110. Reward of remaining awake at night reciting the Holy Quran

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أَبِی ره قَالَ حَدَّثَنِی سَعْدُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ عَنْ سَلَمَهَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ اللَّیْثِ عَنْ جَابِرِ بْنِ إِسْمَاعِیلَ عَنْ جَعْفَرِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ أَبِیهِ ع إِنَّ رَجُلًا سَأَلَ أَمِیرَ الْمُؤْمِنِینَ ع عَنْ قِیَامِ اللَّیْلِ بِالْقُرْآنِ فَقَالَ لَهُ أَبْشِرْ مَنْ صَلَّی مِنَ اللَّیْلِ عُشْرَ لَیْلَهٍ لِلَّهِ مُخْلِصاً ابْتِغَاءَ ثَوَابِ اللَّهِ قَالَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ لِمَلَائِکَتِهِ اکْتُبُوا لِعَبْدِی هَذَا مِنَ الْحَسَنَاتِ عَدَدَ مَا أَنْبَتَ اللَّهُ مِنَ النَّبَاتَاتِ فِی اللَّیْلِ مِنْ حَبَّهٍ وَ وَرَقَهٍ وَ شَجَرَهٍ وَ عَدَدَ کُلِّ قَصَبَهٍ وَ حوطه [خُوطٍ] وَ مَرْعًی وَ مَنْ صَلَّی تُسْعَ لَیْلَهٍ أَعْطَاهُ اللَّهُ عَشْرَ دَعَوَاتٍ مُسْتَجَابَاتٍ وَ أَعْطَاهُ کِتابَهُ بِیَمِینِهِ* یَوْمَ الْقِیَامَهِ وَ مَنْ صَلَّی ثُمُنَ لَیْلَهٍ أَعْطَاهُ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ أَجْرَ شَهِیدٍ صَابِرٍ صَادِقِ النِّیَّهِ وَ شُفِّعَ فِی أَهْلِ بَیْتِهِ وَ مَنْ صَلَّی سُبُعَ لَیْلَهٍ خَرَجَ مِنْ قَبْرِهِ یَوْمَ یُبْعَثُ وَ وَجْهُهُ کَالْقَمَرِ لَیْلَهَ الْبَدْرِ حَتَّی یَمُرَّ عَلَی الصِّرَاطِ مَعَ الْآمِنِینَ وَ مَنْ صَلَّی سُدُسَ لَیْلَهٍ کُتِبَ مَعَ الْأَوَّابِینَ وَ غُفِرَ لَهُ مَا تَقَدَّمَ مِنْ ذَنْبِهِ وَ مَا تَأَخَّرَ وَ مَنْ صَلَّی خُمُسَ لَیْلَهٍ زَاحَمَ إِبْرَاهِیمَ خَلِیلَ اللَّهِ فِی قُبَّتِهِ وَ مَنْ صَلَّی رُبُعَ لَیْلَهٍ کَانَ أَوَّلَ الْفَائِزِینَ حَتَّی یَمُرَّ عَلَی الصِّرَاطِ کَالرِّیحِ الْعَاصِفِ وَ یَدْخُلَ الْجَنَّهَ بِغَیْرِ حِسَابٍ وَ مَنْ صَلَّی ثُلُثَ لَیْلَهٍ لَمْ یَلْقَ مَلَکاً إِلَّا غَبَطَهُ بِمَنْزِلَتِهِ مِنَ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ وَ قِیلَ لَهُ ادْخُلْ مِنْ أَیِّ أَبْوَابِ الْجَنَّهِ الثَّمَانِیَهِ شِئْتَ- وَ مَنْ صَلَّی نِصْفَ لَیْلَهٍ فَلَوْ أُعْطِیَ مِلْ ءَ الْأَرْضِ ذَهَباً سَبْعِینَ أَلْفَ مَرَّهٍ لَمْ یَعْدِلْ أَجْرُهُ جَزَاءً وَ کَانَ لَهُ بِذَلِکَ أَفْضَلُ مِنْ سَبْعِینَ رَقَبَهً یُعْتِقُهَا مِنْ وُلْدِ إِسْمَاعِیلَ وَ مَنْ صَلَّی ثُلُثَیْ لَیْلَهٍ کَانَ لَهُ مِنَ الْحَسَنَاتِ قَدْرُ رَمْلِ عَالِجٍ أَدْنَاهَا حَسَنَهٌ أَثْقَلُ مِنْ جَبَلِ أُحُدٍ عَشْرَ مَرَّاتٍ وَ مَنْ صَلَّی لَیْلَهً تَامَّهً تَالِیاً لِکِتَابِ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ ذِکْرُهُ رَاکِعاً وَ سَاجِداً وَ ذَاکِراً أُعْطِیَ مِنَ الثَّوَابِ أَدْنَاهَا أَنْ یَخْرُجَ مِنَ الذُّنُوبِ کَمَا وَلَدَتْهُ أُمُّهُ وَ یُکْتَبُ لَهُ عَدَدَ مَا خَلَقَ اللَّهُ مِنَ الْحَسَنَاتِ وَ مِثْلَهَا دَرَجَاتٌ- وَ یَثْبُتُ لَهُ النُّورُ فِی قَبْرِهِ وَ یُنْزَعُ الْإِثْمُ وَ الْحَسَدُ مِنْ قَلْبِهِ وَ یُجَارُ مِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ وَ یُعْطَی بَرَاءَهً مِنَ النَّارِ وَ یُبْعَثُ مِنَ الْآمِنِینَ وَ یَقُولُ الرَّبُّ تَبَارَکَ وَ تَعَالَی لِمَلَائِکَتِهِ یَا مَلَائِکَتِی انْظُرُوا إِلَی عَبْدِی أَحْیَا لَیْلَهً ابْتِغَاءَ مَرْضَاتِی أَسْکِنُوهُ الْفِرْدَوْسَ- وَ لَهُ فِیهَا مِائَهُ أَلْفِ مَدِینَهٍ فِی کُلِّ مَدِینَهٍ جَمِیعُ مَا تَشْتَهِی الْأَنْفُسُ وَ تَلَذُّ الْأَعْیُنُ وَ مَا لَا یَخْطُرُ عَلَی بَالٍ سِوَی مَا أَعْدَدْتُ لَهُ مِنَ الْکَرَامَهِ وَ الْمَزِیدِ وَ الْقُرْبَهِ.


