I pray that we are here tonight for the pleasure of Allah .
For verily these are words and intentions and therefore it’s always essential
to orient our hearts, minds and souls to Allah . That’s number one. And number
two that Allah always gives us the resolve, the strength, the desire to be in
obedience and worship of Allah , for indeed the night of Qadr is
better than 1000 months as Allah teaches
us and Rasulullah teaches us when talked about lailatul qadr
Anyone who misses the good, virtues, blessings, reward that
are in it, hen such a person has indeed missed Allah. The person who
has been deprived of lailatul qadr has been deprived by the goodness of
lailatul qadr. Such is a true deprived one. This is the meaning of what
‘Anyone who is deprived of the good of this night is most likely a person who
is forsaken by Allah during this time’
Lailatul Qadrin Khairin min Alf ishahr
It is said that rasulullah, sahabah, taiboon have said, in accordance to
hadith through imam mujahid that in the early times of the early children of Israel. It was said to them, there was
a Muslim among them who for one thousand nights used to be spending the night
in qiyaam and ibadah non-stop until the morning. Most of the day he was in
jihad fee sabeelillah. For 1000 nights he lived like that. When the
companions heard that, it is said they were amazed. They thought: what can
they do? Allah gave the Ummah of Muhammad one night. And if they are in full
commitment in that night then that night is worth more than what that
righteous man accomplished.
It is also related through Imam Malik, it was made known to Rasulullah to see
the spans of life and age of many individuals and nations before him. And
some of those nations and people had long spans of life. So Rasulullah
compared to the span of life given to individuals of his ummah was relatively
short. He felt grieved in a sense that those early people had long spells of
life, during which they had the privilege and opportunity to be in ibadah of
Allah, more righteous deeds, righteous ibadah than the ummah of Muhammad.
Then Allah gave this ummah through Muhammad one night during which if one is
in ibadah, amal acts and works of obedience of Allah. Then that will be worth
more than 1000 months, something like more than 83
“Allah ordains what He will” He said in the Quran, master of time, space,
things physical, spiritual, moral, aphysical. He decrees what he will. What a
great rahmaa : one night… one night. Especially if
we become more aware of what it means to be obedient to Allah. What it means
to love Allah, and be loved by Allah. The special type of love, not the type
of love Allah has for everyone. His general love and rahmaa is for everyone
and everything, his special hubb, special hubb is for his ibaad. Those who
understand that know they can achieve in one night what some would achieve
through everyday ibadah during 83 years or more.
During this night says Allah , the malaaikah
descend, tanazallal malaikah. Special angels, more angels and Jibreel –
ar-rooh, to the lower dimensions of creation of Allah. With them more
barakah, love, compassion , mercy and rahmaa also
descend with them. Salamun heya hata matla al fajr. Peace it is indeed that
night, until the break of dawn. In other words that night is a night of
peace. All of it. Until the break of dawn. So has Allah decreed.
It is peace in every sense. Do we have the receptors to detect, feel that? Do
we have the hearts, quloob to feel that peace or not? Shaitan also has been
deprived from his actions and his influence on the ibaad that night. IT IS
ALL PEACE. Salamun heeya. Says Allah . Peace it is until the break of dawn.
When we know that. If we understand that, who would like to miss an instance
of that. Instant after instant, put together is worth more than 83 years of
ibadah… who wants to miss that. But there are some of us that miss that and
WANT to miss that. Because they simply don’t know out of ignorance, or don’t
have the information or hearts to understand and feel that info.
So like a child who knows he has something in his hands, a precious jewel but
he doesn’t know the worth of the jewel so he plays with it like he would play
with marbles. Anyone who is deprived of the good that is within it is THE
My dear brothers and sisters,
When is it? Is it tonight. Maybe. Is it tomorrow?
