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The last 10 days of Ramadhan

Monday September 22nd, 2008 by fathersez

Last Saturday night was the 21st night of Ramadhan, signalling the start of the last 10 days.  

The last 10 days are ultra special days of what is regarded as the holiest month of the Islamic calendar. Our holy Quran was first sent down during these 10 days. And the Quran tells us about a particularly special night known as “Lailatul Qadar” or the Night of Power. 

In the name of God, the Benevolent, the Merciful.
1 Lo! We revealed it on the Night of Predestination.
2 Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Night of Power is!
3 The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
4 The angels and the Spirit descend therein, by the permission of their Lord, with all decrees.
5 (The night is) Peace until the rising of the dawn.

All Muslims strive to maximise their prayers and good deeds on this night, which the Hadith explain would fall during one of the odd nights of the last 10 days of Ramadhan. We believe that our requests to the All Mighty on this night, which is better than a 1000 months, would be granted. 

This belief may seem strange to non Muslims, but then this is what “faith” is all about.  Complete acceptance and belief.  

Talking about faith, something I read in Readers Digest many years ago comes to mind.  

A mother asked her 6 year old son after he came back from Bible classes on what he had learnt that day. The boy told her that the teacher told them the story of Moses and his followers being chased by the soldiers of the Pharaoh until Moses was stuck at a sea shore. So Moses called up the Air Force General who sent fighter jets and bombers to fight the Pharaoh and his soldiers. The general also sent some boats to Moses to take him and his followers across the sea. 

The mother said, “I am sure this is not what the teacher said”. 

To which the boy replied, “Mom, if I told you what she told us, you’ll never believe it!” 

I am sure that once the boy becomes a little older and understands faith, he’ll truly understand and accept the story of Moses, which is also explained in the Quran.   

There is quite a bit of literature on how to look for and identify the Night of Power. As for me, the Hadith is good enough. It should fall on one of the odd nights of the last 10 days of Ramadhan. And Insya’Allah the angels will find me praying or doing other good deeds on every night of these last ten days, and may my prayers be answered. 

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