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The night of Power

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Introduction
This surat is titled Surat Al-Qadr meaning ‘The night of power’. It is the 97th surat from the 114 contained in the Holy Quraan. Said to be revealed in Makkah, some hold the opinion that it was revealed in Madinah. The subject-matter is the Night of Power (or Honour), in which Revelation came down to the Prophet Peace and Blessings be upon him for the first through the Angel Jibrail (Gabriel)

“We have indeed revealed this in the ‘Night of Power'”

One of the most meritous aspects of Islam fall in one of the last 5 odd nights of the Holy month of Ramadhan. It is the most blessed night of the year. Reference here is made to the fact that on this special night the Holy Quraan was revealed. One reason this night is referred to as the Night of Power is due to the increase in the amount of reward gained by worship performed on this particular night in comparison to any other throughout the whole year.

“And what will explain to you what the night of power is?”

The question being asked here is: “Have you any knowledge as to how great and important this night is, and to the favours and bounties which are placed within the Night of Power”?

“The Night of Power is better than a thousand months”

This verse means that the worship performed in this night brings more reward than the worship performed in a thousand months, but how much more better? Allah is such a great being that anything is possible from his behalf. “A thousand” must be taken in an indefinite sense; meaning a very long period of time. This does not refer to our ideas of time, but to “timeless Time”.

“Therein come down The Angels and the Spirit By Allah’s permission, on every errand”

The Angels descend by Allah’s permission and the Spirit mentioned here is usually understood to be the angel Gabriel

“Peace!…This until the rise of Morn!”

When the Night of spiritual darkness is dissipated by the glory of Allah, a wonderful peace and sense of security arise in the soul, and this lasts on until this life closes, and the glorious day of the new world dawns, when everything will be on a different plane, and the chequered nights and days of this world will be even less than a dream.

Conclusion

Traditions of the Final Prophet Peace and Blessings be upon him mention that, in this night Allah the Al-Mighty directs His mercy towards His slaves, supplications made by His servants are granted and the Al-Mighty forgives large number of people who repent. This night is meant for developing a special connection with one’s Creator, for making contact with the Lord of the universe.

So please your Lord so that He is pleased with you, and there is surely nothing better than the pleasure of your Lord. This is amongst the many bounties that Allah the Most Glorious has blessed us with, we should grasp this opportunity and ask for guidance from the All Forgiving and All Merciful, from which we will achieve a good life in earth and more importantly a better life in the hereafter.

“Which of your Lord’s favours will you deny?”

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Qari Ziyaad Patel and Shiekh Abu Bakr Ash Shatri’s Quranic recitation 2010

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

By: Abdul Ahad Miah

On Saturday 14th August 2010 Qari Ziyaad Patel and myself (Abdul Ahad Miah) met Sheikh Abu Bakr Ash Shatri in Jeddah. We arrived at Masjid Al Furqan and read tarahweeh behind him. SubhanAllah it was the most beautiful, melodious and mesmerising recitation of the Quraan.
Sheikh Abu Bakr Ash Shatri is one off my favourite recitors and I have been listening to the CD or audio recitations for many years but to actually read behind him LIVE in Tarahweeh and then to meet him personally afterwards was just SubhanAllah exceedingly incredible!!
As a person Shiekh Shatri is such a humble and modest person. He speaks very softly but when the lips begin to move and the words of the Quraan are recited then you realise your in he presence of one of the best Quraanic recitors in the world!!!

Alhamdulilah I was so privileged to meet him and many thanks to my respected friend Qari Ziyaad Patel to introduce me to him. I pray that Allah grants Shiekh Abu Bakr Shatri a long life and may he continue to recite the words of Allah in his beautiful voice and may be also benefit from his recitation. Ameen.

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