The Night of Power (Laylah al-Qadr)

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1986-87)


In a short, often recited Surah of the Holy Qur'an there is a mention of a remarkable night called laylah al-qadr:


        "We have indeed sent down (this Qur'an) in laylah al-qadr;
        And what will explain to you what laylah al-qadr is?
        Laylah al-qadr is better than a thousand months.
        The angels and the spirit descend in it, by God's permission, on every errand. Peace! This until the rise of dawn." (97)

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The Way of Islamic Tasawwuf (Sufism)

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(1985)


 What is Islamic tasawwuf (Sufi Islam) and why does it look so mysterious? Genuine Islamic tasawwuf is the very heart and soul of Islam itself. Like everything else, Islam has two sides: an outside (zahir) and an inside (batin). The outside of Islam consists of statements of beliefs that Muslims must profess as well as laws and principles that must govern their personal and collective lives. The inside of Islam is faith and love, light and a life of contact with the Unseen. The outside of Islam is the main concern of such Islamic sciences as kalam (theology), fiqh (jurisprudence) and Shari'ah (law). The inside of Islam is the main source of Islamic tasawwuf. The Holy Qur'an says that the purpose of the coming of the Prophet of Islam was, among other things, to bring men from darkness to light, give them gifts of faith and divine love in a way that gives them a new spiritual life:

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