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Lailatul Qadr: Nights Hold Special Significance In Islam

By S. Arshad, New Age Islam

26 April 2022

Those Praying At Night Receive Greater Rewards From God

Main Points:

1.    A chapter in the holy Quran is named Al Layl (night)

2.    The hoy prophet pbuh ascended to the heavens on the Night of Ascension.

3.    The night prayers are stressed in the chapter Bani Israil.

4.    The Night of Glory (Lailatul Qadr) falls in the month of Ramadan.

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Islam enjoins on the Muslims to offer Salat (prayer) five times and do zikr (remembrance of God) and recite the Quran as much as they can. The Quran asks Muslims to do zikr day and night, morning and evening, that is during the waking hours.

But apart from this, the Quran lays special stress on prayers, dhikr and recitation of the Quran during the night. Prayers offered at night are more appreciated by God.

If we delve deep into the Quran and consider some important happenings in Islamic history, we will come to the conclusion that the night holds special significance in Islam.

The holy prophet pbuh ascended to the heaven in a blessed night. The night is called Shab -e-Meraj (The Night of Ascension). On that night, the holy prophet pbuh travelled to the seven heavens and was granted a meeting with God. It was the most important event in the Islamic history. This event happened at night.

Though, Namaz at night was not made obligatory to save the Muslims of the hardship but the Quran makes it clear that those spending a portion of night in prayers will receive greater rewards. Supplications made during the night are readily accepted. God says in surah Bani Israil verse 79:

"And some part of the night, awake for it is a largess for thee. It may be that thy Lord will raise thee to a praised estate."

The word "Fatahajjad" hints the prayer of Tahajjud that is offered at night.

In Surah Muzammil, God asks the prophet pbuh and through him all the Muslims to 'stand in the night' (Qumil layl), recite the Quran with tarteel (proper way of recitation) and utter His names. Here is the translation of some verses of surah Muzammil.

"O you wrapped in clothes (Muzammil)! Stand all night in prayer except a little, pray half the night, or a little less, or a little more and recite the Quran properly in a measured way. For, We wil soon send upon you a weighty revelation. Indeed worship in the night is more impactful and suitable for recitation, for during the day, you are over occupied with wordly duties."

The Night of Glory (Laylatul Qadr) falls in any odd night during the last ten days of Ramadan and is the most blessed night in Islamic calendar. The rewards for praying in this night is equal to those of thousand nights. A whole surah (Al Qadr) was revealed on the rewards and significance of this night.

"Indeed it is We who sent down this (Quran) on the night of glory. And what will make you realise what the Night of Glory (Lailatul Qadr) is. The Night of Glory is better than thousand months. That night the angels and the holy Spirit descend by the permission of their Lord for every decreed matter. It is all peace until the break of dawn."

All the verses and Surahs prove the significance of night in Islam. The Quran was revealed on the Night of Glory; the holy prophet ascended to the heavens on a blessed night and it is the night, not a day during the month of Ramadan that is called better than thousand months.

The reason for the blessed state of night is that during the night, man takes rest and sleeps after the day's hard work so that he can prepare himself physically and mentally for the social duties of the next day. For general people, the night is a boon in the sense that he can sleep and take rest. The Quran says':

"It is Allah who made for you the night that you may rest therein, and the day giving sight."(Ghafir:61)

But for those who seek blessings and rewards from God and spiritual gifts, night is the most opportune time. God loves those who take some time off from his time to rest at night and remember Him, recite His holy book and stand in namaz. This act of His devotee pleases Him the most and He showers His blessings on him and grants what he begs of Him.

The night is so important and sacred in the sight of God that to stress on its significance, God revealed a chapter in the Quran named Al Layl.

The night prayers were also offered by the Christians. To them, the time for nocturnal prayers was from 2 AM till dawn.

Therefore, the importance and significance of night in Islam is great as God showers His blessings and rewards on those who spend a part of night in prayers, His remembrance and in reciting the Quran.

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S. Arshad is a columnist with NewAgeIslam.com.

URL:    https://newageislam.com/islam-spiritualism/lailatul-qadr-significance-/d/126871


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