Friday, May 31, 2019
While experiencing the last days of the month of Ramadan, the baraqah and purification season which adds numerous beauties to our lives, we are happy to rejoin with another Lailat al-Qadr. We are going to contemplate and revive altogether the night which connects Friday May 31st to Saturday as Lailat al-Qadr.
The most important characteristics of this night which makes it superior to all the other times is that the Holy Qur’an, our guide of life, which was introduced to the world with the verse of “O Mankind! There hath come to you a direction from your Lord and a healing for the (diseases) in your hearts-and for those who believe, a guidance and a mercy.” (Yunus, 10/57) and has enlightened the horizon of the humanity for 14 centuries was started to be sent down then. Because that Book is the last revelation of Allah the Exalted (swt) to the humanity as the greatest value and the most important treasure to make us come close to each other, make us brothers and sisters, shed light on solution of issues, and build the future with hope.
The Lailat al-Qadr which is stated in the Holy Qur’an that it is ‘’better than a thousand months’’ expresses reaching a peaceful and honourable life by means of meeting with the values which glorify the society and the human beings such as tawhid, justice, mercy, and love brought by the Holy Qur’an. This night makes us value the Qur’an which was sent down to earth as the biggest sign of mercy of ar-Rahmaan, the time which is the biggest opportunity given to the humans, the trust undertaken with iman, the blessings bestowed, our dear homeland, and our brotherhood. In this context, the human beings who want to fulfil their goal of existence are going to raise their own value as much as they comprehend the value of the treats and blessings offered to them.
The Lailat al-Qadr when the doors of hope, forgiveness and peace are opened with the boundless mercy of the Almighty Allah (swt) is the time to put on again the faith and morals which value us, through a deep contemplation and a sincere self-review. This night, which is a unique opportunity given to us for the forgiveness of our years spent in negligence and the purification of our hearts stained with sins, is a chance to repent of a life which has not been valued by us. In relation with this sacred night Our Beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw) says, “Whoever passes Lailat al-Qadr in prayer with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven.” (Bukhari, Iman, 26) and advices us to pray as “O Allah! You are the most Forgiving One, You love to forgive, so forgive me.” (Ibn Majah, Dua, 5) at this night.
In this respect, let us review our entire life according to the criteria set forth in Qur’an and Sunnah by making the Lailat al-Qadr conduce to a comprehensive contemplation. Let us review our relations with Allah (swt), ourselves, our acquaintances, entire beings, and the universe with regard to tawhid, servitude, justice, mercy, responsibility, and good morals. At this night of welfare when the mercy of Allah (swt) surrounds the world, let us ask for forgiveness with the consciousness of not making the same mistakes again, by repenting of all our mistakes and sins. Let us refresh our ambition to work for establishment of a life and world in which grudge, jealousy, hatred, fear, despair and othering do not take place but trust, love, respect, brotherhood, and solidarity dominate, by including the entire humanity in our heartfelt and sincere duas. When we can achieve this, love, fellowship, and brotherhood are going to dominate in our hearts rather than resentment, offense, grudge, and hatred; our hands are going to come together for helping orphans, the lonely people, the poor and the people in need; and the world is going to reach welfare with the help and mercy of Allah (swt).
With these feelings and thoughts I would like to congratulate the Lailat al-Qadr of our nation and the Islamic world. May the Almighty Allah (swt) accept our fasting and all worships and let the duas and the supplications to be recited at this night conduce to the unity and solidarity of the Islamic world and to the peace and tranquillity of humanity.
Prof. Dr Ali Erbaş
The President of Religious Affairs