When The Doors Are Wide Open (part I)
We are more focused and honest in our prayers because the daily distractions are put to rest.
The people who get out of bed and make the effort to pray at night are doing it for Allah’s sake and not for show.
Our words are more thoughtful and precise because we are supplicating and we are in need.
It protects us from sins.
The doors are opened from the sky as Allah (swt) wants to shower the answers to our duaas and supplications.
Abu Umama al-Bahili (Allah be pleased with him) reports that the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace be upon him, his family, and companions) 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, and others] In some narrations, there is an addition, “And it repels sickness from the body.”
Night prayers are a personal and relaxing time with our Lord. It is where we can express all our concerns, worries, wishes, desires, anything without the fear of ridicule or humiliation. It is the ultimate time to set free our burdens. Allah (swt) has all the power and He can change and assist us in our woes.
Ibn Mas`ud (Allah be pleased with him) said, “The virtues of night prayer over day prayer is like the virtue of secret charity over open charity.” [Tabarani] The scholars explain that this refers to voluntary prayers.
Allah (swt) then believes that are our prayers are truly for His sake when we betray our beds for His guidance. Allah (swt) has praised those who wake up at night for His remembrance, supplication, and to seek forgiveness and entreat Him, saying,
“They forsake their beds to cry unto their Lord in fear and hope, and spend of what We have bestowed on them. No soul knows what is kept hid from them of joy, as a reward for what they used to do.”[Qur’an, 32: 16-17]
Crying to Allah (swt) shows how weak and incapable we are as humans when we do not depend on Him. But when we turn our hearts and our prostrations in His favor, Allah (swt) will cast out our burdens and replace them with an eagerness to meet Him the next night.
And, ‘[The (faithful) servants of the Merciful are they who walk upon the earth modestly, and when the foolish one address them answer: Peace;] And who spend the night before their Lord, prostrate and standing…’ [Qur’an, 25: 63-64]
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