Ramadan 2017: Muslims to observe Holy Lailat-ul-Qadr night on Thursday

Muslims across the world are set to observe the holy Lailat-ul-Qadr on Thursday night. According to the Quran, this is one of the holiest and most blessed nights as the angels and the spirit descend therein, by the permission of Almighty Allah with all decrees. It is also known as the 'Night of Power'.

File image of Jama Masjid. Reuters

File image of Jama Masjid. Reuters

"It is the unique and holy night when Almighty Allah chose to reveal the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad," Greater Kashmir quoted National Conference leader Omar Abdullah as saying.

The Quran does not mention a specific date for Lailat-ul-Qadr but it usually occurs on one of the odd nights in the last 10 days of Ramadan, which is most likely the 27th of the holy month. The Quran says Lailat-ul Qadr can be sought "in the last 10 days, on the odd nights."

The Quran mentions Lailat-ul-Qadr in one of its chapters, the Surat Al-Qadr and the night is also mentioned in the sayings of Prophet Muhammad, called Hadith.

According to the tradition, with the setting of the sun, people start gathering at mosques to offer special prayers for peace, progress and prosperity. They also ask for forgiveness of their sins.

The last ten days Ramadan are considered a particularly spiritual time and some Muslims participate in itikaf, where they spend all the ten days in the mosque reading the Quran and praying, a report in The Huffington Post said.

Special prayers and sermons will be held at Delhi’s Jama Masjid and other mosques across the nation, according to a report by News Nation. Some devotees visit graveyards to seek eternal blessings for the departed souls. People also distribute sweets to their neighbours, relatives and the poor. The blessings by worshiping on this night cannot be equated with praying even for a lifetime, according to the belief.

Updated Date: Jun 22, 2017 18:13 PM

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