MSC Friday khutbah: "Lailatul Qodr: The night that changed the history"

Posted on: MSC NCTU / By Faisal Fahmi / Editor Faisal Fahmi / 2016-07-04 16:14:53 / 216 Views

What is so special about Lailatul Qadr? Why does The Holy Qur'án describe it as "better than a thousand months?" If there were no Lailatul Qadr, what would it matter?

The first Laylatul Qadr, …was the night that changed history. It was the night that Jibreel alayhis salaam brought the first revelation, the first verses of The Holy Qur'án were pronounced in a cave on Jabal Nur, the Mountain of Light. Just imagine, if there were no Lailatul Qadr, there would have been no Qur'an today, if Alláh had sent no new revelation after Nabi Isa. The world would have been in an unimaginable mess! There would have been no authentic record of the pure and unadulterated Word of Alláh, for all generations to be able to seek and find correct guidance. Mankind would have followed Torahs and Bibles, which were constantly under revision and review, depending on what was expedient at the time. The Holy Books we would have used today, would have drifted further and further away from the original teachings of those great prophets Moses and Jesus.

Let us consider the world scenario on the day before Jibreel alayhis salaam appeared in the Cave on Jabal Nur, to pronounce those majestic words,

"Bismilláhir Rahmánir Rahím! Iqra’ bismirab bikal lathee khalaq. Khalaqal insaana min ‘alaq! Iqra’ wa rabbukal akramul lathee ‘al lama bil qalam. ‘Al lamal insaana maalam ya’-lam!"

"Read, in the Name of your Lord and Cherisher, who created! Created man out of a mere clot of congealed blood. Read, and your Lord is most Bountiful. He who taught the use of the Pen. Taught man that which he knew not!"

Think about the state of the world just before these words were pronounced! Pompous, arrogant and unjust rulers governed Rome and Persia, who were superpowers at the time of Muhammad. They believed that might was right. They regarded the Arabs as a wild and uncivilised people, unworthy of conquest. The followers of two great religions, the Jews and the Christians, had lost the original teachings of Nabi Musa and Nabi ‘Isa alayhis salaam. They had substituted those teachings with their own writings. Their Torah and Bible now reflected their own human desires. These holy books could no longer be regarded as the pure, unadulterated Word of Alláh.

Outside the Christian and Jewish worlds, the Arabs were practising Idolatry, and they had desecrated the Holy Ka’ba with 360 idols, almost one for each day of the year. Women were treated unjustly, and newborn daughters were often buried alive. Nowhere appeared any sign of hope and it seemed that mankind was doomed to a dismal fate. Then literally and metaphorically, out of the darkness of the Cave, and out of the darkness of human despair, there appeared the first words of The Holy Qur'án, the first rays of light for suffering humanity.

Let us spend our Night of Power, remembering Alláh, swt, and offering thanks to Him, for his countless blessings that we enjoy each moment of our lives. Let us ask Alláh, Glorified and Exalted is He, to lift the burden of injustice and oppression from so many Muslim communities around the world. Let us ask him for his Divine power to help us become the dynamic, disciplined and balanced community, the Ummatan wasatan, the Witness to the nations, as described in The Holy Qur'án. Let us spend this historic night asking our Lord and Master, to help us become the model Muslims that our children and all future generations would love to follow.


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All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab. (hadits)

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