The 27th night of Ramadan is special because many Muslims believe it to be Laylat al-Qadr, a night when Angel Jibreel descended to reveal the Quran to Prophet Muhammad.
The true date of Laylat al-Qadr is a mystery because Prophet Muhammad did not reveal it to anyone. However, it is widely believed that Laylat al-Qadr falls on one of the last ten nights of Ramadan.
Prayer on Laylat-al-Qadr is said to be equal to praying for a thousand months. For that reason, the last ten nights of Ramadan are some of the most powerful nights of prayer during the Islamic calendar.
Here are some digital-age-inspired ideas for Laylat al-Qadr:
(1) Read and listen to any part of the Quran at www.Quranexplorer.com. If you click “Launch Quran Explorer,” you can access a free, complete online Quran. It includes Arabic audio and English translation audio as well as translations in a number of other languages.
(2) Attend Taraweeh prayers online by visiting www.muslimvideo.com/live. From the drop-down menu that says “Select Category,” choose “Arabic.” From the drop-down menu that says “Select Channel,” choose “Taraweeh TV.” This requires Windows Media Player. There are many other free channels available from muslimvideo.com as well.
(3) Treat your ears to beautiful recitation of the Quran. Try audio by Ibrahim al-Jibreen (bonus: video with translation of Surah YaSin) or Sahl Yasin for a start.
(4) Learn at least one new surah. www.MountHira.com has an impressive Flash-based learning program that makes it easy to learn a variety of surahs. The lessons begin with a summary page explaining the surah and the duration of the lesson. Each verse is complete with audio, phonetic pronunciation and English translation.
(5) Before bed, change your desktop to something spiritual and inspiring. The Islamic Style Gallery website (http://islamicstyle.al-habib.info) has a great selection of wallpapers that will leave you smiling as you fall asleep.
â€”Â MARIAM KAMAL