27th Ramadan: Pakistan and the Night of Decree

Fatima Altaf

انا انزلنه فى ليلة القدر. وما ادراك ما ليلة القدر. ليلة القدر خير من الف شهر

Indeed we revealed this Quran on the night of Decree. And what do you know what the Night of Decree is. The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months.” Surah 97, Ayah 1-3

In 1929, Allama Iqbal published his persian masterpiece, Javednama, in which he spoke of numerous new worlds hidden in the Quran, and the ideal principles of such a Quranic world. He went on to describe one such world, an ideal world based on Quranic principles which he called Marghdeen, meaning the “Pasture of Deen” – a world where Islam would flourish.

One such world was meant for the Indian Muslim Nation, to be discovered and created for themselves. Hence, it was not a coincidence that in his Allahabad Address, the following year, Iqbal expressed the desire…

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