Hadith on Tahajjud: Awf witnesses the Prophet’s night prayer

Awf ibn Malik reported: I stood with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, to pray at night. The Prophet began to recite Surat al-Baqarah and he would not pass by a verse of mercy but that he would ask for it, nor did he pass by a verse of punishment but that he sought refuge from it. Then, the Prophet bowed for as long as he stood, saying in his bowings, “Glory to Him with Power, Dominion, Grandeur, and Majesty.” The Prophet prostrated for as long as he stood, saying the same in his prostrations. Then, the Prophet began to recite Surat Ali ‘Imran and then he recited another chapter and another.

Source: Sunan Abī Dāwūd 873

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Nawawi

عَنْ عَوْفِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ الْأَشْجَعِيِّ قَالَ قُمْتُ مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لَيْلَةً فَقَامَ فَقَرَأَ سُورَةَ الْبَقَرَةِ لَا يَمُرُّ بِآيَةِ رَحْمَةٍ إِلَّا وَقَفَ فَسَأَلَ وَلَا يَمُرُّ بِآيَةِ عَذَابٍ إِلَّا وَقَفَ فَتَعَوَّذَ قَالَ ثُمَّ رَكَعَ بِقَدْرِ قِيَامِهِ يَقُولُ فِي رُكُوعِهِ سُبْحَانَ ذِي الْجَبَرُوتِ وَالْمَلَكُوتِ وَالْكِبْرِيَاءِ وَالْعَظَمَةِ ثُمَّ سَجَدَ بِقَدْرِ قِيَامِهِ ثُمَّ قَالَ فِي سُجُودِهِ مِثْلَ ذَلِكَ ثُمَّ قَامَ فَقَرَأَ بِآلِ عِمْرَانَ ثُمَّ قَرَأَ سُورَةً سُورَةً

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