Where is Holy Qu’ran Emanating From? Realities of Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power)
This Article Has Been Translated
From the Realities of Mawlana (Q) as taught by Shaykh Nurjan Mirahmadi
A’uzu Billahi Minash Shaitanir Rajeem
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the rejected one
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
Alhamdulillahi Rabbil ‘aalameen, was salaatu was salaamu ‘alaa Ashraful Mursaleen, Sayyidina wa Mawlana Muhammadul Mustafa ﷺ. Madad ya Sayyidi ya Rasulul Kareem, Ya Habibul ‘Azeem, unzur halana wa ishfa’lana, ‘abidona bi madadikum wa nazarekum.
Love of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ Leads Us to Ulul Amr
Acknowledging first that we’re not a shaykh and not a guide, and asking to be nothing. And in the oceans of nothingness, Allah (AJ) shine His rahmah and mercy upon us. And that rahmah and that mercy is the love of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. The love of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ leads us to accompany the ulul amr (People of the Command), those whom Allah (AJ) bestows His grace and mercy upon them, and they are the guides, the Muhammadan guides.
Laylatul Qadr Emanates in the Heart of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ
Alhamdulillah, very simplified understanding, make everything that is very deep to be simple, that what is Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power)? It means that from the understanding of qadr (power) is Allah’s (AJ) Oceans of Power. Allah’s (AJ) Oceans of Power, “Qaf, wal Quranil Majeed.”
﴾ق ۚ وَالْقُرْآنِ الْمَجِيدِ ﴿١
50:1 – “Qaf, wal Quranil Majeed.” (Surat Qaf)
“Qaf. By the honored Qur’an.” (The Letter Qaf, 50:1)
It means that many of the different teachings and suhbahs (discourse) always points back to the same direction, same understanding. They want us to reach towards these holy nights. They want us to understand where that holy night and what that holy night means. This means that that qadr and Divine light and Divine power of Allah (AJ) emanates in the heart of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ.
It is the qalb (heart). It is the qalb. It is the qalb. Qaf, lam, qul to the ba. Bahrul Qudra (Ocean of Power). Qalb means that qalb in level of dunya (material world) is qalbul Qur’an, Suratul YaSeen. Sayyidina YaSeen ﷺ is the name of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ.
Direct Yourself to the Heart of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ to Reach the Qadr
It means that every direction we’re looking, we say, ‘Okay, we want to reach to Laylatul Qadr.’ Then awliyaullah (saints) come into our lives and teach us that that qadr, that Divinely Power, is emanating in the heart of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. It is what makes the qalb (heart). It is what makes the Ocean of Power that emanates through the heart of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. Through that holy qalb, “Qaf, wal Quranil Majeed.” (Holy Qur’an, 50:1)
It means Allah (AJ) saying, ‘From that qaf that resides within the heart of Prophet ﷺ is the power in which Holy Qur’an is emanating.’ This means that if we want to reach to the qadr, and we want to be with the people of qudra, then very simple – direct ourselves to the heart of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ.
Laylatul Qadr is to Annhilate Your Identity and Submit Your Will
It means that Laylatul Qadr – layla is a station of annihilation. It means the night is a time in which you no longer manifest, “Layli wannahaar.” Nahaar is when the fire of manifestation begins. This means the night is symbolic of, ‘Come and lose your identity. Lose your uniqueness of yourself and be nothing.’
So, then the way of Sufism, the way of the people of haq (truth) is to efface ourselves. As much as we efface and say, ‘Ya Rabbi, I am nothing, I’m nothing, I’m nothing, nothing, nothing,’ that nothingness can move into that night. And that night, its manifestations are the Oceans of Power. As much as we manifest with our identity, as much as we are a distance from Allah (AJ) because Allah (AJ), la sharik (no partner), nothing can be in the proximity of Allah (AJ).
