The Best Time to Wake up (episode-4)

Between the bedtime and the time for Fajr prayer, there is an extra special time slot for those who want to come closer to their Lord and develop a strong faith in Him. This is the time of Tahajjud which we all know to be extremely full of blessings yet we think that it is only for elderly people who don’t have any other commitment. Or maybe it is for the very pious people who are “out of this world”.

So when we accept that it is not for ordinary beings like us then we will not make any effort for it. And so our faith remains weak and shaky… and we don’t find the coolness of pleasure in worship… and consequently the heart will seek its comfort in desires… and will remain unhappy and restless because desires can never be satisfied… rather they make us more and more vulnerable to the attacks of the shaitan. And so the heart becomes even more miserable when its enemy, the devil, gets hold of it… and so instead of following the good knowledge which we acquire from Quran and Sunnah, we keep falling back into the ways of ignorance… doing things which we know are harmful for us; and not going after the things which we know are beneficial for us… becoming more and more frustrated why we are following this downward spiral when we hate it so much? What is wrong with us? The answer is that the shaitan has got hold of our hearts…

So what will you do if some enemy tries to occupy your house? You will drive him out of it… but what if you are weak? Obviously you will need to build up your strength. So if you want to remove the hold of shaitan from your life then you will have to make your heart strong with a higher dose of faith… Especially if you want to work in the way of Allah. You need to worship Allah with complete devotion without any other thing to distract you… and that is possible only in Tahajjud. Only then we can truly recognize Allah and realize His true worth which will make us love Him and spend our lives according to His Pleasure only.

Allah tells us about the benefits of Tahajjud in Surah Al-Muzzammil, in the following words:

إِنَّ نَاشِئَةَ اللَّيْلِ هِيَ أَشَدُّ وَطْئًا وَأَقْوَمُ قِيلًا {6}

Truly the rising by night is most potent for governing (the soul), and most suitable for (framing) the Word (of Prayer and Praise).

إِنَّ لَكَ فِي النَّهَارِ سَبْحًا طَوِيلًا {7}

True, there is for you during the day prolonged occupation with ordinary duties
وَاذْكُرِ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ وَتَبَتَّلْ إِلَيْهِ تَبْتِيلًا {8}

But keep in remembrance the name of your Lord and devote yourself to Him whole-heartedly.

Our Beloved Prophet said:

“The most blessed prayer after the obligatory prayers is the prayer in the middle of the night.”

In another Hadith He said:

“The Lord is the closest to His slave in the last part of the night. So if you are able to be of those who remember Allah in those moments, then do so.”

If we know the benefits of something then our heart feels more inclined towards that thing; that is why our Prophet told us about the following advantages which a person receives if he makes the extra effort to worship Allah during the early hours:

“Make the standing in the night prayer a must for yourself… because it was the way of your pious predecessors and a way to get closeness to your Rabb. It is a compensation for your bad deeds and a hindrance from doing sins.”

So ask yourself the following questions:

1- Would you like to become pious?

2- Would you like to attain a close relationship with Allah?

3- Would you like to be free of all bad things you have done?

4- Would you like to have a barrier that prevents you from sinning?

Then know that Allah has blessed you with this great act of worship which will give you all this but you have to take the first step and make a sincere intention for it.

Acceptance of duas

We remain so concerned for the acceptance of our duas and keep requesting others to make dua for us but how many of us are willing to sacrifice our sleep to get what we want? I once read a quote by a scholar which literally shook me from inside:

“If you want something from Allah and you are not praying Tahajjud for it then it means that you don’t really want it.”

Because if we really believe that there is this special chance of getting our duas accepted and we are not making use of it then surely there is something wrong with our sincerity…

The Prophet has said:

“Our Master and Lord, most blessed and most high, descends to the sky of the world in the last third part of every night and says: ‘Who wants to make dua so I should accept his dua? Who wants to ask something from me
so I should give him? Who wants forgiveness from me so I should forgive him?”

Then there is this other Hadith which makes me yearn for this precious time:

“Surely during the night there is a moment which is not granted to a Muslim who asks Allah for something from the goodness of this world and the hereafter, except that Allah gives it to him… and this moment occurs every night.”

A way to give Thanks to Allah:

Sometimes we feel so overwhelmed by guilt because of our inability to give due thanks to Allah… this happens to those of us who recognize that the blessings of Allah upon us are too great and we just don’t have words to appreciate them or to express our gratitude to Allah. And then some people get so caught up with the negative thoughts of the shaitan who makes them think that they have not got what they deserved and so live a life of thanklessness and misery. Tahajjud is one such opportunity when we can truly appreciate our blessings and an act of gratitude in itself. According to a Hadith when the feet of our Prophet got swollen due to lengthy prayers at night, he was asked why did he worship so long at night, when he had already been forgiven? Our Prophet answered: “Should I not then be a grateful slave?”

So these words are a reminder for all of us to see what is our level of gratitude to Allah? If we think that we are already free of sins… or we are already following a very righteous way of life… or all our duas have been granted to us… should we not then be grateful slaves?

I will end today’s post with this beautiful Hadith which literally moves my heart every time I read it. The Prophet said:

“Surely in the Paradise there are tall palaces, such that the outer side is visible from inside and the inside is visible from the outside.” So a villager asked: “O messenger of Allah! Who are these for?” He said: “For those with a pleasant/beautiful speech, and who feed others, and who pray to Allah at night while the people are asleep.”

Therefore if you want these high rise palaces… a place of great honour; that too in Jannah… then focus on beautifying the way you talk… the way you cook and serve food… and the way you pray…

May Allah make us of those who work towards this great goal… Ameen


 

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3 thoughts on “The Best Time to Wake up (episode-4)

  1. Sister im going through a difficult time. I pray but i also want to talk to Allah. I dont know how. Can u help plz.

  2. Dear Erum… Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
    The first thing to do is to learn the meanings of the words which you read in Salah(Namaz) so that when you pray you can imagine “saying” those words to Allah. This is the best way to talk to Allah. But apart from that we should tell our problems or share our worries with Allah whenever we feel burdened by them… I wrote an article on this topic, please go through it
    https://theseekerspath.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/walk-and-talk/
    and if you have any further questions you can email me at help.guidance@gmail.com

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