Hadith · Islam and Today · Musings

Whispers of the Night


    Everyday I wake up from bed and realise I’m still in the land of the living, I’m filled with joy and a peculiar sense of purpose. i jump up, say a prayer and begin the day’s activities with the observance of tahajjud.
    Every Muslim is obligated to seek for help against shaytan and his allies. By so doing, the prophet (SAW) advised us to always observe tahajjud. I’m sure we have all heard about tahajjud but usually forget that it is best observed in the third half or later part of the night.
   Believe me, I know that is when sleep is at its sweetest, human at his weakest and shaytan at his strongest. It is also one of the periods when or supplication to Allah (SWT) is easily accepted, since the dua WiFi is not congested. The prophet (SAW) said: “Our Lord, the Blessed, the Superior, comes every night down on the nearest heaven to us when the last third of the night remains, saying : ‘Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant his request? Is there anyone seeking for forgiveness so that I may forgive him?'”

                                                                       Narrated by Abu Hurairah       

Source: Sahih Bukhari ( book of tahajjud)

    The observance of tahajjud also ensures that one starts the day with an energetic and joyful spirit. You are ready to take on the world! It is known to be a very rewardable act. However, don’t forget that the best things to have are the hardest to work for.
    Hence, shaytan, in keeping with his promise to  Allah, ensures that it is triple harder for a Muslim to wake up at this crucial time by tying three knots at the back of his head when he is asleep. The prophet (SAW) said “on every knot, he reads and exhales the following words: ‘The night is living, so stay asleep’. When one wakes up and remembers Allah, one knot is undone. When one performs ablution, the second knot is undone and when one prays, the third knot is undone. Then one wakes up energetic and with a good heart in the morning. Otherwise, one gets up with lazy and mischievous heart”

Narrated by Abu Hurairah
Source: Sahih Bukhari

    So, dear Muslim sisters, let’s endeavour to start our  day with the most rewarable and fulfilling of acts. The importance of this special prayer is not to be undermined. It is ranked so high on the scale of worship such that the prophet (SAW) said: “if I were to make any other prayer compulsory after the five daily salawat, it would be tahajjud”

May Allah (SWT) make the lofty act of Ibadah an hujjah (witness) for us and not against us on the day of reckoning.          
Asmaau Yahya studied English at the University of Lagos and is currently undergoing her youth service at Plateau state.



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