Friday, 11 September 2009
Here comes the last 10 nights of Ramadan
A reminder that the last 10 nights of Ramadan will start tonight In-Shaa-Allah (Friday after sunset) which is last night........
Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, used to spend the last 10 days in the mosque, and dedicate all his time to Allah in these blessed days
It may be difficult for most of us to do the same, but what we can do is spend as much time as we can in the masjid, Tarawih and as many as possible of the five daily prayers in congregation
More reading the Qur'an is important in these days, more du'aa, and more good deeds
They are the best nights of the year, and it's a great opportunity which we should all try to benefit from In-Shaa-Allah
May Allah accept our good deeds
We are now in the second half of this blessed month of Ramadan, and approaching a very special night, called (Laylat Al-Qadr) or the Night of Decree, a night of peace which God describes in The Qur'an as follows:
1- Indeed, We sent the Qur'an down during the Night of Decree
2- And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree?
3- The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.
4- The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter.
5- Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.
(The Qur'an, 97:1-5)
The exact night is unknown, but it's most likely one of the impair nights during the last 10 nights of Ramadan (the night before the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th. of Ramadan)
To be on the safe side, it's best to spend all ten nights in prayer, that way one won't miss it In-Shaa-Allah.
Are you ready to witness that special night?
You see, the day in the Islamic calendar begins at sundown instead of midnight. The last ten nights, especially the odd nights – the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and the 29th are the most auspicious nights of the month of Ramadan.
Muslims believe, according to what is in the Qur’an, that the first verses were sent down to the Prophet Muhammad in one of these (odd) nights. That night is called the Night of Power (Layl-at-al-Qadr).
We don’t know what date that night falls on but instead we are asked to search for it through worship. Some scholars believe that it is the 27th night, but that is their opinion and I personally don’t take that seriously.
The Qur’an says (in chapter 97), that worshiping in the Night of Power is better than worshiping for a thousand months (approx. 83 years and 4 months). And any act of worship performed in this night solely to please God will be accepted and all prayers will be answered.
Muslims are thus encouraged to to work harder in these nights than the rest of the year. Everybody does their part differently. Some stand in worship all night and some put more effort into reading the Qua’an but all ask and pray for their wants and desires to be fulfilled.
Mosques in the Saudi Arabia hold long prayers in the last ten nights of Ramadan. They usually start at 1:30 AM and finish at around 3:30 AM. With these extra prayers they also aim to complete the recitation of the Qur’an which began at the start of the month. I miss those days !
In India the nights are more quieter, as people prefer to worship privately in their homes. Except on the 27th, when every mosque in the country aims to finish the Qur’an that very night. The atmosphere is very festive in the mosque that night with lots of people and a ton of food ! And it lasts all night until dawn.
I try to avoid these kinds of festivities because I believe that all odd nights are supposed to be given equal attention. Who can guarantee that the Night of Power will fall only on the 27th ?
In North America though, it depends on which ethnic group forms the majority in a mosque or what the majority agrees on doing. And not everybody is able to stay up all night – there’s work and school in the morning to think of !
In Malaysia, the mosque are full of jemaah but sadly towards the end, the mosque in big city will start to decrease of jemaah. Why? Because most are travelling back to small town and villages where they originally came from and together reunite with family for the eid festival.
The completion of the Qur’an is an emotional moment everywhere. It’s coupled with prayers for the community and the world at large for security, stability, sympathy, harmony and kindness.