On my way to the Taraweeh prayer (night prayer during Ramadan) yesterday, my brother was telling me how he heard of the signs for the night of power (Layl-at ul Qadr). The night of power is a night that is referred to in the Quran as one that is better than a thousand nights. It carries with it a tremendous opportunity of forgiveness of all sins.
The three signs he related were:
1) It will rain
2) It will neither be too hot or too cold
3) No dogs will be barking due to the descending of angels on earth
I could categorically say that 1 and 2 were validated because it was absolutely raining and further, after the prayer, there was a very light breeze and it was neither warm or cold, but just right. I never heard any dogs bark, but I don’t recall hearing them anyway.
I’m not sure of the authenticity of these signs, but last night did feel special. The taraweeh prayer concluded the final verse of the final chapter of the Qur’an, 27 nights after the first verses were read during the first taraweeh prayer of 2010.
Some final words that I remember from the imams speech yesterday, relating how far away we had come from practicing this way of life. Our characters no longer bear testimony to the grandeur of this religion, but to the deep love and affection of the material things in life. This life on earth is one chance and we should spend it in utmost respect and love for one another and it is far too short to be upsetting one another and holding grudges. He ended, congratulating us on being present on this blessed night, where we finalised the reading of the Qur’an.