Qiyam of Prophet Saw & Your Bed


taught by Sh Omar Suleiman on ILMFLIX

Qiyam of Prophet saw

Is there anything where Prophet saw prayed anything other than 2 rakaat after Isha after Isha?

Mutawaatir(widely narrated) narration (Aisha, Kaab Ibn Malik, ibn Masood, Anas Ibn Malik… ): The Prophet saw taught the sahabah that if you pray 4 rakaah after Isha, then it would be as if you prayed them on the night of laylatul qadr. [Ibn Abi Shayba and Abu Dawud] x 1000 months. You’re talking about times 1000 months.

Ibn Masood in his narration said, “Whoever prays 4 rakaah after Isha and does not separate between them with a tasleem*….as if prayed on laylatul qadr.” [marfoo3 to Rasulullah saw] [Ibn Abi Shayba]

*generally Prophet saw say to pray sunnah day and night 2 by 2

These 4 rakaah in particular are not to be prayed with tasleem, pray it like zuhr. This is sunnah ghayr muakkadah (Prophet saw didn’t do it every night)

in narration of Kaab ibn Malik (An Nasaai) : “Whoever does wudhu and does it well and then attend Isha in jamaah and then attend 4 rakaah after that ….as if he prayed in night of laylatul qadr”

  • mercy of Allah that He gives that opportunity outside of Ramadan every single night

Ibn Qayyim said in Madarij Salikeen, “Every single reward Allah has promised for major acts of worships (seasons of worship) He has provided an alternative throughout the year.”

It doesn’t relieve the obligation, but it gives you hope to strive every day of the year rather than just waiting for Ramadan, etc.

Your Bed

  • Rasulullah saw recommended the opposite of what’s recommended for us to day ; not to sleep on a bed that’s too comfortable
  • Fudhayl ibn Iyaad ; when he used to go to sleep and feel the comfort of his mattress he’d say “This is not for you. Stand up and claim your fortune of the akhirah.” [ he spoke to his soul]
  • Abdul Azeez used to say to his mattress, “I swear by Allah you are good. I won’t sleep on you tonight.”
  • In hadith of Umar Ibn Al Khattab, when he saw Prophet saw standing up from his sleep and he (saw)had marks on his backs because his bed was of branches and Umar started to cry. “I’ve seen the palaces of Rome…you’re so much more deserving of that. Rasulullah saw said “Yaa Umar, aren’t you pleased oh Umar, that to them belongs the dunya and to us belongs the akhirah?”
  • Narration from Aisha r.a. narrated by Muhammad al Baaq : “I asked Aisha how was the bed of the Prophet saw?”

o   it was made of leather and it had date palm tree branches.

  • I asked Hafsah how was the bed of Prophet saw in her house “It was a (7aSeer حَصِير)canvas folded into two and Prophet saw would spread it and sleep on it. One night I felt bad for him, so I folded it into 4. Rasulullah saw went to sleep and when he woke up, he asked, “What is this bed I slept on last night?” Hafsah said “It’s the same bed, I just folded it so that it would be more comfortable.” Prophet saw said, “Take it back to its original state because its comfort prevented me from praying at night.”
  • if you find that some nights you can’t wake up, sleep on the couch, don’t sleep on your bed
  • Especially for the 2nd sleep, don’t sleep in a way that’s going to make you comfortable
  • Prophet saw associated qiyam with his place of sleep, so he’d pray on his mattress
  • When you do this and you wake up, you immediately remember prayer [psychological tactic]


This is my notes from the ILF class Stranger In the Night, taught by Sh. Omar Suleiman. I thought I’d share my notes this way (piece meal)  on top of uploading them as 1 big file. It will also motivate me to actually finish cleaning it up in sha Allah! May it be of benefit. Ameen.

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