Ever Thought Of Ayat 16, Surat Sajdah?
In ayat 16 of Surat Sajdah of the Holy Qur'an (32:16), Allah Ta'ala says:--
"THEIR SIDES FORSAKE THEIR BEDS." This is in reference to those servants of Allah who say/offer the voluntary night prayer, otherwise known as the TAHAJJUD. This is the same prayer about which the Noble Messenger of Allah, Sallallahu alaihi Wasallam, said:--
"Hold fast to night prayer, for it was the way of the Righteous before you, a way of drawing
closer to your Lord, an expiation for wrong deeds, and a shield from sin." [Tirmidhi].
"Qiyam" literally means STANDING UP, particularly after sleeping, just as we say... 'YUOM AL-QIYAMAH' for Day of Judgement as we rise to stand before Allah, Tabaraka Wa Ta'ala, after much rest in our graves. That is why sleep is like a daily death, and Qiyam is to rise from it. Whoever stands the night in prayer, Allah will make easy for him in standing on the Day of Judement, as some of our 'Ulama observe.
Sayyadi Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, also advised, "Whoever loves to find the long standing of the day of Resurrection less difficult should show himself to Allah in the darkness of the night, prostrating and standing, fearing the Hereafter and hoping for Mercy of his Lord."
In view of all this, we should make all efforts to be saying/offering the voluntary night prayer... the TAHAJJUD.. everyday, for the rest of our life in this world.
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