qiyam al layl

If you are unable to perform Qiyam al-Layl (pray during the night), and fast during the day, then know that you are deprived, shackled by your sins.
—  Al-Fudayl ‘ibn ‘Iyaad | Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa’ (8/435)

Narrated Nafi’ (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu):

Ibn 'Umar said, “While the Prophet (ﷺ) was on the pulpit, a man asked him how to offer the night prayers. He replied, "Pray two Rakat at a time and then two and then two and so on, and if you are afraid of the dawn (the approach of the time of the Fajr prayer) pray one Rak'a and that will be the witr for all the Rakat which you have offered.” Ibn 'Umar said, “The last Rakat of the night prayer should be odd for the Prophet (ﷺ) ordered it to be so.”

—  [Sahih Bukhari Vol. 1, no. 461]

anonymous asked:

How do you perform tahajjud?

Tahajjud - the night prayer - is an amazing sunnah that brings immense reward to the believer.

“Establish prayer at the decline of the sun [from its meridian] until the darkness of the night and [also] the Qur’an of dawn. Indeed, the recitation of dawn is ever witnessed.And from [part of] the night, pray with it as additional [worship] for you; it is expected that your Lord will resurrect you to a praised station.” (Surah Isra, 17:78-79).

  1. First - arrange to wake up after midnight. The most benefit is during the last third of the night however (this hadith is so amazing on that topic).
  2. Next - make wudu :D Consider cleaning your mouth (beyond what is required in wudu) as this is the sunnah of our Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him).
  3. Now - get ready to make salat as you usually would (quiet, clean place … clear your mind and declare in your heart your niyyah). Decide how many rakat you want to perform! Tahajjud is done in pairs of rakat (similar to how you would pray fajr, only repeated). You don’t need to be excessive, Allah loves those who create habits in moderation and stick to them, so there is no need to tire yourself. However, our prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) used to perform tahajjud until his feet were swollen, subhanAllah. The sunnah would be 7, 9, or 11 rakat.
  4. Then - Pray. End your rakats of two by twos with witr salat (this makes it odd numbered, as is the sunnah). Don’t repeat witr twice in one night.

The dua for Tahajjud (it’s beautiful)

This is an example of how Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) performed tahajjud

Qiyam al-Layl & Tahajjud

Witr

More on Witr

Islamic Q & A English Resource on Night Prayers 

Sahih Bukhari’s Hadith all on Tahajjud

Let me know if you need clarification, may Allah all guide us towards the night prayers so that we may be better Muslims.

anonymous asked:

Assalaamoe alaykoem wa rahmatoellaah Do you have any tips for ramadan? Or Maybe a schedule? Thank you.

Walaikum Assalaam Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,

Following are some ramadan tips written by Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar,

#1 – Be different!

Many of us know that many things we do in Ramadan are incorrect like overeating and rushing through Taraweh, yet we still do them in order to fit in with our families and friends.

My first advice to you for the upcoming Ramadan is that we should not be afraid of being different and strange.

Ramadan is about getting closer to Allah and the first thing we can do to accomplish this is to prioritise His Pleasure above all else.

Be different! Focus on what matters! Don’t have just another cultural Ramadan!

#2 – Understand the Maqaasid

One of the reasons many of us go through Ramadan ritually is because we do not understand the Maqaasid (goals, wisdoms and objectives) of the Month of Ramadan and the various acts of worship associated with it.

Ramadan is supposed to be an annual recharge of our Imaan, increase of our Taqwa and reconnection with Allah. We must make this our goal and shape our worship in Ramadan around achieving this goal.

This can be achieved through:
1. Fasting from sin and things that waste time
2. Praying the night prayer with concentration, understanding and connecting with Allah
3. Reciting the Qur’an with understanding and reflection and using it as an opportunity to reconnect with the Qur’an.

#3 – Set Your Goals…now!

Entering Ramadan without a plan for self-improvement usually means going through Ramadan without any solid changes. Start making your goals and plans from now.

These goals should be for self-improvement and should have a permanent impact on your life. Deciding to grow a beard or wear hijab in Ramadan with the intention to stop on Eid day is not a good goal. We should be honest with ourselves in setting goals for permanent improvement with no intention to revert to our previous state.

