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Home arrow Islamic Topics arrow Laila tul Qadr, Night which Changed the Course of Humanity

Laila tul Qadr, Night which Changed the Course of Humanity PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 September 2010

Laila tul Qadr is the night which changed the course of humanity and it is not just a night of Confession like Christians.

Once a year a dramatic change occurs in the Muslim community.  Once a year Icky baby and the Sam’ becomes Iqbal and Sameera.  Off come the baggy jeans, the Nike 180’s and the Raiders cap.  On come the yellow Shalwar Kameez (clothes most Pakistanis wear), the brylcreamed hairstyle which glues on that terribly uncool Towpee (cap) and in comes the miswak in the top pocket, making you look like something like “Karachi cops.

It’s during this HOLY month of Ramadan that we ditch the daytime raves and the frequent visit to the library (and we don’t mean for the reference section) and begin to act it out.  Icky baby becomes temporarily religious.

It’s a sort of spooky feeling.  The Mosques are full and you feel good.  Good cos’ you’ve done your bit for the year.  One by one you scratch the days from your Ramadan timetable that your dad brought back from the Mosque, the last Ten “Holy-Nights” come and go-and then-its Eid.

Once a year a dramatic change occurs in the Muslim community.  Once a year Icky baby and the Sam’ becomes Iqbal and Sameera.  Off come the baggy jeans, the Nike 180’s and the Raiders cap.  On come the yellow Shalwar Kameez (clothes most Pakistanis wear), the brylcreamed hairstyle which glues on that terribly uncool Towpee (cap) and in comes the miswak in the top pocket, making you look like something like “Karachi cops.

It’s during this HOLY month of Ramadan that we ditch the daytime raves and the frequent visit to the library (and we don’t mean for the reference section) and begin to act it out.  Icky baby becomes temporarily religious.

It’s a sort of spooky feeling.  The Mosques are full and you feel good.  Good cos’ you’ve done your bit for the year.  One by one you scratch the days from your Ramadan timetable that your dad brought back from the Mosque, the last Ten “Holy-Nights” come and go-and then-its Eid.

Alhamdulillah the “HOLY NIGHT” of Lailat ul Qadar, the night of power is again with us. Allah (SWT) says:

"We have indeed revealed it on the night of power. What will convey unto thee what the night of power is? Lailat ul Qadar is a night better than a thousand months." (Surah 97). 

Ibn Majah narrated that on Saiid reported that the Prophet (SAW) said: "On this month there is a night better than thousand months, whoever misses it, he misses all the good, no one misses the good except he who is at loss."

Knowing this we the Muslim Ummah flock to the mosques on this blessed night.  We pray, we recite the Qur'an, and we remember Allah (swt) in the hope that we might seek His pleasure and increase our taqwa.

But the questions we sometimes forget to ask are: "Why is it called the night of power?" and "What is the significance of this night, not just for Muslims, but all of mankind?"

Laila tul Qadr is the night which changed the course of humanity and is not just a night of Confession for us contrary to the Christians. The night Allah (swt) sent His final message and guidance to mankind. On this night the Qur'an was sent down as Al-Furqan, a clear criterion between what is right and wrong. Not only was it sent so that we might take it out in Ramadhan and recite it beautifully, but more importantly to guide us as Muslims, as servants of Allah (swt), in our every action, both as individuals and as a Ummah.

Sadly today although Muslims do respect the Qur'an and recite it, BUT we do not implement it, nor practice it as Allah (swt) ordered us to.  For more than 86 years we have judged and ruled by other than which Allah (swt) has revealed.

قال : {وَمَنْ لَمْ يَحْكُمْ بِمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ الْكَافِرُونَ}. ( المائدة44) . وقال : { وَم َنْ لَمْ يَحْكُمْ بِمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ الظَّالِمُون}.َ( المائدة 45).

