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Chapter 334
ةﺮﺧﻵا ءﺎﺸﻌﻟا ﺪﻌﺑ ﺚﻳﺪﺤﻟا ﺔهاﺮآ بﺎﺑ
Abomination of Holding Conversation after 'Isha' (Night) Prayer
ﱠﻠﻟا ﻲِﺿَر َةَزْﺮَﺑ ﻲﺑَأ ْﻦَﻋ
ِءﺎَﺸِﻌﻟا َﻞْﺒﻗ َمﻮﻨﻟا ُﻩَﺮﻜَﻳ َنﺎَآ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا َلﻮُﺳَر ﱠنَأ ُﻪْﻨَﻋ ﻪ
ﺎَهَﺪْﻌﺑ َﺚﻳِﺪَﺤﻟاَو
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ٌﻖﻔﺘﻣ
Abu Barzah (May Allah be pleased with him) said:
The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) disliked going to bed
before the `Isha' (night) prayer and indulging in conversation after it.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
The prohibition of going to bed before `Isha' prayer is that if one sleeps late at night, it becomes
difficult for him to get up for Tahajjud prayer or Fajr prayer. Moreover, if a person goes to sleep soon after `Isha'
prayer, all his activities of the day will end at `Isha', which is the most meritorious act. It should also be borne in
mind that when holding a conversation which is disliked or forbidden at other times becomes even more so at this
particular time (
i.e., after `Isha' prayer
). Imam An-Nawawi's contention that things like academic discussion, talking
to a guest, discussing the lives of the pious etc., are not only permissible but desirable, is also subject to the
condition that such an activity does not involve the risk of losing the Fajr prayer. If one spends so much time in such
activities that he is likely to miss the Fajr prayer, then the permission to hold academic discussion becomes doubtful.
ِﺗﺎَﻴَﺣ ِﺮِﺧﺁ ﻲﻓ َءﺎَﺸِﻌﻟا ﻰﱠﻠَﺻ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا َلﻮُﺳَر ﱠنَأ ﺎَﻤُﻬْﻨَﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َﻲِﺿَر َﺮﻤُﻋ ِﻦْﺑا ِﻦَﻋو
َلﺎَﻗ ، ﻢﱠﻠَﺳ ﺎﱠﻤﻠَﻓ
ُه ْﻦﱠﻤِﻣ ﻰَﻘْﺒَﻳ ﻻ ٍﺔَﻨَﺳ ِﺔَﺌِﻣ ِسْأَر ﻰﻠﻋ ﱠنِﺈَﻓ ؟ ِﻩِﺬَه ْﻢُﻜَﺘَﻠْﻴَﻟ ْﻢُﻜَﺘْﻳَأَرَأ
َمْﻮَﻴﻟا ِ
ضْرَﻷا ِﺮْﻬَﻇ ﻰﻠَﻋ َﻮ
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ٌﻖﻔﺘﻣ
Ibn `Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) said: Once, towards the end of his life, the Messenger of Allah
(PBUH) concluded the `Isha' (night) prayer and said, "
After one hundred years from tonight none of the people on
the surface of the earth will survive
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
The Prophet (PBUH) had made a prophecy that none of the people who were alive on that night
would live beyond the end of the century. `None of the people on the surface of the earth will survive' has been
interpreted as "those who had seen him and known him would not stay alive after a hundred years of his death from
that night. This was true, for the last Companion of the Prophet, Abu Tufail Amir bin Wa'ilah, died in 110 A.H., i.e.,
exactly one hundred years after the Prophet's prophecy.
ِﺮْﻄَﺷ ْﻦِﻣ ًﺎﺒﻳﺮﻗ ْﻢُهَءﺎﺠَﻓ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ﱠﻲِﺒﱠﻨﻟا اوُﺮَﻈَﺘْﻧا ﻢﻬﱠﻧَأ ُﻪْﻨَﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َﻲِﺿَر ٍﺲَﻧَأ ْﻦَﻋَو
َﺸِﻌﻟا ﻲﻨﻌﻳ ، ﻢِﻬِﺑ ﻰﱠﻠﺼﻓ
َلﺎَﻗ َءﺎ
َلﺎَﻘَﻓ ﺎَﻨَﺒَﻄَﺧ ﱠﻢُﺛ
اوُﺪَﻗَر ﱠﻢُﺛ ، اﻮﱡﻠَﺻ ْﺪَﻗ َسﺎﱠﻨﻟا ﱠنِإ ﻻَأ
ﻲﻓ اﻮُﻟاَﺰَﺗ ْﻦَﻟ ْﻢُﻜﱠﻧِإَو
َةﻼﱠﺼﻟا ُﻢُﺗْﺮَﻈَﺘْﻧا ﺎﻣ ٍةﻼَﺻ
يرﺎﺨﺒﻟا ﻩاور
Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) said: Once the Prophet (PBUH) delayed the `Isha' (night) prayer till
midnight. He (PBUH) turned to us after the prayer and said, "
All the people slept after offering their prayers, but
you who waited, will be accounted as if you were engaged in your prayer throughout the period.
We learn the following three points from this Hadith: First: `Isha' prayer can be deferred till
Second: It is permissible to keep awake for it to offer it in congregation. It is also permissible to engage in a
beneficial activity after `Isha' prayer involving such important matters as acquiring teaching knowledge or even
spending time with one's wife or guest.
Third: The period spent in waiting will be treated as time spent in Salat and its reward will also be greater in similar