Some ideas of goals to set for Ramadan:
1. Give up a sinful habit that you’ve been having trouble letting go off
2. Start fulfilling an obligation that you’ve been neglecting
3. Add some recommended acts of worship to your daily habits
4. Complete reading or studying a specific book or course (perhaps in Tafseer) during the month
5. Improve your understanding of an area of Islam in which you are lacking

Each of us know best what areas require improvement in our own lives. Be honest with yourself and set goals that will help you end Ramadan on a higher level of Taqwa.

#4 – Fast from Sin

The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “Whoever does not abandon false speech and acting upon it, then Allah is not in need of him abandoning his food and drink.” [Reported by Al-Bukhari]

This Hadith speaks for itself. For some reason, we seem to think that we can gain an increase in Taqwa (the objective of fasting) by staying away from food and drink while indulging in all forms of sin.

Abstaining from food and drink is supposed to be a training in self-control which in turn is supposed to help us become more resistant towards the urge to sin.

Here are some common sins that seem to pop up during Ramadan:
1) Cigarette Iftaars – Opening your fast with a smoke is extremely disrespectful to the whole concept of fasting
2) Backbiting and gossiping to pass the time
3) Sleeping through Salah times so that Iftaar comes faster (skipping the second pillar of Islam to fulfill the fourth doesn’t make sense)
4) Losing one’s temper and blaming it on the fast (not a valid excuse)
5) Watching extra television to pass the time until Iftaar

Let’s do things differently this Ramadan, and make a firm plan to fast properly, which includes fasting from sin!

#5 – Have a light Suhoor

When it comes to Suhoor we see two extremes: Those who overeat and those who skip it altogether.

Overeating at Suhoor removes some of the blessings and benefits of the fast and turns it into a ritual sandwiched between two meals of overindulgence.

Skipping the Suhoor deprives one of the Barakah (blessings) of one of the most important times of the day. It is a time of the day in which supplications are accepted so why deprive yourself of it?

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Indeed it (the Suhoor) is blessing (Barakah) that Allah has given to you so do not leave it out.” (An-Nasa’i)

A good Suhoor should be like a combined breakfast of food and ibaadah; a nutritious meal that energizes you, accompanied by some Qur’anic recital, reflection, Dua or Qiyam Al-Layl and followed up with Fajr in the Masjid.

If we do this every morning of Ramadan, we will have a very spiritual experience, very different from the days we overate or skipped this blessed meal.

#6 – Have a light Iftaar

Breaking the fast after sunset is meant to be a spiritual experience. Sitting in the Masjid or with one’s family waiting for the Adhaan while making dua then opening with a few dates and some water before proceeding for Salah is a very enriching experience.

In many homes, Iftaar is a time of indulgence. Huge three course meals to “make up for skipping lunch” are sandwiched between gossip and missing or delaying the Maghrib prayer, completely destroying the spiritual value of the fast.

Make this Ramadan different and make the Iftaar beneficial by:
1. Engaging in acts of worship while waiting like reciting Qur’an, having a family Halaqa or making dua
2. Having a light Iftaar then proceeding for Maghrib Salah
3. Having a normal-sized meal after Maghrib Salah so you are not lazy and burping during Taraweh

Having Iftaar the right way really helps us experience the spiritual blessings of the month of Ramadan.

#7 – Focus on the Qur’anic Message

Many of us grew up with the cultural practice of reciting as many “khatams” of the Qur’an as we can in Ramadan without any understanding. These super-speed recitals are ritualized and against the very purpose of the Qur’an.

This year, slow down, recite less, recite with understanding and reflect on what you have recited and its application to your daily life. The results will be life-changing.

Try one of the following methods this Ramadan:
1. Read a Juz of the Qur’an a day with translation
2. Read a Tafseer book cover-to-cover
3. Follow a daily Tafseer lecture series online or in-person
4. Have a family Halaqa to discuss the verses recited that day and its application to your life.

“The month of Ramadan in which the Qur’an was revealed as a guidance for mankind…” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:185)

#8 – Pray Taraweh Properly

Taraweh in most countries these days has been reduced to the following scenarios:
1) Superspeed taraweh without Khushoo or understanding
2) Debates all Ramadan long on 8 VS 20 Rakahs
3) Excuse to hang out outside the Masjid and sin (smoke, flirt, etc.)

