Qiyam al-Layl is a special prayer in Islam. It is a prayer made outside of the five daily prayers. Qiyam literally means stand and al-Layl means the night. So literally, it means standing in the night but in practice it refers to voluntary prayers offered after Ishaa and before the break of dawn.
Qiyam Al-Layl is an act of worship that connects the heart to Allah the Almighty and enables it to overcome the influence of Shaytan and also to overcome the temptations of life and to strive against one’s own self.
Qiyam al-Layl is not a mandatory prayer but is performed by those who like to show extra devotion to Allah. The prayer includes reciting passages from the Qur’an. It can be performed in a group or individually at home.
The importance of Qiyam al-Layl
- Qiyam al-Layl brings you closer to your Creator, Allah Azawajala. While putting you in line for your previous sins to be forgiven by Allah, the prayer help in safeguarding you from evil by Allah’s leave.
- Shaytan, the enemy of Allah and the Lord of all evil, is always on a mission doing everything in his power to corrupt the minds of those who follow Allah the Almighty, thereby leading you to the wrong direction. Qiyam al-Layl brings you closer to your Creator while making it harder for Shaytan to get access to you much more than to influence your mind. This is because Allah will protect you from evil and the influence of Shaytan. Always keep in mind that no matter how strong and influential evil can be, Allah is always the Greatest.
- Getting up in the middle of the night to worship your lord is so pleasing to Allah that He raises the doers of such acts to a station of praise and glory. One who is obedient to Allah, prostrating himself or standing during the hours of the night, fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of his Lord shall be rewarded.
Fellow Muslims! Let’s put out need to sleep aside and worship Allah so He will forgive our sins and protect us from evil.