Many are busy these days learning about Laylat-ul-Qadr, trying to study it’s signs, predict it’s timing and reap it’s benefits. And why shouldn’t they? It’s a night better than a life time of worship as Allah (swt) taught us in surat al-Qadr.
One day in Ramadan though, over 25 years ago, my dad and I were taking a walk after Taraweeh, and we were having a nice chat. It was one of the odd nights in the last 10 days of Ramadan. He asked me: what do you think of tonight? I said: it’s a beautiful night! Weather is mild, sky is clear, stars are beautiful, and if the sun is a perfect disc in the morning with no rays, it could be Laylat-ul-Qadr!
He smiled and said: fair enough. What if tonight in a European country the sky is pouring rain and it’s so cold? I started hesitating and answered: well, then it wouldn’t be Laylat-ul-Qadr for sure. He asked, with a familiar smirk on his face: so are you saying Laylat-ul-Qadr is not universal? It could be experienced in one place but not the other? I totally stuttered and said: I don’t know. My dad then said: ruminate on that a bit and lets talk about it more on another night…
Unfortunately that conversation with my dad was never concluded. I never had my closure. Years passed, and with them my dad, rahimahu-l-Allah, and the question still bothers me: some people experience the signs of Laylat-ul-Qadr and others don’t, on the same night. So is it universal or not?
I recently came across a spiritual revelation. Laylat-ul-Qadr cannot be universal! And it’s not just because some people see its signs and others don’t. It can’t be universal because not everyone one is ready to experience it’s beauty, even if the signs are there. I realized that Laylat-ul-Qadr must be a personal experience. It’s something that happens to YOU; a door of blessings that opens up so to speak, when YOUR heart is at the state of readiness to witness it!
The Prophet Muhammad’s Laylat-ul-Qadr came after years of contemplation and seclusion in the cave, searching for the truth and earnestly praying. It was HIS Laylat-ul-Qadr and no one else’s, and Allah honored him with the greatest gift of all: the Quran!
So instead of spending time tracking the weather and gazing into the skies, spend more time the next few nights bringing your heart to the state of preparedness that is needed for you to have your own Pandora’s Box opened. It’s only then that may be, just may be, you might experience the most powerful, the most honorable, and the most extraordinary of all nights…. Laylat-ul-Qadr.
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