Aqeedah refers to those matters which are believed in, with certainty and conviction, in one’s heart and soul. They are not tainted with any doubt or uncertainty. The Arabic word ‘aqeedah stems from the root ‘aqada, which conveys meanings of certainty, affirmation, confirmation, etc.
Many Muslims restrict it to only one night, i.e. 27th Of Ramadan. Yes, that is more likely to be the night of Al-Qadr, but it is incorrect to single it out based on various evidences in hadeeth narrations… The Night of Al-Qadr is not specified to one fixed night each year. Rather, it constantly changes… Allaah has hidden knowledge of its occurrence from His servants out of mercy for them so that they can increase their actions in the search for it during these honorable nights, by praying, making dhikr and supplicating. So they grow and increase in the nearness to Allaah and His reward.
It is commonly observed that the masajid are overcrowded in Ramadan and empty in other months. This means that many people do not offer salat in Jamaat other than in Ramadan. When in fact, if a man stays in neighborhood of a masjid, his prayer is not valid if he prays at home without a genuine reason. This view is proven from Qur’an, Sunnah, belief of Sahaba and opinions of scholars.
Matters have been slightly tensed in the last few weeks. And every other individual is expressing his opinions and receiving counter-reactions on the social media. But these people, especially the youth, are stating and commenting merely out of emotions and rarely based on knowledge. Very few of those individuals would have tried to find out what exactly are the Islamic guidelines in these situations as per Qur’an and Sunnah; and what are the scholarly opinions in these matters. And this is the need of the hour if we want to stop the matters getting any worse.