When Exactly Are Night Prayers Answered?
  • Question:

    Which is the exact part of the night when prayers are answered? Is it the hour before Fajar?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

    Thank you for your question.

    Allah answers prayers all the time, however the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wa salam) specified the last third of the night as the time in which Allah descends, in a way that befits His majesty, to the lowest heavens. That is the best time to make dua and also the closest you are to Allah. Within that time, the best time is the last hour as per the authentic hadeeth:

    Amr Ibn Abasah (ra) said: “I came to the Messenger of Allah (SalAllahu alayhi wa salam) and said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, who became a Muslim with you?’ He said: ‘A free man and a slave.’ I said: ‘Is there any hour of the night that is closer to Allah than another?’ He said: ‘Yes, the last hour of the night.’” (Ibn Majah)

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Omar Suleiman
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Director – Islamic Learning Foundation
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