Lailatul Qadr, as mentioned by Dr. Shabbir in an earlier posting, occurred but once in history: in the month of Ramadan of the year 610 CE. It hasn’t occurred since, and will never come again.
It is just one of the many nights which we Muslims have singled out for blind and fatalistic ritualism. In fact, the fascination for marking out particular nights seems to be a favourite pursuit in N2I. The utter meaninglessness of such “nights” was incidentally one of the first “red flags” that drove me away from N2I. It somehow didn’t seem fair that Allah would so magnificently reward people with Sawaab worth a thousand months for one single night of worship, while poor folks who worshipped throughout the year, but somehow missed out on “Lail”, walked away empty handed. A “Just” God cannot be a flawed mathematician.
The same criteria holds true for the another popular fallacy: you earn 5000 (or 50000 or 100000, depending on your preferred Hadith) times Sawaab if you pray at the Haram in Makkah. And here I was making a fool of myself sprinting to my mosque in the dead of the night at Fajr time, as stray dogs doggedly gave chase (happened on no less than two occasions). It turns out that I should have spent all that time in the Haram, earning 100000 times the Sawaab. And best of all, there wouldn’t have been any dogs to torment me, as according to Bukhari, the Prophet had ordered all of them killed (according to another Hadith it was all the black dogs that were killed. But I, for the life of me, prefer the Hadith that annihilated every possible breed in Makkah. Dislike for dogs is perhaps the only issue on which I am in agreement with the Mullahs. Oh! How religiously they hate dogs! For that matter, I hazard to guess that they religiously hate everything they can’t eat.)