Abu Hurayrah narrates, “My friend (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) recommended three things for me: to fast three days in every month, to offer the two Rak’ah of Dhuha and to offer the Witr before I go to sleep.”

Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) explains: “The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) recommended it for Abu Hurayrah, because Abu Hurayrah used to study the Hadith at night and preferred it over voluntary prayer. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) ordered him to pray the forenoon (Dhuha) prayer in place of praying at night. He (صلى الله عليه وسلم) also ordered him to offer the Witr prayer before he went to sleep. The Prophet (sal Allahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) did not order Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, and the rest of the companions to do the same.”

Now, this shouldn’t be an excuse for any to neglect the night prayer, or any other act of worship which may not be obligatory upon us, but highly recommended. Instead, it is really all about being sincere as much as possible and completely honest with ourselves and our Lord. Wallahu A’lam.

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