The Night of Prostration
“People on the night of Laylatul Qadr are going to be on several different levels. No doubt we are on the lowest level, so we are hoping in this night to attain the honour and illumination granted in it. When wereach a higher level and as it is a holy night in the heavens as well, we will begin to sense
something [of the great power being manifested] on this night. Whoever is at the highest spiritual level must be present for this night in the Divine Presence of the Lord.
This appearance will occur in a matter of seconds, maybe within a single second. Perhaps one
second is an enormous unit of time [in keeping with that moment or in comparison] to that
moment. It may be more than a second or much less, but it is an instant in time when an
appearance from the Divine Presence is manifested to creation.
When that Divine Appearance manifests (tajalli), no one will remain standing throughout the
heavens and the earth. Everything falls into prostration, throwing itself down in prostration for
that moment. That manifestation of Divine Power–that Divine Light-appears, and whoever is
prepared and who has also been invited to attend that appearance sees it and falls in prostration.
Everything in that moment falls in prostration (sajda): all animals- ants, elephants, giraffes and
even dogs-on that night they do not sleep but are hurrying to make prostration on experiencing
that divine manifestation. All trees- even buildings- bow down in prostration and then rise up to
their original positions. This is mentioned in the Quran:
“And unto Allah falleth prostrate whosoever is in the heavens and the earth, willingly or
unwillingly, as do their shadows in the morning and the evening hours”.( Surah ar-R`ad, 15)
“Hast thou not seen that unto Allah payeth adoration whatsover is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the hills, and the trees, and the beasts, and many of mankind, while there are many unto whom the doom is justly due”. (Surah al-Hajj, 18)”
Maulana Sheikh Nazimal Haqqani ar Rabbani (qas)