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Why Are Some Days or Nights Special in Islam?

“There is nothing in existence but beauty, for God created the cosmos only in His image, that is, in the image of His infinite beauty.”…

In the name of Allah

Why Are Some Days or Nights Special in Islam?

Let’s start our topic with a question. What is the meaning of ‘special’ in your life? What days have been special to you, your family, or even to your community? The answer may vary from mere personal occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, etc. to more public ones such as New Year’s Eve, Easters, or any National Day. The same is true about every religion, culture, or society. Different days of the year have different meanings in every religious community; such as Laylatul Qadr for Muslims.

 

Everything that the Almighty God has created is Noble

“(He) Who perfected everything which He created” (Quran 32:7)

“…So whichever way you turn, there is the face of Allah! Allah is indeed all-bounteous, all-knowing.” Quran (2:115)

“There is nothing in existence but beauty, for God created the cosmos only in His image, that is, in the image of His infinite beauty.” Ibn Arabi [i], [1]& [2].

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This does not, however, mean that all creatures are the same! Can river stones be equal to those of precious pearls in the oceans? The world is the world of differences, and that actually makes it delightful and adventurous. This is also manifested in people’s different languages and colors, which is a sign of Allah’s balanced and sophisticated creation.

“And of His signs is … the diversity of your languages and your colors. Indeed in that are signs for those of knowledge” (Quran 30:22)

If every stone were like a pearl would have the pearl had the same value that it has now? How about the days of the year? God is indeed in All Days, but again this is God’s plan for us to value specific days or nights more than others. The Islamic Holy scripture refers to a night that has the value as equal to a thousand months, called Laylatul Qadr, the Night of Decree. Likewise, the month of Ramadan or that of Dhul Hijja has special significance in Islam during which distinct rituals and etiquettes are prescribed for Muslims.  What is it that really makes them unique? For that, we will have to take a look at Islamic resources.

 

Which Days or Nights Are Superior in Islam?

As indicated earlier, certain nights and days are adored in Islamic culture.

In a week, Friday does not only mark the weekend, but it has a special meaning for Muslims. The Surah “al-Juma” in the Quran declares the importance of the Friday prayer that is a congregational prayer held at Friday noon, and it is also referred to as the “the pilgrimage of the poor” in Islamic traditions. ‘Forgiveness of sins,’ ‘reduction of the difficulties in the Day of Judgment,’ and ‘great rewards for every step to the place of the Friday prayer’ are only a scratch over the surface of the benefits of this ritual for those who attend it [3].

In a year, the three months of Rajab, Shaban, and Ramadan are highly appreciated. It is narrated that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH&HP) has said: “Indeed Rajab is the month of Allah, while Shaban is my month and Ramadan is the month of my community” [4]. Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was revealed to the Prophet (PBUH&HP). It is also the month of fasting for Muslims [5].

In a grand tradition, the Prophet (PBUH&HP) narrates that Allah (SWT) said: “Fasting is for me, and I am the one who rewards for it” [6], “The gates of the fire are closed (in this month), so ask your Lord not to open them and Satans are in chains. So ask your Lord not to dominate them over you.” This month is the best month in the sight of Allah, its days are the best, its nights are the best nights and its hours are the best hours… your breath in it (the month of Ramadan) is glorification (of God), and your sleep in it is worship” [7].

 

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The Night of Decree (Laylatul Qadr) 

 

Moreover, it is in this month that the Night of Decree (Laylatul Qadr) is celebrated. A night that is regarded as equal to a thousand months, and it is when humankind’s destiny is decreed for the coming year. It was on this night that the Holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet [8]. Indeed, Ramadan is the best month, and the Night of Qadr (Decree) is its heart. Believers stay awake the entire night and pray for blessings and forgiveness. It is the holiest night of the year, and it would be unwise to be heedless of the tremendous benefits of this night. It is a grand opportunity that God has gifted us with; there is a night that our whole year is decreed and if praying that night, we can ask Him to bless us with a year full of the happiness, the spirituality, the health and the success and whatever good we want in our lives. That’s how God gives us the chance to rebuild our destiny, and a new beginning of our spiritual calendars, to ask forgiveness for the sins we have committed in the past year while praying for a better fate in the coming year.

 

The above briefly indicates how some days, months, and nights are special in Islam. The question now remains how we are going to use them and benefit from them.  When we are invited to such a special feast undoubtedly, we have to get prepared and plan for it; otherwise, we gain nothing but regret.

 

That’s the beauty of having faith. Your days and nights are not equal. Each and every one of them has their own distinct meanings. It makes the spiritual journey of a servant sweeter and more enjoyable. He/she has always something to do to get closer to His Lord.

 

Notes:

[i] An Arab Andalusian Muslim scholar, mystic, poet, and philosopher, whose works have grown to be very influential.

References:

[۱] Claude Addas, The Experience and Doctrine of Love in Ibn Arab, http://www.ibnarabisociety.org/addas1.html
[۲] William C. Chittick, The Divine Roots of Human Love,
http://www.ibnarabisociety.org/articles/divinerootsoflove.html
[۳] Al-‘Allama al-Majlisi, Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 86, p. 197, Al-Shaykh al-Saduq, Man la yahduruh al-faqih, vol. 1, p. 427, Nuri, Musadrak al-wasa’il, vol. 2, p. 504.
[۴] Al-‘Allama al-Majlisi, Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 104, p. 123.
[۵] The Quran 2:183&5
[۶] Shaykh al-Hurr al-Amili, Wasā’il al-Shi’ah, vol. 10, p.400.
[۷] Al-Shaykh al-Saduq, Al-Amāli, p.95.
[۸] The Quran, Chapter 97th.

 

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