Why didnt the Prophet (saws) reveal the date of the night of Qadr?


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Subject: Q&A Re: 862 Dai does not claim any other book rather than the Quran

In a message dated 1/9/02 9:49:27 AM Pacific Standard Time, q&a@dawoodibohrahelpline.com writes:

 

Your Statement:  U said we hardly know the meaning of one aayah from the Qur  an but let me tell u recently in Ramadan we were being taught the meaning of suratul laylatul Qadr,in the very same form as in Qur’an. No additions  and no deletions.

 

We have absolutely no doubt that the ‘holy men’ translated the 97th Surah of Al Qadr on one of the nights of Ramadan!    And we absolutely have no doubt that they did not add nor delete anything from its meanings… and you have confirmed that they translated in the very same form as in the Quran!  That is simply because this Surah is non-controversial and does not say anything about the grave sin of ‘shirk’ that these ‘holy men’ propagate. 

Almost all the major Surahs in the Quran revolve around the concept of Tawheed (Oneness of Allah Subhanah) and the refutation of ‘shirk’ (associating others with Allah)!!!  But these supposed ‘holy men’ will never ever touch those Surahs of the Quran.   These supposed ‘holy men’ do exactly what Allah says in the Quran the holy men of the Jews did to their people:  taught their followers some verses of their Revealed Scriptures, and concealed the rest!

 

I do not agree with the questioner and with your reply. Our Janabs do transtlate this shura word by word, but the whole night they say that "It is the night of Maa Fatematuz Zehra" and then they start bayans and maatam for sufferings and wafat of Fatematuz Zahra half of the night.

Can you tell us, how many times rasule Khuda (s.a.v.) and his close family members including Fatema, Ali did pray whole night on 23rd. of RAMADAN? I would like to know, why the Allah taala has kept every guessing about the actual date of this night? And, why Rasule Khuda did not spell out the correct date to the followers?

 

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Why didn’t the Prophet (saws) reveal  the date of the night of Qadr?

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol,  no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Your question: I do not agree with the questioner and with your reply. Our Janabs do  transtlate this shura word by word, but the whole night they say that "It is  the night of Maa Fatematuz Zehra" and then they start bayans and maatam for sufferings and wafat of Fatematuz Zahra half of the night.

Beloved brother, if you could kindly be specific as to what part of our reply you do not agree with, we will try to respond to your query in the best manner we can; Insha Allah from the clear guidance and teachings of Allah and His Messenger (saws).  

 

No day and no night in Islam can be dedicated to a human being… for each day and each night are nothing but the Signs of Allah Subhanah; and He Alone is the Owner of the Days, as well as the Nights!  Allah and His Messenger (saws) did not authorize any of the believers to dedicate any day or night to anyone; thus whoever does so has done it without authority from Allah and His Messenger (saws); and therefore their claims cannot be accepted by the believers, who truly believe in Allah and the Last Day.

 

Your question: Can you tell us, how many times rasule Khuda (s.a.v.) and his close  family members including Fatema, Ali did pray whole night on 23rd. of  RAMADAN?

The Messenger of Allah (saws) himself, and many of his companions and the noble ‘ahle-bayt’, used to spend ten days and nights of Ramadan in ‘Iteqaaf’ or seclusion in the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, after the commandment of the fasts of Ramadan were revealed.  They used to dedicate themselves to the worship of their Lord in these blessed days and nights; thus it is very probable that the Prophet (saws), and many of companions and ahle-bayt, spent the whole nights of the last days of Ramadan in worship of the Merciful…. And not just the one night of 23 Ramadan!

 

Your question.  I would like to know, why the Allah taala has kept every guessing  about the actual date of this night? And, why Rasule Khuda did not spell out the correct date to the followers?

The true knowledge of exactly why the All Knowing and All Wise Allah, kept the exact date of this Great Night of Qadr hidden from the believers, is known to Him and Him Alone.

 

But as believers, we are encouraged in Islam to search for the wisdom behind each commandment of Allah and His Messenger (saws), so that we may understand the command, and follow it with more conviction. 

 

Many Islamic scholars have given many reasons behind the Wisdom of not declaring the exact date of Layla-tul-Qadr:

 

One opinion is that Allah did this as a test for the believers, so that He may see who amongst His Slaves recognizes the importance of this Blessed Night, and to see how hard they try to search for it.

 

Another opinion, is that it would encourage the believers, who truly believe in the promises of Allah Subhanah about the importance of this Blessed Night of Qadr, to worship Allah Subhanah sincerely on all the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.  That way, one will be assured to get the blessings of this Great Night of Qadr.

 

Another opinion, in hiding the exact date of the Night of Qadr, would be to see who truly is desperately seeking the blessings of Allah, and who is casual about it!   An example would be if one hides a very valuable diamond in a building, and tells the people to go search for it.  Whoever knows and believes in the value of the diamond, will work hard and search every nook and corner of every room of the building!   But if all were told of the exact location of the diamond, all of them, the sincere as well as the insincere, would simply go to the location and obtain it!  

 

Allah Subhanah Alone Knows Best the exact wisdom behind not declaring the exact date of this Blessed Night of Qadr!

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.235         Narrated by Abu Said Al Khudri

The Messenger of Allah (saws) used to practice Itikaf (in the mosque) in the middle third of Ramadan and after passing the twenty nights he used to go back to his house on the 21st, and the people who were in Itikaf with him, also used to go back to their houses.  Once in Ramadan, in which he practiced Itikaf, he established the night prayers at the night in which he used to return home, and then he addressed the people and ordered them whatever Allah wished him to order and said, "I used to practice Itikaf for these ten days (i.e. the middle third) but now I intend to stay in Itikaf for the last ten days (of the month); so whoever was in Itikaf with me should stay at his place of seclusion.  I have verily been shown (the date of) this Night (of Qadr) but I have forgotten it.  So search for it in the odd nights of the last ten days (of this month).”

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 98 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

Malik narrated from Hisham ibn Urwa from his father, that the Messenger of Allah (saws), said, "Search for Laylat al-Qadr in the last ten days of Ramadan."

 

 

Sahih Muslim Hadith 2624     Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

Allah's Messenger (saws) said: “I was shown Laylat al-Qadr; then some members of my family woke me up, then I was caused to forget it.   So seek it in the last week.”

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 3.239         Narrated by Ibn Abbas

Allah's Apostle (saws) said, "The Night of Qadr is in the last ten nights of the month (Ramadan), either on the first nine or in the last (remaining) seven nights (of Ramadan)."

 

Allah's Messenger (saws) came to us as we had been arguing with each other about the Divine Decree (al-Qadr).  He was so annoyed that his face became as red as if there had been squeezed on his cheeks the flesh of pomegranates.  He said: “Is this what you have been commanded to do? Is this with which I have been sent to you?  Those who had gone before you were destroyed,  as they disputed about it.  I adjure you!   I adjure you not to fall into argumentation in regard to it.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

 

 

 

 

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