So, here we are about to say goodbye to Ramadan. In true Islamic style, the goodbye is not a simple waving off ceremony; it comes with a bit of a treasure hunt. The treasure is the Night of Power (Laylatur Qadar); the hunt is on for which night of the last ten will be that night.
Most of us have been, at some point in our lives, students well accustomed to pulling all-nighters. Some of us are still in that zone. For the students among us, you can take a few minutes out of your exam preparation, paper-writing, and various other academic pursuits that cause you to labor under the moon’s oblivious gaze, to take a deep breath, head for the prayer rug, and make a du’aa or two. You can take out a minute to send salutations to the Prophet صل الله عليه و سلم. And then you can go back to your studying (and Facebooking, Twittering, and Flickring–yes, I know it’s not all studying).
As for those of us who’ve left the all-nighters behind, perhaps it’s time to get reacquainted with the concept, for just a few nights. Here’s a good list of things we can do these last 10 nights (or rather every other night, since Laylatur Qadr is supposed to be on an odd-numbered night).
May Allah grant us the strength to make the effort to find the Night of Power, ameen. This will mean switching off the computer earlier, of course!
Jummah Mubarak, and many apologies for not being able to see to the comments stacked up. I promise I’ll get to them this weekend, inshaAllah.