day 26




by Bassam Tariq

It is the 27th night of Ramadan and we are locked in. The Mohammad Mosque is located in the hard streets of Hartford, Connecticut. The cops have already pulled up twice, once to stop a fight and the second time to stop a rape. No joke. So we stay put inside and try to make the best of the night that’s ahead.

Tonight is the night where many Muslims will stay up searching for what might be the most important moment of their entire lives. It is believed to be the night when the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed -Laylat al-Qadr (The Night of Qadr). There is no direct translation of the Arabic word Qadr, but there are those words that come close to it – i.e.: Destiny, Power, Measures, Decree, etc.  It is considered the most blessed night, but no one knows the exact night it is – only that it behooves us to look for it in the last third of Ramadan. That is why there is a search for it in the last ten days of Ramadan and more specifically a search from sundown till sunrise. As the verses revealed in the Qur’an state: “it is all peace, until the rise of dawn.” So we search till daybreak.

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  • Anonymous

    Qadr – hide and seek champion since year 0 after hijrah

  • azeem quadri

    Does anybody find it with the known clues. 

    • Sweetdove585

      Abu Dharr reported that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said: On the morning following Laylat al-Qadr, the sun rises without rays, resembling a dish, until it becomes high” – Saheeh Muslim. Here is a video taken by a brother of the sun rising the morning after the 27th of Ramadhan:

  • Shakib45

    before some non-muslims make confusion with the search for the “night of power” or Qadr with easter egg search, let me explain that we try to pray most of the odd nights of the last ten in Ramadan (21/23…29) from sundown to sunup. we hope that if we are caught praying in that “moment of truth” our prayers will be answered and sins forgiven because of the enormous power that moment holds.  

    • Jbmingo

      Yeah, I was getting all sorts of strange stares when I spent the past week prowling around the local Mosque with a basket looking [apparently in vain] for painted eggs – thanks for letting me in on the secret!  :)

      In all seriousness: thank you, Shakib45, for explaining the concept of Qadr for me and other non-Moslems here.  God bless.

  • Anonymous

    May your prayers be accepted.

  • Hussain Alavi

    very very nice pictures

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