#30Days30Stories Day 21: Laylatul Qadr

 

By now you fully understand that Ramadan is the honeypot of Muslim blessings. What if I told you that even within this month, some days have more blessings than others? What if I told you that there is a night whose blessings far surpasses what you previously thought Ramadan had to offer? And in that night, destinies are rewritten, sins completed forgiven, sinners absolved and faces saved from the furnace of hellfire?

Laylatul Qadr is the night of decree. It is a period in the last ten days of the month of Ramadan in which angels descend from the heavens to join in the worship and praise of Allah. Ambitious Muslims who have hit the Ramadan slump are presented with a golden opportunity to reconnect with the spirit of Ramadan. The long hours spent standing up in prayers re-injects a sense of renewal into them. It carries into other acts of worship like zikr, reading of the Quran and heeding to the word of Allah.

This is a night which has an entire surah in the Quran dedicated to it. The prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was undoubtedly the most dedicated Muslim and he strived above and beyond to get closer to Allah. On one night while he stood up in prayers for a very long time, one of his wives asked why he stressed himself so much in worship when Allah had already forgiven him his sins. Muhammad (peace be upon him replied) “is a servant not going to show gratitude to his Lord”. Despite the lengths he went to in worship Allah in non-Ramadan nights, he still found extra drive within himself to increase his servitude to Allah during the last ten days of Ramadan.

The night of Laylatul Qadr comes once in every year and if you are favored enough to find the night while in any state of worship, Allah blesses you with the similitude of a 1000 months spent entirely in worship. That is 24 hours a day of fasting, praying, zikr, reading the Quran, abstaining from every sin whether major or minor and doing every other thing ordained by the Quran. Big deal huh? Allah truly is a bountiful God!!!

 

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