The Winter night has become long, so blessed is he who does good deeds during it, and misery for the one who does wrong.
The darkness of the night is illumination for the heart…
Is standing [during] the last third [of the night in prayer] best? [Please advise] with clarity of the time when the last third of the night is.
al-Haafith ‘Abdul-Ghanee visited me in Asbahaan, and [whilst here] he would only sleep a little at night; instead [spending most of his time] praying and reciting [the Qur.aan] or weeping.
If you are unable to establish the [voluntary] night prayer, nor [voluntarily] fast during the day, then know that you have been prevented [from doing these great acts of worship], because you have been shackled by your sins.
Regarding the night prayer, is it to be estimated in hours, or should one just assume it to be after the ‘ishaa prayer, and [if he then] prays the night prayer will it suffice him?
‘Anas (radhi-yallaahu ‘anhu) used to pray until his feet swelled with blood, as a result of elongating his prayer, standing [in prayer] at night.
I noticed the sound of the Shaykh reciting in prayer; and this at a time when he was desperately in need of sleep and rest, [yet] he was standing before his Lord praying.
And a third [in which] he would do salaah [pray].
Whoever stands the night in prayer, Allaah will make easy for him his standing on the Day of Judgment.