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Passion Islam I July 2009 SPECIAL FEATURE I 23
The Treasure
Loving the beauty of
aW ter
of the Night
‘They forsake their beds of sleep to your Lord, the skies are opened and the du’aas
while they call on their Lord in fear 3) It atones sins, and (supplications) are accepted by Allah
and hope, and they spend of what We 4) It serves as a barrier from Ta’ala.’ (Lataaiful Ma’arif pg.56)
bestowed them. No person knows disobedience.’ Imaam Ahmad ibn Harb [ra] says,
what pleasures are hidden for them (Sunan al-Tirmidhi Hadith3549; ‘Surprising is the condition of he who
as reward for their (good) deeds.’ Sahih ibn Khuzaymah Hadith1135) knows that paradise is being adorned
(Surah Sajdah Aayat 16-17) In other Ahaadith, Rasulullah above him and that Jahannum is being
[sallallaahu alayhi wasallam] has lit beneath him, and he continues to
One of the 13 signs of the slaves of described Tahajjud as: sleep between the two?’ (al-Matjarur
Allah (Ibaadur Rahmaan) is: ‘They 5. The best of Salaats after the raabih pg.130)
are those who spend the night Fardh Salaah However, if one is unable to wake
prostrating and standing before their 6. An honour for a true believer up at that part of the night, then one
Lord, i.e. in Tahajjud Salaah.’ (Surah 7. A cause of extreme pleasure to may perform Salaatul layl (Tahajjud)
Furqaan Aayat 64) Allah any time after Esha Salaah. Rasulullah
The performance of Nafl Salaah 8. A means of easily acquiring r said, ‘Whatever is performed after
(Tahajjud) during the latter part of paradise Esha is counted from the night, i.e. it
the night or the early hours of the 9. A protection from sicknesses will be considered as Salaatul layl -
morning was the constant practice and diseases. (al-Targheeb vol.1 Tahajjud.’ (al-Targheeb vol.1 pg.430;
of Rasulullah [sallallaahu alayhi pg.423-435) Shaami vol.2 pg.24)
wasallam]. Sayyidatuna Aaishah The Ulama mention that from It was also the practice of
[radhiallaahu anha] says: ‘Do not among the many benefits of Tahajjud some Sahaabah [radhiallaahu
abandon the Salaah of the night, for one is that it brings Noor (Divine anhum] to perform their Tahajjud
certainly Rasulullah r would never glow) to one’s face and it protects a before sleeping. (ibn Abi Shaybah
leave out his Tahajjud Salaah. If person from the terror of the day of Hadith6679) One should bear in mind
he r would be ill or weak, he would Qiyaamah. It was the advice of Nabi that it is Mustahabb (preferable) to
perform tahajjud while sitting.’ (Sunan Sulayman’s [Alayhis salaam] Mother, offer the Witr Salaah last, i.e. after
Abi Dawud Hadith1301; Sahih ibn ‘O my son! Do not spend much time the Tahajjud Salaah. (Sahih Bukhari
Khuzaymah Hadith1137) sleeping at night, because this causes Hadith998; Shaami vol.1 pg.369)
Tahajjud was also an integral a person to become destitute on the However, during Ramadhaan, one
part of the lives of the Sahaabah day of Qiyaamah.’ (Sunan ibn Majah should offer the Witr with congregation
[radhiallaahu anhum] who were Hadith1332) even though one intends to peform
known to be knights / warriors by day The best time for Tahajjud Salaah Tahajjud later on. (Maraaqil Falaah
and devout worshippers by night. is after half the night passes upto the pg.386)
Rasulullah [sallallaahu alayhi last part of the night (before Subh One who is uncertain of awakening
wasallam] has encouraged the Saadiq). It is during the last third at the latter part of the night should
Ummah to perform Tahajjud. The of the night wherein Almighty Allah offer the Witr before sleeping and if
Fuqahaa (Jurists) have classified accepts du’aas and proclaims: ‘Is one awakens later during the night,
Tahajjud as the most significant of all there anyone seeking sustenance one may offer the Tahajjud Salaah.
Nafl Salaahs. (Tahtaawi pg.393) that I may sustain him? Is there However, one should not repeat the
Sayyiduna Abu Umaamah anyone seeking forgiveness that I Witr. (Shaami vol.1 pg.369) One may
[radhiallaahu anhu] reports that may forgive him.’ (Sahih Bukhari perform upto 12 Rakaats of Tahajjud.
Rasulullah [sallallaahu alayhi Hadith1145) (Mirqaat vol.3 pg.238)
wasallam] said: Hafiz ibn Rajab al-Hambali The approach of Ramadhaan
‘Be mindful of the night Salaah [ra] mentioned the following while offers an ideal opportunity to
(Tahajjud) for certainly, commenting on the auspiciousness inculcate the habit of practicing this
1) It was the practice of the pious of this part of the night, ‘It is the best salient Sunnah of our beloved Master
before you, of times for Salaah, at that time the [sallallaahu alayhi wasallam].
2) It is a means of gaining proximity servant is closest to Allah, the doors of
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