Searching for Hidden Treasure - The Night of Power

Reflections on the word Lailat al-Qadar

This word is a compound word made up of the following:

1. Night [Layl]: indicates the time from sunset till dawn

2. Power [Al-Qadar]: This word carries a number of different meanings such as honor, serenity, judgment, and power. The scholars differed over the meaning of this word when used in relation to that special night that takes place during the month of Ramadan. Here are the most common interpretations:

Some scholars held that it was a word related to magnificence and honor

This meaning is obvious because it is the night that the Qur'an was sent, Prophet-hood was announced and the angels descend. Other scholars held that the one who revived this night with worship would become honorable because Allah [the Exalted] would raise his/her ranks.

Practical lessons:

1. As Muslims we should feel honored because Lailat al-Qadar was the night that the Qur'an was sent and the Prophet was chosen by Allah. However, this was also the night that witnessed the birth of a new religious nation, the nation of the Prophet and we are blessed to belong to that nation. Do you feel humble? Do you feel blessed to be a part of that nation? Do you feel and share the greatness of this night? Do your actions reflect that humility?

2. If one wants to be honored them let him do so by worshiping Allah

Another meaning the scholars put forth was something restricted or difficult to attain.

That is because the night of its occurrence is restricted from the knowledge of men and the only way to find it is to put forth effort and seek it. It is also said that the earth becomes full with the presence of an infinite number of malaikah.

Practical lessons:

3. When something is hidden it is a sign of its value. One someone who truly understands this will work to find the hidden treasure in this night.

Finally, Some scholars contented that the meaning was related to judgments and decisions

This is because it is this night that the angels distribute what is destined for Allah's servants with regards to those servants provisions and lifespan for the next year. Some scholars contended that the night which ones provisions and life were to be giving is during the middle of Sh'aban. However, the majority of scholars hold that it is this night, the Night of Power.

Allah says,

"We sent it (this Qur'an) down on a blessed night. Verily, We are ever. Therein (that night) is decreed every matter of ordainments."

Practical Lessons:

4. One should reflect on how lucky he/she was to live another year to worship and serve the Creator. Reflect on one's success and praise Allah. Think of one's shortcomings and seek His forgiveness. Come out of Ramadan with new goals and aspirations.

We Ask Allah to guide us and bless us to see this special night.

Suhaib William Webb is an American-born convert to Islam. He currently lives in Cairo where he studies at Al-Azhar University with a primary focus on Islamic Law. Suhaib William Webb is an American-born convert to Islam. He currently lives in Cairo where he studies at Al-Azhar University with a primary focus on Islamic Law.

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  7 Comments   Comment

  1. Babandi A. Gumel from U.K

    Man qama Ramadana Imanan Wa Ihtisaban ghufira lahu ma taqaddama min zambihi. Whoever stands in Ramadan (ie Salatul Tarawih) with sincere faith and hope would have his sins forgiven. Another riwaya says one who stands in Lailatul Qadr with Iman and hope would have(all) his sins forgiven yet another riwaya is that the person who fasts in Ramadan with sincere faith and hope would have his sins forgiven. Masha Allah what else do we need? On our part is only to make sincere effort to stand in Ramadan in both Tarawih and search for Lailatul Qadar in the Last Ten Days of Ramadan a Hidden Treasure better than One Thousand Month.

  2. abdul malik from GHANA


  3. Mira from France

    I hope Allah helps all brothers and sisters find true treasures - blessings.

    I am very much against this online game promoted by Western Union, "Ramadan Treasure Hunt". Ramadan is not a game, and this promotion only collects emails, Facebook info, and personal data. Take care, keep this 'game' away from your family.

  4. Maryam from swedan

    Ramadan is a very special day and i will like to wish you all muslims a very happy ramadan and to the kids that are fasting to (MASHALLAH) its very good to keep fast may allah bless you all for keeping fast (HAPPY RAMADAN)

  5. michael from usa

    I am not a Muslim but I want to wish all Muslims well on this wonderous holiday, peace be with you all.

  6. Shahid from UK

    Jazakallah khairan(thank you and may Allah reward you well )for your interpretation of Laylatul Qadr