Qiyaam – Have You Tasted Its Sweetness?
Ata’ reported; ‘Ubaid Ibn Umair and I visited A’ishah radiaAllahu ‘anha, then Ibn Umair asked her: “Tell us about the most remarkable thing you have seen from the Prophet (salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).”
‘Aa’ishah wept and said, “He (salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) woke up one night and said to me, “O Ai’shah, let me worship my Lord alone.”
She said, “I swear by Allah that I love your company and I love what pleases you.”
He (salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) then made ablution and started performing Salaah. He (salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) kept weeping until his lap became wet, and kept weeping until the floor became wet.
Bilal radiAllahu ‘anhu then came to inform him about the Fajr Salaah and found him still weeping; he radiAllahu ‘anhu said to him: “O Messenger of Allah, you are weeping when Allah has forgiven all your past and future sins.”
He (salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Then may I not become the most grateful servant of Allah; tonight these verses were revealed to me, so woe to those who read them without reflecting upon them: “Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day there are indeed signs for men of understanding.” [Surah Al-Imran v.190]
[The hadith is transmitted by Ibn Hibban and in Albanis ‘Silsilah as-Sahihah’ 68 with a Good Isnaad.]
Indeed, only those who have tasted the sweetness of a long qiyaam can imagine the sweetness tasted by RasoolAllaah (saw) on this occasion!