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Motivation for Nafilah Salah — Part 2

Please have a look at Part 1 – to refresh your memory.

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7. Prophet SAW heard his footsteps in Paradise-Salatul WuDoo’

Abu Hurayrah RA narrated, the Messenger SAW said to Bilal RA at the thime of Fajr Salah, ‘Tell me Bilal of the deeds you have done since becoming a Muslim for which you expect the nest reward, for I heard the sound of your sandals in front of me in Paradise.

Bilal RA replied, ” I have done nothing in the hope of such a reward except offering Nafl Salah immediately after doing WuDoo’ at any hour of the day or the night.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

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8. Salatul Awwabeen :  Sins even equivalent of rising of sea foam- forgiven!

‘Ammar bin Yasir RA said, “Whoever prays 6 Raka’hs after Maghrib, his sins will be forgiven even if they were as much as the rising foam carried by the sea tide.” [At-Tabarani]

  • Ibn al Mubarak (R) said, “whoever offers a prayer between the evening and late-night prayer, it is called the Awwabeen prayer.” [Sh. AE’s Fiqh of Salah notes]
  • Abu Hurairah RA said, “Salatul Duha is Salatul Awwabeen.” [Sahih]
    • Therefore, it could be either. This is not a Fiqh-based post. I’m only concerned with telling the reader about the virtue. You must then research on your own. For more info regarding Salatul Awwabeen, please refer to this.
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9.  Qiyaam al Layl – the practice of the Successful Ones from the Beginning of Times

“Verily, the Muttaqoon (the pious) will be in the midst of Gardens and Springs (in the Paradise),

 Taking joy in the things which their Lord has given them. Verily, they were before this Muhsinoon (good‑doers).

They used to sleep but little by night [invoking their Lord (Allaah) and praying, with fear and hope]” [al-Dhaariyaat, 51:15-17]

Verily, the rising by night (for Tahajjud prayer) is very hard and most potent and good for governing oneself, and most suitable for (understanding) the Word (of Allaah)” [al-Muzzamil 73:1-6]

The General Qiyaam al Layl

  • Cure for everything. “Don’t ever disregard praying at night, for it was a custom of the righteous people before you. Worshipping at night brings one closer to Allah, atones for one’s sins, keeps the body free from illnesses, and prevents one from perdorming sinful acts.” [Tirmidhi]
  • Best Prayer after Obligatory (FarD) Prayer. The Prophet SAW said: “The best prayer after the obligatory prayer is prayer at night.” Narrated by Muslim, 1163.
  • Paradise. Al-Tirmidhi (1984) narrated that ‘Ali said: The Prophet SAW said: “In Paradise there are apartments the outside of which can be seen from the inside and the inside of which can be seen from the outside.” A Bedouin stood up and said: “Who are they for, O Messenger of Allaah?” He said: “They are for those who speak good words, feed others, fast regularly and pray to Allaah at night when people are sleeping.” [Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi.]
  • One’s honor lies in it. Al-Haakim narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Jibreel came to me and said: ‘O Muhammad, live as long as you want, for you will die. Love whomever you want, for you will leave him. Do whatever you want for you will be requited for it. Remember that the believer’s honour is his praying at night, and his pride is his being independent of people.” [classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 73.]
  • Noted as one not negligent, devout and one who’d be given great reward. The Messenger of Allaah SAW said: “Whoever prays qiyaam reciting ten verses will not be recorded as one of the negligent. Whoever prays qiyaam reciting one hundred verses will be recorded as one of the devout. Whoever prays qiyaam reciting one thousand verses will be recorded as one of the muqantireen.” [Narrated by Abu Dawood, 1398; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.]
    • The muqantireen are those who will be given a qintaar of reward. A qintaar is a large amount of gold, and most of the scholars of Arabic language are of the view that it is four thousand dinars.And it was said that a qintaar is a bull’s hide full of gold, or eighty thousand, or a large but unspecified amount of wealth. See al-Nihaayah fi Ghareeb il-Hadeeth by Ibn al-Atheer.What is meant by this hadeeth is to emphasize the greatness of the reward earned by the one who recites a thousand verses. Al-Tabaraani narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “A qintaar is better than this world and everything in it.” [Classed as hasan by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb, 638.]Note:  Al-Haafiz Ibn Hajar said: From Surat Tabaarak [al-Mulk] to the end of the Qur’aan is one thousand verses. [Source: IslamQ&A]

