Today’s Laylat al-Qadr ( لیلة القدر) (also known as Shab-e-Qadr), literally the Night of Decree or Night of Measures, occurring in the last third of the month of Ramadan, is the anniversary of the night Muslims believe the first verses of the Qur’an were revealed to Muhammad by the angel Gabriel. It is also the anniversary of the night in which the Qur’an is believed by Muslims to have first descended to the earthly heavens in its entirety.

My dear friend, my “young” Egyptian brother, I’m feeling sad, you couldn’t fulfil your wish to do the Umrah this year… but there will come other years and there will be the right time, alhamdu’lillah, to do it in the future insh’allah! God bless you in this Laylat al-Qadr giving you hope and patience, ya Aladdeen
“God has no religion”, says Gandhi and in this sense I send you two quotes on your way – sentences of different cultures and religions from your own but –nonetheless hopefully – giving you some comfort in these days…

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”
(Ecclesiastes 3)

“This is the path of ahimsa. It may entail continuous suffering and the cultivating of endless patience. Thus step by step we learn how to make friends with all the world; we realize the greatness of God-or Truth. Our peace of mind increases in spite of suffering; we become braver and more enterprising; we understand more clearly the difference between what is everlasting and what is not; we learn how to distinguish between what is our duty and what is not. Our pride melts away, and we become humble. Our worldly attachments diminish, and so does the evil within us diminish from day to day.”
(Mahatma Gandhi)