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Celebrating Laylat al-Qadr

With the month of Ramadan coming to an end this week, many are preparing for Laylat al-Qadr, one of the most celebrated nights of the holy month. This spiritual celebration is a big part of Ramadan, and we think its rich history is very interesting. Laylat al-Qadr, known as the Night of Power or Night of Destiny is considered to be the holiest night of the year among Muslims all over the world. It is said to be the night that the first verses of the Qu'ran were revealed to Prophet Muhammad. On this night of Ramadan, prayers are considered to be more fulfilling than a thousand months of prayer. The importance of this night is highlighted in the following saying by Prophet Muhammad:

Whoever establishes the prayers on the night of Qadr out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah's rewards (not to show off) then all his past sins will be forgiven

On this night, observants gather with loved ones and devote their time towards reading verses from the Qu'ran and performing  prayer until the break of dawn. Muslims believe this to be the most powerful night, as all angels descend on Earth. On this night, all sins are forgiven and all prayers are answered. group prayer What makes the date of this night unique is that there is no exact day prescribed to Laylat al-Qadr. Most scholars believe this holy night falls on an odd night within the last ten days of Ramadan. As any one of the last ten days could be Laylat al-Qadr, worshippers try to be especially observant during this time. The celebration of Ramadan is a beautiful time for the Islamic community, and we would like to wish our readers a blessed and fulfilling Laylat al-Qadr. Images via Wikipedia, The Wall Street Journal.

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