Day 19 - Hussein Rashid: “The Night of Power, and Imperfection”
Revealing Ramadan: 30 Days, 30 Voices [mp3, 5:23]
by Trent Gilliss, senior editor
The 19th voice in this series is Hussein Rashid, a Nizari Ismaili Muslim who was born and raised in New York City. He recounts one of his favorite vigils of Ramadan, Laylat al-Qadr or The Night of Power — a night in which many Muslims stay up all night in constant prayerm, reading Qur’an, reflecting. On this night, Muslims believe that the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. He also recites one of his favorite passages from the Quran prayed on this night, The Verse of Light.
Hussein currently teaches at Hofstra University in New York and writes for several blogs, including Religion Dispatches.
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