Making the Most of your Nights and Days in the Last Ten Nights of Ramadan

The following question was posed to sheikh ‘Abd al-Kareem al-Khudayr during the Noor ‘Alaa al-Darb program:

س ـ كيف يستطيع الإنسان في العشر الأواخر أن يجمع بين إحياء الليل كله بالطاعة والعبادة، وبين استغلال وقت الصيام بالقراءة والخير والعمل الصالح، مع حاجة جسمه إلى النوم والراحة في النهار؛ للتقوي على قيام الليل؟

Question: In the last ten nights of Ramadan, how can a person both be engaged in acts of obedience and worship throughout the entire night and take advantage of his time while fasting to recite, do good and perform good deeds since his body still needs to sleep and rest during the day in order to enable him to stand during the night?

ج ـ عليه أن يُسدد ويُقارب، فيعمل من العبادات ما يَحتمله ويطيقه، سواء كان في الليل أو في النهار، وعليه أن يرتاح راحةً تعينه على أداء هذه العبادات، ونومُه وهو ينوي به التقوي على العبادة عبادة؛ لأن الأمور بمقاصدها، والوسائل لها أحكام الغايات، فإذا نام بالنهار من أجل التقوي على القيام بالليل والتلاوة والذكر لا شك أنه مأجور على ذلك. ـ

Response: He should set his sights on that goal and do the best that he can. He does whatever amount of worship he can handle and bear whether in the night or the day. And he ought to take rest in order to help him perform those acts of worship. One’s sleep – if his intention is to use it to enable him to perform worship – is itself worship since things go back to their intentions and the means of something take on the same ruling as the ends-goals that they serve. So if one sleeps during the day in order to enable himself to perform the night prayers, recitation and remembrance, then there is no doubt that he will be rewarded for doing so.

[As found on the sheikh’s website here]

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See also: Which are More Virtuous, the First Ten of Dhu’l-Hijjah or the Last Ten of Ramadan?

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