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The Ultimate Pleasure of a
Believer on this Earth (Qiyaam Al-Layl)
Transcribed from a lecture by Shaykh Ahmad Musa Jibril
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THE ULTIMATE PLEASURE OF A BELIEVER ON THIS EARTH (QIYAAM AL-LAYL) Our topic today is about continuing in good after Ramadhaan, matters that make us better
and continue to be righteous after Ramadhaan. And this particular matter that I am going to
talk about tonight is an issue that most of the Ummah think is only a specialty of
Ramadhaan, yet it is such an important issue of Ibadaah that it will tell you if you love Allah
and if Allah loves you. It is the matter of Qiyaam and Tahajjud (in Ramadhaan called
Taraweeh). It is the school of the righteous people. Night prayer, Qiyaam and Tahajjud is the
tranquility of the believers. Night prayer and Qiyaam is the solution to your problems when
you have a problem.
Many times you see those who claim to love Allah, the Prophet Muhammad sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam and Islam. They will put it on their websites, they will click a like on
Facebook, they will probably have a bumper sticker, but this will determine if they truly love
Allah because Allah says in the Quran:
: Is one who is obedient to Allah, prostrating himself or standing (in prayer) during the hours
of the night, fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the Mercy of his Lord (like one who
disbelieves)? Say: Are those who know equal to those who know not? It is only men of
understanding who will remember (i.e. get a lesson from Allah's Signs and Verses). (Surat az-
Is one who is obedient to Allah, prostrating himself during the night time, fearing the
Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of His Lord, is he like those who do not do that
(disbelievers or whoever does not do that)? Is he who knows like he who does not know?
Basically, Allah is saying do not ever compare one who makes Tahajjud and Qiyaam with one
who does not.
Night prayer and Qiyaam is the best prayer after the five prayers. Night prayer and Qiyaam
is the honour of the believer (Sharaf al-Mumin ( )). Night prayer and Qiyaam is brightness on the Judgment Day. Night prayer and Qiyaam is the characteristic of a believer,
like Allah says in Surat al-Furqaan:
And the slaves of the Most Beneficent (Allah) are those who walk on the earth in humility
and sedateness, and when the foolish address them (with bad words) they reply back with
mild words of gentleness. And those who spend the night before their Lord, prostrate and
standing. (Surat al-Furqaan: 63-64)
Night prayer is the golden moments of the night time for those who long to be close to
Allah, to spend that time in privacy with Allah the Almighty.
Look at their families back then and compare them to us today. Abu Hurayrah radhiallahu
anhu used to divide his night into three categories. One third of the night was for him, one
third for his servant and one third for his wife, because of the Hadith:
In Sahih Muslim, Jaabir Ibn Abdillah said the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said there
is at night time an hour (not the precise hour that we know), no Muslim asks Allah anything
of this life or the life after if he is in that moment, except Allah will give him what he wants.
Blessed is the family of Abu Hurayrah. For example, if they needed anything and he, his
servant and his wife all ask Allah, then throughout the night there is not a moment where
there is no supplication, invocation and prayer. Is it not going to be answered?
In Musnad Ahmad and Abu Dawood, Abu Hurayrah radhiallahu anhu said that the Prophet
sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said:
May Allah be pleased with a man who gets up at night and prays and then wakes up his
wife, but if she refuses to wake up, he sprinkles water in her face.
And look at the other one:
And may Allah bless a woman who gets up at night and prays and then wakes up her
husband, and if he refuses, she sprinkles water in his face.
Amazing Hadith. Such a unique Hadith that encourages a family to worship Allah together
and encourage each other. A romantic family, she is not waking him up by forcing him and
nor is he, their consensus is that we both want to wake up. Basically they are saying honey if
I do not wake up, make sure you sprinkle water in my face so I will surely wake up so I can
pray to Allah. I dare a husband and a wife who do this consistently and faithfully for the sake
of Allah and not have the happiest marriage ever, prove me wrong and I am going to say
Wallahi to it.
