Shaykh ibn al-‘Arabi (q.s.) on Calculating Laylat al-Qadr

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

There is a special night in Ramadhan, a night which is blessed as it is the night of the descending of the Qur’an.  It is called the ‘Night of Power’.  There are different opinions about the exact date of the Night of Power.  Some people point to the 27th of Ramadhan.  Imam Abu Hanifah (r.a.) also referred to a tradition that the Night moves through the year.

The Prophet (s.a.w.) wanted to tell the community about the exact day of the Night of Power, but this knowledge was taken away.  According to the collector of traditions. Imam al-Bukhari (r.a.), the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.) said, “Seek it on the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadhan.”

So, it is hidden, like the friend of Allah (s.w.t.) is hidden in order that we respect all people.  It is up to the aspirant to be alert and awake to its coming.  According to Shaykh Sulayman ‘Atha’ (q.s.), a murid of Shaykh Ahmad al-Yasawi (q.s.), we should, “treat everyone you meet as Khidhr (a.s.) and every night as the Night of Power.”

Shaykh ibn al-‘Arabi (q.s.) stated, “If the first of Ramadhan falls on a Monday, then it may be expected on either the 23rd night or the 19th.”  Likewise, he said thus:

1st Ramadhan = Tuesday: 29th or 25th.
1st Ramadhan = Wednesday: 21st or 17th.
1st Ramadhan = Thursday: 27th or 23rd.
1st Ramadhan = Friday: if the first day of any month other than Ramadhan falls on a Friday, then the blessed night will be either the 15th night or the 19th of that month.
1st Ramadhan = Saturday: 25th or 21st.
1st Ramadhan = Sunday: if the first day of any month other than Ramadhan falls on a Sunday, then the blessed night will be either the 17th night or the 13th of that month.


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