A Lifetime in One Night

from Shane's Muslim Connect

Oh, sure, “A Lifetime in One Night” would make a great title for a romantic comedy. In this case, however, it refers to Laylatul Qadr or the Night of Power, the most potent night of Ramadan, the Islamic fasting month. It is said this one night is better than a thousand months, or the average life expectancy of a Dutch woman!

According to the Qur'an, “We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power: And what will explain to thee what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah's permission, on every errand: Peace!... This until the rise of dawn!"

My friend Ash, who grew up in a Muslim family describes it this way: “It is the holiest night of Ramadan. Muslims believe Mohammed received the first verses of the Qur'an on this night. The Qur'an says that angels are sent on this night, and Allah forgives those who are faithful to him.”

I didn’t grow up with anything even roughly parallel to this event, and it’s a little hard for me to wrap my head around. My read is, though, that this is a big deal for faithful Muslims. 

As such, I’d like us to pray specifically ahead of and during this evening, which will be tonight or tomorrow night (May 31 or June 1, 2019), depending on factors I don’t totally understand!  

Can I invite you to visit the Muslim Connect Facebook page and post a prayer of blessing for Muslims as we enter the Night of Power? (If you’re not a Facebook person, feel free to send a prayer to me and I’ll post it for you.) Thank you.

 

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