Sayyeda Fatimah Zahra (S) and the “Night of Divine Decrees”
By: Shiraz Mujtaba
Qadr means honour and dignity. Lailatul Qadr means the night of honour and
dignity. This is one of the holiest and most blessed nights. According to the
reports of the religions great ones, it is hidden among three nights the
19th, 21st, and 23rd of Ramadan. The reward of worship on this night is
better than the worship of a thousand months of worship, equivalent to a
In Volume forty-three of the book Bihar-al-Anwar Hazrat Imam Sadiq (a.s.)
said in a tradition recorded in the commentary of “Forat-bin-Ibrahim”
speaking of the meaning of the Quranic verse:
English Interpretation: “The night of (Qadr), i.e. Divine Decrees is Fatimah
(s.a.), therefore whoever knows Fatimah (s.a.) well has understood the Night
of Divine Decrees, and the reason for Fatimah being named Fatimah (it is from
the root word (فطم) originally meaning “weaning from milk” and in the
appropriate choice of this name for the lady Islam, reasons have been
mentioned, including the above meaning.) is that mankind has been “Prevented
from obtaining” her acquaintance!” (Bihar-al-Anwar; vol. 43 pg. 65; tradition
This is very unusual interpretation! Fatimah (s.a.) is the very Night of
Divine Decrees. Anyone who really knows Fatimah (s.a.) as she is, has
understood the Night of Divine Decrees. Very few persons have known Fatimah (s.a.)
as she is and was.
We know that Quranic verses have a literal meaning and a figurative meaning,
and many interpretations. Without a doubt the literal interpretation of the
chapter “Qadr” tells of the night in which the Holy Quran was descended upon
the pure heart of the Prophet (S), and in which the divine decrees
(destinies) of human beings are ascertained for a year, according to Divine
Wisdom. As such, what was said in the tradition above is a figurative
interpretation of this chapter’s meaning, or the second meaning of the
And what a close relationship there is between the existence of “The lady of
Islam” and the “Night of Divine Decrees”.
1. The Night of Divine Decrees is (the disguised or unknown of “Qadr”),
undoubtedly this great Lady, who the Prophet (S) would call a part of his
flesh and reckoned her pleasure to cause God’s pleasure, and her anger God’s
anger, is also the disguised or unknown of Qadr.
2. The Night of “Qadr” is hidden among the nights of the year (According to
the reports of the religions great ones, it is hidden among three nights the
19th, 21st, and 23rd of Ramadan). The grave of the Lady of Islam is unknown
among the graves of the great Personages of Islam, and when those who wish to
pay pilgrimage to her enter Medina and visit the shrines of all the other
great ones but seek her grave not to find it, will well understand the heavy
load of this sorrow.
3. The Night of “Qadr” is better than one thousand night worship لَيْلَةُ
الْقَدْرِ خَيْرٌ مِّنْ أَلْفِ شَهْرٍ and the virtue of it’s worship is
greater than that of a long life of eighty years. The virtue of this great
Lady is also greater than thousands upon thousands of virtuous persons and
her rank is more superior.
4. The “Night of Qadr” was the time in which the Quran was descended upon the
pure heart of the Prophet of Islam, a sudden, all together revelation, even
though its gradual descent took over twenty three years.
The “Night of Qadr” may also therefore be named as the Night of the descent
of virtue and perfection, knowledge and wisdom. The being of Fatimah (s.a.)
is also the source for the luminosity of the guardianship and Imamat and also
divine knowledge and wisdom.
5. The “Night of Qadr” is the night in which by command of God, the Angels
ascertain the destinies of all human beings and present them to “Waly-al-Amr”
(the guardian of his command. It is a night of which in its entirety is peace
The brief life of this Lady of Islam was also from beginning to end,
goodness, soundness and blessing and was given the attention and interest of
The close relationship between the “Night of Qadr” and the being of Fatimah (s.a.)
deems it necessary for all of us to strive harder in knowing her, and
obtaining greater benefit from the blessings of her radiance.
better than wealth because it protects you while you have to
guard wealth. it decreases if you keep on spending it but the
more you make use of knowledge ,the more it increases . what you
get through wealth disappears as soon as wealth disappears but
what you achieve through knowledge will remain even after you."MORE