Last year’s last 10 days of Ramadan, I diligently spent the time soon after Fajr, looking for signs of Laylatul Qadr. My parents smile at my child-like excitement. I just find the thought of Angel Jibreel, the best of the most obedient of Creations, being on Earth totally mind-blowing. I have this immense respect for him because Allah SWT chose Jibreel AS out of all Angels to bring down the Best of Books, i.e. the Quraan, to the best of the Prophets. He AS comforted and supported Prophet SAW several times by the Permission of Allah SWT and conveyed salams too on behalf of Allah SWT to his SAW’s wives (Khadija & Aisha RA). He AS was present at so many crucial moments of Rasulalah SAW’s. Would love to meet him AS in Jannah inshaa’Allah!
Notice how Allah SWT singles out Angel Jibreel from the general group of Angels in Suratul Qadr:
Therein descend the angels and the Ruh [Jibrael (Gabriel)] by Allah’s Permission with all Decrees.
Isn’t Angel Jibreel AS an Angel? Why mention him separately?
Well, he AS is a very special Angel.
The angels descend in abundance during the Night of Al-Qadr due to its abundant blessings. The angels descend with the descending of blessings and mercy, just as they descend when the Qur’an is recited, they surround the circles of Dhikr (remembrance of Allah) and they lower their wings with true respect for the student of knowledge. In reference to Ar-Ruh, it is said that here it means the angel Jibril. Therefore, the wording of the Ayah is a method of adding the name of the distinct object (in this case Jibril) separate from the general group (in this case the angels). [Source: Tafsir Ibn Kathir]
SO what are the Signs of Laylatul Qadr?
This is supported by what Imam Ahmad recorded from `Ubadah bin As-Samit that the Messenger of Allah said,
“The Night of Al-Qadr occurs during the last ten (nights). Whoever stands for them (in prayer) seeking their reward, then indeed Allah will forgive his previous sins and his latter sins. It is an odd night: the ninth, or the seventh, or the fifth, or the third or the last night (of Ramadan).”
The Messenger of Allah also said,
Verily, the sign of the Night of Al-Qadr is that it is pure and glowing as if there were a bright, tranquil, calm moon during it. It is not cold, nor is it hot, and no shooting star is permitted until morning. Its sign is that the sun appears on the morning following it smooth having no rays on it, just like the moon on a full moon night. Shaytan is not allowed to come out with it (the sun) on that day.) This chain of narration is good. In its text there is some oddities and in some of its wordings there are things that are objectionable. Abu Dawud mentioned a section in his Sunan that he titled, “Chapter: Clarification that the Night of Al-Qadr occurs during every Ramadan.” [More details: here]
I remember last Ramadan, I heard a few uncles narrate stories about them seeing ‘strange’ things which made them feel that it was Laylatul Qadr at a particular odd-numbered night. There was also an aunty who described a sudden mist on the route they were taking to attend the Qiyam al Layl in the Masjid. ‘Maybe that mist was actually a group of Angels?’ , she expressed her conjecture out loud to my mom and me. May Allah SWT bless them all, some older people can be very cute in their excitement to seek Laylatul Qadr.
Allahu ‘Alam but the idea is just so very heavenly. I had a good look at the sky last night and subhanAllah it just took my breath away. But C-city’s skies are like that. Mashaa’Allah tabarakAllah, Allah SWT has specially blessed us with the most beautiful of skies. Alhamdolilah.
It was quite hot all night up until Suhoor time. Spent some time at the deck and it did get chilly. Everything was so beautifully still and peaceful. Just the sound of the trees swaying gently with light cool breeze was enough to make one’s heart at total peace, alhamdolilah. The sun at this very moment has risen and I can see bright rays emanating from it right now. From the accumulated evidence, it seems that last night wasn’t Laylatul Qadr here then. Of course, there could be many sources of human error; therefore, Allah SWT knows best.
The Sahaabah (may Allaah be pleased with them) used to recognize it by its signs. But not seeing them does not means that one will not gain its reward, if one spends that night in prayer out of faith and the hope of reward. The Muslim should strive to seek it in the last ten nights of Ramadaan, as enjoined by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), hoping to earn reward. If it so happens that a person spends this night in prayer out of faith and seeking reward, then he will gain its reward, even if he does not know that that was Laylat al-Qadr. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever spends the night of Laylat al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and seeking reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.” According to another report: “Whoever spends that night in prayer, seeking Laylat al-Qadr, then he catches it, his previous and future sins will be forgiven.” [Source: IslamQA]
Laylatul Qadr, whether it has already passed or is to come: Taqqabbal Allahu minna wa minkum!
Let’s savour the last few days of Ramadan 1432, shall we?