessed to, the possessor of the green canopy, He Whose name is mentioned in the heavens and the earth, Who is the travelling companion of the Messenger of God throughout the heavens, for with Me is the Book and the sacred Arc.
Throughout the ages, God has referred to Hazrat Kidhr, (Khidr, Khizr, Khezr) the Green Man who is illusive but appears throughout the time and is described in all the scriptures, trying to show us the way and the esoteric meanings of our physical life. God has not left us without a guide on earth and Imam Hazrat Ali makes this declaration above quite vocally! Everyone knows the story of Moses and Kizhr in the Holy Quran and here I wanted to quote Professor Reza Shah-Kazemi’s speech on this subject which highlights the cardinal error made by man in glorifying himself and therefore committing the same mistake that Iblis made for which he was thrown out of favor with God. Many lessons to learn here, please read:
You may say that the surat al Qaf (No 18) is completely dominated by the theme of wilayah. The way Kidhr relates to Mousa, the answers he gives, the fact that wilayah is described in one of the verses as pertaining only to God and then talking about two men who possess gardens which are described.
I just want to talk about one of these subtle relationships as an intimation of the kind of thing that becomes accessible to us if we bear in mind some of the teachings of Imam Ali on the tawil and the hermeneutical approach to the Qur’an.
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