Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Night of Power

In the name of God, the Benevolent, the Merciful.
1 Lo! We revealed it on the Night of Predestination.
2 Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Night of Power is!
3 The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.
4 The angels and the Spirit descend therein, by the permission of their Lord, with all decrees.
5 (The night is) Peace until the rising of the dawn.

A night between last night to 30th night of Ramadhan, lies a special night for Muslims which is the Laylat al-Qadr - the Night of Power or Night of Decree or Night of Measures. It is a night when all good deeds will be rewarded with more than 1000 months of the same deed performed continuously.

What interesting is Malays have their 'special' (read: superstitious) signs to hunt for Laylat al-Qadr. As far as I can remember these are some of the list:

1. Trees will bend down as they 'sujud'.

2. Water in wells & rivers will be frozen. Of course we're talking about here in Malaysia OK.

3. Light up as many oil lamp as we can, to guide the Angels of prosperity to our house.

And the most extreme sign of all:

4. Laylat al-Qadr will 'henshin'(lit: transform) in the form of a bearded old man with with white robe & turban. If we accidentally stumble upon him, we must not hesitate to hug him & ask anything. Then all our wishes will be granted. WTF...

That's all I can remember. Maybe there's more of them.

Luckily nowadays, people are more educated & these khurafat things are no longer heard (Oppsss... I didn't mean to revive them btw!). People are now really hunting for Laylat al-Qadr in the right way.

To all Laylat al-Qadr Hunters, I hereby wish:

"Good Hunting!"

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