Lailatul Qadr (Night of Power) – 27th of Ramadhan

There is night in the month of Ramadhan which is better than a thousand months (83 years, 4 months). This night is called Laitatul Qadr.

According to Hadith, this night occurs during the last ten days of Ramadhan on one of the odd numbered nights. Usually it is celebrated on the 27th night of this holy month. It is a night of great importance and enormous blessings for Muslims.

A night such as Lailatul Qadr was not granted to any religious community (Ummah) before Muslims. Only the Ummah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) were favoured with a night of huge reward. Once reason, it  was granted, was to enable Muslims to equal the worship of any people who lived before us. In the distant past it is said that people lived very long lives of hundreds of years. We, today, live much shorter lives. And so Allah gave us Laitatul Qadr to enable us to do as much worship as a man who lived even hundreds of years longer. If in a lifetime, you only worshipped on Lailatul Qadr ten times, you would have equaled in those ten nights 833 years of worship.

Signs of Laitul Qadr

  • There are some signs that reveal which night is Laitatul Qadr.
  • The night will be peaceful, neither hot nor cold, with a clear moon shinning but with no rays.
  • There will be no shooting stars in the night
  • At sunrise the sun will rise as just a disc without and radiant beams of light.
  • One companion of the Prophet reported that on Laitatul Qadr he tasted sea water and it was sweet. Continue reading
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Important Dates in the Islamic Calendar

Muharram

– 1st Islamic New Year.

– 10th Ashura. ( 61AH ) The incident of Karbala.

Safar

– 10th ( 37AH ) Battle of Safeen.

– 17th Death of Imam Ali Musa Raza.

– 27th ( 589AH ) Death of Salahuddin Ayubi. Continue reading

Layla Nisf Sha‘ban – The Middle Night of Sha‘ban

The aim of this paper is to show that the middle night of Sha‘bān is an important night in the Islamic calendar. Unfortunately, there are many Muslims – of the Salafi/Wahhabī orientation – that argue that there is no evidence to suggest the religious significance of this night. They declare the worship associated with this night as a reprehensible innovation (bid’a). As the article will show, such an opinion stems from ignorance and neglect.

Introduction.

The fifteenth night of Sha‘bān is an important night in the Islamic calendar. In Arabic, this night is called ‘Layla Nisf Sha‘bān’, meaning the ‘middle night of Sha‘bān.’ It is also called Layla (or Shabe, Persian for ‘night’) Barā’at, which means ‘the night of immunity’. The night is so called because Allāh offers immunity from the fire of Hell for those who repent to Him sincerely on this night. From the Qur’ān, sunna and sayings & actions of our pious predecessors, there is ample evidence to suggest that this a time of devotion and excessive worship. This article is merely a small reflection of the wealth of material available highlighting the significance of Layla Nisf Sha‘bān.

Evidence from the Holy Qur’ān.

Allāh says in the Qur’ān: Hā-Mīm. By the manifest Book. Verily We sent it down on a blessed night; verily We are ever warning. Therein that night, every matter of ordainment is decreed. (44: 1-3).

Imām al-Qurtubī writes in his Tafsīr that the ‘blessed night’ being referred to in this verse is Layla al-Qadr. This is the opinion which most scholars allude to, include the Companion Ibn Abbās (may Allāh be pleased with him). However, Imām al-Qurtubī also accepts that some scholars believe it is referring to Layla Nisf Sha‘bān.1 Ikrama, for example, believes that the night in this verse is Layla Nisf Sha‘bān, the night when all decisions are decreed for the following year. Continue reading

Ashura – 10th of Muharram

The Day of Great Signs of Allah’s Power and Glory

By Allama Muhammad Shahid Raza (M.A)

Head Imam, The Islamic Centre, Leicester

Ashura day is the 10th day or Muharram (the first month of the Islamic calendar). Since the beginning of this world, Ashura day has been a very important day. On this day great signs of Allah’s power and glory have appeared in the world. On this day many Prophets were born and they were instituted to the office of prophecy. On this day, Prophets, Saints and Sincere servants of Allah were blessed with miracles and spiritual powers.
On Ashura Day the following have taken place:

1. Repentance of Prophet Adam (Allah’s blessing be upon him) was accepted by Allah

2. The ship of Prophet Nuh (Noah) (Allah’s blessing be upon him) came to rest on a mountain called Al-Judi.

3. Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) was born on this day.

4. He got the title Khalil-ullah (friend of Allah) on this day.

5. The fire in which Prophet Ibrahim (Allah’s blessings be upon him) was thrown by the kingNamrud become cool and means of safety for Prophet Ibrahim, by the order of Allah.

6. Allah delivered Prophet Ayub (Job) (Allah’s blessings be upon him) from distress and he was restored to prosperity.

7. By the Grace of Allah, Prophet Yunas (Jonah) (Allah’s blessings be upon him), after being swallowed by a huge fish (whale) for forty days, was casted out on the shore. Continue reading

8th Month in the Islamic Calendar : Shabaan

Shabaan is the 8th month of the Islamic calendar and the month in which the holy night of Shab-e-Baraat is celebrated.

Laylat al-Bara’ah – Night of Salvation 

The 15th night of Shabaan is a very blessed night. According to the Hadith  Shareef, the name of this Mubarak night is “Nisf Shabaan” which means 15th night of Shabaan. The reason for this special night to attain its name of Laylat al-Bara’ah, meaning the Night of Salvation, Seeking Freedom from Azaab and Calamity, is that in this night the Barkaat and acceptance of repentance may be accomplished. Laylat al-Baraa’ah in Persian, as well as in Urdu, is called Shab-e Bara’at.

It is the special night of seeking forgiveness and repenting to Almighty Allah, remembering our past sins and sincerely settling the mind that one will never commits sins in the future. All the deeds that are against Shari’ah must be totally avoided so that our Du’a and Istighfaar, hopefully, will be accepted. Muslims should check themselves and A’la Hadrat, Imam Ahmad Rida Fadil e-Bareilly (radi Allahu ta’ala anhu) has given a beautiful advise in this regard. This great Imam said: “Verily the auspicious night of Shab-e-Bara’a is drawing near when the deeds of the slave will be presented to the  Almighty Allah. I humbly supplicate in the Darbar-e-Aqdas of the Almighty Allah that through the Wasila-e-Uzma of Sayyiduna Rasoolullah (Salla Allahu alaihi wa Sallam) He forgives the sins and transgressions of all Muslims. Aameen. Continue reading