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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Reflecting a little deeper on Laylatul Qadr

Take a moment....
Take a moment to reflect a little deeper on Laylatul Qadr (the Night of Power). The importance of this night is a direct result of the revelation of the Qur'an. This brings the blessings (it is a Blessed Night), Power, and eventually spiritual enlightenment.

We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power: -(Holy Qur'an 97:1)
By the Book that makes things clear; We sent it down during a Blessed Night: for, verily, We have always been warning [man]... -(Holy Qur'an 44:1-3)

So, the revelation came in the night...Night is significant because in the day or in the light, there is no need for spiritual enlightenment. Revelation came in the night because the people were in a time of ignorance.

In the Qur'an, Darkness/night is synonymous to ignorance/spiritual misunderstanding. And light is synonymous to spiritual understanding/revelation.

The revelation of the Qur’an, symbolized by that "blessed night" of its beginning, provides man with a standard in which to distinguish between good and evil, or "between all that leads to spiritual growth through an ever-deepening realization (ma’rifah) of God’s existence, on the one hand, and all that results in spiritual blindness and self-destruction, on the other." The magnatude of revelation and spirutal guidance upon man is as the magnitude between life and death!

Take another moment....
Take another moment to reflect a little deeper.
Verily, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the succession of night and day, there are indeed messages for all who are endowed with insight, -(Holy Qur'an 3:190)

From the language of Imam W. D. Mohammed, the beginning of Man's creation is synonymous to the beginning of man's spiritual understanding and the beginning of revelation. Just as the night is brought to day by the light of the sun...Man's dawning (fajr) is only reached by the Light/revelation of Allah (swt).
"The night of power has more to do with the hunger in the soul for understanding, the hunger in the intellect for perception, than anything else." -Imam W. D. Mohammed

So, in odd nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan, we strive and search for the Night of Power. But what are we searching for? We are searching for spiritual understanding. Just as the Prophet Muhammad (saw) retreated to the cave of Hira' in the Jabal An-Nour (Mountain of Light) for PEACE from the world....we find ourselves in a peaceful night striving for the Mercy of Allah.... attempting to come close to the struggle for spiritual enlightenment.... just like our leader and best example, up until the fajr (dawning of spiritual enlightenment)!

Peace!...This until the rise of morn! -(Holy Qur'an 97:5)


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