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Specifying Lailatul Qadr (The Night of Decree) And Its Signs

August 28, 2010

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم

Imaam Ahmad recorded from ‘Ubaadah bin As-Saamit that the Messenger of Allaah (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) said:

“The Night of Al-Qadr occurs during the last ten (nights). Whoever stands for them (in prayer) seeking their reward, then indeed Allaah will forgive his previous sins and his latter sins. It is an odd night: the ninth, or the seventh, or the fifth, or the third of the last night (of Radamaan).

The Messenger of Allaah (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) also said:

“Verily, the sign of the Night of Al-Qadr is that it is pure and glowing as if there were a bright, tranquil, calm moon during it. It is not cold, nor is it hot, and no shooting star is permitted until morning. Its sign is that the sun appears on the morning following it smooth having no rays on it, just like the moon on a full moon night. Shaytaan is not allowed to come out with it (the sun) on that day.” (Ahmad 5:324. It is a Mursal narration).

It has been reported that Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri said, “The Messenger of Allaah (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) performed I’tikaaf during the first ten nights of Ramadaan and we performed I’tikaaf with him. Then Jibreel came to him and said, ‘That which you are seeking is in front of you.’ So the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) performed I’tikaaf during the middle ten days of Ramadaan and we also performed I’tikaaf with him. Then Jibreel came to him and said, ‘That which you are seeking is ahead of you.’ So the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) stood up and gave a sermon on the morning of the twentieth of Ramadaan and he (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) said:

“Whoever performed I’tikaaf with me, let him come back (for I’tikaaf again), for verily I saw the Night of Al-Qadr, and I was caused to forget it, and indeed it is during the last ten (nights). It is during an odd night and I saw myself as if I were prostrating in mud and water.”

Source: Tafseer Ibn Kathir

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