So, He asks us, ‘What I want from you, what is the only thing that I gave you, I want it back.’ And it’s your will, our will. Allah (AJ) gave us a will and what He wants back is the amanat, the trust. What He wants back is that, ‘Give back your will to Me; submit, become nothing, efface yourself.’
Holy Qur’an Manifests Immense Realities
As much as we are able to efface ourselves in that Ocean of Nothingness, they begin to take us into the Oceans of Power; Oceans of Power, the qalb of the Divine is the heart of Holy Qur’an, is for us, the Qur’an is the compass for all realities. It means it must, a reality must exist and manifest through Holy Qur’an. It’s one thing to read Holy Qur’an, but to understand its realities. We said before that, “Noon wal Qalam.” Noon wal Qalam, that we want the nur (light) of that noon.
﴾ن ۚ وَالْقَلَمِ وَمَا يَسْطُرُونَ ﴿١
68:1 – “Noon wal Qalami wa ma yasTuroon.” (Surat Al-Qalam)
“Noon. By the pen and what they inscribe.” (The Pen, 68:1)
That noon is the manifestation of nur, and Allah (AJ) testifies by that noon, “wal Qalam.” Again qalam: qaf, lam, qaf, lam is Qul, Allah’s (AJ) Divinely Speech.
Only Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ Can Carry Allah’s (AJ) Qul
Qul is the Ocean of Power. That Allah (AJ) says, ‘If I reveal My Qul, My Qur’an, onto a mountain, it would be dust.’ It means that nothing in creation can take or carry the Qul of Allah (AJ).
﴾لَوْ أَنزَلْنَا هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ عَلَىٰ جَبَلٍ لَّرَأَيْتَهُ خَاشِعًا مُّتَصَدِّعًا مِّنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّهِ وَتِلْكَ الْأَمْثَالُ نَضْرِبُهَا لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ ﴿٢١
59:21 – “Law anzalna hadha alQurana ‘ala jabalin laraaytahu, khashi’an mutasaddi’an min khashyatillahi, wa tilkal amthalu nadribuha linnasi la’allahum yatafakkaroon.” (Surat Al-Hashr)
“Had We sent down this Qur’an on a mountain, verily, you would have seen it obliterated to dust (from its power) And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will Contemplate…” (The Exile, 59:21)
So, it means for us in our understanding, it becomes like solid, like clear. There is no prophet that can take Qul; there is no soul that can take Qul; there is no angel that can take Qul. It’s Allah’s (AJ) Divinely Speech. But Allah (AJ) clarifies that, ‘When I revealed to Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ, he stands firm.’
Allah’s (AJ) Only Focus is the One Soul, Muhammadan Rasulallah ﷺ
It means that in Ruhul Wahid, the One Soul, the one reality, the only reality in which Allah (AJ) is interested in, La ilaha illAllah Muhammadun Rasulallah ﷺ.
لَا إِلَهَ إلاَّ اللهُ مُحَمَّدٌا رَسُولْ الله ﷺ
“La ilaha illallahu Muhammadun Rasulallah ﷺ.”
“There is no deity but Allah, Prophet Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
These are what they call the Muhammadan reality. If we don’t know the Muhammadan reality, then we don’t know what we are searching for. We said before, we become like simple-minded people; they stare at different walls, they are looking at different directions; it’s okay because they don’t have an ‘aqel (intellect) and they don’t have a mind but they don’t reach to anything.
Our Mir’aj is into the Reality of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ
Ahlul Ma’rifah (People of Gnosticism) want us to reach; they want us to understand that what are you directing yourself to? Because this is all opening from the reality of the mi’raj (ascension). That we’re asking to imitate the way of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. As Prophet ﷺ is Muhammadun RasulAllah ﷺ, his Mi’raj, alayhis salaatus salaam, is towards the reality of La ilaha illAllah.
