The Night is Long.. (Ahadith 942 – 944)
Narrated Abu Huraira
Allah’s Apostle said, “Satan puts three knots at the back of the head of any of you if he is asleep. On every knot he reads and exhales the following words, ‘The night is long, so stay asleep.’ When one wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is undone; and when one performs ablution, the second knot is undone, and when one prays the third knot is undone and one gets up energetic with a good heart in the morning; otherwise one gets up lazy and with a mischievous heart.”
Narrated Samura bin Jundab:
The Prophet said in his narration of a dream that he saw, “He whose head was being crushed with a stone was one who learnt the Quran but never acted on it, and slept ignoring the compulsory prayers.”
Narrated ‘Abdullah :
A person was mentioned before the Prophet (p.b.u.h) and he was told that he had kept on sleeping till morning and had not gotten up for the prayer. The Prophet said, “Satan urinated in his ears.”
If you want Shaytan to urinate in your ears (literally), and you want to be lazy and get up with a mischievous heart, and you want your head being constantly crushed with a stone (for eternity), go ahead and keep ignoring your prayers. Go ahead and be deceived by Shaytaan when he tells you that the night is long and there’s still time for prayer. Leave your prayers, by all means!
But remember this. The night will soon come to an end. But the punishment that awaits you won’t EVER end. You’ll want to die but you won’t be able to die. You’ll want to live again, but it’ll be too late then. And nobody will care about you. Those in Paradise will be enjoying themselves. And they’ll thank Allah for not making them suffer like you. Don’t think that your loved ones in Paradise will feel bad about you. No. They’ll be busy feeling good about themselves. Shaytan, whom you listened to so obediently, will ditch+disown you right there. He’ll have his own punishment to face. Why would he care about you?
You, my friend, have a choice to make. To pray or not to pray? THAT is the question.