if you don’t know, don’t speak

وَلَا تَقْفُ مَا لَيْسَ لَكَ بِهِ عِلْمٌ ۚ إِنَّ السَّمْعَ وَالْبَصَرَ وَالْفُؤَادَ كُلُّ أُولَٰئِكَ كَانَ عَنْهُ مَسْئُولًا
And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart – about all those [one] will be questioned.

Al ‘Isra: 36

So I posted a somewhat rambling discussion of Laylatul Qadr on Friday and exhorted to rush to worship, as it was an odd night…

Well, guess what: I hold a master’s degree in Art History, not mathematics: Friday was an even night.

I might have done better with my 1, 2, 3’s, but I grew up counting the days from sunrise (or the time I woke up in the morning). In Islam, the day starts at sunset. So while Friday was an odd day, Friday night was even. 

Allah knows, and it is best to worship Him, give thanks to Him, seek His guidance, protection, comfort, and favor regardless of what day it is.

So even thought tonight, like Friday, is an even night, may Allah give us the strength and focus to worship Him with extra gusto and fervor tonight; may He accept our prayer, our fasting, our charity, and all of our good deeds. And may He excuse our errors.

And, in case I haven’t mentioned it before, if what I say here on james.com is good and provides some benefit to you, then it comes from Allah azza wa jall; and if what I write here is wrong, bad, or otherwise of no benefit, then all that comes solely from me. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is the Most Wise, the Most Great, the only Forgiver, and His is the only Wisdom, Guidance, Sustenance, Strength, Focus, Beauty, and Truth, and to Him we all belong and to Him we shall return.

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