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Laylatul Qadr and 9-11

posted by Aziz Poonawalla

The past few years, the anniversary of 9-11 has coincided with Ramadan. As I wrote last year, 9-11 usually elicits a defensive posture in muslim Americans, because of the lingering suspicion and distrust by our fellow citizens. But with the advent of Ramadan, I’ve felt like I’ve finally managed to take ownership of 9-11 like any American, and look at it without consciousness of my religious identity. To do otherwise would indeed be to let the terrorists win.

And yet, this year the anniversary of 9-11 is eclipsed by the approach of the holiest night of Ramadan, Laylatul Qadr, the “Night of Power”. The importance of this night is impossible to overstate, as it represents a bounty of blessings for the pious beyond our comprehension. In the Qur’an, the verses pertaining to Laylatul Qadr (97:1-5, recitation) are as follows:

We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power:

And what will explain to thee what the Night of Power is?

The Night of Power is better than a thousand months.

Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah’s permission, on every errand:

Peace!…This until the rise of dawn.

Indeed, this night is Peace. There is no better refutation of the crazed ideology of those who sought to divide us in terror. This is the time to look forward, at how precious little time remains in Ramadan, not look backwards.

Related: my essay two years ago about the intense preparation for Laylatul Qadr and the way in which we observe it, engaged in prayer all night.



  • Nick Braaksma

    Peace be with you Aziz!
    Your message brought me hope and indeed Peace to my heart! Every morning I get up and read the sad stories of around the world…..I weep a little and think of the lost souls who are left behind to deal with the agony of loss and fear. I will post a photo for you to see on my profile “Thebeliever” here on BelieveNet……please take a look and you will surely guess which one it is. I was looking for positive things on the internet today…..I found that picture, and now your message!
    I was raised Catholic, but learned over the years, that God is everywhere and that you only have to ask him to be in your heart. I hope that your message reaches many….it surely reached me, and that is my proof that God’s Angels have, during the Night of Power, pervailed in bringing His message to me :) Peace be with you Aziz and go with God my friend!
    Nick Braaksma

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