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“…My servant keeps drawing nearer to Me with

voluntary deeds until I Love him.”

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته السلام

“Whoever prays twelve rak’ahs of prayer voluntarily in a day and night, Allah will build him a house in Paradise.”

[‘Sahih Muslim’; 1/503]


“The first thing which the people will be called to account for of their actions on the Day of Judgment is their prayer. If it is in a good state, he is successful and has passed. If it is in a bad state, he has failed and has lost. Allah will then Say: ‘See if there are some optional prayers that can compensate for the deficiency in his obligatory prayer!’ Then, all the actions will be dealt with similarly.”

[‘Sahih at-Tirmidhi’; 1/130]


“Allah Says: “My servant approaches Me with nothing more beloved to Me than what I have made obligatory upon him, and My servant keeps drawing nearer to Me with voluntary deeds until I Love him. And when I love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, his sight with which he sees, his hand with which he seizes, and his foot with which he walks. If he asks Me, I will surely give to him, and if he seeks refuge in Me, I will surely protect him.””

[‘Fath al-Bari’; # 6502]


1 – Fajr

“Two rak’ahs before the Fajr prayer is better than the World and all that is in it.”

[‘Sahih Muslim’; 1/501]

‘A’ishah said: “The Prophet was never more obliged to an optional deed than the two rak’ahs before Fajr.”

[‘Sahih al-Bukhari’; 1/393]

2 – Dhuhr

“Whoever is constant and regular in praying four rak’ahs before Dhuhr and four afterwards, then the fire of Hell will not touch him.”

[‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 6195]


3 – ‘Asr

“May Allah have Mercy on the one who prays four rak’ahs before ‘Asr.”

[‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 3493]

4 – Maghrib

{“And those who spend the night before their Lord, prostrate and standing.”} [al-Furqan; 64]

al-Kalbi said: “Whoever prays two rak’ahs after the Maghrib prayer and four after the ‘Isha‘ prayer will be considered like those mentioned in this verse.”

[‘Tafsir al-Qurtubi’]


5 – ‘Isha’

{“And those who spend the night before their Lord, prostrate and standing.”} [al-Furqan; 64]

Ibn ‘Abbas said: “Whoever prays two rak’ahs or more after the ‘Isha’ prayer will be considered like those mentioned in this verse.”

[‘Tafsir al-Qurtubi’]


6 – Duha

“Whoever prays four rak’ahs of Duha prayer, and before the first, he prays four (for a total of eight), a house is built for him in Paradise.”

[‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 6340]


“Allah Said: “O Children of Adam! Pray to me four rak’ahs at the beginning of the day, and I will suffice you until the end of it.”

[‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 1913]


“Nobody is constant in performing the Duha except the one who is awwab, and it is the prayer of the awwabbin (the ones who return to the straight path, or return to their home in Paradise).”

[‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 7628]


“Whoever makes ablution and proceeds to the mosque for the Duha prayer, then this is easier for him than participating in a battle, has greater spoils, and is quicker in return.”

[‘Sahih at-Targhib wat-Tarhib’; 1/349]


7 – Witr

“O people of the Qur’an! Perform your Witr, for surely Allah Loves the Witr.”

[‘Sahih al-Jami”; # 7860]


8 – Prayer after ablution

“Whoever makes ablution – and makes it well – then prays two rak’ahs, not letting his mind wander in them, then Allah Forgives him all of his previous sins.”

[‘Silsilat al-Ahadith as-Sahihah’; # 6041]


“Whoever makes ablution – and makes it well – then prays two rak’ahs concentrating on them intensely with his heart and his face, then Paradise is obligatory for him.”

[‘Silsilat al-Ahadith as-Sahihah’; # 6062]

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“Whoever leaves something for Allah…”

“Whoever leaves something for Allah…”

بسم الله الرحمان الرحيم

الحمد الله

عليكم ورحمت الله و بركاته السلام

{“…And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him out of every difficulty, and He will provide for him from where he could never imagine.”} [at-Talaq; 2-3]

Hudhayfah bin al-Yaman رضي الله عنه narrated that the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه و سلم said: “The glance at the woman is a poisonous arrow from the arrows of the Devil. Whoever leaves it out of the fear of Allah, then Allah will reward him with faith whose sweetness he will taste in his heart.”

[Reported by Ahmad in his ‘Musnad,’ and it is authentic]


Malik bin Dinar رحمه الله said: “The Gardens of Delight are between the Gardens of Firdaws and the Gardens of Eden. In them one has servants made out of the roses of Paradise. They will be inhabited by those who were about to engage in a sin, but then remembered Allah – the Mighty and Exalted – and stopped themselves from doing so, and bowed their necks out of the fear of Allah.”


al-Hasan al-Basri رحمه الله narrated:

“There was a fornicating woman who had exceeded the people of her era in beauty, and would not let any man sleep with her unless he paid her one hundred dinars. One day, a man saw her and was attracted to her, so he went and worked until he earned the one hundred dinars and came to her. She told him: “Pay it to the man at the door so that he may count it and weigh it.” When he did this, she told him to enter. She had a luxurious home and a bed made of gold. She told him: “Come to me.” When he was about to have intercourse with her, he suddenly remembered his standing before Allah on the Day of Resurrection, so it was as if he was struck with lightning and his desire was put out.

He said to her: “Allow me to leave you, and you can keep the money.”

She replied: “How can you do this now, when you saw me and was attracted to me, and went and worked hard to collect the one hundred dinars, and when you are finally with me, you do what you did?”

He said: “By Allah, I did not do this out of anything except for the fear of Allah, and the thought of my standing between His Hands.”

She said: “If you are truthful in what you say, then I want to marry nobody except you!”

He told her: “Let me leave.”

She said: “No, not unless you promise me that you will marry me!”

He said: “I cannot do anything until I leave first.”

She then said to him: “You must promise Allah that if I come to you where you live, then you will marry me!”

He said: “It might be so. We will see.”

So, he put on his clothes, left her, and travelled back to his land. She later travelled to his land with all that she owned – regretting the circumstances under which they had met each other – until she arrived and asked about him. When she arrived at his home, it was said to him: “The queen herself has arrived and asked about you!” When he saw her, he was in such a state of shock that he collapsed and died.

His body fell into her arms, so she said: “As for him, then I have missed out on the chance to be with him. Does he have any close relatives?” It was said to her: “Yes, his brother, but he is a poor man.” So, she said to him: “I will marry you out of my love for your dead brother.”

She married him and bore for him seven righteous sons.”

[‘at-Tawwabin’ by Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisi; p. 41-42]

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