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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Night of Qadr:

A Night Better than A Thousand Months!

Written by - Hazrat Maulana Abulfatah Syed Nusrat Qibla Tashreefullahi

Many Scholars have tried to translate the Qur’anic term Lailatul Qadr in many ways. They called it the Night of Power, the Night of Decrees, the Night of Majesty, the Night of Destiny, the Night of Almightiness and the Grand Night etc., etc., However, the real sense of the word Qadr could not be conveyed.
The Arabic word Qadr used in the Suratul Qadr (chapter of Qadr) in the Qur’an consists of several shades of meaning. There is no single word in English, which can be used as an alternative of Qadr. Therefore, let us call it the Night of Qadr as it is.
Human life is a limited span of time. If one amongst us lives for more than 80 years, it is
said that he lived a full life.

Lailatul Qadr is a tiny capsule of time. It is a night apparently just like any other night but
every moment of this night is so rewarding for a devoted and dedicated believer that Qur’an calls it better than a thousand months. How much better it is, has not been revealed. God alone knows how much better it is. So the value of this small capsule of time is beyond our estimation. For all practical purposes, it can be said that it must be invaluable for those who spend it in whole-hearted worship of their Lord. Hence, from the point of view of Sawab (reward) it is a full life within our lives. It holds a promise of reward for the devotees and lovers of God, which is beyond our comprehension.
The Last book of our Lord enlightens us in this way:

"Verily, We have sent it down (The Qur’an) in the Night of Al-Qadr.
And what will make you know (O Muhammad!) what the night of Al-Qadr is?
The Night of Al- Qadr is better than a thousand months (i.e. Worshiping Allah in that night is better than worshiping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months.)
Therein descend the Angles and the Ruh (Gabriel) by Allah’s permission with all Decrees.
Peace! (All that night there is Peace and Goodness from Allah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn!"
(Surah 97- Al-Qadr translation by Dr. Taqiuddin Al Hilali and Dr. Muhsin Khan)

The Night of Qadr or Lailatul Qadr is the most sacred of nights in Islam and it has a very
special significance to the Mahdavia Community. The importance of this night cannot be
overemphasized as Qur’an, the Book of Allah, was sent down in this month and in this night.
Also, the Holy Book contains a Surah named as Suratul Qadr in which, how invaluable is the night has been disclosed.

A study of Qur’an clearly shows the importance of Ibadah - worship at night, and when it Night of Qadr comes to the question of such a great night, one can understand how important and rewarding it would be.
There are several traditions (Ahadith) explaining the importance of this night from the point of view of worship and its rewards.
Our beloved Prophet Mohammed PBUH said that:

"One who believed in Allah and performed Ibadah (prayer) in this night with the clear
purpose of Sawab, Allah forgives his/her sins." (Bukhari)

In another Hadith, Prophet PBUH said that:

"One who finds this night and offers prayers, his past sins would be forgiven."
(Kanzul – Ummaal)

Even though this night is so rewarding yet neither Qur’an nor any Hadith clearly indicates the exact date of this night in the year. The Ummah is divided on this issue. Prophet PBUH asked the Ummah to search for this night in the odd nights of Ramadan. Different Islamic scholars viewed this differently. But some people believe that this night rotates in the whole year and it is not necessary to be only in Ramadan. Ibn Abbas
RZ said it could be the 27th of Ramadan. His logic being that the word “Laialat-ul-Qadr” consist of nine Arabic letters and it occurred three times in that Surah. Therefore, it could be the 27th. So also, the great saint of the fifth century Shaikh Abdul Qadir JeelaniRA
believed that this Night is the 27th Night of Ramazan.

However, these are all assumptions and opinions of great Islamic scholars and no one could definitely say as to when this night occurs.
In a tradition recorded in Saheeh Al- Bukhari, a companion of Prophet PBUH
, Samith bin Ubadah RZ reported that:

"The Prophet of Allah came out to inform us about the date of “Lailatul Qadr”. (He found
that) two Muslims were quarreling with each other. The Prophet PBUH said that I had come out to inform you about the Qadr Night. However, on account of the quarreling of so and so the identity of the Night has been Rufiat - lifted or taken away. Perhaps it may be better for you, to try to find it on the 29th, 27th and 25th (nights of Ramadan)."

This tradition shows that the Prophet of Allah was himself aware of the night of Lailatul
Qadr. However, its definite identity was held back on account of quarrel between two
Muslims. The Prophet PBUH was fully aware of the exact date that is why he especially
gathered men and women on the 27th of Ramazan and prayed until late in the night. This
was a clear indication of the night.

