The Night of Qadr – Seize the opportunity

Great opportunities in life do not present themselves always. So when an opportunity does arrive it is only sensible and intelligent to embrace the opportunity fully and reap its benefits.

Night of Power and Forgiveness

A massive opportunity

The Night of Qadr represents the sheer Power, Might and Forgiveness of Allah Ta’ala. It appears but once a year with the opportunity to earn forgiveness and a phenomenal reward of more than 80 years of dedicated worship to one’s Creator. Such an opportunity can only be regarded as a special bounty from a Most Loving and Generous Creator to His unworthy subjects. Allah Ta’ala gives without measure and is willing to forgive and bestow His choicest favours upon those who seek them.

This massive opportunity will avail itself in the odd nights of Ramadan and it is for all believers regardless of nationality, race or location. Despite the individual and collective proliferation of sin committed in the year, there is no obstacle on this night. Allah Ta’ala is prepared to forgive all and elevate a person towards His proximity. It should not be that we are engaged in frivolities, debates, arguments, hanging out or any other form of un-mindfulness that will deprive us of this tremendous opportunity. These are nights when we can free our souls from the grips of vice, and bring about a total change and reformation in our hearts. We can release ourselves from the misery of sin, free our hearts of hatred, malice, jealousy, pride, love for the world and all other contaminants that dirty the heart.

A life-changing experience

Missing out on the favours of this great night will be an immeasurable loss and a sign of ungratefulness to the mercy and favours of our most Kind Allah. For a few nights in our life let us change the pattern, and focus our attention to what could be a most rewarding and life-changing experience. After all, trends that are set in Ramadan are generally the trends that will remain with us after the month has passed. The ball is surely and firmly in our court and we will have none to blame but ourselves if we deprive our souls of the opportunity. If one obtains the blessings of the Night of Qadr and is emancipated from sin and the fire, then after Ramadan one will have gained the courage and strength to live life on the path of guidance and obedience to Allah Ta’ala.

Peace till dawn

Allah says, “Verily we have revealed the message in the Night of Power, and what will explain to you what the Night of Power is, the night of power is greater than a thousand months, in it descend the Angels and the Spirit (Angel Jibraeel) with the permission of their Creator with all decrees, peace it is till the rising of the dawn.” (Surah Qadr)

Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever prays during the Night of Qadr with faith and hoping for reward will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” (Bukhari)

We ask Allah Ta’ala to bless us with the bounty of Laylatul Qadr and emancipate us, our parents and the Ummah from the fire. Aameen.

Maulana Muhammad Ameer

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