Is the Night of the 27th of Ramadan Special? – Ustadha Shehnaz Karim

* Originally Published on 30/06/2016

Ustadha Shehnaz answers the important question of whether or not the night of the 27th of Ramadan is special. She speaks of the meanings behind seeking out the Night of Power (Laylatul Qadr) .

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Preparing to Receive Laylatul Qadr -Ustadha Shehnaz Karim

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“A night worth 80 years in worship and 80 years in sins forgiven” – Laylatul Qadr

Be prepared to feel your heart swell with hope and tears well in your eyes with this stunning elucidation of Laylatul Qadr. What is it? When is it? What do they say about it? And perhaps most importantly, how do you and I beneficially capture it?All the essentials in this concise 25 min recording.Ustadh Amjad Tarsin is a brilliant young scholar, a teacher at SeekersHub and Muslim Chaplain at the University of Toronto.

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A Reader on Laylat al-Qadr (the Night of Power)

“Whoever prays on Laylat al-Qadr out of faith and sincerity, shall have all their past sins forgiven.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

Laylat al-Qadr
When Is Laylat al-Qadr?
Worship & Prayer on Laylat al-Qadr
The Night of Power (Laylat al-Qadr) & Reciting Qur’an
Which of the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan Isn’t Laylatul Qadr?
The Last Ten Nights of Ramadan
Spiritual Routines
The Aim, Purpose, and Consequence of Consistent Spiritual Routines
Sincere Repentance
What is Sincere Repentance?
Recitation of Qur’an
Ghazali on the Inner Manners of Qur’an Recital
Night Worship
How to Divide the Night in Portions for Worship
The Prayer of Dawud – How to Divide the Night for Sleep and Prayer
The Fiqh of Voluntary (Nafl) Prayers
Remembrance of Allah
Turning Towards the Truth Through Remembrance of Allah
Explanation of Prophetic Hadith: “Keep Your Tongue Moist With Remembrance of Allah” from Ibn Rajab’s Commentary on Nawawi’s 40 Hadith
Presence of Heart in Prayer
How Do I Attain Presence Of Heart In Prayer?
Illuminating The Heart with Prayer

Night of Destiny: 15th of Sha’ban or Laylatul Qadr?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan

Question: If we say 15th of shabaan is a night of destiny, and laylatul qadr is also a night if destiny, how do we understand the meaning of a night of destiny, and make sense of two nights?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and states.

Most scholars are of the opinion that the Night of Destiny is Laylatul Qadr. For example, Imam Nasafi and others mention that its very name “Qadr” actually means “Taqdir”, i.e., to decree. [Madarik al-Tanzil]

Allah Most High states, “The angels and the spirit [Jibril] descend in waves in it [Laylatul Qadr], by the permission of their Lord, with every matter.” [97:4]

He Most High also states, “Ha mim. By the clarifying book! Verily We revealed it in a blessed night. Lo, We are ever warning! In it is every decided matter made distinct [i.e, transcribed and delineated].” [44:1-4]

These verses indicate that decreed matters are clarified on that night, which the majority of exegetes hold to be Laylatul Qadr: i.e., the decrees of the upcoming year, until the following Laylatul Qadr, are made clear to the angels on that night.

However, if the opinion that the 15th of Sha’ban is also a Night of Destiny is given consideration, it can be reconciled with the above as follows: the angels begin transcription from the Preserved Tablet (Lawh Mahfuz) on the 15th of Sha’ban, and finish that task on Laylatul Qadr.

This opinion is mentioned by Imam Abu Suud, who adds that the task is split among the angels: livelihoods are written by Mika’il; wars, earthquakes and natural disasters are written by Jibril; deeds are written by Isma’il, the angel of the lowest heaven, who is an enormous angel; and personal trials and afflictions are written by the angel of death. Peace be upon them all. [Irshad al-Aql al-Salim. Note: Imam Abu Suud prefaces this opinion with “it is said”, which usually indicates weakness of the opinion]

And Allah knows best.

Checked & Approve by Faraz Rabbani

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