Night of Destiny
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Commissioned by Lux Singers, Leland Spindler, Artistic Director
The Night of Destiny, or Night of Power (Laylat al-Qadr (لیلة القدر) or Šab-i qadr ) is considered the holiest night of the year for Muslims. As one of the final days of Ramadan, it commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by the angel Gabriel. It is on this night that the blessings and mercy of Allah are abundant, sins are forgiven, and the annual decree is revealed to the angels who also descend to the earth.
The Night of Destiny was written using both the Persian (Farsi) and Arabic languages by Ḥāfeẓ . In the poem, the author does not remain consistent as to whether his poem is spiritual or amatory. In the same manner as the poetry, a study of making too much “sense” of the music may ruin the fun, and like life itself, does not need to be decidedly understood to be enjoyed. There is never one meaning or one interpretation. It’s both.
Language: Persian, Arabic, English