It can be quite annoying when “NEPA brings the light” during the late hours of the night and then, you have to wake up and plug in your phones and other rechargeable gadgets. But something struck me one day. Power was restored around 3:15am and the sound and coolness of my fan woke me up. I jumped up and plugged in my phone because the battery was almost dead, then I headed back to bed.

Suddenly, I started feeling guilty… I said to myself: why can’t you just observe qiyam (tahajjud) now before going back to sleep? Why not do ablution and supplicate to Allaah now? I had set up my alarm clock to 4:30am, but how many times have we failed to wake up despite the alarm? Who alarm don epp?! Khadijah, don’t be lazy, seriously, you can wake up to charge your phone, but you can’t spare 10 minutes to charge your soul?

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allaah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Our Lord, the Blessed, the Superior, comes every night down on the nearest Heaven to us when the last third of the night remains, saying: “Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to his invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?” (Saheeh Bukhari, 1145)


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