DAYS AND NIGHTS OF THE BELOVED PROPHET SWALALLAHOU ALAIHI WASALLAM.
The beloved prophet Muhammad Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam came for a very brief span of time in this world. His life span was 63 years and his prophetic life was only 23 years. These 23 years had so much barkah and excessive effect upon the world such that it created an evolution in the world. In fact, the beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam predicted a change in the empirical map of the world:
حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو هُرَيْرَةَ عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ
عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَذَكَرَ أَحَادِيثَ مِنْهَاوَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ هَلَكَ كِسْرَى ثُمَّ لَا يَكُونُ كِسْرَى بَعْدَهُ وَقَيْصَرُ لَيَهْلِكَنَّ ثُمَّ لَا يَكُونُ قَيْصَرُ بَعْدَهُ وَلَتُقْسَمَنَّ كُنُوزُهُمَا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ مسلم
The beloved prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said: ‘’Kisra(Iranian emperor) has perished, and there will be no Kisra after him. And surely Qaysar(Roman emperor) will definitely perish. And there will be no Qaysar after him. And you should spend their treasures in the path of Allah.’’(Sahih Muslim)
An Islamic empire that would dominate the world was predicted by the prophet who came for 23 years! In fact, Mufti Ismail Rahim damat barakatuhu said that according to him, the beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam spent 46 years instead of 23. It is because his nights were like his days. The beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam would spend his nights praying, supplicating Allah Ta`ala for acceptance and promotion of the deen of Allah. We get the indication of mufti saab`s opinion from the following Masnoon du`as upon starting of Thursday night or Jum`ah night:
هٰذِهِ لَيْلَةٌ غَرَّاءَ وَيَوْمٌ أزْهَرَ البيهقي
Haazihi laylatun gharraa wa yawmun azhar.
‘’This is a night full of light and a more shiny day.’’(Baihaqi-Da`awatul Kabeer)
So the blessings of the day of Jum`ah started from Thursday maghrib for the beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam. This is the Mubarak sunnah to concretise of day efforts by night vigil efforts in front of Allah Ta`ala. Hazrat Umar r.a. was blessed with guidance from an audible du`a made by the beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam in his favour during Friday morning tahajud. Nights and Days. Nights duas changed enemies of Islam to become the allies and help for Islam. The beloved prophet Swalallahou `Alaihi Wasallam and his companions r.a. used to take help of the nights to achieve their ambitions of deen and particularly to propagate the deen of Allah worldwide. To attain high altitude of acceptance, to be a beneficial means for others, we are required to stand up long rakaats during Tahajjud. The longer, the higher. Let`s hold upon this sunnah to make duas that the enemies of Islam becomes the allies. Let’s stand at night to illuminate the world with Islam again.