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The Night Routine (Ahadith 804 – 805)

Assalamu`alaykum,
Bismillah.

Volume 2, Book 16, Number 804:

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:

Once I passed the night in the house of Maimuna (his aunt). I slept across the bed while Allah’s Apostle and his wife slept length-wise. The Prophet slept till midnight or nearly so and woke up rubbing his face and recited ten verses from Surat “Aal-Imran.” Allah’s Apostle went towards a leather skin and performed ablution in the most perfect way and then stood for the prayer. I did the same and stood beside him. The Prophet put his right hand on my head, twisted my ear and then prayed two Rakat five times and then ended his prayer with Witr. He laid down till the Muadh-dhin came then he stood up and offered two Rakat (Sunna of Fajr prayer) and then went out and offered the Fajr prayer.

(See Hadith No. 183, Vol. 1)

Another version (very interesting, in fact) here.

Volume 2, Book 16, Number 805:

Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar :

The Prophet said, “Night prayer is offered as two Rakat followed by two Rakat and so on, and if you want to finish it, pray only one Raka which will be Witr for all the previous Rakat.” Al-Qasim said, “Since we attained the age of puberty we have seen some people offering a three-Rakat prayer as Witr and all that is permissible. I hope there will be no harm in it.”

Discussed in the previous post.

  • Prophet (SAW) sleeps after `Ishaa’ prayer, without praying witr.
  • He (SAW) wakes up at around midnight, rubbing his eyes (very cool and important Sunnah – makes your sleep go away in a jiffy!)..
  • He recites ten verses from Surah Al-i-Imran. We get to know from other narrations that these are the last ten verses of Surah Al-i-Imran.
  • He performs ablution in the perfect way. Not lazily, or half sleeping.
  • He stands for prayer.. prays 10 rak`aat like this: 2 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 2.
  • He ends his prayer with witr (1 rak`ah), when it’s almost time for Fajr.
  • He lies down to rest a while, waiting for the Mu’adhdhin to call the Adhaan.
  • He gets up, prays two rak`aat of Fajr sunnah prayers.
  • And he leaves for the masjid to offer the Fajr prayer.

That’s as simply as I can describe the night routine of the Prophet (SAW). There’s great benefit in following it, not just spiritually, but physically and mentally also. Your day starts early, you get plenty of time to do your work in peace and quiet, you’re more productive, you get time to spend alone with yourself and Allah etc.

P.S. it’s because of the curiosity of Ibn Abbas (RA) that we know of Prophet (SAW)’s night routine. May Allah exalt his rank in Jannah and give me the opportunity to meet and thank him there (say Ameen if you want it for yourself!). :D

Wassalam.

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I Spy (Hadith No. 117)

Salam,
Bismillah.

We know of all kinds of spies in today’s world, thanks to movies. There’s intelligence, top secret confidential government stuff and the spy kids. Here we have a spy kid, but he’s after something really unusual. Something the intelligence wouldn’t be interested in. It’s how the Prophet (SAW) spends his night. ;)
This was Ibn ‘Abbas’s great idea: he called up his aunt Maimuna (the wife of the Prophet) and asked her to let him stay over at her place when the Prophet (SAW) visited her. Reason being, he would stay up all night and sneakily spy on the Prophet (SAW) to see how he spent the night at home. She allowed and this is what happened..

Volume 1, Book 3, Number 117:

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:

I stayed overnight in the house of my aunt Maimuna bint Al-Harith (the wife of the Prophet ) while the Prophet was there with her during her night turn. The Prophet offered the ‘Isha’ prayer (in the mosque), returned home and after having prayed four Rakat, he slept. Later on he got up at night and then asked whether the boy (or he used a similar word) had slept? Then he got up for the prayer and I stood up by his left side but he made me stand to his right and offered five Rakat followed by two more Rakat. Then he slept and I heard him snoring and then (after a while) he left for the (Fajr) prayer.

It might sound weird to some of the readers, but it was a matter of interest for most of the companions of the Prophet (SAW). As they saw him during the day, they knew how he dealt with his friends and other people. But to see how he spent his night and dealt with his family, one had to take such a step. And Ibn ‘Abbas proved bold enough. :)

Lesson: Don’t spy on other people, unless it’s an awesome person. ;)

Wassalam.

Power of Prayer (Hadith No. 75]

Salam,
Bismillah.

Abd Allah ibn Abbas (Arabic: عبد الله ابن عباس‎) was a paternal cousin of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. He is revered by Muslims for his knowledge and was an expert in Tafsir (exegesis of the Qur’an), as well as an authority on the Islamic Sunnah. [Wikipedia]

This is why:

Volume 1, Book 3, Number 75:

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas:

Once the Prophet embraced me and said, “O Allah! Bestow on him the knowledge of the Book (Qur’an).”

Prophet (SAW)’s prayer for Ibn ‘Abbas was answered. His knowledge was deep as the ocean and he’s still considered an authority by the scholars. He transmitted many Ahadith, knew Tafsir of Quran, laws of fiqh and much more.

See the power of prayer? One du’a (prayer) took him to such exalted heights.

Lesson: get du’as from others by helping/serving them. Plus, make god du’as for others when they help/serve you, instead of just saying ‘thank you’.

Wassalam!

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