iamcrazy had this quote from somewhere.
Hadhrat Ali (R.A) narrates that the holy Prophet Muhammad
"On the night of mid-Sha`ban let all of you spend in prayer and its day
in fasting, for Allah descends to the nearest heaven during that night
beginning with sunset and says: "Is there anyone asking for forgiveness
so that he may be
forgiven? Is there anyone asking for sustenance so that he may be
granted sustenance? Is there anyone who has been stricken with
misfortune so that I may relieve him? Is there not such-and-such is
there not such-and-such, and so
forth until dawn rises" (Ahmad, Ibn Maja)
I have a few complications in my head. I would like some people to solve them for me.
1. It says on this day Allah descends to the nearest heavens. Isn't Allah everywhere? why would He have to move?
2. Isn't our fate decided while we are in our wombs. I thought our entire life is recorded then. There is a line from Muslim hadith that says the following:
Book 033, Number 6397:
Anas b. Malik reported directly from Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) that he said: Allah, the Exlated and Glorious, has appointed an angel as the caretaker of the womb, and he would say: My Lord, it is now a drop of semen; my Lord, It is now a clot of blood; my Lord, it has now become a lump of flesh, and when Allah decides to give it a final shape, the angel says: My Lord, would it be male or female or would he be an evil or a good person? What about his livelihood and his age? And it is all written as he is in the womb of his mother.