We have indeed revealed
this (Message) in the Night of Power: And what will explain to you what the
night of power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein
come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah's permission, on every errand:
Peace!...This until the rise of morn! (97:1-5)
The Night of Power in His infinite wisdom is encouraged to be searched during
the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan. Since over fourteen centuries
Muslims are striving diligently to benefit greatly from it. A rare trade indeed
- pure profit and thousand times more!
Interestingly we have
embraced the night for its mathematical magic but seemingly misplaced the very
essence of the night. In fact, it was just another dark night. But it became the
Night of Power because of what was revealed in the darkness. It is now known to
us, a night better than a thousand months. The dark night is illuminating the
world and the Quran is guiding the humanity ever since.
Night of Power is celebrated powerfully. Masajid and communities celebrate
the night by staying up all night, listening to lectures, reading
Quran, etc. What seems to be missing though is to reflect on the Divine
Words and to act upon it. Unless that is done, the real power will not be
received from the Night of Power.
Ramadan visits us every
year and offers us a reason to reflect on all aspect of our lives. The
objects of our wants and fears far surpass the limits of human genius, energy,
and mortal life. The sum of all that we need and desire .. spiritual or
material, essential or superfluous .. simply exceeds our ability to attain it.
What, then, is one to do? The believer turns to his or her Creator in prayer.
The response is natural. Whether moved by need or hope, or faced with misfortune
or danger, people instinctively call upon God. Prayer is at the center of
our very being and the marrow of the Muslim way of life. For many in the English
speaking world, however, this face of Islam is virtually unknown.
Dua - Supplication - Prayer
is Muslim's hope for everything at all times. Let us submit ourselves and plead
and plead and plead ... as He alone can relieve us of our anxieties and
(the following is an
excerpt from Dua Kumayl that was often recited by Imam Ali (may Allah be pleased
by Thy majesty against which
nothing can stand up
by Thy grandeur which prevails upon all things
by Thy authority which is exercised over all things
by Thy knowledge which pervades all things
O Allah! Forgive us of sins that would
hinder our supplications
Forgive us of sins that would suppress hope
Forgive all sins that we have committed and every error that we
O Allah! Accept our apologies and have pity on our
intense sufferings and set us free from my heavy fetters (of evil deeds)
You are aware of my weakness to bear even a minor affliction of
this world and its consequence and adversity affecting the denizen of this
earth, although such afflictions are momentary,
short-lived and transient
How then can I bear the retributions and the punishments of the Hereafter
which are enormous and of intensive sufferings, of prolonged period and
perpetual duration, and which shall never be alleviated for those who deserve
the same as those retributions will be the result of Your wrath; and Your
punishment which neither the heavens nor the earth can withstand and bear!
My Lord! How can I, a weak, insignificant, humble, poor and destitute
creature of Yours be able to bear them?
O' my God! My Lord! My King! And Master! Which of the matters shall I
complain to You and for which of them shall I bewail and weep?
Shall I bewail for the pains and pangs of the punishment and their
intensity or for the length of sufferings and their duration?
Therefore (my Lord!)
If You will subject me to the penalties (of hell) in company of Your enemies and
cast me with those who merited my punishments and tear me apart from Your
friends and those who will be near to You, then my God, my Lord and my Master,
though I may patiently bear Your punishments, how can I calmly accept being kept
away from You?
I reckon that
though I may patiently endure the scorching fire of the hell, yet how can I
resign myself to the denial of Your pity and clemency? How can I remain in the
fire while I have hopes of Your forgiveness?
So, my Lord! I
look earnestly towards You and towards You, my Lord!
I have stretched forth my
hands therefore, by Your honor, respond to my supplication and let me attain my
prayers and, by Your bounty, frustrate not my hopes and protect me from the
evils of my enemies and O' My Lord! have mercy on me whose only asset is hope
and whose only weapon is lamentation.
Ameen ... Ya Rabb ...
Ameen ... Ameen ...
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