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97: Al-Qadr - القدر

97:1
[ Original ]
بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ الرَّحِيمِ إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ فِي لَيْلَةِ الْقَدْرِ
[ Abdullah Yusuf Ali ]
We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Power:
[ Saheeh International ]
Indeed, We sent the Qur'an down during the Night of Decree.
Tafseer Commentary

6217 Cf. 44:3 and n. 4690. The 23rd, 25th or 27th night of Ramadan, as well as other nights, have been suggested as the Night of Power. See, however, the Introduction to this Surah. It is best to take this in the mystic sense, which also accords with verse 3 below, which says that the Night of Power is better than a thousand Months. It transcends Time: for it is Allah's Power dispelling the Darkness of Ignorance, by His Revelation, in every kind of affair . (R) .


97:2
[ Original ]
وَمَا أَدْرَاكَ مَا لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ
[ Abdullah Yusuf Ali ]
And what will explain to thee what the night of power is?
[ Saheeh International ]
And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree?

97:3
[ Original ]
لَيْلَةُ الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ
[ Abdullah Yusuf Ali ]
The Night of Power is better than a thousand Months.
[ Saheeh International ]
The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.
Tafseer Commentary

6218 "A thousand" must be taken in an indefinite sense, as denoting a very long period of time. Cf. notes n. 3632 and n. 3634 to 32:4-5, and n. 5678 to 70:4. This does not refer to our ideas of time, but to "timeless Time". One moment of enlightenment under Allah's Light is better than thousands of months or years of animal life, and such a moment converts the night of darkness into a period of spiritual glory.


97:4
[ Original ]
تَنَزَّلُ الْمَلَائِكَةُ وَالرُّوحُ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِمْ مِنْ كُلِّ أَمْرٍ
[ Abdullah Yusuf Ali ]
Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah.s permission, on every errand:
[ Saheeh International ]
The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter.
Tafseer Commentary

6219 The Spirit: usually understood to be the angel Gabriel, the Spirit of Inspiration. (R).


97:5
[ Original ]
سَلَامٌ هِيَ حَتَّىٰ مَطْلَعِ الْفَجْرِ
[ Abdullah Yusuf Ali ]
Peace!...This until the rise of Morn!
[ Saheeh International ]
Peace it is until the emergence of dawn.
Tafseer Commentary

6220 When the Night of spiritual darkness is dissipated by the glory of Allah, a wonderful Peace and a sense of Security arise in the soul. And this lasts on until this life closes, and the glorious Day of the new spiritual world dawns, when everything will be on a different plane, and the chequered nights and days of this world will be even less than a dream.


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