Abu Zar Gifari RZ narrated the events, as an eyewitness, in a well-known tradition, recorded in Sihah (sound collections of Ahadith) namely, Sunan Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi, Nasai and Ibn Maja, as follows:

"When three nights of Ramadan were left i.e., on the 27th night, he (the Prophet
PBUH) gathered all the members of his household and women, and all the people and prayed with us so long that we feared that we might miss “Falah”.
When Abu Zar GifariRZ was asked what was “Falah”, he said, “Suhoor”- breakfast before dawn. Then the Prophet PBUH did not lead us in prayers in the remaining nights of Ramadan." Night of Qadr

It was in 908 Hijri, when the Caliph of Allah, the Promised Mehdi PBUH
was in Kaha when Allah revealed to him that the 27th of Ramadan is the Night of Qadr (Lailatul Qadr). Allah also ordained him to offer two Rak'ahs of prayer as a thanksgiving for this bounty given to him.
Thus, Imam MehdiPBUH offered this prayer after midnight along with his members of family and all the members of his Dairah (Community Circle) following the practice of the ProphetPBUH. It is for this invaluable blessing of the Almighty Allah that every Mahdavi performs Dhikrullah during the whole night and offers this two Rak'ahs of prayer on this night as an obligatory thanksgiving, after Isha prayer in Congregation.

Thus Mahdavia community believes with certainty that the exact date of this night is the
27th night of Ramadan because we believe in our beloved Imam Hazrat Syed Mohammad as the Caliph of Allah, the Promised Mehdi and the Savior of the Ummah.
Keeping in mind the importance of this night, we should not waste even a single moment.
Each and every moment of this night is precious. So we should spend it as Allah
commanded us in the Qur’an, that:
“ Remember Me, I will remember you….” (2/152)
“Lo! Worship preserveth from lewdness and iniquity, but verily remembrance of Allah is the greatest. And Allah knoweth what ye do.” (29/45)
Since we believe that Dikhurallah (remembrance of Allah) is Fard, we should spend every moment of this night in the continuous remembrance of Allah and offer the Isha prayer after midnight followed by two rak'ahs of Lailatul Qadr (Dugana-e-Lailatul Qadr) in congregation,the two Rak'ahs of Sunnah and then three Rak'ahs of Witr Wajib again in congregation.
Some people, who do not believe in our Imam, the Promised Mahdi
SAS, raise objections. They argue that how, in addition to the five obligatory daily prayers a sixth prayer can be made obligatory- Farz? This objection stems from their disbelief in our Imam as a Caliph of God. We believe our Imam to be Caliph of God and Free from Sin – Masoom Anil Khata as he has been mentioned in the Ahadith – traditions of the last of all ProphetsSAS