وقال {وَمَنْ لَمْ يَحْكُمْ بِمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ فَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ الْفَاسِقُونَ}.(المائدة47)  

For over 86 years Muslims have taken laws and rules from Kufr sources, not from the Qur'an and Sunnah.  For over 86 years we have been without Khilafah, the Islamic State, without a Khalifah, an Imam to implement the laws of Allah (swt) according to the QURAAN and Sunnah.

The Izza (dignity) of the Quran has reached such a low level that one would easily find a Muslim being reprimanded for the Quran lying on the ground.  In contrast one would not be reprimanded for the laws and rules of Insan (Man-made-laws-Heighest Form of SHIRK). "Those who do not judge by what Allah has revealed, they are the kaffir." (TMQ 5:44)  Unfortunately the Muslim Ummah has been trained to view the Qur'an in a ritualistic and individualistic manner and not in the way the Kitab was implemented by the Prophet (SAW) and the khulafah after him.  We have reduced the Deen of Allah (swt) to personal Ibadat encompassing only Salat, Zakat, Sawm, and Hajj are neglectful of the ruling by Allah's commands in our Economic transactions, Social gatherings, Political Systems, Judicial System,  and dealing with the non-Muslims. Isn't IRONIC that we ONLY think of Islam restricted to ONE Hadith- 5 Pillars and while IGNORING the Whole Quraan and Millions and Millions Ahadith? There is Something DEAD Wrong with our understandings of Islam and Laila-Tul-Qadr.

Many Muslims are unaware that even the basic Ibadat of Islam like Salat and Zakat require a khalifaf to enforce them on Muslims who are neglectful of them.  We are unaware that 98% of the laws and the rules in the Qur'an cannot be implemented without an Islamic State, Khilafah.  And we are unaware that it is a Fard (obligation) on us to judge and rule by that which Allah has revealed in all of life's affairs and to establish these as a system. Imam Al-Khateeb narrated in his history and Imam Al-Khattabee narrated that Omar Ibn Al-Khattab (ra) said: By Allah, What Allah protects and prevents by the ruler is greater than what he will protect and prevents by the Quraan.. May Allah be pleased with him. [The hadith of Al-Khateeb is hadith number 14284 in Kunz ul Ummal by Al-Muttaqi Al-Hindi]

Allah Azza Wa Jaal describes this night as the Night of Power, better than a Thousand months because He (swt) sent us the Qur'an- Guidance for mankind as a Criteria for our action to be judged by-on this night.  On the day of judgment will we say, that we revered His message but did not put it into practice as if this Message is like another Philosophy for feeling good about it, has nothing to do with life affairs?

So we must Re-evaluate our thinking and understanding of Islam, Quraan and Laila-Tul-Qadr and work to change our surrounding (society) through an intellectual and a political struggle (3:104) wherever we may be whether in a Muslim land or a non-Muslim land to bring back the Message in its totality and practicality which was revealed in this Blessed-Night.

 

Few Questions and Food for a Thought?

>What have we done for Islam in terms of the practicality of the Quraan and Sunnah in as an individual and a nation (UMMAH)?

>What have we done for the Atrocities and Crimes done against the Muslims ummah-Falasteen, Chechniya, Kashmir, Afghanistan,  Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Sink-yang (china) aside from duas (sitting on our butts in a masjid coner) or giving away few pennies?

>What is the future of Islam and the Muslim Ummah and what are we doing about it?

>Where do we stand against the western Imperialism to colonize the whole Muslim World and decide for us what to believe and how to live?

>Where do we stand on the WAR against Islam and Muslims in the name of Terrorism and what are we doing about it?

Month of Ramadan was the month of Liberating Humanity out of Oppression, so what have we done in this month for the liberation of the Muslims Minds and their Lands and for humanity in general?

May Allah (swt) accept our efforts, Fastings, Duas, Sadaqat, and Prayers inshAllah.

So we must interact in  our surrounding (society) through an intellectual and a political struggle (3:104) wherever we may be whether in a Muslim land or a non-Muslim land to bring back the Message in its totality and practicality which was revealed in this Blessed-Month.

 

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