BY ISHOLA BALOGUN
As the rainy season is suitable for farming,where crops and farm produce will grow and remain fresh, the period of Lailatul Qadri is a period for renewing our relationship with Allah and ensure closeness to Him.
Lailatul Qadr means the night of honour and dignity. It is this night, in which the first Divine Revelation came to the Prophet (s.a.w.), when he was in prayer in the cave of Hira. Since this night enjoys the honour of having the first revelation brought to the Prophet (s.a.w.), it has been named Lailatul Qadr.
This night had already opened its gates of treasures when the angel, for the first time, had come with the Divine Message, but its auspiciousness has continued to be with us permanently.
The Prophet (s.a.w.) said: “The person who offered prayers to Allah in the Night of Majesty with faith and with hope of reward from Allah, all his past sins have been forgiven” (Bukhari).
This holiest and most blessed night is likely to occur on one of the odd nights on the last 10 days of Ramadan and the reward of worship on this night is better than the worship of a thousand months of worship, equivalent to a person’s lifetime put together.
Although the odd nights have been given as clue for locating the Night of Majesty, no one night has been fixed so that the yearning to find it may increase and people may spend more nights in worshiping Allah. This is the reason for I’tikaf (seclusion) during the last 10 days of Ramadan so that we can locate the night and reap the benefits.
“Allahumma innaka afuwwun tuhib-bul af-wa fa-afu anni”
(O Allah, You are the One who grants pardon for sins, loves forgiving, so forgive me.)