Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (p), the sixth holy Imam, has said,
“Measurement and determination are on the night of the nineteenth, verification is on the twenty-first night, and final approval is on the twenty-third night.”
al-Kafi, Vol. 4, P 165
The most awaited nights of the Holy Month of Ramadhan have finally descended upon us. They are so powerful for believers, that they have been termed the Nights of Destiny. An individual’s entire destiny and course of life is decided and emboldened within them.
One of the most important significance’s of the Night of Destiny is that the Holy Qur’an was revealed to the believers during this time. These nights commemorate and celebrate the arrival of God’s final word of guidance and decree to mankind. In these nights, one must not only invoke God for their personal desires, but also for forgiveness in the world and the Hereafter. One must beseech God for forgiveness of sins, for complete absolution of the deceased and for the immaculate health of all those who are suffering from illnesses and are helpless in this world. These nights have such a great relevance in prayer that God states in the Holy Quran:
“(Worship) on the Night of Destiny is better than (worship) for a thousand months”(97:3)
Because of the auspiciousness and magnificence of these nights, God has promised that doing one good deed is like doing this good deed over a thousand months. It is as if God is celebrating the revelation of His Holy Book and His Divine message for mankind. Therefore, there is no better opportunity to benefit from God’s generosity and munificence than on the Night of Destiny. This is the reason why it is highly recommended to beseech God for Mercy and for all desires of the heart during these precious nights. Those who are not able to benefit from this tremendous time, are considered unlucky and deprived.
Because the Nights of Destiny are the most ideal time of the year to perform pious deeds it is the absolute best time to reach out to those in need. The reward for charity, and especially charity for the benefit of orphans is unimaginable and immeasurable. There is also a great benefit of charity (sadqah) during these nights and it is recommended that believers take out charity for themselves, their families and their deceased loved ones. To donate to My Orphans, click here.
All this spiritual stimulation, cleansing, and prayers during the beautiful nights of this blessed month, culminates into the most beautiful of all Islamic occassions, Eid al Fitr. The time of Eid is the epitome of brotherhood, sisterhood, jubilation and communal celebration for Muslims all over the world. Throughout the globe, Muslims celebrate Eid with different traditions, rituals and practices but the spirit and essence of being thankful to God and sharing with others in need remains the same.
Eid is also a time of the year for Muslims to, once again, practice their benevolence towards the underprivileged and take care of the underserved. It is of great significance and reward by God to spread joy and happiness during the occasion of Eid amongst fellow Muslims. Helping orphans buy new clothes, toys, gifts etc, ensures the latter do not feel left out and neglected by their fellow believers at the time of great celebration. You can help orphans celebrate this year by clicking here.
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