If you are having marital problems, night prayer is your solution. Get up, you and your wife.
He wants her to wake him up with water to make sure he prays, and she wants him to wake
her up with water so she can pray. What disputes can a family like that have? Can a family
like that raise children to be other than the kinds and likes of Salah ad-Deen and Umar Ibn
What affect will it have on children in the future? Many times, children go astray even if you
raise them well.
Verily! You (O Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) guide not whom you like, but Allah
guides whom He wills. (Surat al-Qasas: 56)
However, one of the most memorable things a child takes with him (even years later) and I
can tell you this from my experience in Dawah, he will say ah Wallahi you are right, I used
to always see my mother and dad get up at the end of the night and pray. It is something
that sticks to their mind, that usually gets them back on the right track if they go astray.
Umar Ibn al-Khattaab used to wake up his entire family before Fajr, reciting to them the
verse in the Quran:
And enjoin As-Salat (the prayer) on your family, and be patient in offering them [i.e. the
Salat (prayers)]. (Surat Taha: 132)
In an Hadith considered authentic by al-Albaani and its men are like the chain of Sahih al-
Bukhari and Muslim, Abu Saeed al-Khudri radhiallahu anhu said that the Prophet sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam said:
If a man gets up at night and prays even just two Rakahs, they are considered among the
Dhaakireen (those who remember Allah).
Just two Rakahs at night and they are considered among the Dhaakireen. Who are the
Dhaakireen? Flip the pages of the Quran to Surat al-Ahzaab and you are going to see.
: And the men who remember Allah often and the women who do so - for them Allah has
prepared forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise). (Surat al-Ahzaab: 35)
How beautiful is it to spend the night with Allah. There are those who love to spend the
nights flipping through the channels on their TVs. There are others who love to spend their
nights browsing through the Internet and hours and hours go by while they are doing it.
Some with girls and others with alcohol, and some with vain matters that are probably not
Haraam or Halaal. There are many who enjoy the Shaytaan urinating in their ears, as the
authentic Hadith said for one who does not get up for the night prayer. Then there are
those few of the few of very few who truly love Allah and choose to spend the nights with
Allah the Almighty.
Let me tell you this, rest assured that the biggest indicator and hint to see if Allah loves you
and if He is pleased with you, is see if you consistently pray the night prayer. If you
consistently wake up for the night prayers, know you are in good status with Allah. Let me
repeat because this is important. The biggest indicator of how pleased Allah is with you, is if
you consistently pray the night prayers. It is only the special people who are allowed by
Allah to spend those precious moments during the dark nights with Him. Allah gives the
honour only to those who are worthy of that honour. Does Allah choose to let you spend
those moments based on how you look? No, not based on how you look. Based on whether
you have a suit and a tie, or if she has good makeup on? No, based on your sins and your
deeds and how close you are to Allah. I say and pay attention, if you have reverence, if you
have humility, if you have humbleness, if you have awe, if you have sublimity, if you have all
that in reciting the beautiful wording of the Quran during the night time, then you are
among those who are chosen by Allah. If you have joy speaking to Allah with His own words,
illuminating your dark room with those guided words of Allah subhaanahu wa taaala, know
that Allah loves you and that you are envied for that which you did.
I did not bring it from me. A man told Ibraheem Ibn al-Adham I cannot get up at night to
pray, why? I want to do Qiyaam. And this same story is also by al-Fudhayl Ibn Iyyaadh,
someone asked al-Fudhayl Ibn Iyyadh too. He said you commit the sins during the day, you
will never be able to get up at night and pray. Standing before Allah during the night time is
an honour sinners are unworthy of. That is by two of the biggest Tabieen. Sufyaan ath-
Thawri said for five months I could not get up for night Qiyaam because of a sin I
committed. And if you look at the life of Sufyaan ath-Thawri, what could Sufyaan ath-Thawri