In all of the above situations, the purpose of Taraweh is lost and many people leave empty not having benefiting at all.

Here are a few tips to make this year’s Taraweh more beneficial:
1) Choose the best Masjid to pray in, and if there isn’t any good one then pray at home or with a group of friends
2) Read the translation beforehand of some of the verses that will be recited that day
3) Ignore the debate on number of Rakahs and focus on the quality of your Salah and connection with Allah instead
4) During the Salah, if you find your mind drifting focus on reflecting on some of the verses that were recited and the lessons you can derive from it and apply to your lives

Remember its not about how much you prayed, but how deep was your connection with Allah when praying and how much did you benefit from it.

 I hope it will be helpful. May Allah guide us to the straight path

Ameen

Abu Hurairah (may Allāh be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) said, “May Allāh show mercy to a man who gets up during the night and performs Salāt, awakens his wife to pray and if she refuses, he sprinkles water on her face (to make her get up). May Allāh show mercy to a woman who gets up during the night and performs Salāt, awakens her husband for the same purpose; and if he refuses, she sprinkles water on his face.“

—  [Riyādh As Saliheen – Chapter on the Excellence of Standing in Prayer at Night. Hadīth no. 1183. Narrated by Abū Dawūd, Hadīth no. 1308; classed as saheeh by Shaykh Al-Albānī in Saheeh Abī Dawūd. Shared via abdurrahman.org]

Not attached to the Qur'an?

Here, let me tell you about a person who was ultimately attached to the Qur'an, that his love for the Qur'an made him more loved by those who read about him.

I am talking about, ‘Uthman Ibn Affan Radiyallahu Anhu. It is fascinating how Muslims know so much about Abu Bakr, 'Umar and 'Ali Radiyallahu Anhum yet not much on 'Uthmaan when he has reigned the longest amongst the Rashidun Caliphs.

So here is something about this great man.
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When Islam was born, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam made sure that the Muslims acquired their concepts from one source only and that was the Noble Qur'an and it was through this method that 'Uthman and all the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum was educated.

'Uthman was deeply attached to the Noble Qur'an. He learned the Qur'an from the blessed lips of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam. The verses from which 'Uthman heard directly from the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam played a role in the formation of his Islamic personality. They purified his heart and soul and influenced him. Thus, 'Uthman became a new man, with new values, emotions, aims, behavior and aspirations.

He was among the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum who taught others the Qur'an.

Abu 'Abd Al Rahman Al Sulami said:

Those who taught us the Qur'an (such as 'Uthman Ibn Affan, Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud) told us that when they learned ten verses from the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam they would not go beyond them until they had learned the knowledge contained in them and how to apply it in deed.

They said: “So we learned the Qur'an and knowledge and its application together.”

Hence, they would spend a while to memorize a surah.

'Uthman was a hafiz of the Qur'an, and he read Qur'an all the time. Before the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam passed away, 'Uthman recited the entire Qur'an back at him, just like how a teacher would listen to his student after teaching him everything he knew. 

One instance that would highlight the memory and attachment of 'Uthman to the Qur'an was whenever he prayed qiyam al-layl (tahajjud).

The wife of 'Uthman said on the day when he was besieged:

“Either kill him or leave him alone, for by Allah, he would recite the WHOLE QUR'AN in ONE RAK'AT when praying QIYAM AL LAYL.”
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Allahuakbar! The love and dedication of 'Uthman Radiyallahu Anhu is just amazing. 

O Muslims, ponder and reflect from this great caliph, he would recite the whole Qur'an in one rak'at when most of us can’t even stand the waiting when the Imam reads a surah that is quite longer that Al Faitha! Astagfirullah!

Indeed, whenever we talk of 'Uthman, one ayah will always come to our mind:

“Is one who is obedient to Allah, prostrating himself or standing (in prayer) during the hours of the night, fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the Mercy of his Lord (like one who disbelieves)?” - Qur'an 39:9

O Muslims Allah has set standards by making you Muslims and believers, so give justice to this, honor Allah for He have honored you well than anything other thing can ever honor you in this dunya, and know that this honor He has given you is never-ending, it will be with you until your journey to the akhirah, so wear it accordingly!
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And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall puts such love for the Qur'an in our hearts just like how He has placed love for the Qur'an upon the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum.