There are many texts that teach us about lailatul qadr. Each text tells us
what the narrator heard perhaps in answer to some questions. When we put all
that together from hadith that are very serious, it could even be first,
second, night of Ramadan, odd nights, even nights. Any time during Ramadan.
As a matter of a fact there is one opinion Imam hasan al basri? That it could
be in the entire year, but most likely during Ramadan. All of a Ramadan. And
it should be awaited for, most likely in last ten nights. And most likely odd
nights of the last 10. And of those odd nights, most likely the night of the
So the question is, those of us that started sawm on sat (when it was
impossible to sight the crescent, but ppl don’t know and followed what their
leaders told thme, it is they who will be held responsible…maybe their
ijtihad was wrong…) so the question comes when is lailatul qadr? For those
who started on sat, their 27th was last night. So when is it? The answer to
that according to what companions, taabioon taught is that, it’s all right.
It could be any night. Therefore be in ibadah, ijtihad every night of
Ramadan. If you truly are serious.
Rasulullah [saw ] ,you all know my dear brothers and
sisters, used to be in full itikaaf in the masjid to teach us and also during
his last noble year, he had itikaaf for 20 nights. That’s another indication.
And when he is in itikaaf the ibadah he used to perform regularly, those
nights he was in special ibadah, doesn’t sleep almost and in the masjid in
his itikaaf he was not in conversation only when it was necessary. He had a
special tent for himself where he enters alone. He goes out for salah and
goes back. In full focus in ibadah to Allah . And he was who he was.
For the person who is serious about this, are we as serious about so many
things? Of course, this depends on our extent of yaqeen. If someone is told,
work for me for 1 day and I’ll give you the wages for 83 years… how bout
60,000 dollars, the person would leave everything right: father, mother,
children, anything… because in that case there is yaqeen. He sees and he
hears and knows the person has and can do that.
But we who do not have yaqeen do not see with our hearts what Allah says to
us. We do not see with our hearts akhirah like rasulullah. We are not
interested, not AS interested.
So then perhaps as many ulema say, the hidden beauty
sirr that is here as to why rasulullah did not point out specifically,
equivocally to point out the exact night. As a matter of fact in one text he
was made to forget it. And according to some, they say it moves during
Ramadan during the last 10 nights. One year could be the 25th, the next 29th,
next 21st and so on.
So in what is remaining of tonight, and this is the
beginning of the night. May we re-orient our hearts and minds to this goal. Remember we have so many dhunoob, violations we have
committed, in violating the rights of others. Maybe tonight is the night. Let
us take it seriously and keep focusing, in ibadah. Focus in salah. Try to
bring your qalb in salah. Struggle to do that. Maybe if we struggle tonight,
just to be present in salah, maybe the gift of this night is that after that
it will be easier to focus in salah.
We never know what gift for Allah will be to the ibad. Maybe tonight, the
next day tomorrow I’ll end up to be a generous person when before I was a
miser. Maybe the barakah of this night, if I orient properly, maybe the gift
after that will be patience and before that I was an impatient person and it
was difficult for me to be patient. Or the gift could be to be quiet and
before that I used to speak in vain. We never know what the warid, spiritual gift on the heart will be for each one of
If we take that seriously, my dear brothers and sisters, let us ask Allah to
constantly help us with that. ALWAYS be in dua, always be in dua. Concentrate
on your dhikr. This is not the night, actually no
night is the night for superfluous thought.
This is the night. This could be THE night worth 83 years as rahmat to Allah.
Keep that focus, dua, dhikr, samt. And inside you should be concentrating on
Allah, and your acts. How will I face Allah? How did I do this year? Keep
going try that.
If we do that well, one night even. Well after that it will be always… that
could be one of the spiritual gifts that we will love to be alone khalwah in
spiritual solitude and alone with Allah. But it won’t come without struggle,
The nafs will always want to stop and do what it does habitually. When you
struggle against that, it’s rewarded by Allah . It
is easy for Allah make easy what we used to struggle for.