With all the distractions, challenges and demands that have set upon us this year 2011/1432, many Muslims have found it difficult to settle into the flow of Ramadhan this year, more so than in previous years. Now our annual Reminder asks our full attention as the Night of a Thousand Nights is upon us.
Layla-tul Qadr falls on the night with the odd number within the last 10 days of Ramadhan; beginning from the 19th, and ending on the 27/29th. Some practices simplifies this making Layla-tul Qadr the 27th.
‘’Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadhan’’(Al-Bukhari 3: 32# 234)
Traditions say there are signs apparent when it is Layla-tul Qadr which lends credence to the understanding that some kind of synchronicity has to take place in the universe to declare that the heavens are open to receive direct audience on a mass scale, a scale that corrects the imbalance of our miscreations so that on mass we can surrender in a state of Islam. This also means that one has to be removed from the kind of distractions that prevents one from knowing that it is indeed Layla-tul Qadr, a night of complete calm where even the dogs do not howl! When the…
- night is so peaceful that it instills peace in the heart – it is neither hot nor cold, with a clear moon shaped like a bowl that has no rays.
- There will be no shooting stars in the night
- sunrise of the following morning rises as a disc without beams of light, appearing like the moon.
The Islamic calendar and the secular calendar this year numerically synchronizes during Ramadhan 1432. Layla-tul Qadr this year falls on the last day of Illumination in the first phase of the Shift of the Ages in the esoteric non-Muslim world, which began on the last day of Ramadhan’s Ayaam ul Baydh or Layla-tul Bara’at (i.e. 13th, 14th, 15th), which in turn was an auspicious full moon. This is in preparation for raising the earthly vibrations which have sunken to the depths of mankind’s miscreations, duality and separations that has caused so many so much pain and unnecessary suffering.
We are now being held accountable for our intentions and our actions, as we go through a global purge, as Layla-tul Qadr 1432 serves us as a reminder to the final divine guidance to mankind towards a more balanced life full of harmony and mutual respect, as well as respect for one’s true self as opposed to the affectation of one’s mind, the ideal self that is a manifestation of imbalanced societies.
Prophet Muhammed (SAW) pondered over the longer lives of the people of the past ages and when comparing them with much shorter lives of this Ummah, he became greatly saddened, because the jihad an nafs of this Ummah stands challenged to benefit as those before them. Because of this, Allah (SWT) in His Mercy granted us Layla-tul Qadr.
Layla-tul Bara’at prepared us for this Night, when we seek pardon reflecting on the sins we have committed, and make a commitment to not repeat them for it is on this Night the decision for the year to come is made.
Our hearts, minds and limbs should be striving to one direction, for what is worship when our tongues say one thing, but our hearts, minds and limbs say something else. We should make ghusl (ritual bathing), and put on clean clothes as we prepare for the Night of a Thousand Nights. It a Night to give unto our Creator al our pain and suffering so that we may Surrender to a state of Islam seeking His Pardon, His guidance, and the blessings of the Creator that sustains all life for science has a long way to go before it can prove that God does not exist!