Daily Archives: July 14, 2012

Alarm Clocks or Cocks (Ahadith 931 – 933)


Volume 2, Book 21, Number 232:

Narrated Masruq:

I asked ‘Aisha which deed was most loved by the Prophet. She said, “A deed done continuously.” I further asked, “When did he used to get up (in the night for the prayer).” She said, “He used to get up on hearing the crowing of a cock.”

  • Most beloved deed by Allah: something that’s done continuously. No off days.
  • Prophet (SAW) would sleep after `Ishaa’, then get up in the last part (one-third) of the night for Tahajjud. That too, on hearing the cock’s crowing.
    That gives us proof for alarm clocks, no? Who knew it was a Sunnah?! :D
    If you’ve got access to cocks, even better! (y)

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 233:

Narrated Al-Ashath:

He (the Prophet (p.b.u.h) ) used to get up for the prayer on hearing the crowing of a cock.

Volume 2, Book 21, Number 234:

Narrated ‘Aisha:

In my house he (Prophet (p.b.u.h) ) never passed the last hours of the night but sleeping.

“Last hours” is not exactly ‘hours’. It refers to the “last moments/minutes” of the night. And you’ll find this to be true if you go through the Hadith in which Ibn `Abbas narrates his experience of staying the night at Prophet (SAW)’s house.

After praying Tahajjud, Prophet (SAW) would lie down for a while and then get up to offer the Fajr Sunnahs.

What’s your night routine?


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