Note [original edition] : The night of
The word al Kadr
and also the
; and the night is so named either from its excellence
other nights in the year, or because, as the Mohammedans
believe, the divine
decrees for the ensuing year are annually on this night fixed and settled, or
taken from the preserved table
’s throne, and given to the angels to be
. On this night Mohammed
received his first revelations; when the
say the commentators, was sent down from the aforesaid table, entire
and in one volume, to the lowest heaven, from whence Gabriel
revealed it to
by parcels, as occasion required.
doctors are not agreed where to fix the night of al Kadr
greater part are of opinion that it is one of the ten last nights of Ramadân,
and, as is commonly believed, the 7th of those nights, reckoning backward;
by which means it will fall between the 23rd and 24th days of that month
See chap. 44. p. 401.
Al Zamakh, Al Beidawi, Jallal.