'Lailut-ul-qadr' is mentioned in the 97th Surah of
"Indeed, We revealed it
(Arabic: Anzalnahu) in the Night of Decree
And what will make you comprehend what the Night
of Decree is? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The
angels and the Spirit descend therein, by the permission of their Lord, with all
decrees. Peace it is until the rising
The Arabic word
'Qadr' forms multifaceted meanings from its root (Qaf Dal Ra) and usage from
the Quran. It can mean to determine, measure, destiny, decree, to have power or
to have ability. Therefore, common renderings such as Night of Decree / Destiny
/ Power / Glory / Ordainment / Majesty / Destiny are all often used in the
Edward Lanes Lexicon
We note from the
above verse no immediate mention
as to what was revealed in the Night of Decree.
However, the night is given much significance from the description within the
verses and it remains clear that this was a very important, blessed night. It is
described as being better than a thousand months (Arabic: alfi shahr). The
Arabic expression ''alf' here does not necessarily carry a literal
rendering (thousand) but can mean a certain round number or a certain number
which may be well known.
If an analysis of
the Arabic word 'Anzalnahu' (revealed it 97:1) is conducted from within the whole
Quranic text, one notes that this is a term that has often been used to denote
scripture or revelation and therefore, the subject here is invariably the Quran.
This sentiment is further corroborated by another
Surah which confirms the subject as the Quran and the initiation of revelation
as part of continuous Divine guidance.
that makes things clear (manifests the truth). We
Blessed Night (Arabic:
Indeed we are ever warning. Therein
is made distinct every affair of wisdom"
From another verse
of the Quran, we also note that this blessed night occurred in the month of
"The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind,
and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong)..."
The Quran was also
not revealed all at once or within the particular month of Ramadan. Rather, the
Quran was revealed piecemeal throughout the Prophet's ministry
as is clear from the following verse and the context themes addressed by the