Muslims pray all night for Ramadan (video)
Jennifer Lee Preyss
Aug. 2, 2013 at 3:02 a.m.
Surrounded by camping tents and homemade forts, Osama Hassan, Victoria Islamic Center's imam, prepares for another long night of ceaseless prayer.
In the final days of the holy month of Ramadan, Victoria's Muslim community has been studying and praying around-the-clock, hoping to encounter the Night of Power - the night when Allah revealed the teachings of the first verses of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.
"It's like a joy. We cannot thank him enough. We pray and pray and pray, and it's a special thing during this time," said Hassan, mentioning that supplications offered during the Night of Power are better than praying for 1,000 months. "It's not very much when you think there are 350 days during the year, and this is only 10 days (of intensive prayer)."
In Islam, the Night of Power is an unknown night that occurs during the final 10 days of Ramadan. It is regarded as a significant and spiritual night when extra blessings are multiplied exponentially if a Muslim is praying during the Night of Power.
"We don't know when it will be. It could happen tonight," Hassan said.