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Lailatul Qadr

Once a year we are blessed by a night unlike any other, in a month distinct from any other: the night of Lailatul Qadr; the Night of Destiny; the Night of Power; the Night of Value; the Night of Decree; and the Night of Measure. The fate of the world in the coming year is written down on this holiest of nights.

The Quran manifestly states, “We have revealed it: ‘the Quran’ on Lailatul Qadr. And what will explain to thee what the night of power is? Lailatul Qadr is greater than a thousand nights. In it descend the angels and ‘ruh’ by Allah ta‘ala’s permission, on every errand; salam till the dawn of fajr.”

The dichotomy of concealing and revealing Lailatul Qadr by RasulullahSA bears testimony to its significance. According to one hadith, RasulullahSA said, “search for Lailatul Qadr in the last ten days/ dasko of the month, as I was foretold but made to forget the exact date. I foresee myself praying on that night with the tip of my nose immersed in rain and mud. In doing so, RasulullahSA encoded the occurrence of Lailatul Qadr in such a way that only the true believers of his Awliyah KiramAS would benefit from it. We have been granted the privilege of ahyaa’ on the twenty-third of Shehre Ramadan while the rest of the world is left searching.

A gusty wind foretells the occurrence of Lailatul Qadr: miraculously cooling the summer night or decreasing the harsh winter temperatures. Mumineen men, women, and children flock to the masjids, prepared to spend the night in salaat and tasbeeh. Feelings of taqwa, repentance, and spirituality engulf mumineen as they enter the masjids with their masallah, tasbeeh, hafti, and Quran, with a single-minded devotion to Allah ta‘ala. As nisf ul lail approaches, the masjid becomes a sea of white as all mumineen press their cheeks alternately on the ground reciting loudly


“These prayers are humble gifts to you O’ Mohammed, and you O’ Fatema. Please accept them and in return bless us manifold.”

Mumineen parents instruct their little children not to sleep for even a fraction of a second on this night, narrating to them how Maulatena FatemaAS would ensure that children stayed awake by sprinkling water on their faces. This act of hers signified that her progeny, Awliyah KiramSA, will forever arouse mumineen from their sleep of ignorance. Each saa’at, every hour, nay, each minute is priceless. As the morning dawns after a night of ibadat, emotions of peace, harmony, and jubilation take over. A new day dawns and every mumin turns over a new leaf.

On this holiest of nights the wasila recited by Syedna Mufaddal SaifuddinTUS epitomizes the true meaning of Lailatul Qadr and all ibadat. As Syedna Mufaddal SaifuddinTUS describes the significance of the night, a mumin’s devotion becomes manifold. As he weeps in repentance for his children, mumineen, tears pour down their cheeks. For many years, the echo of Syedna Burhanuddin’sRA aching voice has reached the far ends of the earth. Today, the tradition continues as Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin’sTUS aching voice of shafaa’t will resonate around the world. Tears spent for our forgiveness in each sa’at of that night transport us to the house of Maulana AliAS and Maulatena FatemaAS. The year is 22 H; the place Medina, and the deathbed of Maulatena FatemaAS. In her last request to Maulana AliSA, she asks him to bring water stored in a bottle and to place it in her grave. When Maulana AliSA inquires about the contents of the bottle, whether it is the water of Zamzam or the water from the well of Khatam, Maulatena FatemaSA replies in earnest, “No, no my Maula, these are my tears that I have shed in repentance. Allah forbid, if a mumin due to his transgressions is thrown into hellfire, I will quell the fires with my tears.”

On this very night, Busaheba Amatullah AaisahebaQR, gave birth to Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’sRA Mansus, Syedna Mufaddal SaifuddinTUS. As a mark of this blessed occurrence, and proclaiming the exalted maqam of his grandson, Syedna Taher SaifuddinRA wrote the name “Aali Qadr Mufaddal” in clear writing. Mufaddal SaifuddinTUS is one sa’at of Lailatul Qadr, a beacon of shafaat, saving us from hellfire and steering us towards the path of forgiveness. Clasping our hands in dua we ask the mawlood of Lailatul Qadr, our Maula Syedna Mufaddal SaifuddinTUS to include us in his prayers, dua, and tears. We ask Allah Ta’ala to grant him a healthy life till the dawn of fajr.