Amin.

Zohayma
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Stories are taken from a series of books: 

• Al Bidayah wa'n Nihayah, 7/225, 
• Al-Fatawa, 13/177, 
• Tareekh Al Islam, 'Ahd al-Khulafa al Rashideen by Al Dhahabi, p.467 

anonymous asked:

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu, could you provide some tips to help us prepare for Ramadhan, both spiritually and physically? Jazakallahu khair and wishing you good health in sha allah.

Walaikum Assalaam Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu,

Following are some ramadan tips written by Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar,

#1 – Be different!

Many of us know that many things we do in Ramadan are incorrect like overeating and rushing through Taraweh, yet we still do them in order to fit in with our families and friends.

My first advice to you for the upcoming Ramadan is that we should not be afraid of being different and strange.

Ramadan is about getting closer to Allah and the first thing we can do to accomplish this is to prioritise His Pleasure above all else.

Be different! Focus on what matters! Don’t have just another cultural Ramadan!

#2 – Understand the Maqaasid

One of the reasons many of us go through Ramadan ritually is because we do not understand the Maqaasid (goals, wisdoms and objectives) of the Month of Ramadan and the various acts of worship associated with it.

Ramadan is supposed to be an annual recharge of our Imaan, increase of our Taqwa and reconnection with Allah. We must make this our goal and shape our worship in Ramadan around achieving this goal.

This can be achieved through:
1. Fasting from sin and things that waste time
2. Praying the night prayer with concentration, understanding and connecting with Allah
3. Reciting the Qur’an with understanding and reflection and using it as an opportunity to reconnect with the Qur’an.

#3 – Set Your Goals…now!

Entering Ramadan without a plan for self-improvement usually means going through Ramadan without any solid changes. Start making your goals and plans from now.

These goals should be for self-improvement and should have a permanent impact on your life. Deciding to grow a beard or wear hijab in Ramadan with the intention to stop on Eid day is not a good goal. We should be honest with ourselves in setting goals for permanent improvement with no intention to revert to our previous state.

Some ideas of goals to set for Ramadan:
1. Give up a sinful habit that you’ve been having trouble letting go off
2. Start fulfilling an obligation that you’ve been neglecting
3. Add some recommended acts of worship to your daily habits
4. Complete reading or studying a specific book or course (perhaps in Tafseer) during the month
5. Improve your understanding of an area of Islam in which you are lacking

Each of us know best what areas require improvement in our own lives. Be honest with yourself and set goals that will help you end Ramadan on a higher level of Taqwa.

#4 – Fast from Sin

The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “Whoever does not abandon false speech and acting upon it, then Allah is not in need of him abandoning his food and drink.” [Reported by Al-Bukhari]

This Hadith speaks for itself. For some reason, we seem to think that we can gain an increase in Taqwa (the objective of fasting) by staying away from food and drink while indulging in all forms of sin.

Abstaining from food and drink is supposed to be a training in self-control which in turn is supposed to help us become more resistant towards the urge to sin.

Here are some common sins that seem to pop up during Ramadan:
1) Cigarette Iftaars – Opening your fast with a smoke is extremely disrespectful to the whole concept of fasting
2) Backbiting and gossiping to pass the time
3) Sleeping through Salah times so that Iftaar comes faster (skipping the second pillar of Islam to fulfill the fourth doesn’t make sense)
4) Losing one’s temper and blaming it on the fast (not a valid excuse)
5) Watching extra television to pass the time until Iftaar

Let’s do things differently this Ramadan, and make a firm plan to fast properly, which includes fasting from sin!

#5 – Have a light Suhoor

When it comes to Suhoor we see two extremes: Those who overeat and those who skip it altogether.

Overeating at Suhoor removes some of the blessings and benefits of the fast and turns it into a ritual sandwiched between two meals of overindulgence.

Skipping the Suhoor deprives one of the Barakah (blessings) of one of the most important times of the day. It is a time of the day in which supplications are accepted so why deprive yourself of it?

