Volume 3, Book 32, Number 226
Narrated Abu Huraira:
I heard Allah's Apostle saying regarding Ramadan, "Whoever prayed at
night in it (the month of Ramadan) out of sincere Faith and hoping
for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven."
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 227
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah's Apostle said, "Whoever prayed at night the whole month of
Ramadan out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah,
then all his previous sins will be forgiven." Ibn Shihab (a
sub-narrator) said, "Allah's Apostle died and the people continued
observing that (i.e. Nawafil offered individually, not in
congregation), and it remained as it was during the Caliphate of Abu
Bakr and in the early days of 'Umar's Caliphate." 'Abdur Rahman bin
'Abdul Qari said, "I went out in the company of 'Umar bin Al-Khattab
one night in Ramadan to the mosque and found the people praying in
different groups. A man praying alone or a man praying with a little
group behind him. So, 'Umar said, 'In my opinion I would better
collect these (people) under the leadership of one Qari (Reciter)
(i.e. let them pray in congregation!)'. So, he made up his mind to
congregate them behind Ubai bin Ka'b. Then on another night I went
again in his company and the people were praying behind their
reciter. On that, 'Umar remarked, 'What an excellent Bid'a (i.e.
innovation in religion) this is; but the prayer which they do not
perform, but sleep at its time is better than the one they are
offering.' He meant the prayer in the last part of the night. (In
those days) people used to pray in the early part of the night."
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 228
(the wife of the Prophet) Allah's Apostle used to pray (at night) in
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 229
That he was informed by 'Aisha, "Allah's Apostle went out in the
middle of the night and prayed in the mosque and some men prayed
behind him. In the morning, the people spoke about it and then a
large number of them gathered and prayed behind him (on the second
night). In the next morning the people again talked about it and on
the third night the mosque was full with a large number of people.
Allah's Apostle came out and the people prayed behind him. On the
fourth night the Mosque was overwhelmed with people and could not
accommodate them, but the Prophet came out (only) for the morning
prayer. When the morning prayer was finished he recited Tashah-hud
and (addressing the people) said, "Amma ba'du, your presence was not
hidden from me but I was afraid lest the night prayer (Qiyam) should
be enjoined on you and you might not be able to carry it on." So,
Allah's Apostle died and the situation remained like that (i.e.
people prayed individually). "
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 230
Narrated Abu Salama bin 'Abdur Rahman:
that he asked 'Aisha "How was the prayer of Allah's Apostle in
Ramadan?" She replied, "He did not pray more than eleven Rakat in
Ramadan or in any other month. He used to pray four Rakat ---- let
alone their beauty and length----and then he would pray four ----let
alone their beauty and length ----and then he would pray three Rakat
(Witr)." She added, "I asked, 'O Allah's Apostle! Do you sleep
before praying the Witr?' He replied, 'O 'Aisha! My eyes sleep but
my heart does not sleep."
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 231
Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, "Whoever fasted the month of Ramadan out of
sincere Faith (i.e. belief) and hoping for a reward from Allah, then
all his past sins will be forgiven, and whoever stood for the
prayers in the night of Qadr out of sincere Faith and hoping for a
reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven ."
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 232
Narrated Ibn 'Umar:
Some men amongst the companions of the Prophet were shown in their
dreams that the night of Qadr was in the last seven nights of
Ramadan. Allah's Apostle said, "It seems that all your dreams agree
that (the Night of Qadr) is in the last seven nights, and whoever
wants to search for it (i.e. the Night of Qadr) should search in the
last seven (nights of Ramadan)."
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 233
Narrated Abu Salama:
I asked Abu Sa'id, and he was a friend of mine, (about the Night of
Qadr) and he said, "We practiced Itikaf (seclusion in the mosque) in
the middle third of the month of Ramadan with the Prophet . In the
morning of the 20th of Ramadan, the Prophet came and addressed us
and said, 'I was informed of (the date of the Night of Qadr) but I
was caused to forget it; so search for it in the odd nights of the
last ten nights of the month of Ramadan. (In the dream) I saw myself
prostrating in mud and water (as a sign). So, whoever was in l'tikaf
with me should return to it with me (for another 10-day's period)',
and we returned. At that time there was no sign of clouds in the sky
but suddenly a cloud came and it rained till rain-water started
leaking through the roof of the mosque which was made of date-palm
leaf stalks. Then the prayer was established and I saw Allah's
Apostle prostrating in mud and water and I saw the traces of mud on
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 234
Allah's Apostle said, "Search for the Night of Qadr in the odd
nights of the last ten days of Ramadan."
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 235
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
Allah's Apostle used to practice Itikaf (in the mosque) in the
middle third of Ramadan and after passing the twenty nights he used
to go back to his house on the 21st, and the people who were in
Itikaf with him also used to go back to their houses. Once in
Ramadan, in which he practiced Itikaf, he established the night
prayers at the night in which he used to return home, and then he
addressed the people and ordered them whatever Allah wished him to
order and said, "I used to practice Itikaf for these ten days (i.e.
the middle 113rd but now I intend to stay in Itikaf for the last ten
days (of the month); so whoever was in Itikaf with me should stay at
his place of seclusion. I have verily been shown (the date of) this
Night (of Qadr) but I have forgotten it. So search for it in the odd
nights of the last ten days (of this month). I also saw myself (in
the dream) prostrating in mud and water." On the night of the 21st,
the sky was covered with clouds and it rained, and the rain-water
started leaking through the roof of the mosque at the praying place
of the Prophet . I saw with my own eyes the Prophet at the
completion of the morning prayer leaving with his face covered with
mud and water.
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 236
The Prophet said, "Look for (the Night of Qadr)."
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 237
Allah's Apostle used to practice Itikaf in the last ten nights of
Ramadan and used to say, "Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten
nights of the month of Ramadan ,"
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 238
Narrated Ibn Abbas:
The Prophet said, "Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights
of Ramadan ,' on the night when nine or seven or five nights remain
out of the last ten nights of Ramadan (i.e. 21, 23, 25, respectively)."
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 239
Narrated Ibn 'Abbas:
Allah's Apostle said, "The Night of Qadr is in the last ten nights
of the month (Ramadan), either on the first nine or in the last
(remaining) seven nights (of Ramadan)." Ibn 'Abbas added, "Search
for it on the twenty-fourth (of Ramadan)."
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 240
Narrated 'Ubada bin As-Samit:
The Prophet came out to inform us about the Night of Qadr but two
Muslims were quarreling with each other. So, the Prophet said, "I
came out to inform you about the Night of Qadr but such-and-such
persons were quarreling, so the news about it had been taken away;
yet that might be for your own good, so search for it on the 29th,
27th and 25th (of Ramadan).
Volume 3, Book 32, Number 241
With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet used to
tighten his waist belt (i.e. work hard) and used to pray all the
night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers.
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