The Night better than 1000 Months—Laylatul Qadr
Laylatul Qadr is translated as the “Night of Power.” This night is superior than 1000 months and has been sent down as a gift to the Ummah of Rasulullah صلي الله عليه واله وسلم . It falls in the Month of Ramadan on one of the last odd days of the month ( 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, or 29th). Laylatul Qadr is the night that Allah had sent down the Holy Qur’an. To explain the significance of this night, HabibAllah صلي الله عليه واله وسلم , told his companions about four of the Bani Israel, Ayyub (Job) Alayhis Salaam, Zakaryya (Zacharias) Alayhis Salaam, Hizqil (Ezekiel) Alayhis Salaam, and Yusha ‘ibn Nun (Nun) Alayhis Salaam. He صلي الله عليه واله وسلم was explaining that these four worshipped Allah and faithfully served Him for eighty years. Within those 80 years, not a single moment, second, or even one blinking of the eye was not spent without obedience and service to Allah.
The Sahaba were amazed and bewildered at this; however, at that time Jibrael (Gabriel) Alayhis Salaam came down to Rasulullah صلي الله عليه واله وسلم and said, “Oh Muhammad, it seems to have come as a great surprise to you and your Companions, to learn that these individuals were devoted to worshipful service for eighty years, without disobeying Allah (Exalted is He) for one single twinkling of an eye in all of that time. So now, Allah has sent down to you something even better than that!” Jibrael Alayhis Salaam then recited Surah Al-Qadr (Surah 95) to the Messenger of Allah صلي الله عليه واله وسلم . Jibrael Alayhis Salaam then said, “This is even more excellent than that which you and your Sahaba (Companions) found so amazing.”
Also, on another occasion, Yahya ibn Najih said, “Once upon a time, among the Children of Israel (Bani Israil), there was a man who carried a weapon [justly and in defense] for one thousand months in the service of Allah’s cause (fi sabili llah), and not once in all of that time did he set his weapon aside. Allah’s Messenger صلي الله عليه واله وسلم mentioned this to his Companions, and they found the story quite amazing. So it was then that Allah sent down the revelation: “The Night of Power is better than a thousand months” (97:3) —meaning: ’better than those thousand months, during which that man bore a weapon in the service of Allah’s cause, and never once set his weapon aside.’
What a supreme blessing this night really is. All the reward of those years of worship and service to Allah, wrapped up and presented to the Ummah of HabibAllah صلي الله عليه وسلم in a single night. Subahan’Allah! We should try our best do more ibadat (worship) and make lots of du’a, especially in these last five nights of Ramadan, upon which any one night may lie Laytaul Qadr. One particular du’a is that of forgiveness which was taught to Bibi Ayesha. Bibi Ayesha رضي الله عنها was reported to have said, “I asked the Messenger of Allah: ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said: ‘Say: O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.”
اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
May Allah give us all the tawfiq to reap the benefits of this night. For surely we are in dire need of such barakah. Ameen.