Our mi’raj (ascension) is not that. It means to know your had, to know your limit; that’s why always the imam (religious leader) is in front, that Prophet ﷺ is in front. Our limit is Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. It means as Prophet ﷺ is making a mi’raj to the Divinely Presence into the reality of La ilaha illAllah, we are making a mi’raj into the reality of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ.
That’s why tafakkur and contemplation, meditation, is based on creation. Don’t meditate and contemplate upon Allah (AJ), but meditate and contemplate upon Allah’s (AJ) creation. The best of Allah’s (AJ) creation is the reality of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ.
عَنْ أَبِي جَعْفَرٍ عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ قَالَ: إيَّاكُمْ وَالتَّفَكُّرَ فِي اللهِ وَلَكِنْ إذَا أَرَدْتُمْ أَنْ تَنْظُرُوا إلَى عَظَمَتِهِ فَانْظُرُوا إلَى عَظِيمِ خَلْقِهِ
‘An Abi Ja’far (as) qala: “Iyakum wat tafakkaru fillahi wa lakin idha aradtum an tunzaro ila ‘azamatihi fanzaro ila ‘azimi khalqihi.”
Abu Ja’far (A) said, “Beware of tafakkur in God. But if you wish to view His grandeur, observe the great of His creations.”
Sayyidina Muhammad’s ﷺ Mir’aj is Eternal
So, as we are making a mi’raj of Rajab, these are all the manifestations of these three holy months. That the mi’raj of Rajab where Prophet ﷺ is moving towards La ilaha illAllah, all the Sahabi (Holy Companions of Prophet ﷺ), all Ahlul Bayt (Holy Family of Prophet ﷺ), all souls are moving right behind like a ship, right behind Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ and asking for their mi’raj, asking for their realities. That whatever Prophet ﷺ is going and being dressed of these Divinely Realities, of “Qaaba qawsayni aw adna.”
﴾فَكَانَ قَابَ قَوْسَيْنِ أَوْ أَدْنَىٰ ﴿٩
53:9 – “Fakana qaaba qawsayni aw adna.” (Surat An-Najm)
“And was at a distance of two bow lengths or nearer [to the Divine Presence].” (The Star, 53:9)
That as much as Prophet ﷺ is approaching, as much as Allah (AJ) is distancing. It means that the length never catches up. This is an adab (manners). That as much as two bow lengths are coming, as much as Allah (AJ) is creating, as much as Prophet ﷺ is moving in that mi’raj. That mi’raj is an eternal mi’raj.
‘Arifeen Ask to Reach to the Heart of Sahib al-Qadr ﷺ
It means those manifestations, those holy lights is what we are trying to reach on Laylatul Qadr for ‘arifeen, for the people who know, who are not jahil (ignorant), their hearts are open. They’re asking very specific, ‘Ya Rabbi, not just Laylatul Qadr that’s just shining everywhere Laylatul Qadr, but we’re asking to reach to the heart of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ who is Sahib al-Qadr, the Owner of this Qudra, the owner of this reality. We’re asking to go into the heart of Prophet ﷺ. Only within the heart of Prophet ﷺ, these manifestations are manifesting.
Obey the Ulul Amr that Carry the Muhammadan Reality
That’s why Mawlana Shaykh (Q) teaches, “Atiullaha wa atiur Rasula wa Ulil amre minkum.”
﴾ياأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُواللَّه وَأَطِيعُوٱلرَّسُولَ وَأُوْلِي الْأَمْرِ مِنْكُمْ…﴿٥٩
4:59 – “Ya ayyu hal latheena amanoo Atiullaha wa atiur Rasola wa Ulil amre minkum…” (Surat An-Nisa)
“O You who have believed, Obey Allah, Obey the Messenger, and those in authority among you…” (The Women, 4:59)
It means that what Allah’s (AJ) manifesting, sending to the heart of Prophet ﷺ. From the heart of Prophet ﷺ, it’s manifesting to the ulul amr. It means the ulul amr – alif, meem, ra – they carry ‘Izzatullah (Allah’s (AJ) Might and Magnificence). They carry the Muhammadan reality and they are the Rabbaniyoon (Lordly Souls).
