Saturday, July 19, 2014

Laylatul Qadr: The Night of Power

** Copy+Paste from Islam for Kids FB Wall **

A night such as Lailatul Qadr is a special night, let’s not over look the idea of teaching our children about it!

Points to remind the children about this special Night of Power

1. This was not granted to any other religious community...(Ummah) before Muslims.

2. Allah gave us this one night to do as much worship as we can do because one night of worship is like worshipping for 1000 months! And 1000 months equal more than 83 years of your life! Imagine if we can get all our Ibadah done in this one night? How lucky we would be when we have to face our scales on the Day of Judgement?

3. It is the night in which the Qur’an’s first words were revealed to Muhammad (SAW).

4. It is the night when every matter of ordainment is decreed.

5. Qadr means Power

Signs of Lailatul Qadr

Allah has kept this night a secret, but we know that it falls in the last 10 days of Ramadan. There are also some signs that reveal which night is Lailatul Qadr:
- The night will be peaceful, neither hot nor cold, with a clear moon shining but with no rays.
- There will be no shooting stars in the night
- At sunrise the sun will rise as just a disc without and radiant beams of light.
- One companion of the Prophet reported that on Lailatul Qadr he tasted sea water and it was sweet.

Learning Hadith

Narrated ‘Aisha: “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan.’” (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 32, Number 234)

Rasool SAW said: “Whoever stands in (Prayer) in Lailatul-Qadr out of Eemaan and seeking reward then his previous sins are forgiven.” (Bukhari)

‘Aa’ishah, RA said: “O Messenger of Allaah! What if I knew which night Lailatul-Qadr was, then what should I say in it?” He said: “Say: Allaahumma innaka ‘affuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee.” (O Allaah you are the one who pardons greatly, and loves to pardon, so pardon me.) (at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)

Islamic Story

The knowledge of Lailatul Qadr was removed from Prophet’s memory when he saw two Muslims arguing.

‘Ubaadah ibn as-Saamit, RA said: The Prophet SAW came out intending to tell us about Lailatul-Qadr, however two men were arguing and he said: “I came out to inform you about Lailatul-Qadr but so and so, and, so and so were arguing, so it was raised up, and perhaps that is better for you, so seek it on the (twenty) ninth and (twenty) seventh and the (twenty) fifth.” (Bukhari)

This story teaches the children that Muslims should not fight or even argue among themselves or we lose Barakah. Also, that we can never be sure when is Lailtul Qadr so it’s better to observe all of these nights in the hope of catching the real night. More Ibadah, more Thawab!

Crafts and Activities

Set up a kids tent for Itikaaf. Equipped with sleeping bags, quran, dua book, and snacks, have them set up a little tent in the living room to observe Itikaaf.

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