إِنَّ الْمُتَّقِينَ فِي جَنَّاتٍ وَعُيُونٍ
آخِذِينَ مَا آتَاهُمْ رَبُّهُمْ إِنَّهُمْ كَانُوا قَبْلَ ذَلِكَ مُحْسِنِينَ
كَانُوا قَلِيلاً مِّنَ اللَّيْلِ مَا يَهْجَعُونَ
وَبِالْأسْحَارِ هُمْ يَسْتَغْفِرُونَ
“As for the Righteous, they will be in the midst of gardens and springs. Taking joy in the things which their Lord gives them, because, before then, they lived a good life. They were in the habit of sleeping but little by night and in the hours of early morning they use to pray for forgiveness” (Surah Adh – Dhariyat, Verses 15-18)
أَفْضَلُ الصَّلاَةِ بَعْدَ الْفَرِيضَةِ صَلاَةُ اللَّيْلِ
“The best prayer after the compulsory prayers is the prayer during the night” [Muslim]
The above is referring to the Tahajjud prayer (also known as Qiyamul Layl). The Prophet ﷺ would perform this prayer during the last third of the night. This act of voluntary worship brings one closer to Allah with the means of attaining Jannah.
It can be extremely difficult to wake up during the middle of the night after a daylong hectic routine, that is why this voluntary act results in achieving the greatest amount of rewards and a great status from Allah himself.
اللَّهمَّ إنِّي أسْألُكَ الهُدَى والسَّدَادَ
“I ask You for guidance and uprightness” (Muslim)
Perform the Tahajjud prayer tonight and in the last few nights that are remaining and seek nearness to your Lord. Continue this act of worship after Ramadan so that you may always gain Allah’s mercy, his forgiveness and attain Jannah. May we be amongst the righteous mentioned in the Qur’anic ayah above. Ameen.
Written by Umm Amaarah, mother of 2, qualified solicitor and Aalimiyyah student.