Rabbaniyoon Teach Us to Conquer Our Lower Desires
Rabbaniyoon means that they seek knowledge and convey knowledge.
﴾وَلَـٰكِن كُونُوا رَبَّانِيِّينَ بِمَا كُنتُمْ تُعَلِّمُونَ الْكِتَابَ وَبِمَا كُنتُمْ تَدْرُسُونَ ﴿٧٩…
3:79 – “…wa lakin kono rabbaniyena bima kuntum tu`allimoonal kitaba wabima kuntum tadrusoon.” (Surat Ali-Imran)
“…Be Lordly Souls/faithful servants/worshippers of Him, Because (of what) you have taught the Book and you have studied it earnestly.” (Family of Imran, 3:79)
That the importance of the Rabbaniyoon is they have conquered the lower rab (lord) that governs us. Everybody is under authority. Nobody can say that they are under Allah’s (AJ) authority. For us to understand the rab and the rabbaniyoon is they teach us that everyone is governed by their desires and those desires are the lords upon us.
﴾أَفَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَـٰهَهُ هَوَاهُ …﴿٢٣
45:23 – “Afara ayta manit takhadha ilaha hu hawahu…” (Surat Al-Jathiyah)
“Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire?…” (The Crouching, 45:23)
Those desires are what govern us and determine if we’re going to pray, if we’re going to fast, if we’re going to give or if we’re going to cheat or if we’re going to steal. The bad characteristics are governing us. So, they begin to teach us that conquer these characteristics, annihilate these characteristics so that they can take us to the true rabbaniyoon who are the ones who seek knowledge and convey knowledge and their whole existence is for that reality.
Why Do We Say QadasAllahu Sirru With Names of the Shaykhs?
So, within the heart of Prophet ﷺ, this is Laylatul Qadr. For awliyaullah, every day, every night should be a Laylatul Qadr because they are the people of qaf. When you say a shaykh’s name, Mawlana Shaykh, Sultanul Awliya, QadasAllahu Sirru. QadasAllahu Sirru means they carry the reality of qaf. They carry the reality of “Allamal Qur’an, Khalaqal Insaan.” It means they reach to their reality in which Allah (AJ) teaches them, ‘I have taught you the Qur’an, ancient knowledges that were taught upon the soul and the reality upon the soul.’
﴾عَلَّمَ الْقُرْآنَ ﴿٢﴾ خَلَقَ الْإِنسَانَ ﴿٣
55:2-3 – “Allamal Qur’an (2). Khalaqal Insaan (3).” (Surat Ar Rahman)
”It is He Who has taught the Qur’an. (2) He has created Mankind. (3)” (The Beneficent, 55: 2-3)
Muhammadiyun are Sustained by the Holy Kawthar of Prophet ﷺ
It means that is the reality that we are seeking. When we’re asking for Laylatul Qadr, we’re asking always to be with the Muhammadiyun. The Muhammadiyun, they are in the heart. Their qudra, their power, their rizq, their sustenance, their knowledge – everything that comes to them is coming from the Kawthar (The Fountain of Abundance) of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. They drink from the fountain of Prophet ﷺ. Mawlana Shaykh (Q) described, they drink either by handful, by cup, by bowl, some by oceans and streams filled with Kawthar.
وَكُـلُّـهُـمْ مِنْ رَسُولِ اللهِ مُلْتَمِسٌ
غَرْفاً مِنَ الْبَحْرِ أَوْ رَشْفاً مِنَ الدِّيَمِ
Wa kulluhum min Rasulillahi multamisun
Gharfan minal bahri aw rashfan minad diyami.
All of them come and take from Allah’s (AJ) Messenger,
Some take a handful of his ocean or some sip of his continuous rains.
