Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
Today is Lailat-al-Qadr.
The exact date of this is rather undecided, but it is felt that it falls sometime during the last ten days of Ramadan. This holiday, called the Night of Power, and the Night of Spiritual Bliss, is to celebrate the night on which Alah revealed the entire Koran to Muhammad.
Does that sound familiar?
Yes, it should.
It was just a few days ago that they celebrated Nuzulul Qur'an, which was also a celebration of the giving of the Koran. The best I can figure, the previous day celebrated the giving of the Koran, while today celebrates the giving of the last book of the Koran, making it complete.
Anyway, like all Islamic holidays, this one can fall on any date, depending on the year it is in, due to the Islamic calendar ignoring the sun and following the moon.
There are mystical powers associated with this holiday. Sallallaahy Alayhi Wasallam said:
“Verily this month has come to you; and therein is a night which is better than a thousand Months. Whosoever is deprived of it, is deprived of all good; and none is deprived of its good except a totally unfortunate person”.
“Whosoever stands up at the Night of Power out of faith and hopeful of reward, all his past sins will be forgiven.”
The Bible tells us what brings forgiveness for sins.
Under the first covenant, it was the repeated sacrifices of animals:
Hebrews 9:22 (KJV);
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
And under the new covenant:
Colossians 1:12-14 (KJV);
Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
There are no other alternatives, my brothers and sisters -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.