Praying for the night of destiny

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By Sorhaila Latip-Yusoph

Only a Meranaw

Monday, July 21, 2014


MAGICAL night, the night of power, night of mercy, night of destiny -- these are the closest translations we get for "Lailatul Qadr."

Muslims all over the world are now supplicating and finding all sorts of means to glorify God in these last ten days of Ramadhan where the night of destiny will unfold.

Each year and every Ramadhan, the last 10 days is the most awaited days for every fasting Muslim because of the special night that is thought of as the night of power, mercy and destiny which God created for every believing individual.

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Scholars consider this as the night when the Almighty decrees what will take place from one year to another of life or death, good or evil, or regarding sustenance and whatever He then decrees is sure destiny.

So, every believing person sees this opportunity to pray harder to God to bless them in the coming year with bounty and forgive them of the sins they have committed.

Observers must have seen how Muslims in the Philippines these days would go to mosques to pray and even at midnight, most pious Muslims will go for their midnight prayer to render more prayers to God on this holy month.

It is even believed that if one prays harder on this night of power, his destined course of life for the following year can be altered if God permits.

This night is considered a special night because in the Qur’an (97:3), God said that this night of destiny is better than a thousand months.

One interpretation is that for every good deed done on that single night is equal to those performed for a thousand months.

Therefore, for every Muslim, sacrificing for the last ten days of Ramadhan is worth doing because of the rationale behind this night.

It is believed that fate of every believer for the coming year is decreed on this night.

However, there are certain individuals whose prayers will not be accepted because of their unforgivable acts during the month of Ramadhan.

These are those who fast and pray under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, those who disrespect their parents, and those who have not spoken to a kin for no valid reason or those who outcasts a kin.

Considering this night as magical, what should a believing Muslim then pray and beseech from God?

Having all that were mentioned in the holy Qur’an and were narrated in the Hadiths and life of the Prophet (PBUH), most of the prayers that one would ask from God is asking for forgiveness and beseeching for bounty and wellness in the coming years.

Nonetheless, as Filipino Muslims, we have our own experiences and difficulties.

We may also have other observations and emotions that we want God to know.

Hence, in our prayers, we may include some prayers for the sake of our countrymen and other suffering individuals all over the world:

1. Pray for God’s guidance and wisdom over the people behind the peace initiatives in the country so as conflict between and among us will not be awakened again;

2. Pray for God’s mercy by asking for forgiveness and enlighten our hearts to understand one another in this country regardless of religion, ethnicity and economic status; and

3. Pray for God’s power to shower mercy to the innocent victims in Gaza and that the living be given the chance to experience peace in their lifetime.

Let us believe that when we are sincerely asking for His guidance, we will be heard.

Our simple prayer may be a means to liberate and change one’s life.

Indeed, praying for others’ wellness is the best prayer one can ever have.

May these last ten days of Ramadhan be our source of enlightenment and lasting peace in this country.

[E-mail: sorlatipyusoph@gmail.com]

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 21, 2014.

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