In Allah's Night of Power, All-Embracing Mercy and Love
When Muhammad the Beautiful, peace be upon him, was asked when the Night of Power fell, he replied that the All Merciful had hidden it. He then said to look for it in the last ten nights of Ramadan, on the odd nights. Our spiritual faculties have become very acute by that time and we are able to sense its presence - the atmosphere is full and rich, like a full term pregnancy. When it comes we usually recognize it, although there are several nights which seem to have great spiritual intensity. But on the Night of Power the heavens open up and grace and mercy descend like a rain of light. Angelic beings, dispatched by the Sultan of Mercy, bear gifts in all directions. The Holy Spirit descends filling the hearts with new knowledge and love. This is a night to be awake, praying for the hearts of humanity. We are honoring it tonight, yet know that it could descend on any one of the remaining nights. Allah knows. This is why we should try to be present and awake for some hours of the night (the last third of the night before dawn is the most potent time), together with the dervishes or by ourselves in retreat, during the last ten days. The Night of Power cannot be calculated or discerned by the mind - it can only be longingly awaited by the heart and joyfully recognized by the heart when it comes. Keep vigil in every moment from now until the end of Ramadan. Remain in a state of expectancy and tender longing. Ask the Pirs for help, ask that we all be fully present at its descent so that our own full potential, and the full potential of humanity, be ignited in the Majestic Power of Love. This is the great threshold, where our entire human family can turn to itself in love and recognize that God is present through this divine human form.
We have in truth revealed our mercy in the Night of Power
And what will explain to thee what the Night of Power is?
The Night of Power is better than a thousand months,
On this Night descend the angels and the Holy Spirit through permission of the Merciful One, fulfilling every beautiful command,
Sublime Peace in all hearts….peace until the rise of dawn.