. We believe that our Imam was commanded by God to offer two Rak'ahs in thanksgiving. As such, he asked his followers to offer this prayer. Hence, we believe that, the Divine Command of Allah made this prayer obligatory.
There are two aspects of this Command. One is worship in this night and prayer being
obligatory. The other is the 27th night of Ramazan being the Lailatul Qadr.
As for the first aspect, let us refer to the Qur’an and the Sunnah to find out if they are in
favor of this or not.
When Qur’an describes great rewards for something its intrinsic meaning is to perform that thing. If Qur’an describes fearful punishment for a thing it implies that it is forbidding from doing that thing.
God has specifically asserted the tremendous grace as well as the enormous value of this
night in Suratul Qadr as follows:
1.) The Qur’an was sent down in this night.
The Qur’an is the sacred word of God. Hence, the night in which it was sent down is also Night of Qadr
sacred. The Qur’an being the last of His Books, it is the greatest bounty of God for the
mankind in general and for the Muslims in particular. So also, this sacred night, which is
better than thousand months is a great bounty.
2.) God questions the greatest of his Prophets
“ What will make you understand what (a great thing) is Lailatul Qadr?”
The question does not mean that His Prophet
could not appreciate the greatness of this
night. The interrogative form of the sentence has been adopted only to call full attention of
the listener and to emphasize the significance of the answer coming next. Thus the question
divinely raised has been answered divinely.
3.) The huge value of the night has been described as the night of Qadr which is better than
a thousand months.
Please note that it is better than how many months more is not mentioned.
That means that the value of the night is limitless.
4.) Then it is revealed that the angels and the Spirit (Arch Angle Gabriel) descend in this
night by the permission of their Lord with all Decrees. And there is Peace and Goodness
from Allah to His believing slaves until the appearance of dawn!
The emphatic description of the grace of this night is indeed an stressed persuasion to
worship in this night. When God persuades His humble slaves with promise of great rewards
it becomes a Textually Implied Command of the Lord. If it is not so, the whole praise of the
night would be meaningless. Hence, it is a Command to worship Him and establish prayer in
the night. Of course the Command is in the form of a stressed persuasion.
There is a very large number of sound traditions (Ahadith) in which the Prophet
educated his Ummah about the immense rewards, this great night holds for them. He has in
fact instructed the Ummah as to how this night should be spent. Take for instance a well
known tradition which reads as follows:
The Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace said that:
“ Whoever worships in the Night of Qadr with Faith in Allah and seeking rewards, all his
previous sins would be forgiven.” (Sahih Bukhari 1773)
In another wording of the above tradition reads as under:
“ A person who witnessed the Night of Qadr and worships in it, all his previous sins will be
forgiven.” (Kanzul Ummal)
The above traditions guide us to understand the purport of Qur’anic verses noted above. In
the light of the traditions we conclude:
1.) That the divine praise of the glorious distinction of the night is meant to persuade the
believers for worship in the said night.
2.) That the stressed persuasion contains an implied Command for the believers to spend
the night worshipping. Night of Qadr
3.) The traditions of the Prophet
, make the so called “Implied Command” an open and
express command.
4.) The verses and the traditions put together demand from a believer that he should not
waste the night by sleeping or by neglect of God.
5.) The verses and the traditions together demand of a believer that he should keep himself
awake in the night for “ Qiamul Lail – nightly worship including Salah – Prayers. The word
“Qiyam “ means standing, getting up, performance, carrying out, accomplishment etc.
Hence, the words of the Prophet

