9. This Ramadan. . . Fall in Love with Qiyam

“Whoever stands in night prayer throughout Ramadan, with faith and expecting Allah’s reward, his previous sins will be forgiven…” [Sahih an-Nisa’i]

If only we knew the treasures the night can hold: The peace and silence; the calm and tranquility not found during the day. Lights out, family and children asleep, a phone line which might as well be dead.

If only we recognized the night as our chance to talk – uninterrupted – with our Lord. If only we understood it as our chance to draw closer to Allah. To know that He descends, subhanahu wa ta’ala, every night in the last third of the night to the nearest heaven, in a way befitting His Might and Majesty.

Alhamdulillah, it’s easy to taste the sweetness of night prayer during Ramadan. We stand behind the Imam for long rak’ahs listening to the beautiful recitation, and we’re able to join in and reflect on the du’aa during witr.

But qiyam should be something we strive for year-round. And in order to turn it into a habit, we need to fall in love with qiyam.

We need to fall in love with that mental rest from the long day’s toil; those most beautiful moments spent in seclusion with Allah; that sense of understanding and peace that can only come from being connected with our Creator and Maker.

This Ramadan, take the opportunity of the long nights spent in tahajjud to fall in Love with it. Really put your heart into it and enjoy it so it’ll become a habit of yours even after Ramadan.

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Reference: http://www.igotitcovered.org/2012/08/03/15-fall-in-love-with-qiyam/

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