|code: 260778||Date: 2011/08/20||source: Press TV|
Laylat al-Qadr the most significant religious occasions for Muslims
(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Laylat al-Qadr or the night of glory is viewed as one of the most significant religious occasions for Muslims as special rituals and services are held on the eves of the last ten odd days of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Muslims believe the Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad on one of these nights. The first verses of the holy Qoran were sent by God's Angel Gabriel when the prophet was in prayer in Hara cave in Jabal al-Nour, a mountain just outside Mecca.
In general, Qadr is defined as measurement. The reason for using the term Qadr in referring to this grand night is that all the affairs of mankind are determined on this night and on this precious night the details of events such as life and death, as well as fortune and misfortune are determined for man.
On this night Muslims hold vigils until dawn and recite the Quran, as well as a variety of supplications signifying the greatness of the Creator and pleading for his forgiveness and blessings.
In Iran Muslims pray to God until dawn while begging for God's forgiveness, charity funds become active and donations pour in.
On this night all the sins of man are forgiven and all the wishes are granted. For prayers the nights of Qadr are of spiritual excellence; it is also a time to take a deeper look into ourselves.
The legacy of Ramadan and the nights of Qadr is passed on from one generation to another, attracting new believers toward its glory.`
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