“ Man Qama Fi Lailatil Qadr” denote “ Qiyamul Lail “ only.
6.) The Book of God says that the Night of Qadr is better than a thousand months, without
saying how many months more!
One thousand months make 83 years and four months. Normally it is equal to a full human
life. The glad tidings given by the Prophet
to a person who spends the night of Qadr with
Faith and seeking rewards is that all his past sins will be forgiven. So, even a person who
has already lived for say about one hundred years and on account of his whole hearted
devotion, if his worship and prayer in the night of Qadr was accepted by his Merciful Lord at
the age of 100 years, for the first time, he can be assured of a new life, free from all stains
of sins. Such is the invaluable bounty, the night of Qadr holds for a believer. In fact there
are many more bounties described by the Prophet
in several of his traditions (Ahadith).
The Practice of the Prophet
, in this night is also very inspiring and illustrious. Abu Zar
Gifiri’s tradition has already been quoted. Some important points from this tradition
reported in Mishkatul Masabeeh are stated below:
Abu Zar Gifari
says that:
"When seven nights of the month of Ramazan were left i.e. on the 23rd night, the
came out and led prayer up to the one third of the night. When six nights of
Ramazan remained i.e. on the 24th night, he did not say prayer with us. When five nights of
Ramadan were left i.e. on the 25th night, he came out and led us in prayer up to the half of
the night. I submitted to the Prophet
, O Messenger of God I wished you could continue
leading the prayer for a longer time. He said that when a person, follows the Imam in a
prayer, his prayer would be counted as his prayer for the whole night. When there were four
nights left, the Prophet
did not say the prayer with us. When three nights in Ramazan
were left i.e. on the 27th night of Ramazan, he called for his family members and women
and gathered the people and led us in Prayer till late in the night. We feared that we might
miss the Falah (Narrators asked Hazrath Abu Zar
what is Falah? He said Suhoor- Break
fast taken before dawn. ) Then said Abu Zar
that the Prophet did not say prayer with us
after the said night i.e., the 27th night of Ramazan.” (Mishkatul Masabeeh)
The above Hadith shows that the prayer on the 27th was given a distinct preference over
the prayers on the 23rd and the 25th night. The Prophet called men and women including
his own family members to join the congregation (Jama’at) of this Salat – Prayers. The
preparation and the care taken for the congregation of this prayer is unique and clearly
indicates the tremendous value of the 27th night and its prayer.
Here it may be questioned if the prayer in this night was so important why the Prophet did Night of Qadr
not declare it as Farz – Obligatory? The answer is that the Prophet did not declare the date
of this night because God did not will. This is evident from the tradition in Saheeh Muslim
narrated by Abu Sayeed Khudri
“….The Prophet
, came out of his tent and said: ‘ O people I was informed about the Night
of Qadr and I had come out to inform you about it. Then came two people quarreling and
there was devil with them! So, I forgot it. Therefore, look out for it in the last ten days of
Ramazan. Try to search it on the 29th, 27th, and 25th of Ramazan….”
In another tradition Abu Sayeed Khudri
narrated that:
"The Prophet
said that I had seen the Night of Qadr but I forgot it or I was made to
forget it." (Abridged) (Kitabus Sawm Saheeh Muslim)
This shows that a definite date was not declared and this happened by the will of God,
Consequently, the prayer in the night was not declared as Farz – Obligatory! However,
gathering men and women of the believers and offering prayer in Congregation remained as
Sunnah of the Prophet. It was the same Sunnah which was revived by Imam Mehdi, the
Since the night of Qadr was not fixed, difference of opinion among the companions of the
took place. This continued in the subsequent generations. The leaders of Fiqh –
Islamic Jurisprudence also differed from each other. While Imam Malik
maintains that it
could fall in any night of the last ten days of Ramazan, Imam Shafei
says that it is the
21st night. According to a narrative Imam Azam Abu Hanifa fixed it on the 27th. Most of the
followers of Hanafia School of Fiqh observe it as the night of Qadr.
The numerous dates fixed by the various Scholars of the Ummah were based upon their
own Qiyas or Analogical Reasoning. They were so honest and pious that they never said that
this has been inspired to us from God. Moreover, they were not Ma’soom Anil Khata –
divinely protected from error.
On the other hand, the Prophet
informed the Ummah about the Promised Mahdi
“He is my descendant, he will follow in my foot- steps and he will not err.”
Every Caliph of God is free from sin and he gets knowledge from his Lord.
Our Imam Hazrat Syed Muhammad, the Promised Mehdi
said that:
“ I am instructed by God every day without any medium.”
At Kaha, on the 27th night of Ramazan he was commanded by Allah, the Most High,
“tonight is the night of Qadr, perform two Rak'at – Cycles of Prayer with your companions in
thanksgiving. Hazarat Mahdi
came out of his room and called for all men and women of
his Dayerah and told them about the Divine Command. The Imam himself led the prayers in
Congregation (Jama’at). Later, he used to offer this Prayer of the night of Qadr in
Congregation in large number of his followers at Farah, Afghanistan.
According to a Naqal – narrative in Insaf Namah, our Imam, the Promised Mahdi
“Allah Commanded me, ‘O Syed Muhammad, these two Raka’at (cycles of prayer) are Farz – Night of Qadr
Obligatory for you and the group of your followers.’”
We, the loving, loyal and humble followers of our divinely guided, Caliph of God, believe
that what our Imam said is nothing but truth.
If some misguided people raise an objection to our belief and practice and say that: “this is
the 6th obligatory prayer,” we should patiently and politely tell them that this is not the
sixth prayer. The prayer Witr which we offer every night after the Isha Prayer regularly, is
held as Sunnah by Imam Malik
, Imam Shafai
and Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal
, Imam
Azam Abu Hanifa designated it as Wajib. His two prominent disciples Imam Abu Yousuf
and Imam Muhammad
both hold it as a Sunnah only. Unlike all the great jurists named
above Imam Zufar holds Witr prayer as Farz or obligatory. Please note that this prayer is
not mentioned in the Qur’an, nor it has any textually implied Command as in the case of the
prayer in the night of Qadr. The Prophet
did not call it Farz or wajib. Even some
narrations related to Imam Azam also differ. Nevertheless, the Witr Prayer is regularly
performed every night as a Wajib. We Mahdavis too offer this prayer as a Wajib because the
Qiyas or analogical reasoning was based on the constant practice of the Law Giver i.e. the
. If a prayer which is not even mentioned in the Qur’an and which was not called
by the Prophet
as Wajib can be treated as Wajib, why a prayer Commanded by God to his
Vice-regent and which is in Taqleed – emulation of the Prayer of the Prophet on the 27th
night of Ramzan should not be held as Farz? (For details please see Kuhlul Jawahir by
Moulana Syed Nusrat
, Hyderabad).
If there is any objection to our Ihtimam or preparations for the Salat – prayer of the Night
of Qadr like taking a bath, wearing new or clean clothes, applying scent etc. we may politely
draw their attention to the following two verses of the Book of God:
Inna Anzalnahu Fi Lailatil Qadr
Verily we have sent it (the Qur’an) down in the night of Qadr. (97/1)
“ O mankind! There has come to you a good advise from your Lord (i.e. the Qur’an, ordering
all that is good, and forbidding all that is evil), and a healing for that (disease of ignorance,
doubt, hypocrisy and differences etc.) in your breasts – a guidance and a mercy (explaining
lawful and unlawful things etc.) for the believers."
Say: ‘ In the Bounty of Allah, and His Mercy (i.e. Islam and the Qur’an) – therein let them
rejoice.’ That is better than what (the wealth) they amass.’” (10/57, 58)
(Translation by Dr. Taqi’ud Din Al- Hilali and Dr. Md. Muhsin Khan).
So we Mehdavis thank our Lord and rejoice by offering the prayer in the Night of Qadr. In
obedience to our Lord’s Command: “Fabi Zalika Fal Yfrahu- So in that they should rejoice.”
We express our joy, congratulate and embrace each other. We are the only people who
offer it in large congregations after the mid night, throughout the world. (Please refer to a
very informative paper on this subject by Mr. Muhammad Namdar Khan Bozai, Pakistan,
'Chhatti Farz Namaz Kahan Say Aaie?' in Urdu.)
May Allah accept our Thanksgiving Prayer of the Night of Qadr and our Zikrullah throughout
the night and make us follow His Book and Sunnah of His beloved Prophet
and the
teachings of His beloved Caliph Imam Mahdi
, Ameen!

