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How can the timing of Lailat al-Qadr during Ramadan be pinpointed?

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One of Egypt's most popular and successful Islamic preachers, the late Mohammed Metwali Alsharawi, had revealed in a video the way to pinpoint the timing of Lailat al-Qadr's, which Muslims believe was the night during Ramadan when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Prophet Mohammed.

During his time as a Shariah (Islamic law) professor in Saudi Arabia, a discussion was sparked between him and Egyptian and Saudi scholars about Lailat al Qadr’s timing, Alsharawi said.

They were sitting in a hotel when Sheikh Ibrahim Attiyah started a discussion about Lailat al-Qadr’s timing. The sheikh said that he was reading in Qurtubi, a comprehensive interpretation of the Holy Quran, about the timing when he read a hadith (prophetic saying) about the significance ofthe number seven, Alsharawi said.

In the hadith, Omar bin Khatab asked Ibn Abbas about the timing. Ibn Abbas told him, I think it is on the 27th night of Ramadan because God created the seven heavens and humans in seven stages and revealed the necessities of life in seven batches, Alsharawi added.

Ibn Abbas believed that it is on the 27th as he based his belief on the number seven and the prophet saying “seek it in the last ten days” Alsharawi said.

Alsharawi said that they had a discussion over it as scholars and said that the number seven does not mean that Lailat al-Qadr is on the 27, as there are 20 other numbers.

The discussion continued for a while when Sheikh al-Musri Mohammed Abo Arif told the scholars to do pray in the Prophet’s Mosque because Alsharawi told them to so whenever an issue is not resolved.

One of Saudi Arabia’s sheikhs, Ishaq Azooz, visited them at their hotel and asked them why are they praying now in the mosque, Alsharawi said. They told the sheikh about the issue when an unknown person told them that the prophet said, “Seek it in the last ten days of Ramadan, not the 20 days before them.”

Alsharawi added that they were surprised by the disappearance of the man, but his words made Muslims recalculate everything, along with the significance of the number seven - which is why the night is believed to occur on the 27th night of Ramadan.