13. Supererogatory Prayers (Tahajjud, Witr and Tarāwīh)

1 Abn Hurairah reported, The Messenger of Allāh, peace and blessings of Allāh be on him, said, "Our Lord, blessed and exalted is He, descends every night to the nearest heaven when the latter one-third of the night remains, (and) says, Is there any one who calls upon Me so that I may accept of him, who asks of Me so that I may grant him, who seeks forgiveness of Me so that I may forgive him?1 (B. 19:14.)

2 'Ā'ishah reported, The Messenger of Allāh, peace and blessings of Allāh be on him, used to say eleven rak'ahs of prayer-- this was his prayer, see meant, at night; and he used to remain in sajdah so long, before he raised his head, that one of you could recite fifty verses; and he said two rak'ahs before the morning prayer, then he lay down on his right side until the mu'adhdhin came to him for the (congregational) prayer. (B. 14:1.)

3 Masrūq said, I asked 'Ā'ishah about the prayer of the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allāh be on him, at night. She said, (Sometimes) seven (rak'ahs), (sometimes) nine and (sometimes) eleven, besides the two (sunnah) rak'ahs of the Fajr. (B. 19:10.)

4 Ibn 'Umar said, A man asked the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allāh be on him, while he was on the pulpit, What dost thou say about the night prayer? He said: "Two (rak'ahs) at a time; and when one of you knows (that) the dawn (is near), he should add one (rak'ah)-this will make his prayer witr." (B. 8:84.)

5 Ibn 'Umar reported, The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allāh be on him, said: "Let the witr be your last prayer at night." (B. 14:4.)

6 Abn Hurairah said, The Messenger of Allāh, peace and blessings of Allāh be on him, commanded me to say the witr before going to sleep. (B. 14:2.)

7 Al-Hasan ibn 'Alī said, The Messenger of Allāh, peace and blessings of Allāh be on him, taught me sentences to be repeated in the qunūt4 in witr: "O Allāh! Guide me among those whom Thou hast guided, and preserve me among those whom Thou hast preserved, and befriend me among those whom Thou hast befriended, and bless me in whom Thou hast granted, and save me from the evil of what Thou hast ordered, for Thou dost order, and no order overrides Thy order; surely he is not disgraced whom Thou befriendest; blessed art Thou, our Lord! and highly exalted." (AD-Msh. 4:35.)

8 'Abd al-Rahmān said, I went out with 'Umar ibn al-Khattāb to the mosque on a certain night in Ramadzān, and the people had formed themselves into different groups--one man saying prayer alone and another saying prayers with a number of people following his prayer. So 'Umar said, I think if I gather them together behind one reciter, it would be much better. Then he made his decision and gathered them together behind Ubayy ibn Ka'b. Then I went out with him on another night and the people were following the prayer of their reciter. 'Umar said, This innovation is very good; and the part (of the night) in which they sleep is better than that in which they stand saying prayers--he meant the latter part of the night; and the people stood praying in the first part. (B. 31:1.)

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