Night Prayer: From the Mannerisms of the People of Knowledge

In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, Most Merciful. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and companions. As for what follows;

Question: Many students of knowledge today are well aware of the virtuous actions and their rewards the likes of the night prayer except that they do not practice them. Being as though they know but do not act.

Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez ibn Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, says: The actions that the texts, i.e. Qur’aan and Sunnah, has come and clarified its’ merits are of two catergories:

•Obligatory Actions: It is upon all the Muslims, whether he is a scholar or not, to observe and uphold them and fear Allaah in that like the five obligatory prayers, paying the zakaat, etc. from the other obligatory matters.

•Recommended Actions: These are like the night prayer, the duhaa prayer, etc. It is legislated for the believer to exert himself and be diligent in them. Especially the People of Knowledge and students of knowledge because they are examples for the people. If they become distracted or leave off performing them sometimes then that isn’t a problem because they are superagatory. However from the mannerisms of the people of Knowledge and the upright are that they uphold this affair and presevere therein for instance by performing the night prayer, duhaa prayer, sunnan prayers before or after the obligatory prayers, etc. from the aspects of good.

Source: Majmoo’ Fataawa vol.8

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About Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
American student studying in the Islaamic University of Medinah from Chester,PA.

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