As with any Ramadhan, we would be engrossed in the many quests of our very own. But the most important one would be the search of Lailatul-Qadr, especially now that we have reach the 18th. of Ramadhan. Any talks within the month would not miss citing Surah al-Qadr, glorifying the magnitude of the benefits of the Night.
Many of the talks, however, would miss one particular point, that is not less important. It is that not all will get the blessings of the Night of Qadr, even if they found it.
So you think you’re going to get the rewards of Lailatul-Qadr? If you do, then think again.
There are four types of people who, even if they found Lailatul-Qadr and fulfilled all the necessary requirements, will not get any benefits whatsoever from it. They are:
- those who are addicted to wine,
- those disobedient to their parents,
- those who cut themselves off from their near relatives, and
- those who harbor ill-will against their fellow beings and break off relations with them.
Read this excerpt in Bahasa Melayu:
Pada malam Lailatul Qadar menyuruh Allah Ta‘ala akan Jibrail Alaihisalam turun ke bumi, lalu turunlah Jibrail ke dalam perhimpunan malaikat ke bumi bersamanya bendera hijau lalu dipacakkan ke atas Kaabah, baginya 600 sayapnya , setengahnya tiada dibuka keduanya, melainkan pada malam Lailatul Qadar baharulah dibukakan keduanya, hingga sampai dari timur ke barat (Musyriq ke Maghrib). Untuk menyelamatkan umat Muhammad, Lalu memberi salam kepada tiap orang yang berjaga pada malam Lailatul Qadar beribadah kerana mencari keredaan Allah, dan orang-orang yang duduk beribadah, orang yang sembahyang dan berzikir dan berjabat tangan sesama mereka mukmin dan mengucap amin doa orang-orang mukmin hingga terbit fajar subuh… berkata para malaikat kepada Jibrail , apakah Allah berikan pada hajat orang mukmin dari umat Muhammad (s.a.w) pada bulan Ramadan ini? Berkata Jibrail bahawasanya Allah menilik kepada umat Muhammad yang berpuasa dan beribadah padanya dan dimaafkan mereka, diampunkan dosa-dosa mereka, melainkan empat orang yang tiada diampunkan dosanya: yaitu orang yang kekal minum arak, orang yang derhakakan ibubapanya, orang yang memutuskan sillaturrahim dan orang yang tidak bercakap dengan saudaranya lebih dari 3 hari.¹
And here is rather long one in English:
Ibn Abbas (Radi Allaho anho) says that he heard our Nabi (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) say: “Jannah” (paradise) is made fragrant with the sweetest perfumes in Ramadhan. From the very beginning of the year till the end, it is brightly decorated for the coming of this blessed month. And when the first night of Ramadhan appears, a wind blows from beneath the Arsh (Throne). It is called ‘Mutheera’ and causes the leaves of the trees of “Jannah” to rustle and door handles to vibrate, thus giving forth such a melodious sound as had never been heard before. The dark-eyed damsels of ‘Jannah’ then step forth till they appear in the centre of the balconies of “Jannah,” exclaiming, “Is there anyone praying to Allah for us that Allah may join us in marriage with him?” Then these damsels call out: “O Ridhwaan, Keeper of Jannah! what night is this?” He replies: “Labbaik,” it is indeed the first night of Ramadhan, when the doors of “Jannah” are opened to those who observe the fast from among the “Ummah” of Muhammad (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). Rasulullah (Sallalaho alaihe wasallam) further said: “Allah says, “O Ridhwan, open the doors of “Jannah” and O Maalik (Keeper of “Jahannam”), close the doors of “Jahannam” for those who fast from among the “Ummah” of Ahmad (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam). O Jibraeel, proceed down to the Earth and bind all.the rebellious “Shayateen,” put them in chains, cast them in the oceans, so that they make no mischief, to spoil the fast of the “Ummah” of My beloved Muhammad (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam).’ Allah commands a caller from the heavens to call out three times on every one of the nights of Ramadhan: “Is there anyone begging of Me that I may grant him his desire? Is there anyone repenting to me that I may turn in mercy to him? Is there anyone begging my forgiveness that I may forgive him? Who is there who shall give a loan to the One whose wealth does not diminish, and the One Who duly pays back without any deductions.”
Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) said further: “Every day at the time of “Iftaar” Allah sets free one thousand such souls from the fire of “Jahannam” who had previously been found deserving Jahannam. On the last night, He sets free as many more as had been set free throughout the month. On the night of Laylatul Qadr, Allah commands Jibra‘il to descend to the earth with a large group of “Malaaikah.” They descend carrying a green flag, which is then planted on top of the Ka‘bah. Jibra‘il (Alayhis Salaam) himself has one hundred wings, two of which are spread out on this night only. He spreads out these two wings so that their width extends from east to west. Jibraaeel (Alayhis Salaam) then sends out the “Malaaikah” in all directions to offer salutation to anybody they find standing in prayer or sitting, performing “Salaat” or celebrating the praises of Allah. They shake hands with them and say “Aameen” to all their prayers (Duaas) until dawn. When dawn comes, Jibra‘il (Alayhis Salaam) calls out: ‘Depart “Mala‘ikah” of Allah, depart.’ The Mala‘ikah then inquire: ‘O, Jibraeel what did Allah do regarding the needs that the faithful ones from among the “Ummah” of Ahmad (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) put before Him?” Jibra‘il (Alayhis Salam) replies: “Allah looked at them with Mercy and pardoned them all, except four kinds of people.”
Thereupon, we the “Sahaabah inquired: “Who are they, O Rasulullah?” Rasulullah (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) replied: “They are the ones who are addicted to wine, those disobedient to their parents, those who cut themselves off from their near relatives, and those who harbour ill-will against their fellow beings and break off relations with them.”
And then the night of Eidul Fitr, the night that is called “Laylatul Jaa‘izah,” (the night of prize giving), comes along. On the morning of Eid, Allah sends down the Malaa‘ikah to all the lands of the Earth, where they take their positions on all the streets and lanes, calling out with a voice that is heard by all except men and Jinn: “O “Ummah” of Muhammad, (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) come forth from your houses towards the Lord, Who is Noble and Gracious, Who grants abundantly and pardons the major sins.” When they proceed for their Eid “Salaat,” Allah says to the Malaaikah: “What indeed is the reward of that employee who has rendered full service?” The “Malaaikah” reply: “O our Lord and Master, it is only right that he shall receive his reward in full for his services.” Allah then says: “I call you to witness, O My Malaa‘ikah, that for their having fasted for Me during the month of Ramadhan, and for their having stood before Me in prayer by night, I have granted to them as a reward of My pleasure and have granted them forgiveness. O My servants, ask now of Me, for I swear by My Honour and Greatness, that whatsoever you shall beg of Me this day in this assembly of yours for the needs of Your Hereafter, I shall grant you; and whatever you shall ask for your worldly needs, I shall grant what is to your advantage. By My Honour do I swear, as long as you shall obey My commands, I shall cover up your faults. By My Honour and My Greatness do I swear, that I shall never disgrace you in front of the transgressors and disbelivers. Return now from here; you are forgiven. You have indeed pleased Me, and I am pleased with you.
The Malaa‘ikah, on seeing this great reward bestowed upon the “Ummah” of Muhammad (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) on the day of Eid, become greatly pleased and happy. (O Allah, make us also in those fortunate ones, Aameen).²