nightblackblueThe cold wind of tyranny is ailing the weak, the oppressed. The path towards victory is long and rocky and you can’t walk any longer.

The nights are too short; the supplications very long and the friends few. It seems impossible to climb the lofty mountains as the dark clouds hover above – ready to storm and thunder…which means to torture and destroy.

The rain of tribulations has made the earth slippery, hence you feel you will fall and slip into the hands of the dark earth, into a grave in which you will regret not having worked hard to make His word the most High.

When hope has nearly extinguished and only a flickr remains – it hits you, that no matter how dark the night, no matter how high the mountain, no matter how heavy the tyrannical clouds, no matter how slippery the path… Allah will never let you down; even if much has been lost, there has come a night to help you pass this ordeal very very quickly:

{I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when He calls on Me.} (Suratul Baqarah; Verse 186) [1]

In a world full of turmoil, where Muslims have been oppressed, subjugated and belittled – emerges a night of empowerment; a night, to raise the hopes of those who have no hope, to  open the world for those who can’t see the world.

As the atrocious wolves partake of Muslim blood, as the venomous snakes inject our Sisters - take power in the darknesses of the night of power. From the warmth and comfort of your bed, from the sleepiness in your mind and heart, awake and slip out into the coldness of these nights that appear dark yet are shining with opportunities and gold mines

Search for this night; enter, with the Muslims around the globe into the presence of the divine – unified within the confines of their homes ….without having to hold secret meetings or book massive halls.  And call upon a Lord who never rejects a supplication, yes I said: who never rejects a supplication. The Prophet (salallahu a’lyhi wasalam) said, ‘One’s supplication will be accepted as long as he does not become hasty, and say, ‘I have supplicated but it has not been accepted from me.’ [2]

As the night of power emerges, the words of Allah resound in the timelessness of justice,

{Certainly! Allâh will not change the condition of a people as long as they do not change their state themselves.} (Surah Ar-Ra’d; Verse: 11) [3]

Let’s make that sincere effort to change ourselves, to become better Muslims and hence have a better standing in the world.

It is said that before light, precedes the darknesses – the darknesses of work, patience, toil and struggle. Energise, focus, deliberate and enter into a night which is full of salaam (peace), and salaam will once again prevail.

This is a night amidst all other nights, yet one of the things that makes it so different is that it occurs in the month in which peoples lives can change forever…a chance to change history forever.

Take the steering wheel and change the course of history for ever, steering it towards the destination of victory. The Prophet (salallahu a’lyhi wasalam) said: "Nothing can change the predestination (qadr) except the du'a …" [4]

Set our appointment to be the night of Power, our partners the angels of light, our provisions our prayer mats, and our means: our duas.

Ask: for this is the night...a night full of power.

 

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[1] The full verse: {And when My slaves ask You concerning Me, Then (answer them), I am indeed near; I respond to the invocations of the supplicant when He calls on Me. So let them obey Me and believe In Me, so that they may be led aright.} (Suratul Baqarah; Verse 186)

[2] This hadeeth has been taked from the Musnad of Imam Ahmad 2:396. The Prophet (salallahu a’lyhi wasalam) also said: “No Muslim supplicates to Allah with a Du’a (supplication) that does not involves sin or cutting the relations of the womb, but Allah will grant him one of three things: He will either hasten the response to his supplication, save it for him until the Hereafter, or would turn an equivalent amount of evil away from him.” They said “What if we were to recite more (Du’a)?” He said “There is more with Allah.” (Ahmad 3:18)

[3] The full verse: {For each (person), there are angels in succession, before and behind Him. They guard Him by the command of Allâh. Verily! Allâh will not change the condition of a people as long as they do not change their state themselves. But when Allâh wills a people's Punishment, there can be no turning back of it, and they will find besides Him no protector.} (Surah Ar-Ra’d; Verse: 11)

[4] This Hadith is reported by several authorities on Hadith, such as Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal (5/277, 280, 282), Ibn Hibban (1090) Hakim (1/493) Ibn Majah (90) etc. Most of the scholars of Hadith consider it an acceptable Hadith.

There is no contradiction between our faith in the power of du'a to Allah and in our faith in the Qada' and Qadar of Allah. The scholars have explained that there are two types of Qada' (decrees and decisions of Allah) those that are known as Qada' Mubram (absolute decisions) and those that are known as Qada' Mu'allaq (conditional decisions). The absolute decisions do not change, but the conditional decisions may change if and when the conditions are fulfilled. Such decisions are based on the fulfillment of causes (asbab), as well as du'a. However, it is important to keep in mind that every thing is in the pre-existent knowledge of Allah subhanahu wa ta'la. The knowledge of Allah does not change, but the conditional decisions can change. Allah said in the Qur'an, {Allah does blot out or confirm what He pleases; and with Him is the Mother of the Book.} (al-Ra'd 13:39)