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Indeed it (the Suhoor) is blessing (Barakah) that Allah has given to you so do not leave it out.” (An-Nasa’i)

A good Suhoor should be like a combined breakfast of food and ibaadah; a nutritious meal that energizes you, accompanied by some Qur’anic recital, reflection, Dua or Qiyam Al-Layl and followed up with Fajr in the Masjid.

If we do this every morning of Ramadan, we will have a very spiritual experience, very different from the days we overate or skipped this blessed meal.

#6 – Have a light Iftaar

Breaking the fast after sunset is meant to be a spiritual experience. Sitting in the Masjid or with one’s family waiting for the Adhaan while making dua then opening with a few dates and some water before proceeding for Salah is a very enriching experience.

In many homes, Iftaar is a time of indulgence. Huge three course meals to “make up for skipping lunch” are sandwiched between gossip and missing or delaying the Maghrib prayer, completely destroying the spiritual value of the fast.

Make this Ramadan different and make the Iftaar beneficial by:
1. Engaging in acts of worship while waiting like reciting Qur’an, having a family Halaqa or making dua
2. Having a light Iftaar then proceeding for Maghrib Salah
3. Having a normal-sized meal after Maghrib Salah so you are not lazy and burping during Taraweh

Having Iftaar the right way really helps us experience the spiritual blessings of the month of Ramadan.

#7 – Focus on the Qur’anic Message

Many of us grew up with the cultural practice of reciting as many “khatams” of the Qur’an as we can in Ramadan without any understanding. These super-speed recitals are ritualized and against the very purpose of the Qur’an.

This year, slow down, recite less, recite with understanding and reflect on what you have recited and its application to your daily life. The results will be life-changing.

Try one of the following methods this Ramadan:
1. Read a Juz of the Qur’an a day with translation
2. Read a Tafseer book cover-to-cover
3. Follow a daily Tafseer lecture series online or in-person
4. Have a family Halaqa to discuss the verses recited that day and its application to your life.

“The month of Ramadan in which the Qur’an was revealed as a guidance for mankind…” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:185)

#8 – Pray Taraweh Properly

Taraweh in most countries these days has been reduced to the following scenarios:
1) Superspeed taraweh without Khushoo or understanding
2) Debates all Ramadan long on 8 VS 20 Rakahs
3) Excuse to hang out outside the Masjid and sin (smoke, flirt, etc.)

In all of the above situations, the purpose of Taraweh is lost and many people leave empty not having benefiting at all.

Here are a few tips to make this year’s Taraweh more beneficial:
1) Choose the best Masjid to pray in, and if there isn’t any good one then pray at home or with a group of friends
2) Read the translation beforehand of some of the verses that will be recited that day
3) Ignore the debate on number of Rakahs and focus on the quality of your Salah and connection with Allah instead
4) During the Salah, if you find your mind drifting focus on reflecting on some of the verses that were recited and the lessons you can derive from it and apply to your lives

Remember its not about how much you prayed, but how deep was your connection with Allah when praying and how much did you benefit from it.

 I hope it will be helpful. May Allah guide us to the straight path

Ameen

Narrated ‘Āisha (radhiAllāhu ‘anha):

قَالَ قَالَتْ عَائِشَةُ رضى الله عنها كَانَ إِذَا دَخَلَتِ الْعَشْرُ أَحْيَا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم اللَّيْلَ وَأَيْقَظَ أَهْلَهُ وَشَدَّ الْمِئْزَرَ ‏.

With the start of the last ten days of Ramadān, the Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) used to tighten his waist belt [i.e., work hard] and used to keep awake all the night and perform Salāt and also used to keep his family awake for the Salāt [prayer].

—  [Sahīh Bukhārī Vol. 3, Hadīth no. 241. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khān]
Ramadan Prep #5 - Have a light Suhoor
When it comes to Suhoor we see two extremes: Those who overeat and those who skip it altogether.
Overeating at Suhoor removes some of the blessings and benefits of the fast and turns it into a ritual sandwiched between two meals of overindulgence.
Skipping the Suhoor deprives one of the Barakah (blessings) of one of the most important times of the day. It is a time of the day in which supplications are accepted so why deprive yourself of it?
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Indeed it (the Suhoor) is blessing (Barakah) that Allah has given to you so do not leave it out.” (An-Nasa'i)
A good Suhoor should be like a combined breakfast of food and ibaadah; a nutritious meal that energizes you, accompanied by some Qur'anic recital, reflection, Dua or Qiyam Al-Layl and followed up with Fajr in the Masjid.
If we do this every morning of Ramadan, we will have a very spiritual experience, very different from the days we overate or skipped this blessed meal.
—  Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar
A man came to Hasan al-Basri and said: “I disobey God and I sin, yet I see that God continues to give me and provide me with worldly opportunity. I don’t find that I am prevented from anything”
Hasan asked him: “Do you get up at night for prayer? (qiyam al-layl)”
The main said, “No”
Hasan said, “It is enough that God has prevented you from having close and intimate conversation with Him”.