The Qiyaam al Layl during Ramadan/Tarawih 

  • It was narrated that ‘Amr ibn Murrah al-Juhani said: A man came to the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) from Qadaa’ah and said to him: “O Messenger of Allaah, what do you think if I bear witness that there is no god except Allaah and that you are His Messenger, and I pray the five daily prayers, and fast the month (of Ramadaan), and pray qiyaam in Ramadaan, and pay zakaah?” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever dies doing that will be one of the siddeeqs and martyrs.” [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Ibn Khuzaymah, 2212.]
  • Narrated by Abu Dawood (1370) and others from the hadeeth of Abu Dharr RA that the Messenger of Allaah SAW said: “Whoever prays qiyaam with the imam until he finishes, it will be recorded for him that he spent the whole night in prayer.” [classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Salaat al-Taraaweeh, p. 15]
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Other ***EXCITING*** Opportunities for us to Pray Nafl:

  • Visiting the Masjid: If anyone enters a mosque, he should offer two raka’ah before sitting.Abu Qatada Radhiallahu ‘anhu narrated that the Prophet Shalallahu ‘alaihi wa Salam said : “If any one of you enters a mosque, he should pray two raka’ats before sitting.” [Narrated by Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
  • Between Adhaan and Iqamah: `Abdullah bin Mughaffal RA reported: The Messenger of Allah SAW said, “There is a Salat (prayer) between every Adhan and Iqamah; there is a Salat between every Adhan and Iqamah.” (While saying the same for the) third time (he SAW added), “It is for him who desires (to perform it).” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
  • Two before Fajr: “Two rak’ahs before the Fajr prayer is better than the World and all that is in it.” [Sahih Muslim, 1/501]
  • Four before ‘Asr Salah: “May Allah have Mercy on the one who prays four rak’ahs before ‘Asr.” [‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 3493]
  • Two or more after ‘Isha: “And those who spend the night before their Lord, prostrate and standing.” [al-Furqan, 25:64] Ibn ‘Abbas said: “Whoever prays two rak’ahs or more after the ‘Isha’ prayer will be considered like those mentioned in this verse.” [‘Tafsir al-Qurtubi’]
  • Witr: “O people of the Qur’an! Perform your Witr, for surely Allah Loves the Witr.” [Sahih al-Jami, # 7860]
  • During times of distress: “And seek help in patience and As-Salat (the prayer) and truly, it is extremely heavy and hard except for Al-Khashi`in.) They are those) who are certain that they are going to meet their Lord, and that unto Him they are going to return.” [Surah al Baqarah, 45-46]
  • Any time during the day or night except the forbidden times. To find out more about it, please click here.
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Beautiful Statements of Rasulalah SAW regarding Salah:
  • “Prayer is the best of prescribed things, so the one who is able to do a lot of it, let him do a lot of it.”[Narrated by al-Tabaraani (1/84); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb (390).]
  • “My delight has been made in prayer.” [Narrated by al-Nasaa’i (3940); classed as hasan by al-Haafiz ibn Hajar in al-Talkhees al-Habeer (3/116) and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i.]
  •  “O Bilal, give us rest with it.” When telling Bilal RA to pronounce the adhan (call to prayer), he said this to him, ‘it’ referring to Salah. [Abu Dawud]
  • “Made beloved to me from your world are women and perfume, and the coolness of my eyes is in prayer.” (Ahmad and An-Nasa‘i)

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Allah SWT’s Love gained (inshaa’Allah) through Nawaafil…it’s just you and your Rabb:

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah Most High says, ‘He who is hostile to a friend (Wali) of Mine I declare war against. My slave approaches Me with nothing more beloved to Me than what I have made obligatory for him, and My slave keeps drawing nearer to Me with voluntary works until I love him. And when I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hand with which he seizes, and his foot with which he walks. If he asks Me, I will surely give to him, and if he seeks refuge in Me, I will surely protect him.’” [Sahih Bukhari]

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May Allah SWT make those of whom He SWT says in the Quraan: “…You see them bowing and prostrating [in prayer], seeking bounty from Allah and [His] pleasure. Their mark is on their faces from the trace of prostration. That is their description in the Torah…” [Surah Al Fath, 48:29]. Ameen.

And Allah SWT knows best.

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