Friday, June 24, 2016

The Night of Power

While Christians will be sleeping, on the night of 26th June, after fasting all day and ending it with iftar (celebratory feast), millions of Momins (Practicing Muslims) will keep awake all night to pray, repent, recite Quranic verses and even spend the night in the Mosque. This night is called Shabe Barat in Persian or Laylatul Qadr in Arabic (the Night of Power or destiny). This is the night when Allah comes down to the lowest heaven to hear the prayers and petitions of Muslims (surrendered). Any action done on this night such as reciting the Quran, remembering Allah, etc. is better than acting for one thousand months. (Quran 97:3)
According to the Surah al Baqara 2:185, Quran was revealed during the month of Ramadan (Arabic) or Ramzan (Persian). Hazrat Mohammad had gone to meditate in a cave in mount Hira where angel Jibreel (Gabriel) grabbed hold of him and squeezed him and commanded Mohammad to “iqra” (read) but Mohammad pleaded that he was ummi (illiterate). (Q. 96:1 96:3-4) So Jibreel squeezed him even harder and commanded again to read. Later Mohammad told Khadijah, his first wife, a Christian, about the incidence, who took him to her cousin Waraqa bin Nawfal, the Bishop of Mecca. Muslim scholars claim that Waraqa endorsed Mohammad’s prophet-hood but that is not substantiated by others. Jibreel then revealed the Quran (recitations) to Hazrat Mohammad, over a period of 23 years.
Interestingly, Allah told Muslims to keep the fast as it was prescribed to those before you (Jews and Christians) that you may learn self-control. Quran 2:183
Obviously the implication here is when the Torah was revealed to Moses and the Injil (Gospel) was revealed to Isa al Masih, after forty days of fasting.
 What can the Christians do:
Pray that 2.6 billion Christians of the world will wake up and pray for 1.6 Sons and daughters of Ishmael that they may revisit the Quran and find out what exactly does the Quran say about Isa al Masih:

No one was born like him. Surah 3:47; 21:91; 66:12;
No one had a pious mother like him. 3:42
No one was given a name Isa (Saviour), like him. 3:45; 39
No one was called Kalimatullah, the Word of God, like him. Surah 4:171
No one was called Ruhallah or the Spirit of God, like him. 4:171
No one did miracles like him. 3:49; 5:110
No one was righteous like him. 3:46; 19:19
No one died like him. 19:33,34
No one ascended to heaven like him. 4:158
No one is closer to Allah like him. 3:55
No one will return to judge like him. 43:61
His name is Isa al Masih. 3:45

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