Explanation of 97:1

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English Translation of Al-Quran [97]. Surah Al-Qadr [The Night of Decree] Ayat 1. Verily! We have sent it (this Quran) down in the night of Al-Qadr (Decree) Ayat 2. And what will make you know what the night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is? Ayat 3. The night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months). Ayat 4. Therein descend the angels and the Ruh [Jibrael (Gabriel)] by Allah’s Permission with all Decrees, Ayat 5. Peace! (All that night, there is Peace and Goodness from Allah to His believing slaves) until the appearance of dawn. Tafseer of Surah Qadr Ayat 1 to 5. Allah indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power: Cf. 44:3. The 21st, 23rd, 25th 27th or 29th night of Ramadan, as well as other nights, have been suggested as the Night of Power. See, however, the Introduction to this Surah. It is best to take this in the mystic sense, which also accords with verse 3 below, which says that the Night of Power is better than a thousand Months. It transcends Time: for it is Allah’s Power dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance, by His Revelation, in every kind of affair. 2. And what will explain to thee what the night of power is? 3. The Night of Power is better than a thousand Months. "A thousand" must be taken in an indefinite sense, as denoting a very long period of time. This does not refer to our ideas of time, but to "timeless Time". One moment of enlightenment under Allah’s Light is better than thousands of months or years of animal life, and such a moment converts the night of darkness into a period of spiritual glory. 4. Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah’s permission, on every errand: The Spirit: usually understood to be the angel Gabriel, the Spirit of Inspiration. 5. Peace!…This until the rise of Morn! When the Night of spiritual darkness is dissipated by the glory of Allah, a wonderful Peace and a sense of Security arise in the soul. And this lasts on until this life closes, and the glorious Day of the new spiritual world dawns, when everything will be on a different plane, and the chequered nights and days of this world will be even less than a dream. . __,.,___[cate