The Last Part of The Night: All you have to do is get up …

In the name of Allah, all praise is due to He, The One. I send peace and blessings upon his final messenger (Al-Mustafa), and upon his family, companions, and those that followed him in righteousness until The Day of Resurrection (Youm Al-Qiyaamah). To proceed:

 

Ibn Abi Dawood, son of the famous collector of Hadeeth (Abu Dawood), said in a line of poetry:

 

إلى طَبَقِ الدنيا يَمُنُّ بِفَضْلِهِ *** فَتُفْرَجُ أَبْوابُ السَّماءِ و تُفْتَحُ

To the level of the Dunya He bestows His grace *** so the doors of the heavens burst and open

 

Shaykh Saalih Al-Fowzaan explained: The poet (may Allah have mercy upon him) said, “To the level of the Dunya”, meaning He [Allah] will descend to the to the lowest level of the heavens. This is because the heavens are levels, one above the other. Allah said,

 

“Do you not see how Allah has created the seven heavens ,~ one above another?” (1)

 

So He (jalla wa ‘ala — mighty and high) descends, how He wills, to the heavens of this world. In other words, the heavens that meet the ground.

 

The poet (may Allah have mercy upon him) said, “He bestows His grace”. He (subhaanahu — glory be to He) [i.e., Allah] says, “Is there anyone asking so I can give to him?” This is a favor and grace from Allah. He says, “Is there anyone seeking forgiveness so I can forgive him? Is there anyone repenting so I can accept his repentance?” (2) All of this is from His grace and generosity (subhaanahu wa ta’ala — glorified and exalted) that He extends to his servants.

 

And with this, it is Mustahab (highly recommended) for the Muslim to get up in the last part off the night when there is only one third left. If one is going to be up then he should pray, supplicate, and seek Allah’s forgiveness. Indeed it is a time the Dua’ (supplication) is accepted. Don’t sleep in this time and prohibit yourself, as many of those who prohibit [themeslves] — those who stay up at night [in other than worship of Allah] — do. If it becomes the last part of the night they sleep, even on the obligatory Fajr prayer. This is Haram and ‘Ayaathu Billah (refuge is sought with Allah)!Therefore it is necessary for the Muslim to sleep early and accustom himself so that you can get up in the last of the night. Indeed this thing requires getting accustom to. If one accustoms himself to this he will be used to it, but if one accustoms himself to laziness and sleep then it will be weighty upon him. Even the Fajr [will be]. This is why it is necessary that the Muslim does not let this opportunity pass him by. This is a divine call that should be answered. Allah (jalla wa ‘ala) says describing his pious servants,

 

“They would lie asleep during but a small part of the night, and would pray for forgiveness from their innermost hearts.” (3)

 

And He said,

 

“And pray for forgiveness from their innermost hearts.” (4)

 

So, Istighfaar (seeking forgiveness) in the last of the night has virtue over other times.The poet (may Allah have mercy upon him) said, “So the doors of the heavens burst and open.” Meaning the doors of response are open. Thus, it is necessary for the Muslim to wake up in this hour and seek forgiveness, repent, and ask. Indeed the doors of response are open for him (i.e. the Muslim) and in it is a great opportunity.

 

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(1): Surah Nuh 71:15

(2): Hadith Qudsi, Bukhari and Muslim

(3): Surah Athhariyaat 51:17-18

(4): Surah Aali Imran 3:17

 

Taken from: Sharh Manthoomah Al-Haiya of Imam Ibn Abi Daud by Shaykh Saalih Al-Fowzaan. page 101-102

 

And all prays due to Allah the lord of the worlds, and the peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and his companions.

 

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Translated by:

Abdul-Malik Merchant

Umm al-Qura University

Makkah Al-Mukarramah, KSA

Shawwal 19, 1432 — September 17, 2011

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About Abdul-Malik Merchant
A student at Umm al-Qura University, but nowhere NEAR a scholar. Just a normal dude who was blessed with a wonderful opportunity

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