Seek Provision From the Fountain of Kawthar
It means the amount of Kawthar that they’re taking, the amount of light and sustenance that they’re taking from Prophet ﷺ of these realities of Prophet’s ﷺ provision. Our provision is nothing that can lift us. To be lifted to heavenly realities means our provision must be changing. And that’s why Allah (AJ) teaches, “Inna ‘atayna kal kawthar. Fasali li rabbika wanhar.”
﴾إِنَّا أَعْطَيْنَاكَ الْكَوْثَرَ ﴿١﴾ فَصَلِّ لِرَبِّكَ وَانْحَرْ ﴿٢
108:1-2 – “Inna ‘atayna kal kawthar. (1) Fasali li rabbika wanhar. (2)” (Surat Al-Kawthar)
“To thee (O Muhammad) we have granted the Fount (of Abundance). (1) So pray to your Lord and Sacrifice. (2)” (The Abundance, 108:1-2)
‘Pray unto your Lord and sacrifice’ means the owner of this reality, the owner of these fountains. The owner of Holy Kawthar is Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ. That their souls are drinking from that reality in oceans or in streams or in floods, depending upon how much of that reality they’re in need for and how much of that reality they are dispensing.
Awliya Are Dressed by the Realities of Holy Qur’an
So, become very clear for us that they are always in Laylatul Qadr. They are always in a state of annihilating themselves. As much as they annihilate, as much as Allah (AJ) dressing them with that qaf, dressing them with that qalb, dressing them with the qudra and the Oceans of Power, dressing them with realities of Holy Qur’an so they are walking realities of Holy Qur’an; teaching for us always to keep our understanding and our companionship by connecting our hearts with Mawlana Shaykh (Q), asking Mawlana Shaykh (Q), ‘Dress us from your dress. Dress us from your light Sayyidi, and keep us in the presence of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ.’
Recite Durood Sharif to Reach the Reality of Laylatul Qadr
As much as we make durood sharif (praising on Prophet Muhammad ﷺ), as much as we’re making salawat (praises upon Prophet Muhammad ﷺ) on a holy night is that that becomes the reality of the dress. If you want to reach and to feel the ocean and the power of Laylatul Qadr is that to sit and make salawat and connect your heart with Mawlana Shaykh (Q), asking Mawlana Shaykh (Q) to keep us connected with Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ; that he is the owner of that power, that Allah (AJ) is sending ‘Izzah (Might), “‘Izzatullahi wa Rasul.”
﴾وَلِلَّهِ الْعِزَّةُ وَلِرَسُولِهِ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ… ﴿٨
63:8 – “…Wa Lillahil ‘izzatu wa li Rasooli hi wa lil Mumineen…” (Surat Al-Munafiqoon)
“…And to Allah belongs [all] honor, and to His messenger, and to the believers…” (The Hypocrites, 63:8)
Connect Your Heart and Ask to Be Presented to Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ
Allah (AJ) Divinely ‘Izzah is dressing the heart of Prophet ﷺ on holy nights, on every night. As soon as you connect your heart, efface yourself, asking Mawlana Shaykh (Q), ‘Ya Sayyidi, dress me from your light. Bless me from your light. Perfect my character and present me to Sultanul Awliya (Q). From Sultanul Awliya (Q), present me to the holy presence of Sayyidina Muhammad ﷺ and he is the owner of that qudra.’
And then to be making salawat (praises upon Prophet Muhammad ﷺ) and meditating and contemplating and making durood sharif, meditating and contemplating. That is the dress of Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power). That Allah (AJ) grant a gift in which you feel that dress, you see that dress, you shake from the light of that dress.
Subhana rabbika rabbal ‘izzati ‘amma yasifoon, wa salaamun ‘alal mursaleen, walhamdulillahi rabbil ‘aalameen. Bi hurmati Muhammad al-Mustafa wa bi sirri surat al-Fatiha.
Special thanks to our transcribers for their help with transcribing this suhbah.
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