1. Imam Muhammad Baqir (a.s.) narrates from his father that a person asked the reward of remaining awake at night and reciting the Holy Quran to Amirul Momineen (a.s.). Amirul Momineen (a.s.) replied, “There are glad tidings for him. One who offers Salaat in one-tenth part of night seeking reward from Allah, the Almighty Allah says to His angels, ‘Note down the good deeds for this servant of Mine equal to the number of all the grains, leaves, trees and meadows’. One who offers Salaat for one-ninth part of night Allah grants him ten recommended supplications and hands over his scroll of deeds on the Day of Judgment in his right hand. One who offers Salaat for one-eighth part of night Almighty Allah grants him the reward of a martyr who was patient and had pure intention and Almighty Allah would also accept his intercession. One who offers Salaat for one- seventh part of night he would come out of his grave in such a state that his face would be shinning like a full moon and he would pass on the Sirat Bridge along with the protecte ones of Allah. One who offers Salaat for one-sixth part of night would be counted among those who repent and his sins committed in past and future would be forgiven. One who spends one-fifth part of night offering Salaat would get a place in Maqbara-e-Ibrahim (a.s.). One who offers Salaat for one-fourth part of night would be considered first among the successful people for he would pass through the Sirat Bridge like a strong wind and enter Paradise without accounting of his deeds. One who offers Salaat for one-third part of night every angel whom he will meet will say to him, ‘I wish even my position would have been so near to Allah like yours’. That person would be given the choice of entering Paradise through any of the eight doors. One who offers Salaat for half part of night giving him whole earth filled with gold seventy thousand times would not be sufficient as his reward. The reward of this deed is more than that of freeing seventy slaves from the progeny of Ismail (a.s.). One who prays for two-third part of a night would be given rewards equal to the number of grains of sand on earth and the weight of smallest deed would be equal to that of Mt. Ohad. One who involves himself in Salaat, Ruku and recitation of the Holy Quran he would be given a great reward. The smallest reward given to him is that he would be cleansed of his sins as he was on the day he was born. He would be given rewards and positions equal to the number of all creatures of Allah. His grave would remain illuminated forever. Sins and jealousy would be removed from his heart. He would be given salvation from the chastisement of grave. He would be given freedom from Hell. All those who were in his protection would be resurrected along with him. The Almighty Allah will say to the angels, ‘O My angels! See this servant of Mine. He used to remain awake at night for the sake of My pleasure. Give him peace in Paradise. There are a hundred thousand cities in Paradise for him and all of them have all the things required to satisfy the desires of the eyes and the hunger of one’s heart. You won’t believe that I am going to give him more honor and proximity to Myself’.”