Good Deeds Challenge #1

On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “Our Lord (glorified and exalted be He) descends each night to the earth’s sky when there remains the final third of the night, and He says: ‘Who is saying a prayer to Me that I may answer it? Who is asking something of Me that I may give it him? Who is asking forgiveness of Me that I may forgive him?’”

-Hadith Qudsi 35 – It was related by al-Bukhari (also by Muslim, Malik, at-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud). In a version by Muslim the Hadith ends with the words: “And thus He continues till [the light of] dawn shines.”

If you don’t already, pray in the third part of the night. I’m not going to tell you when to do it, or what to say in it. You may start with five minutes before Fajr with a singular sincere request or repentance. Or you may stand in prayer for a lengthy vigil. Everyone has his or her own level of iman- but I am asking that you challenge yourself. Remember, I stipulated that you have to complete this deed at least once in the week, and ALLAH knows best. Look into the darkness, know that ALLAH is near, and pray to him with sincerity and trust in His Mercy and His power.

Click here to read more about Tahajjud (prayer in the last third of the night):

http://www.ymsite.com/books/fiqhussunnah/fus2_14.html

http://www.themodernreligion.com/basic/pray/qiyam-ul-layl.html

http://members.tripod.com/worldupdates/newupdates10/id67.htm

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~ by deedschallenge on February 22, 2008.

One Response to “Good Deeds Challenge #1”

  1. Salaams All,

    With young children, by far the most blessed and relaxing time to pray is the last third of the night. When I go to bed late, I sometimes pray to make it easier for me to get up for the night prayers. Alhamdulillah that seems to work many times.

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