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‏الصلاة (The Book of Prayer)
CHAPTER: EXCELLENCE OF AN ACT (I. E. OBSERVING OF THE NIGHT PRAYER, ETC.) DONE CONSTANTLY  

No. 1710

'A'isha reported that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) had a mat and he used it for making an apartment during the night and observed prayer in it, and the people began to pray with him, and he spread it (the mat) during the day time. The people crowded round him one night. He (the Prophet) then Eaid: O people, perform such acts as you are capable of doing, for Allaah does not grow weary but you will get tired. The acts most pleasing to Allaah are those which are done continuously, even if they are small. And it was the habit of the members of Muhammad's (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) household that whenever they did an act they did it continuously.

No. 1711

'A'isha is reported to have said that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) was asked about the act most pleasing to Allaah. He replied: That which is done continuously, even if it is small.

No. 1712

Alqama reported: I asked 'A'isha, the mother of the believers, saying O mother of the believers, how did the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) act? Did he choose a particular act for a particular day? She said: No. He act was continuous, and who amongst you is capable of doing what the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) did?

No. 1713

'A'isha reported Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: The acts most pleasing to Allaah are those which are done continuously, even if they are small. and when 'A'isha did any act she did it continuously.

No. 1714

Anas reported that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) entered the mosque (and he found) a rope tied between the two pillars; so he said: What is this? They said: It is for Zainab. She prays and when she slackens or feels tired she holds it. Upon this he (the Prophet) said: Untie it. Let one pray as long as one feels fresh but when one slackens or becomes tired one must stop it. (And in the hadith transmitted by Zuhair it is:" He should sit down." )

No. 1715

A hadith like this has been narrated from the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) on the authority of Anas by another chain of transmitters.

No. 1716

'Urwa b. Zubair reported that 'A'isha, the wife of the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam), told him that (once) Haula' dint Tuwait b. Habib b. Asad b. 'Abd al-'Uzzi passed by her (at the time) when the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) was with her. I ('A'Isha) said: It Is Haula' bint Tuwait and they say that she does not sleep at night. Upon this the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: (Oh) she does not sleep at night! Choose an act which you are capable of doing (continuously). By Allaah, Allaah would not grow weary, but you will grow weary.

No. 1717

'A'isha said: The Messenger of Allaah (way sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) came to me when a woman was sitting with me. He said: Who is she? I said: She is a woman who does not sleep but prays. He said: Do such acts which you are capable of doing. By Allaah, Allaah does not grow weary but you will grow weary. The religious act most pleasing to Him is one the doer of which does it continuously. (And in the hadith transmitted by Abu Usama [the words are]:" She was a woman from Banu Asad." )




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