Nuzulul Quran, History, Virtue, and Recommended Practices

Nuzulul Quran, History, Virtue, and Recommended Practices

This is what you should know in Nuzulul Quran

Nuzulul Quran is the night the Quran was revealed. This event is an important event for Muslims around the world. Nuzulul Quran is an event in which Allah sent down a complete verse of the Koran from Lauhul Mahfud in the seventh heaven to Baitul Izzah or the heavens of the world. Allah gave this revelation to the Prophet Muhammad through the intermediary of the angel Gabriel.

Nuzulul Quran is the process of the revelation of the verses of the Koran in perfecting the teachings of Islam as a guide for mankind. The commemoration of the Nuzulul Quran falls every 17th of Ramadan. In Ramadan 1443 H, Nuzulul Quran is commemorated on Monday, April 18, 2022.

In commemorating Nuzulul Quran, people in Indonesia even have different ways and traditions in each region. Among them is the Beulangong Kuwah Tradition or Khatam Quran which is commemorated in Aceh. There is also the Thousand Tumpeng Tradition which is usually held by the Surakarta Kasunanan Palace.

Not only memorial traditions but there are also many practices that Muslims can do during Nuzulul Quran. The goal is none other than asking for blessings and an abundance of grace from Allah SWT. Because there are many virtues and privileges in the Nuzulul Quran incident.

Here we summarize information about Nuzulul Quran, its history, virtues, and recommended practices which are summarized by Muslimcreed from various sources:

History of Nuzulul Quran

Nuzulul Quran is the event of the revelation of the Koran to the Prophet Muhammad. This incident is explained in Surah Al-Baqarah Verse 185:

“The month of Ramadan, the month in which the Qur’an was sent down (beginning) as a guide for mankind and explanations for that guidance and a distinction (between right and wrong)”.

When the revelation in the form of the Koran was revealed, the Prophet Muhammad was in the Hira Cave. At that time, the Angel Gabriel suddenly came to deliver a revelation to the Prophet. The first revelation that Gabriel conveyed to Muhammad was the Qur’an Surah Al Alaq verses 1 – 5.

Remembering the Prophet Muhammad SAW is not from the same type of creature. The scholars gave two possibilities: Jibril transformed into a human, or vice versa.

Regarding the exact time of the incident, there is a difference of opinion among the scholars. Some scholars believe that the incident occurred in the month of Rabiul Awal on the 8th or 18th (the 18th based on the history of Ibn Umar).

While some others are in the month of Rajab on the 17th or 27th according to the history of Abu Hurairah, and others are in the month of Ramadan on the 17th (Al-Bara’ bin Azib), 21 (Shaykh Al-Mubarakfuriy), and 24 (Aisyah, Jabir and Watsilah bin Asqo’).

There are different views regarding the process of the revelation of the Qur’an. The first theory, in which some scholars explain that the Qur’an came down in whole and complete numbers and forms to the heavens of the world (sama’ al-Dunya). After that, from the heavens of the world then the Qur’an was revealed to the earth gradually as needed. Some say 20, 23, or 25 years.

In the second theory, some scholars say that the Qur’an was revealed to the sky of the world for 20 nights of Lailatul Qadar or 20 years. In this case, it can be understood that the Qur’an was revealed once a year, which coincided with the night of Lailatul Qadar.

The third theory states that the Qur’an was first revealed on the night of Lailatul Qadar. Then the Qur’an was revealed to the earth gradually in different times

The virtues of the Nuzulul Quran

1. The night the Quran was sent down

Nuzulul Quran night is a special night for Muslims. The reason is, on this night Allah sent down the Qur’an to the face of the earth as a guide and guidance for human life. The Qur’an is the greatest miracle of the Prophet Muhammad which was revealed through the intermediary of the Angel Gabriel. Through the Messenger of Allah, Muslims are guided to always be on the straight path that is pleasing to Him.

2. Many Angels Descended to Earth

On the night of the Nuzulul Quran, the angels including the angel Gabriel descended to earth. This is written in the Qur’an Surah Al Qadr verse 4:

“On that night the angels and the angel Gabriel descended with the permission of his Lord to manage all affairs.”

In addition, in Tafsir Ibn Kathir explained the number of angels who descended on the Nuzulul Quran, indicating the many blessings that descended.

3. A Night of Blessings

Nuzulul Quran is one of the nights blessed by Allah SWT.This is as stated in Surah Ad-Dukhan verse 3:

“Indeed We sent it down on a blessed night.”

Recommended Practice When Nuzulul Quran

Quoted from NU Online, several practices are recommended during the Nuzulul Quran Night:

1. Istiqomah and complete the Koran at least once

2. Read more Nuzulul Quran prayers, namely:

“Allaahumma nawwir quluubanaa bi tilaawatil qur aan, wa zayyin akhlaa qonaa bijaahil qur’an, wa hassin a’maalanaa bi dzikril qur aan, wa najjinaa minan naari bi karoo matil qur aan, wa adkhilsyaraan ‘nata.”

Meaning: “O Allah, enlighten our hearts because we read the Koran, decorate our morals with the glory of the Koran, improve our practice because of the remembrance of the Koran, save us from hellfire because of the glory of the Koran, enter us into heaven with the intercession of the Koran.”

3. I’tikaf, keep quiet while multiplying remembrance and night prayers

4. Increase night prayers such as tahajjud prayer, which also become one of the night practices of the Nuzulul Quran

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