My Dear, Loyal Brothers and Fellow-Students in this School of Joseph!
The holy Night of Acquittal (Bera’at), tonight, is like a sacred seed of the whole year and the programme of human destiny, and is therefore as holy as the Night of Power. Just as all good works on the Night of Power yield thirty thousand merits, so on this Night of Acquittal the merits of such acts and for each letter of the Qur’an rise to twenty thousand. If at other times such merits are ten, during the three months [of Rajab, Sha‘ban, and Ramadan] they rise to a hundred or a thousand. Then on the well-known holy nights, they rise to tens of thousands or twenty or thirty thousand. These nights may be the equivalent of fifty years of worship. It is highly profitable to be occupied as far as one can with the Qur’an, seeking Divine forgiveness, and uttering prayers for the Prophet (PBUH).
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May the peace of God be upon you, and His mercy and blessings!
I congratulate you with all my heart and soul for the Night of Acquittal, which may gain for the believers the equivalent of fifty years of worship. I await with complete certainty from Divine mercy that through the mystery of spiritual partnership and the effulgence of solidarity, like some angels who utter glorifications with forty thousand tongues, all the purely sincere Risale-i Nur students will be performing their worship and seeking forgiveness as though with forty thousand tongues.
Firstly: At the suggestion of some hojas who support the innovations, the indictment has objected to a matter in the Fifth Ray, as though it does not accept the coming of the Islamic Antichrist (Dajjal), and numerous other Antichrists. An answer to this is the sound Hadith, a brilliant and certain miracle of the Prophet (PBUH): “The caliphate will continue with the sons of my uncle ‘Abbas until it passes into the destructive hand of the Antichrist.”1 That is, the ‘Abbasid caliphate will continue for the
Musnad al-Firdaws, iii, 447; al-Hindi, Kanz al-‘Ummal, xiv, 271, No: 33436; Suyuti, Ta’rikh al-Hulafa’, 6, 16; Majma’u’l-Zawa’id, v, 187; Cam’u’l-Fawa’id, i, 849.