“Why has Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala not informed His servants of an exact date, on which the Night of Power [Lailat al-Qadr] is certain to occur?”

Suppose someone raises the question: “Why has Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala not informed His servants of an exact date, on which the Night of Power [Lailat al-Qadr] is certain to occur, just as He has provided them with precise and unambiguous information concerning the night of the Day of Congregational Prayer [Lailat al-Juma]?”

The appropriate response will be to tell the questioner: “His purpose (Exalted is He) is to make sure that His servants do not take it for granted that they have performed good deeds on that particular night. Were it not for this element of uncertainty, they could make the claim:

‘We have performed good deeds on a night that is better than a thousand months, so Allah has granted us forgiveness, and in His sight we are now entitled to spiritual degrees and Gardens of Paradise.’ They might therefore abandon all further effort to do good works, and simply rest on their laurels. Having thus fallen prey to unduly optimistic expectation, they would then be doomed to perdition.”

It should also be noted that, as a similar measure of precaution, Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala (Almighty and Glorious is He) has refrained from informing His servants as to when their individual lifetimes are due to expire. Were it not so, a person with a long life still ahead of him could say: “I intend to give free rein to my carnal desires, indulging in all the pleasures this world has to offer, and enjoying its comforts to the full. Eventually, of course, when the expiration of my term draws near, I shall repent and devote myself to the worshipful service of my Lord. I shall then die as a penitent and reformed character.”

In actual fact, Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala (Exalted is He) has kept their appointed terms concealed from them, so they must always be cautious and wary of death. Under these circumstances, they have a permanent incentive to practice good conduct, to pursue repentance with dilgent perseverance, and to make constant efforts to improve their behavior. Death, whenever it comes to claim them, will therefore find them in a very good spiritual state. As well as receiving their allotted shares [aqsåm] of pleasure and sensual enjoyment in this world, they will be safely delivered from Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala’s torment in the hereafter, by the mercy [rahma] of Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

The following anonymous saying is also worth quoting:

“Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala has concealed five things inside five:

(1) He has concealed Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala’a good pleasure inside worshipful acts of obedience.(ta’at)

(2) He has concealed His wrath inside sinful acts of disobedience (ma’asi)

(3) He has concealed the middle prayer (As Salawat Al-Wusta) among the other ritual prayers (salawat)

(4) He has concealed His saintly friend (Wali)among the rest of His creatures;

(5) He has concealed the Night of Power [Lailat al-Qadr] within the month of Ramadan.”

Source: http://www.yanabi.com/index.php?/topic/291864-why-exact-night-of-laylatul-qadr-is-kept-secret/

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