Tahajjud : The Night Prayer – Sunday 6th May 2012
Means that help one to offer the night prayer
1- Knowing the virtues and superiority of the night prayer and the position of its people with Allah:
For them is Paradise and Allah witnessed for them the complete faith and they are not equal to those who do not.
Offering the night prayer is one of the causes of entering paradise; raising their ranks in paradise.
It is one of the characteristics of the slaves of Allah. It is an honor for the believer and it is one of the things that one envies the believers on.
2- Knowing the plot of the Shaitan and his effort to prevent man from offering the night prayer:
Narrated Abdullah bin Masud: A person mentioned before the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) that this person had kept on sleeping till morning and did not wake up for Fajr. The Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Satan has urinated in his ears”.
Narrated Abu Hurairah: Allah’s messenger (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: When a person goes to sleep, Satan will tie three knots and blow on three knots telling you to keep sleeping, and if the person gets up, the first knot will be undone, then when he does wudoo, the second knot will be undone, and when he prays the third knot will be undone and he will be energetic. (Al-Bukhâri and Al-Muslim) Narrated Abdullah bin Amr Al-Aas: the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said to me, “O! Abdullah! Do not be like so-and-so who used to offer the Salah at night and then stopped the night prayer.”
3- Remembrance of death may direct or push one to do good deeds and remove the laziness from oneself:
Narrated Abdullah bin ‘Umar: The Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) took hold of my shoulder and said: “Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveler.” Ibn ‘Umar used to say: “If you survive till the evening, don’t expect to survive in the morning and if you survive till the morning, don’t expect to survive in the evening and take from your health for your sickness and take from your life for your death.” (Al Bukhari)
4- Gaining strength and energy by sleeping early to help one to establish the night Prayer and Fajr prayer: Narrated Abu Barzah: The Prophet (Sallah Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) disliked sleeping before Isha and sleeping after it (Al-Bukhâri).
5- Following the manners before going to sleep:
Sleeping in the state of purity. If you are not pure, then it is Sunnah to perform ablution and offer two rakah’s of voluntary prayer. Then, supplicate what is affirmed in the Sunnah of the remembrances before going to sleep by cupping one’s hands and blowing in them, after reciting the 3 ‘Quls’ (Surat al Falaq, Surat an Nas, Surat al Ikhlas). Then, wiping over of the body, starting with his head, face, and front part of the body. Repeat this three times. Recite Ayat-ul Kursi and the last two verses of Surah Baqarah, in addition to other supplications.
6- Taking the afternoon nap
7- Abstaining from committing sins:
It was mentioned that Ath-Thawri said: “I was deprived from offering the night prayer for five months because of a sin I committed.” Sins may deprive a person from many good deeds such as offering the night prayer.
8- Have a sound, clear heart from envy, hatred towards others.
9- Love for Allah and the strong belief:
When the believing slave gets up and talks to Allah secretly and feels that Allah is watching him, this helps in prolonging the night prayer. The Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said “There is an hour during which no Muslim asks Allah for good of this world and next but Allah gives him and that applies to every night” (Al-Muslim)