Posted by: mjaga | January 14, 2012

Night for the Lord

Qur’aanic Verse 25:64:

25:64

Transliteration:

64. Waallatheena yabeetoona lirabbihim sujjadan waqiyaman

Translation:

64. And who spend the night for their Lord, lying down and standing.13

Study Note:

13. My understanding of this Verse is that the Lord wants the righteous people not to do anything wrong, improper, unlawful or illegal under cover of darkness of the night. HE wants no wrong done during the day too, but the night provides more temptations for wrong-doing, and hence the emphasis thereon.


 The above is an extract from Qur’aanic Studies Manzil IV, which will soon, inshaAllah, be published on Amazon Kindle. Manzil IMabzil II & Manzil III of the series are already published.

Mohammad Shafi

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Responses

  1. Best knowledge for humanity

  2. The Quran gives us hints and advice in seeking Allah pleasure

  3. I drank a bottle of beer in the night while all slept and continued my little work on the internet to be ready for the morning’s trade, that I follow very religiously to make a living.
    Hope I have not committed anything wrong and appreciate constructive criticism.in the light of the term ‘improper’.

    • I am not sure drinking beer was the proper thing to do.

  4. The above verse differentiates between the pagans and the Muslims as the pagans used to spend the night drinking,doing illegal sexual intercourse etc and at the same time the Momineen used to spend the night remembering Allah standing in prayers (Qiyam,ruku,sujood etc)reciting from the verses of the Quran and fearing about there fate in the hereafter……

  5. your understanding is undoubtedly wrong
    there is no connection between your understanding

    “righteous people not to do anything wrong, improper, unlawful or illegal under cover of darkness of the night”

    and your translation

    “spend their night lying down and standing”

    because Sujood does not mean lying down in Islamic context, Muslims do not lie down on their faces for any purpose, however they do Sujood in Salat.

    it without doubt refers to those who prostrate and stand in front of their lord and pray.

    • *sujjadan* is used in this Verse in contrast to *qiyaman.* The root word * sajada* also means to be low or bent down. The kind Lord does not expect His righteous devotee to spend all night praying to Him. HE has made the night primarily for his (devotee’s) rest. Hence my understanding as given in my study note on the Verse.

      • Yes Lord does not expect devotee to spend all night praying, nor does he asks so, tahajjud is certainly not fard but he commends those who do so.

        as i said earlier there is no practise of lying down and praying but we all know that Qiyaam and Sujood are part of salat.

      • The righteous person may of course perform salat at night, but it is not mandatory. He would spend the night for the Lord by just doing what He has permitted him to do, and abstaining from what He has prohibited.

  6. so what is so special about that during the “night” and what significance is there for “Qiyaam” and “Sujood” ?

    • The first part of your question stands answered in the study note itself. And the 2nd part has its answer in my response dated 26th January. Whatever position you may be in during the night, be ever mindful of Him and do nothing wrong despite night’s allurements for wrong-doing.

      • “whatever position you may be in during the night, be ever mindful of Him and do nothing wrong despite night’s allurements for wrong-doing.”

        sorry dont understand that, what wrong could you possibly do in Qiyaam and Sujood.


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