Wednesday 7 September 2022

Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ: Sleep Early to Wake up for Night Prayer (Tahajjad)

After a hard day's night, one is exceptionally tired and wants to hit the bed to get a nigh-tful of sleep. That is what most of us do. But ever thought of breaking your sleep when you have yet to recover from your day's tiredness and offer night prayer?

Yes very difficult - but not impossible. If one knows the reward of breaking sleep and offering the night prayer, called Tahajjad, one would never think of his tiredness and would get up to pray a few cycles of night prayer (any sets of two cycles ending with the Witr prayer).

Sleeping early and offering the night prayer was one of the never missed activity and he advised his companions to follow the suit for it is the night prayer when man can talk to one's Creator one to one in the quietness of the dark night when no one can see tears rolling down from one's eyes when earnestly pleading for help and forgiveness of one's sins.

The Sunnah is mentioned in the  Sahih al-Bukhari - Prayer at Night (Tahajjud) - Hadith 1146 as under:

حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو الْوَلِيدِ، حَدَّثَنَا شُعْبَةُ،‏.‏ وَحَدَّثَنِي سُلَيْمَانُ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا شُعْبَةُ، عَنْ أَبِي إِسْحَاقَ، عَنِ الأَسْوَدِ، قَالَ سَأَلْتُ عَائِشَةَ ـ رضى الله عنها ـ كَيْفَ صَلاَةُ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم بِاللَّيْلِ قَالَتْ كَانَ يَنَامُ أَوَّلَهُ وَيَقُومُ آخِرَهُ، فَيُصَلِّي ثُمَّ يَرْجِعُ إِلَى فِرَاشِهِ، فَإِذَا أَذَّنَ الْمُؤَذِّنُ وَثَبَ، فَإِنْ كَانَ بِهِ حَاجَةٌ اغْتَسَلَ، وَإِلاَّ تَوَضَّأَ وَخَرَجَ‏.‏
It is narrated Al-Aswad: I asked `Aisha (wife of the Prophet of Allah) "How is the night prayer of the Prophet?" She replied, "He used to sleep early at night, and get up in its last part to pray, and then return to his bed. When the Mu'adh-dhin pronounced the Adhan, he would get up. If he was in need of a bath he would take it; otherwise he would perform ablution and then go out (for the prayer)."

So let us follow this great Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ of sleeping early and not watching late night TV shows or chatting on social media, and get up any time before the Fajr (Pre Dawn) prayer and offer at least 2 cycles of night prayers. You may read about the Night Prayer from link given in our Reference Page on How to offer Salat.
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the  Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others life miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible to make you accept it forcibly, And if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, You will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

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