Ramadan in Dubai started on 27th May. The month of Ramadan is considered very holy in Islam. According to Qur’anic Verses and other traditions, the Devils are chained so the true followers are not led astray during the Holy Month.
One of the many blessings of Ramadan includes laylat ul Qadr, which is accredited with substantial importance in Islam. It is also called Shab e Qadr. It is believed that the Quran’s first verses, i.e. the first five verses of Surah Al Alaq were revealed on this night.
The night of Laylat Al Qadr is considered very holy by Muslims. It is narrated by Imam Bukhari on behalf of Hazrat Aisha that the Holy Prophet said: “Look for Laylatal Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan”.
It is made clear by this saying of the Prophet that Shab e Qadr can be found during the odd nights of the last 10 days of Ramadan. Further clarifying, Shab e Qadr can be the night of 21, 23, 25, 27 or 29 of Ramadan.
It is believed that forgiveness is granted in large amounts in this night, which is why many Muslims take up the following incident with significant concern: It is reported by Hazrat Aisha that once she asked the Holy Prophet what she should do if she finds Laylat al Qadr, to which the Prophet responded by endorsing the following supplication, “ALLAH HUMMA INNAKA A’FUVUN TOHIB BUL AFVA FA’AFU ANNI”. This means, “O Allah! You are the Forgiver and you like forgiving so forgive me”.
Islamic Jurists and Scholars recommend increased Ibadah in the odd nights of the last 10 nights of Ramadan, since the prayers offered in LaylatulQadr equate to the prayers offered in 1000 nights.
It is worth mentioning that no other nation has been granted with something like Laylat ul Qadr. The Ummah of The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him is the only one who has been granted with such a holy night, a night when all doors of mercy are opened and religious devotion is at its peak.
Allah showed The Holy Prophet how the lives of the people of previous religious communities was long. The Holy Prophet got agitated by this and complained to Allah about the life spans of the people of his Ummah being much shorter.
He argued that his followers will not be able to stack up the same amount of good deeds during their short lives unlike people of previous nations. Allah bestowed the night of Shab e Qadr to the Ummah of the Holy Prophet to indulge in the same amount of Ibadah which was done by previous people, so that Muslims are not left behind.
It is further narrated by Hazrat Aisha that the Holy Prophet prayed more during the last 10 days of Ramadan than in any other days of Ramadan. This is enough to show how much importance this night holds in Islam.
In the Gregorian calendar, the last 10 days of Ramadan in Dubai are expected to start from 15th of June. So, how many of you will be spending the night of 16th on their prayer mats?