May 16, 2020, 1:43 PM
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Laylat al-Qadr; night of destiny

Tehran, May 16, IRNA – Laylat al-Qadr is a blessed night in the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims believe that their worship will be effective to make them deserve bright destiny bestowed upon them by God and his angels.

The night also known as the night of value or the night of measures, is believed to be the night when the Quran was first sent down from Heaven to the world and also the night when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to prophet Mohammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

The specific date of Laylat al-Qadr is not mentioned in the Quran. Shia Muslims believe that Laylat al-Qadr is to be found in the last ten odd nights of Ramadan but mostly on the 19th, 21st or 23rd of Ramadan with 23rd being the most important night.

The 19th, according to the Shia belief, coincides with the night Imam Ali (AS), the first Imam of Prophet Mohammad Infallible Household was attacked in the Mihrab while worship in the Great Mosque of Kufa. The 21st is when he succumbed to injuries and was martyred. 

Muslims believe that the Night of Qadr comes with blessings and mercy of God in abundance. At this night they stay up until dawn praying and asking God to forgive their sins while holding the Quran on their heads.

The rituals of Laylat al-Qadr is mostly observed in groups, in religious sites such as mosque and holy shrines of Imams and the offspring of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

However, everything is different this year. Social gatherings are banned or restricted in Islamic countries as like as other parts of the world due to the global outbreak of Covid-19.  

In many Iranian cities, mosques and other religious sites are still closed and people cannot go to such places for Qadr nights. They mostly stay at home and observe the rituals individually or in small family groups.

The fasting Muslims will certainly pray upon God to put an end to these difficult days and rid the world people of this inauspicious virus.   


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