World Bulletin / News Desk
The final 10 days of Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims, have begun in Turkey. The last 10 days of Ramadan have special significance, marking the time when the Prophet Muhammad first received revelations from God through the Angel Gabriel.
A chapter of the Quran deals with this night, known as the Night of Power, or Laylat al-Qadr: “We have indeed revealed this [message] in the Night of Power: and what will explain to thee what the Night of Power is? The Night of Power is better than a thousand months. Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by God's permission, on every errand. Peace until the rise of morn.” (Quran 97)
It is not certain when the Night of Power occurs. Muslims are encouraged to seek out the night -- and the message of mercy found in it -- during the last 10 days of Ramadan. However, many Muslim countries, including Turkey, designate a set night as Laylat al-Qadr, usually Ramadan 27.
It is also reported in the traditions of the Prophet Muhammad that he used to practice i'tikaf during the last 10 days of Ramadan -- a spiritual retreat in a mosque. A person going on i'tikaf will spend the evening and night in a mosque, devoting his or her time to worship and reading the Quran.
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