How to spend the Laylatul Qadr/Shab-e-Qadr?

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

The Grand Night is better than a thousand months.

How to spend the Laylatul Qadr/Shab-e-Qadr?

1. The Night better than a thousand months starts after Maghrib prayers [and not after mid
night only to prepare for 2 rakat prayer at 2.30 AM]. But the worship should start at Asr
itself because Sultan-ul-Layl, the Asr to Isha period, is to be strictly guarded as per the
command of Imamuna Mahdi AS on ordinary nights, then how can one be negligent on
the night that’s better than a thousand months?

2. Make Ghusl and Wudu before Asr prayer. Adorn yourself with the best new clothes and
fragrance that you can afford, join the Asr congregation prayer and sit for Zikrullah till
Maghrib prayers, break your fast and resume Zikrullah and continue the Zikrullah nishist
till Isha [~ 2.30 AM].

3. This night we do not perform make-up prayers [Umr Qaza] or Qur’an recitation [Tilawat].
The entire month of Ramazan and the whole year is there for Tilawat. The purpose of
every act of worship is to achieve Zikrullah and the objective of Zikrullah is Divine vision
(Deedar). Don’t spend this night in something less superior and nothing is more superior
to Zikrullah, not even Namaz and Tilawat [Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration
to thee, and establish regular Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust
deeds; and remembrance of Allah is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. And Allah
knows the (deeds) that ye do (29:45)].

4. Make a fresh Wudu every-time your Wudu is broke, and offer Tahiyatal Wudu prayer,
seek Allah’s forgiveness and make dua for His Holy vision in Sajda Munajat and
continue the Zikrullah nishist.
5. The non-Mahdavis strive and struggle 5 odd nights, and still element of uncertainty
persist with them. We really are unfortunate people who don’t seem to value this Night
revealed to us through our Imamuna AS, and we take nap on this night before Dugana in
Masajids and our homes. Please take nap or full night-long sleep on all other 364 nights
but spare just this night for best form of worship incessantly.

6. We get 26 days advance notification of this bounty, yet we don’t take a day or two off
and rush through the prayers thinking only about the job day-after. Taking 26th day of
Ramazan off will give you enough time to energize and prepare for spending the night
with vigor and strength. Taking 27th off will give your body complete rest.

