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Shab-e-Qader: Allah’s Greatest Gift to Prophet’s Ummah

Mohd Ishaq Shah ✉ The Night of Power (Laylat al-Qadr) also rendered as the Night of Destiny, Night of Decree, Night of Determination, or the Precious Night is in Islamic belief, the night when Muslims believe the Quran was first sent down from heaven to the world and also the night when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad.  Representative picture It is described as better than a thousand months of worshipping. According to various hadiths, its exact date is uncertain but it was one of the odd-numbered nights of the last ten days of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Since that time, Muslims have regarded the last ten nights of Ramadan as being especially blessed. Muslims believe that the Night of Qadr comes again every year, with blessings and mercy of God in abundance.  Etymology Qadr in Arabic, means measure and limit or value of something or destiny. Some reasons have been offered for its naming: It is said that it was called al

Will SET exams be Scrapped?

Shahnawaz Khan ✉ OPINION The academic evaluation arena in India, specifically for entry into research and teaching positions, has been significantly shaped by standardized exams like the National Eligibility Test (NET) and the State Eligibility Test (SET).  Representative picture Despite their roles in the academics of the country, there's an increasing debate over the need for the SET when the NET is already in place. This discussion pivots on the argument for eliminating the SET to promote transparency and achieve higher research standards nationwide. The eligibility criteria for PhD enrollment would be based on the categories A, B & C of NET recent rules amended by UGC. There should be enhancement of quota for NET seats and scrapping of SET at the same time. This article explores the rationale behind this proposition, examining the roles of both exams and making a case for the abrogation of the SET. The Role of SET and NET National Eligibility Test (NET): Conducted by the N