Even the enemies were aware of the significance of Lailatul Qadr
Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (a.s.) informed:
Ali Ibn Abi Talib (a.s.) used to frequently say whenever we met with the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.), Al-Taymi (Abu Bakr) and his companion (Umar) were with him while he (s.a.w.a.) recited: Surely We have send it down in the Night of Decree humbly and tearfully. They both asked – ‘How you have been so extremely affected by this Chapter?’
He (s.a.w.a.) said to them: I was affected what my eyes saw, what my heart stored and what his (meaning Ali (a.s.)) heart will experience after me.
They both said: What have you seen and what
will his heart experience?
He (s.a.w.a.) recited the verse ‘The angels and the Ruh al-Qudus descend in it with the permission of their Lord with all affairs till the appearance of the morn’ –
He (s.a.w.a.) asked: Does anything remain after the Words of the Blessed, the High, ‘with all affairs?’
The two of them replied: No.
He (s.a.w.a.) inquired: Do the two of you know
on whom the descent takes place?
They both answered: No, by Allah, O Messenger of Allah.
He (s.a.w.a.) questioned: Will there be Lailatul Qadr after me?
They both affirmed: Yes.
They both reaffirmed: Yes.
He (s.a.w.a.) asked: On whom?
They both expressed ignorance: We do not
He (s.a.w.a.) took me (Ali (a.s.)) by my head, and said: If you did not know, this is the one after me.
Whenever it was Lailatul Qadr after the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w.a.), the two of them could distinguish itfromtheawetheywitnessed due to the intensity of the occasion.
(Basaaer al-Darajaat vol. 1 p. 224; Behar al-Anwar vol. 94 p. 21)
Evidently, Lailatul Qadr is deeply connected to the progeny of Muhammad (a.s.) and serves as irrevocable proof of their leadership and succession of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.). It is the most important basis to prove the existence of an Imam at all times on whom all the affairs of the heavens and the world descend.
Submission to the Divine Proof (peace be upon him) is Submission to Allah the Almighty!
The narrator says, “I said to Imam Abu Abdillah (al- Sadeq) (peace be upon him), ‘There is a person with us named Kulaib. No tradition is reported from you but that he says ‘I submit’; so much so that we have named him ‘the submitting Kulaib’. (On hearing this), Imam (peace be upon him) invoked Allah’s mercy upon him and asked, ‘Do you know what is submission?’ So we became silent. Then he (peace be upon him) said,
‘By Allah! It is humility as per the word of Allah
– Mighty and Majestic be He – “Surely those who believed and did good deeds and were humble towards their Lord”.