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Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Quran was revealed during the Best of Times

Allah said:

“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong).” (Quran 2:185)

To be sure, Ramadan is the best and most blessed of months; but what is more, Quran was revealed on the most blessed of Ramadan nights:

“We sent it (this Quran) down on a blessed night {(i.e. night of Qadr, Surah No.97) in the month of Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic calendar}. Verily, We are ever warning [mankind that Our torment will reach those who disbelieve in Our Oneness of Lordship and in Our Oneness of Worship]. Therein (the night) is decreed every matter of ordainments.” (Quran 44:3, 4)

The blessed night referred to in this Verse is the Night of Qadr, regarding which Allah has said:

“Verily! We have sent it (the Quran) down in the night of Al Qadr (Decree). And what will make you know what the night of decree is? The night of Al Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. Worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months).” (Quran 97:13)

It should be noted that the night of Al Qadr is not special by dint of its timing; after all, every portion of time is the same as that which came before it, and that which comes after it. So the night of Al Qadr is special not because of its timing, but because of what happened during it. The Noble Quran was revealed. This principle is general in its application: no portion of time is special in and of itself; if it is special or superior to other portions of time, it is because of the events that occurred during it. So while it is true that the Quran was given special status because it was revealed on the best of nights, it is equally true that the best of nights, the night of Al Qadr, achieved its special status because of the events that occurred during it, one of them being the revelation of the Noble Quran.


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