What Are The Benefits of Night Prayer (Tahajjud)




The Prophet (Sallah Llah Alei Wasalam) encourage us to pray the obligatory prayer and despair not in praying the voluntary prayer i.e nawafil in day and night,but it somehow difficult during night and more rewardable Allah Azawajal says in the Glorious Qur'an 32:16-17,
تَتَجَافَىٰ جُنُوبُهُمْ عَنِ ٱلْمَضَاجِعِ يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُمْ خَوْفًا وَطَمَعًا وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَٰهُمْ يُنفِقُونَ 


They arise from [their] beds; they supplicate their Lord in fear and aspiration, and from what We have provided them, they spend.

تَتَجَافَى جُنُوبُهُمْ عَنِ الْمَضَاجِعِ

Their sides forsake their beds,

meaning, they pray the voluntary night prayer and forego sleep and resting on a comfortable bed.

Mujahid and Al-Hasan said that the Ayah
تَتَجَافَى جُنُوبُهُمْ عَنِ الْمَضَاجِعِ
(Their sides forsake their beds),refers to voluntary night prayer.

Ad-Dahhak said,

"It refers to Salat Al-`Isha' in congregation and Salat Al-Fajr in congregation."

يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُمْ خَوْفًا وَطَمَعًا

to invoke their Lord in fear and hope,

means, in fear of His punishment and in hope of His reward.

ومِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ يُنفِقُونَ

and they spend out of what We have bestowed on them.

means, they do both obligatory and supererogatory acts of worship. Their leader in this world and the Hereafter is the Messenger of Allah.

Narrated Mu'adh bin Jabal [radhi-yAllahu 'anhu]: The Prophet (Allah's Messenger ) said to him: "May I show you the gates of goodness? (They are): (1) Fasting is a screen from Hell. (2) As-Sadaqah (deeds of charity in Allah's Cause) extinguishes (removes) the sins, as the water extinguishes the fire. (3) Standing in Salat (performing of prayers) by a person during the middle (or the last third) part of a night." Then Prophet (ﷺ) recited: "Their sides forsake their beds." (V.32:16) (Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidhi) (Tafsir Al-Qurtubi)

فَلَ تَعْلَمُ نَفْسٌ مَّا أُخْفِيَ لَهُم مِّن قُرَّةِ أَعْيُنٍ

No person knows what is kept hidden for them of delights of eyes,

means, no one knows the vastness of what Allah has concealed for them of everlasting joy in Paradise and delights such as no one has ever seen. Because they conceal their good deeds, Allah conceals the reward for them, a fitting reward which will suit their deeds.

Al-Hasan Al-Basri said,

"If people conceal their good deeds, Allah will conceal for them what no eye has seen and what has never crossed the mind of man."

It was recorded by Ibn Abi Hatim.

Al-Bukhari quoted the Ayah:
فَلَ تَعْلَمُ نَفْسٌ مَّا أُخْفِيَ لَهُم مِّن قُرَّةِ أَعْيُنٍ
(No person knows what is kept hidden for them of delights of eyes), then he recorded that Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, said that the Messenger of Allah said:

قَالَ اللهُ تَعَالى

أَعْدَدْتُ لِعِبَادِي الصَّالِحِينَ مَا لَا عَيْنٌ رَأَتْ وَلَا أُذُنٌ سَمِعَتْ وَلَا خَطَرَ عَلى قَلْبِ بَشَر

Allah says:

"I have prepared for My righteous servants what no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and it has never crossed the mind of man."

Abu Hurayrah said:

"Recite, if you wish:
فَلَ تَعْلَمُ نَفْسٌ مَّا أُخْفِيَ لَهُم مِّن قُرَّةِ أَعْيُنٍ
(No person knows what is kept hidden for them of delights of eyes).

It was also recorded by Muslim and At-Tirmidhi.

At-Tirmidhi said, "It is Hasan Sahih."

In another version of Al-Bukhari:

وَلَا خَطَرَ عَلَى قَلْبِ بَشَرٍ ذُخْرًا مِنْ بَلْهِ مَا أُطْلِعْتُمْ عَلَيْه

"and no body has ever even imagined of. All that is reserved, besides which, all that you have seen is nothing."

It was also reported from Abu Hurayrah, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet said:

مَنْ يَدْخُلِ الْجَنَّةَ يَنْعَمْ لَا يَبْأَسْ لَا تَبْلَى ثِيَابُهُ وَلَا يَفْنَى شَبَابُهُ فِي الْجَنَّةِ مَا لَا عَيْنٌ رَأَتْ وَلَا أُذُنٌ سَمِعَتْ وَلَا خَطَرَ عَلى قَلْبِ بَشَر

Whoever enters Paradise, will enjoy a life of luxury and never feel deprivation, his clothes will never wear out, his youth will never fade. In Paradise there is what no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard, and has never crossed the mind of man.

This was recorded by Muslim. 

جَزَاء بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُون

as a reward for what they used to do

All Praises is due to Allah we ask Him to let us die in the path of Qur'an and Sunnah.

Ibnkhaer

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