The Holy Nights
March 15, 2008 § 12 Comments
If I were to ask you what are the five Holy Nights, what would come to your mind? Perhaps nothing or perhaps something. The fact of the matter is that the Holy Days and Nights are not discussed very often among religious people in America. But for Muslims in America there are evenings that should matter in our lives, they should not be ordinary nights that pass in an ordinary way. There are five Holy Nights that I am going to mention here and if these nights mean something in the Heavens, then they should mean something to Believers on Earth:
Laylat al-Mawlid: Night of the Birth, this Holy Night occurs on the 12th of the Holy Month of Rabi’ al-Awwal. And celebrates the birth of our Holy Prophet, Sayyidina Maulana Muhammad Mustafa (may Peace and Blessings be upon him). On the night that the Holy Prophet was born, Allah Almighty, ordered the angels to open wide all the gates of Heaven and Paradise. It was also during that day that the sun was brighter and more brilliant in its radiance and the world over was uplifted. Hazreti Aaminah, the Holy Prophet’s mother reported,
“At the time I was ready to give birth there was no one with me, neither man nor woman attended me (for everyone, including Abdul-Mutallib, had gone to make Tawaf of the Ka’ba.) I was all alone in the house. Suddenly there was a terrifying noise and I felt great fear. The a white bird alighted upon my breast and my fear left me, I became calm and no trace of pain or anxiety remained. Next I was handed a cup of sweet white sherbet, and when I drank of it, my heart filled with peace and joy and light. After this, I beheld a number of tall women approaching me, tall and slender as cypress trees, and of astounding beauty. I took them to be the daughters of Abdu Manaf. They came and sat around me in a circle, and I was mostly surprised and wondered how they had come to know of my condition and who had informed them.
While I was yet pondering this question in my heart, one of the ladies spoke and said, ‘I am Hawa [Eve], the wife of the Prophet Adam,’ and another one of the said, ‘I am Sarah, the wife of the Prophet Ibrahim.’ Yet another said, ‘I am Asiya, the wife of Fir’aun of Egypt [Pharoah]‘. And another said, ‘I am Maryam [Mary], the daughter of ‘Imran, the mother of ‘Isa [Jesus]‘. The others were introduced as the Huris of Paradise, all of whom had come to usher the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) into his earthly life and to welcome him with due veneration.” (H.A. Adil)
Laylat ar-Raghaib: Night of the Rewards, this Holy night occurs on the 1st Friday of Rajab. And it is known as the night that the Holy Prophet’s essence, his nur, was passed from Hazreti Abdullah (ra) to Hazreti Aaminah (ra), the Holy Prophet’s father and mother. Hazreti Abbas ibn Abdul-Muttalib (ra), the Holy Prophet’s (s) uncle relates,
‘Abdullah saw many visions and experienced many strange things. One day he said to his father Abdul-Muttalib,
“I came to a certain place in Mecca where I saw a light rise up from behind me; it divided in half and became two branches. One went to the east and one to the west. This light spread out all over the world, and yet in less than a second it returned, rolling itself up in a ball and hovering over my head. I saw the gates of Heaven open and this light rose up, and descended again into my back. Also, every time I sit down, I hear a voice coming up from the ground that says to me; ‘Greetings of peace be with you! The light of Muhammad (s.a.w.s.) is with you and in your care!’ (H.A. Adil)
Laylat al-Miraj: Night of the Journey, this Holy Night occurs on the 27th of Rajab. Laylat al-Mi’raj is the night that the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) ascended into the Heavenly Stations attaining the highest honor among Allah Almighty’s creation.
Laylat al-Bara’at: Night of the Emancipation, this Holy Night occurs on the 15th of Sha’ban. It is during this great month that Allah Almighty takes the account of His creation. This month should not go unnoticed. The Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) would fast most of this month and after sunset on Laylat al-Bara’at. If there is anyone who seeks forgiveness or if there is anyone who is in need or if there is anyone in pain and seeks help the time between sunset and sunrise on the Night of the Emancipation is recommended to ask for forgiveness; provision; healing and help. Shaykh Abdul-Kerim Efendi has said,
“When the days are approaching for the night of Berat (night of calculations, accounting night) spend that night in worshiping to your Lord and spend the day in fasting. Then you will find Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) forgiving you and forgiving your sins.”
Laylat al-Qadr: Night of the Power, occurs during the last third of the Holy Month of Ramadan. Laylat al-Qadr is the Holy Night that the Qur’an al-kerim was revealed to the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him). It is the Holiest of Holy Nights and was the night that Allah Almighty ordered the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) to spend most of the night in worship to prepare his heart for the tremendous revelation of the Qur’an al-kerim. It says in the Qur’an al-kerim,
In the name of God the Beneficent the Merciful
Indeed we sent it [the Qur'an al-kerim] down on the Night of Power. What will convey to you what the Night of power is like! Better is the Night of Power than a thousand months in that Night the angels and the Spirit descend by permission of their Lord for every affair. Peace it is, till the break of dawn.
These are Holy Nights which means that they are specific dates, between sunset and sunrise, that are associated with Divine Power and sacred things. It is recommended to fast during the day and make supererogatory prayers on these nights. Religious people have to connect ourselves with Holy things and Holy people to receive support from them. Our love for the Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) brings us closer to him. The best associations are Holy associations and the worst associations are Shaytan’s associations, likewise the best support is Holy support.
The bottom-line is that we are weak and our faith is weak but if we connect ourselves to Holy people; Holy things; Holy Nights and Days then perhaps Allah Almighty will Grant us a little bit more Power to wake up in the morning or get the kids to school on time or improve our situations on the job or mend our broken relationships or refuse temptations. I am sure we all could use a little bit more of any one of those items mentioned.