The Night Prayer "Their sides part [i.e. they arise] from [their] beds." [as-Sajdah, 16] Mujahid and al-Hasan said, "meaning, standing at night in prayer." "They used to sleep but little of the night, and in the hours before dawn they would ask forgiveness." [Adh-Dhariyat, 17-18] "Is one who is devoutly obedient during periods of the night, prostrating and standing [in prayer], in fear of the hereafter and in hope of the mercy of his Lord [like one who does not]? Say:' Are those who know equal to those who do not know?' Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding." [Az-Zumar, 9] The meaning of this, is that there is no comparison between one who has these qualities and one who sleeps throughout the night and neglects his soul, not acknowledging the promise and threat of His Lord? My brothers and sisters, where are the men and women of the night prayer? Where are Ibn Adham and al-Fudayl? The champions are gone and the idlers have remained. The Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, said: "What a great a person `Abdullah [Ibn `Umar] is, if he would only pray at night." [Agreed upon]. Saalim ibn `Abdullah ibn `Umar said, "After that, Ibn `Umar used to sleep at night only a little." "There is a room in Paradise, its outside is seen from its inside, and its inside from its outside."For whom, O Messenger of Allah."The Prophet, sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam, was asked, he said, "For whoever makes his talk pleasant, gives food and spends the night standing [in prayer], while people are sleeping." [At-Tabarani and al-Hakim, authenticated by al-Albani] "Whoever stands [in prayer reciting] ten verses is not written as one of the heedless, and whoever stands [in prayer reciting] one hundred verses is written as one of the obedient, and whoever stands [in prayer reciting] one thousand verses is written as one of the 'muqantireen'." [Abu Dawud, authenticated by al-Albani] Al-Munqatinroon are those who have heaped-up sums of reward.