7. After Isha prayers, Dugana and Witr prayers, grab a date or two and some water
for Sahri, don’t waste precious 2 hours (better than a 1000 months) after dugana in
socializing and Sahri preparation and eating. Witr to Fajr remain seated on Musalla
where dugana is performed or go back quickly to Masjid or home and remain in Zikrullah
until Fajr. After Fajr congregation prayers remain in Zikrullah until sunrise (Sultan-un-
8. Power off your cell phone, it is the single most distracting gadget in our hands, always
on and always with us.
9. If you can’t do any of the aforementioned things, at least leave the prayer premises and
not become a source of disturbance and noise, bothering brothers sitting in Zikrullah.
Women folk
Make your women folk reap the rewards too, on this holy Night and don’t force them serve you
even on this Night, let her serve Allah swt at least this night. Buy some fast food, to-go, parcel
food [whatever you call it depending on your location] from restaurant for both Iftar and Sahri for
your family and give her a break from kitchen and encourage her to get busy in Remembrance
of Allah swt. Your encouraging her and doing this is also Ibadat:
It is narrated that a companion was pulverizing some food grains. Seeing this, Imam Mahdi as
asked him, “What are you doing?” The companion replied, “I am pulverizing bajra (millet).” The
Imam as said, “This work could have been done if you had given a handful of the grain. One
should not waste his time. Give a handful of grain and remain in the remembrance of Allah.”
[#197, Naqliyat-e-Bandagi Miyan Abdur Rasheed RZ]
In those times, trading and wages were exchanged as done in bartering. Hence the handful of
grain to be given as a wage to get the job done and free himself for Zikrullah was the command
of Khalifatullah AS. We’ve the luxury of currency, and it pretty much buys anything for us today.
But Alas! we don’t buy time with it for Zikrullah.
Wisdom behind holding back Isha farz prayers till ⅔ of the Night of Qadr?
Narrated Anas bin Malik: Once the Prophet delayed the 'Isha' prayer until midnight and then
came to us. Having prayed he faced us and said, "The people had prayed and slept but you
were in the prayer as long as you were waiting for it." (Bukhari, Book #12, Hadith #808)
So, just reflect upon this beautiful and immensely beneficial hadith and don’t waste time of the
night which is better than a 1000 months in idle talk or trivial things which can be postponed
for day after. Waiting for Farz prayer can only happen when one is waiting for it on Musalla like
we do between sunnat and farz prayer any other day. Also, Allah says “Wa Aqimis Salaata
Liz Zikri” Establish regular prayer for celebrating My praise [20:14]. Hence, by performing
Zikrullah and waiting for Isha prayers, we are reaping the two best rewards, one staying
in Isha [for waiting is praying] and two staying in Zikrullah, which is not only goal of the
prayer, it is greater than prayer [Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and
the remembrance of Allah is greater, 29:45]. Hence the notion that Quran is revealed on
this Night so reciting it on the night of its Revelation is rewarding, even if it is true, it will be
much less rewarding than Salat and Zikrullah, both of which are obligatory. Two, this holy
month is the month of reflection and Night is night of reflection, acting on what the Quran
says is more rewarding and demanding than just blindly reciting it without understanding its
underlying message.
Can we recite the whole Quran on the Night of Qadr? Yes, How?
It’s almost impossible for any ordinary person to recite the entire holy book in one night,
and even if any gifted person does it, it can only be done one time. However, by perpetually
performing and staying in Zikrullah, one is considered to have recited, read, and understood
the gist of all 4 divine books, how?
Somebody asked Imam Syed Muhammad Mahdi al-Mau'ood (AS) to explain the purport and essence of all
the divine speech (Kalamullah - Allah's Books) in one sentence. The Imam (AS) said: "I will explain the
purport and essence of all the divine Books -The Old Testament, The Psalms of David, The Bible and
The Quran - in one sentence, and that sentence is La ilaha illa Llah (There is no god but God-Allah).
[#1, Hashia-I, Hashia Insaaf Nama]
Our teaching of Zikr-e-Khafi with paas-anfaas, is nothing but La ilaha Ilal Lah. So, don’t
under-estimate its value and trade this obligation for something much inferior especially
on a night which is better than 83 odd years. Also, know that the objective of Zikrullah is
to achieve the Divine vision of our Beloved and only Deity, Allah swt. And this cannot be
attained by any other form of worship:
Malik Bakhkhan Bariwal rz asked Hazrat Miyan Syed Khundmir rz, “Is there any benefit in
reciting (reading) Quran?” The Hazrat rz said, “If the Quran is read, even as it should be read, a
veil of luminosity (nur) emerges between Allah and His servant in the heart of the believer. And
the remembrance of Allah, which is La Ilaha illa Llah, removes even the veil of luminosity.”
[#160, Naqliyat-e-Bandagi Miyan Abdur Rasheed RZ]
One day the Imam as saw some two or three persons indulged in idle talk. He went to them
and asked them what they were doing. They said they were talking about a story on religion.
The Imam as said, “Brother, you will not reach Allah by stories. Establish Zikr (remembrance)
of Allah Most High, because there is no way to reach Allah except Zikr.” [#192, Naqliyat-e-
Bandagi Miyan Abdur Rasheed RZ]
And let’s not forget, Laylatul Qadr is not over just soon after Dugana and Witr.
Peace! it is until the emergence of dawn.