Narrated Abu Huraira (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu):

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Whoever fasted the month of Ramadan out of sincere Faith (i.e. belief) and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his past sins will be forgiven, and whoever stood for the prayers in the night of Qadr out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven .”

—  [Sahih Bukhari Vol. 3, no. 231. Translated by Dr. Muhammad Mushin Khan]
Urgent duaa request. PLEASE REBLOG

Someone very special to me who’s my age (22) has just found out that they have cancer. They have been battling this cancer scare for a year going through countless tests, biopsies, and even surgery. They just got the news that she has cancer and that she now has to get another surgery and radioactive therapy. Please while you all are breaking your fasts, praying taraweeh, praying qiyam al layl, and throughout Ramadan please make duaa for her. Make duaa that this surgery and therapy removes all the cancer in her body and that this is the end of her cancer scare. Please pray that Allah heals her and grant her a speedy recovery and that she no longer has to deal with this ever again. Her family and her are heartbroken and I just want Allah to relieve them all from this pain. Please keep her in your most sincere duaas

The prophet (sallallahu alayhee wa sallam) said

“When the last one third of the night remains, Allah the Glorious One descends towards the lower heaven and proclaims, Is there anyone supplicating to Me, so that I grant his supplication? Is there anyone begging of me for anything, so that I grant him his wish? Is there anyone who seeks my forgiveness, so that I forgive him.”

(al-Bukhari, vol 8, book 75, Num 333)

Narrated Nu'am Al-Mujmir (radhiAllahu ‘anhu):

Once I went up to the roof of the mosque, along with Abu Huraira (radhiAllahu 'anhu). He performed ablution and said, “I heard the Prophet (ﷺ) saying, 'On the Day of Resurrection, my followers will be called "Al-Ghurr-ul-Muhajjalun” from the trace of ablution, and whoever can increase the area of his radiance should do so (i.e. by performing ablution regularly).’“

—  [Sahih Bukhari Vol. 1, no. 138]

anonymous asked:

Salam, what time is the last one third of the night today because i want to pray tahajjud and i know what to do to work out the time but i cant do it, jazakallah :)

Walaikum Assalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu,

I hope you are well and in the best of iman by the blessings of Allah!

Inshaa’ Allah this ruling (excerpted below) should address your question.

Question: is the hour that precedes the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer considered as part of the last third of the night?   

Answer: The hour that precedes the second Fajr (true dawn), which consists of 60 minutes, is part of the last third of the night and is considered to be the last hour of the last third of the night. This is because the night begins from the sunset and lasts until the emergence of the second Fajr. It is authentically reported that Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) descends to the worldly heaven in the last third of the night. It was related by Al-Bukhari in his “Sahih [Book of Authentic Hadith”, vol. 2, p. 47], on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said,

“Our Lord, Blessed and Exalted is He, descends every night to the heaven of the world, when only the last third of the night remains and says, ‘Who will supplicate Me that I may respond to him; who will ask Me that I may give him; who will beg My forgiveness that I may forgive him?’”

Every Muslim and Muslimah is free to benefit from the blessed times and the times when supplications are answered, to supply themselves with good righteous deeds and supplicate for whatever they like from the matters of the Din (religion) or the Duniya (this world). 

May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, and his family and Companions! 

— Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta 

(Source)

In addition, this ruling as well as this post explains the manner by which one should perform Qiyam Al Layl/Tahajjud (the Night prayer).

I sincerely hope the above will be of help by the permission of Allah. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala enable us all to implement this beautiful and beneficial Sunnah, Ameen!

Wa iyyak(i), ukhti/akhi.