During the time of al-Hasan al-Baṣri there was an evil noble who used to sit on his balcony drinking; committing acts of sin and disobedience. Al-Hasan amassed a group of the righteous to face this evil. Thus, whenever the evil noble engaged in the forbidden, al-Hasan and friends would sit under his balcony, recite the Qur’an and engage in Allah’s remembrance with loud voices. Upon hearing them, the evil ruler sent his servant who said:
Servant: Why have you come here?
al-Hasan: “Tell that man to stop his evil and to refrain from doing it in front of the masses or we will kill him!”
The servant returned to his master explaining all that had happened. Upon hearing the threat of al-Hasan the noble said, “And how will they kill me when I have this and that and I have 1000 soldiers (to protect me)?”
The servant delivered the answer to al-Hasan ending his message by saying, “And how will you kill him?”
Al-Hasan responded, “We will kill him with arrows of the night.”
Servant: “What are arrows of the night?”
رفع الأيدي إلى الله عز وجل
“Lifting the hands (in supplication) to Allah.”
When the servant informed the noble of al-Hasan’s words the noble responded:
“We have no power (to challenge) what he has promised.”
After that he left committing his evil acts in public.
Take from Rawāı̔u al-Qasas of Ibn al-Jawzī D. 1201 C.E
wAllah this is true, there is nothing like praying in the night. Thank you for this.
Your comment just made me realize what this was about. Subhanallah. That’s a cool story.
P.S. I love these small stories. These stories are what really make us appreciate the people in the past and Islam in general.
Subhanallah the act of praying in the night and the power it holds for the Ummah is sorely underestimated by us today. If only we would struggle to get up in the last part of the night and pray to Allah and ask of Him, then surely we would see radical changes in the affairs of the Muslim world and in our own selves. May Allah give me and all of us the ability to act on this noble sunnah.