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Khatm-e Qurʾan ceremony

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The word 'Qadr' derives from the title of one of the short Qurʾanic Chapters or Suras and has multiple meanings of power, destiny, divine decree, worth and measurement. The al-Qadr Sura is associated with the first 'revelation' of the Qurʾan from God to the Prophet on one of the odd-numbered dates between the seventeenth and twenty-seventh of the month. The significance of the night is stated in the five verses of this Sura. According to the prayer book Mafatih-al Janan, on the night of Qadr people's destinies are determined and that those who keep the vigil with namaz and Qurʾan recitations will have their sins forgiven and their favours granted. There was no discussion about the performances, but the symbolism of darkness and light indicate a rite of passage from a state of impurity and sin into a new purified state.

Keywords: al-Qadr Sura; Mafatih-al Janan; Qurʾan recitations



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