forgiveness and bestowing of favours to obedient Muslims, who fast as per His cGmmand
for the whole month consecutively.
Like the Qur'an, other Heavenly Books were
also sent down in this blessed month to the respective Prophets. Imam Ja'far
as-Sadiq (a.s.) says:
"The Torah was sent down on the
6th of Ramadhan, the Evangel on the 12th, the Book of Psalms on the 18th, and
the Fur qan (the Qur'an) on the Grand Nigh t."*
There are various narrations regarding the
particular Night. The Qur'an did not mention any specific night, so as to
encourage prayer and worship throughout the month.
Ja'far as-Sadiq (a.s.) questioned about the Night of Qadr said:
it in 19th, 21st and 23rd nigh ts.
Muslims are advised to spend the above nights, especially the 23rd in prayer
and good deeds. Some of the recommended acts on the Grand Night are as follows:
Ghusl - taking bath.
Keeping awake the whole night praying and supplicating to Allah.
Charity and helping the poor and the needy.
Reciting the Holy Qur'an, especially the suras Rum, AnkaE~out and Dukhan.
In short, the Night of Qadr is the
Grandest Night of the year. In the light of hadith, it is said that this night,
Allah, the Exalted decrees providence and every other affair of mankind to
happen throughout the year. So, we must pray in sincerity and try to extract
the maximum benefit from this Night of Grace and Grandeur. Ameen.
Wasa'il ash-Shia. aI-Hur